Tag: Pope Francis

Pope’s trip to Poland overshadowed by killing of French priest

KRAKOW, Poland – Pope Francis will start his first trip to Poland on Wednesday to preside at an international Catholic youth jamboree, a usually joyous event that has been dampened by the murder of a Catholic priest in France.   News that suspected Islamist militants interrupted a church service in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen, forced 85-year-old […]

Pope Francis Will Encounter a Socially Conservative Church in Poland

When Pope Francis arrives in Poland this week to attend World Youth Day, one of the major events on the Catholic calendar, he will face a politically powerful church closely tied to the country’s new right-wing government. The church here carries a deep strain of social conservatism that does not always align with the pope’s […]

Pope Francis faces tepid welcome in migrant-wary Poland

A portrait of Pope Francis hanging in Warsaw’s St. Saviour Church is flanked by another, much larger one, showing the smiling late Polish-born pontiff and saint, John Paul II.   In Poland, Karol Wojtyla is still “The Pope”.   Experts say Francis will have a hard time winning over hearts and minds in the devout […]

What Tim Kaine, Donald Trump and Pope Francis Have In Common

Here’s a quiz: What do Donald Trump, Tim Kaine and Pope Francis have in common?   Answer: all three men were educated by Jesuits, a religious order of Catholic priests whose most famous member is the Pope himself.   For Trump, his two years at Fordham University, a Jesuit school in the Bronx, seem to […]

Pope praises Armenia’s Christian past, but avoids ‘genocide’

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Pope Francis hailed Armenia’s steadfast Christian heritage on Friday as he arrived in the former Soviet republic for a three-day visit to commemorate the centenary of the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians that the pope himself has called a “genocide.”   In a largely Orthodox land where Catholics are a minority, Armenians […]

Pope Francis Says ‘a Christian Lets Everybody Come’

In a striking gesture Wednesday, Pope Francis invited fourteen African migrants to join him on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, urging Europe to open its doors to more refugees.   The fourteen migrants were guests of Caritas of Florence and the European university, and carried banners of the charity that is caring for them along with Vatican […]

Pope Francis to Visit Armenia Amid ‘Genocide’ Spat With Turkey

ROME, Italy — Pope Francis will travel to Armenia on Friday to start a three-day trip that will test the Vatican’s already-strained relations with Turkey.   The pope’s visit is officially to honor the country’s status as the first nation to recognize Christianity.   However, there will be intense focus on the words he chooses […]

Pope Francis Meets With Evangelical, Pentecostal Leaders in John 17 Spirit

Pope Francis and several prominent Evangelical and Pentecostal leaders met in Rome last Friday to discuss areas of mutual agreement and where they respectfully disagreed. The aim of the gathering, which had no official agenda, was to build unity between Christian traditions that have historic enmity.   The Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, former secretary general […]

Pope Francis holds talks with Sunni Islam leader in breakthrough Vatican meeting

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has welcomed the highest authority in Sunni Islam to the Vatican in a significant step forward in relations between the two largest blocs in Christianity and Islam.   “The meeting is the message,” Francis said on Monday (May 23) upon greeting Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar, a […]

Pope shocker: Promotes socialism, likens Jesus to ISIS

Pope Francis, in an interview with the French newspaper La Croix, suggested a likeness between ISIS and Jesus by explaining that while “the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam,” it was quite possible to interpret certain passages of the Gospels, particularly in Matthews, as a call for Christians to go forth […]