Pope urges police to show ‘mercy’ in traffic stops
Pope Francis on Monday called on police to show “mercy” during traffic stops while standing firm against those who...
Pope says job cutting can be ‘very serious sin’
Closing factories and cutting jobs can constitute a “very serious sin”, Pope Francis said Wednesday in his latest broadside...
Pope denounces ‘cruel terrorist acts’ in Pakistan
Pope Francis on Sunday condemned Sehwan suicide bombing, where at least 88 people were killed on Thursday when an...
Pope urges police to show ‘mercy’ in traffic stops
Pope Francis on Monday called on police to show “mercy” during traffic stops while standing firm against those who use the streets as their own Formula 1 race track. Meeting with representatives of the Italian traffic and railway police, the Argentine-born pontiff spoke of an “increasingly complex and tumultuous”... Read more
Pope says job cutting can be ‘very serious sin’
Closing factories and cutting jobs can constitute a “very serious sin”, Pope Francis said Wednesday in his latest broadside in defence of labour rights. His comment was made in support of staff at the Italian branch of Sky television who are currently involved in a dispute over 200 redundancies... Read more
Pope denounces ‘cruel terrorist acts’ in Pakistan
Pope Francis on Sunday condemned Sehwan suicide bombing, where at least 88 people were killed on Thursday when an attacker blew himself up inside crowded Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine, for which the Islamic State group claimed responsibility. The attack came after a series of bloody assaults, including a Taliban... Read more
Pope Francis speaks out on Myanmar’s ‘tortured and killed’ Rohingya
Pope Francis on Wednesday spoke out over the alleged maltreatment of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority, who he said were being “tortured and killed” for their faith. The pontiff used his midweek address to describe the Rohingya as “good and peaceful people” who “have suffered for years.” Francis offered a... Read more
Christmas ‘hostage’ to materialism, God in shadows : Pope Francis
Pope Francis said on Saturday that Christmas had been “taken hostage” by dazzling materialism that puts God in the shadows and blinds many to the needs of the hungry, the migrants and the war weary. Francis, leading the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas for the fourth time... Read more
Pope says Islam is not terrorism
Pope Francis said Sunday that Islam could not be equated with terrorism and warned Europe was pushing its young into the hands of extremists. “It’s not true and it’s not correct (to say) Islam is terrorism,” he told journalists aboard the papal plane during the return journey from a... Read more
Pope Francis falls in Poland, escapes injury
Pope Francis fell on Thursday after stumbling down a step on an altar during a visit to Poland but quickly got back to his feet, seemingly without injury. Polish media broadcast images of the 79-year-old Argentine pontiff stumbling, then falling down out of view before being helped to his... Read more
Christians should apologise to gay people: Pope Francis
Rome: Pope Francis said Sunday that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people and seek their forgiveness for the way they have been treated. Speaking to reporters at he flew back to Rome from Armenia, the pope was asked if he agreed with comments by German... Read more
Al-Azhar imam, Pope Francis hug each other in historic Vatican meeting
Pope Francis embraced the grand imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican earlier yesterday in a historic encounter both sides hope will lead to greater understanding and dialogue between the two faiths. The first Vatican meeting between the leader of the world’s Catholics and the highest authority in... Read more
Pope washes feet of Muslim migrants, claims ‘we are brothers’
Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Orthodox, Hindu and Catholic refugees earlier yesterday, he also declared them children of the same God, in a gesture of welcome and brotherhood at a time when anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment has spiked following the Brussels attacks. Francis denounced the carnage as... Read more
Pope meets fellow green campaigner, Leonardo DiCaprio
Vatican City: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio greeted Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, discussed their shared concern over the environment and gave the pontiff a cheque from his charitable foundation. “Your Holiness, thank you for granting me this private audience with you,” DiCaprio said in Italian as he arrived... Read more
“Texts, internet, social networks are ‘gift of God’ if used wisely” Pope Francis
Pope Francis, who has publicly acknowledged himself being “a disaster” when it comes to technology, said on Friday that the internet, social networks and text messages were “a gift of God” if used wisely. “Emails, text messages, social networks and chats can also be fully human forms of communication,”... Read more
Saudi Arabia slaps ban on National Geographic’s Pope Francis edition
Saudi Arabia has slapped a ban on the latest issue of the official magazine of the National Geographic Society owing to “cultural reasons.” National Geographic’s August issue features Pope Francis on the cover and a story about his “silent revolution” at the Vatican, hoping to create a church “that is... Read more
Pope calls for every European parish to take in at least one refugee family
Pope Francis earlier yesterday, called on every Catholic parish in Europe to take in a refugee family, saying the Vatican´s two parishes would lead by example. Calling for a “concrete gesture” ahead of a Jubilee Year of Mercy starting in December, the pope urged “every parish, every religious community,... Read more