Trump and Francis: Détente not armistice

Trump and Francis: Détente, not armistice

Trump and Francis: Détente not armistice Trump : ROME (RNS) No matter what their theological inclinations are, Donald Trump’s supporters should be happy with the modern reforms in the Vatican: Until a few decades ago a pope would have never received in an audience a twice-divorced, thrice-married head of state accompanied by a daughter who converted to Judaism. Fortunately, this was not a problem for the Trump family accompanying the president in his state visit this week. The only real news, in fact, was that the passage of the American…

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Pope Francis gives President Trump some homework at their first meeting

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Pope Francis gives President Trump some homework at their first meeting Francis : VATICAN CITY (RNS) Donald Trump is known as a climate change skeptic with a short attention span who has said he doesn’t have time to read books. But Pope Francis is a man of faith who lives in hope, and during the first, highly anticipated meeting between these two world leaders with sharply contrasting visions the pontiff gave the president three lengthy documents, including his landmark encyclical underscoring the perils of global warming. “I will be reading…

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Mentality of the Crusades’: Turkey and Pope Francis in row over Armenian genocide

Mentality of the Crusades’: Turkey and Pope Francis in row over Armenian genocide

Mentality of the Crusades’: Turkey and Pope Francis in row over Armenian genocide Mentality : Deputy prime minister Nurettin Canikli says the comments are ‘greatly unfortunate’ and there was no genocide Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II visit the Apostolic cathedral in Armenia’s second-largest city of Gyumri on 25 June 25. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AP Sunday 26 June 2016 06.52 BSTLast modified on Sunday 17 July 2016 09.11 BST The Vatican is strongly denying Turkish claims that Pope Francis has adopted a “mentality of the Crusades” by recognising the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians…

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Pope Francis expresses shame over Catholic church sexual abuse scandals

Pope Francis expresses shame over Catholic church sexual abuse scandals

Pope Francis expresses shame over Catholic church sexual abuse scandals Francis : Armoured vehicles and bomb-sniffing dogs used as heavy police presence guards every aspect of Good Friday Way of the Cross procession in Rome Pope Francis hopes ‘hardened hearts’ will become capable of forgiving, and spoke about attacks on Christian minorities and the deaths of refugees. Photograph: Giulio Origlia/Getty Images Thousands of people, including nuns, families with toddlers and young tourists, endured exceptionally tight anti-terrorism checks to pray at the Good Friday procession at the Colosseum, where Pope Francis…

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Wall-to-wall men’ at the Vatican’s Holy Thursday service

Wall-to-wall men’ at the Vatican’s Holy Thursday service

Wall-to-wall men’ at the Vatican’s Holy Thursday service Vatican’s : Pope Francis leads the Chrism Mass for Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday). ‘Wall-to-wall men, comments Alison Leonard Photograph: Giuseppe C/PacificPress/Barcroft Nick Aitken asks if there is any national anthem other than Britain’s “that praises an individual monarch rather than the bountiful nature of the homeland, its shining seas or wondrous mountains?” (Letters, 17 April). Denmark has two official anthems. One, played on royal and military occasions, has lyrics exclusively devoted to the martial exploits of King Christian IV (1577-1648). But the…

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President Trump meets Pope Francis: From trading barbs to seeking common ground

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President Trump meets Pope Francis: From trading barbs to seeking common ground President : VATICAN CITY (Reuters) Several days after Pope Francis was elected four years ago, he was criticized by Donald Trump for returning to the Church-run residence he was staying at in Rome to pay his bill in person. “I don’t like seeing the Pope standing at the checkout counter of a hotel in order to pay his bill. It’s not Pope-like!” Trump tweeted on March 19, 2013. On Wednesday (May 24), Trump will see for himself if the…

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Pope Francis goes door-to-door to bless families in beach town

Pope Francis goes door-to-door to bless families in beach town

Pope Francis goes door-to-door to bless families in beach town ROME (RNS) Pope Francis has made a surprise visit to a poor beachside town south of Rome where he went door-to-door blessing families. The Vatican said in a statement that the pope visited public housing projects Friday (May 19) in Ostia, 20 miles south of the Italian capital, to express his “closeness” to those living in the parish of Stella Maris, or Star of the Sea. It was the latest example of the pope’s “Mercy Friday” activities, his personal community…

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Pope Francis to canonize Fatima shepherd children

Pope Francis to canonize Fatima shepherd children

Pope Francis to canonize Fatima shepherd children According to Catholic Church belief, the shepherd children saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary and were given three prophecies. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima is a major pilgrimage site. Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima Pope Francis will use a visit to Fatima, Portugal, next month to canonize two shepherd children who the Catholic Church believes saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago. The pope will celebrate the Mass to canonize Jacinta and Francisco Marto on May 13 . According…

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The Latest: Pope Francis says mercy comes before judgment

The Latest: Pope Francis says mercy comes before judgment

The Latest: Pope Francis says mercy comes before judgment FATIMA, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’ trip to Fatima shrine in Portugal (all times local): Pope Francis says Catholic leaders do a “great injustice” when they say God judges sinners when in fact he forgives sinners with his mercy. At an evening prayer service Friday in Fatima, Portugal, Francis said: “Mercy has to be put before judgment and, in any case, God’s judgment will always be rendered in light of his mercy.” Francis has riled the more doctrinaire…

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Pope Francis makes two children saints who saw Virgin Mary 100 years ago

Pope Francis makes two children saints who saw Virgin Mary 100 years

Pope Francis makes two children saints who saw Virgin Mary 100 years FATIMA, Portugal –  Pope Francis added two Portuguese shepherd children to the roster of Catholic saints Saturday, honoring young siblings whose reported visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the Portuguese farm town of Fatima into one of the world’s most important Catholic shrines. Pope Francis in Fatima: Pontiff attends ceremony at Fatima chapel Francis proclaimed Francisco and Jacinta Marto saints at the start of Mass marking the centenary of their visions. A half-million people watched…

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Pope Francis meets knights of ancient order in new drama before contested election

Pope Francis meets knights of ancient order in new drama before contested election

Pope Francis meets knights of ancient order in new drama before contested election Francis : ROME (RNS) Founded nearly 1,000 years ago to protect pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land, the Sovereign Order of Malta is a Catholic charity that operates in 120 countries around the world. But the ancient chivalric order’s good works have recently been overshadowed by a bitter leadership row that has provoked a rare and controversial personal intervention from Pope Francis. The former head of the order, Grand Master Matthew Festing, resigned from his position in January…

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Pope Francis tells Muslim leaders in Egypt to fight violence in God’s name

Pope Francis tells Muslim leaders in Egypt to fight violence in God’s name

Pope Francis tells Muslim leaders in Egypt to fight violence in God’s name CAIRO (RNS) Pope Francis used the political capital he has built up with the Islamic world to issue a powerful condemnation of religion-inspired violence, calling on Muslim leaders to unite against terrorist acts carried out in the name of God.Francis made his remarks Friday (April 28) at an international peace conference held at Al-Azhar university, a major center of Sunni-Islamic learning with global influence and expertise in interpreting the Quran. The pontiff’s speech opened a brief but…

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After Egypt trip, Pope Francis hails ‘healthy secularism’ approach

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After Egypt trip, Pope Francis hails ‘healthy secularism’ approach Healthy : VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis hailed his visit to Egypt as a “sign of peace” in which he called for a “vision of healthy secularism” after recent terror attacks against Coptic Christians killed dozens of people and provoked a state of emergency. The pope used his weekly Wednesday (May 3) audience in St. Peter’s Square to reflect on his two-day visit last week and to thank Egyptians for their warm welcome and efforts to ensure his own personal security.…

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Trump to meet Pope Francis at Vatican

Trump to meet Pope Francis at Vatican

Trump to meet Pope Francis at Vatican VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis will meet President Trump on his first official visit to Europe, the Vatican said Thursday (May 4). In a brief statement, the Vatican announced the president’s trip to the Holy See, planned for May 24. Trump also announced the trip in a Rose Garden ceremony Thursday, timed to coincide with the National Day of Prayer, in which he signed executive orders that he said would protect Americans’ religious liberty. “Pope Francis will receive the Hon. Donald Trump, President…

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Faithful storm out of Mass in Italy after priest criticizes Pope Francis

Faithful storm out of Mass in Italy after priest criticizes

Faithful storm out of Mass in Italy after priest criticizes Pope Francis Faithful : ROME (RNS) A priest is being asked to take a break from his parish in the small Italian town of Montesilvano after some in his congregation reportedly stormed out of Mass when he openly criticized Pope Francis on Palm Sunday (April 9). Media reports claimed the congregation shouted “Shame, shame!” at the Rev. Edward Pushparaj when he said Pope Francis had only been “bad” for the Catholic Church. Palm Sunday commemorates the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem…

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Pope Francis Directs Message to Trump on Climate Change

Pope Francis Directs Message to Trump on Climate Change

Pope Francis Directs Message to Trump on Climate Change Pope Francis issued an urgent warning to the world’s political leaders to take the science behind climate change seriously and not to abandon international agreements to address the perils of global warming. The Pontiff’s message seemed directed at president-elect Donald Trump, who has signaled that the United States will no longer play a leadership role when it comes to efforts limiting carbon emissions aimed at protecting the environment. Pope Francis on climate change In a statement made at a Vatican-organized gathering…

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Pope Francis’ schedule for Fatima visit released

Pope Francis' schedule for Fatima visit released

Pope Francis’ schedule for Fatima visit released Vatican City, Mar 20, 2017  On Monday, the Vatican released the official program for Pope Francis’ two-day visit to Portugal in May, where he’ll celebrate the centenary of the Fatima Marian apparitions and make a brief stop at an air base to meet the country’s president. Francis will likely make a stop at his favorite Roman basilica, Saint Mary Major, sometime before leaving Rome at 2 p.m. May 12. He’ll land at the air base in Monte Real around 4:20 p.m. local time,…

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Pope Francis meets Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

Pope Francis meets Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

Pope Francis meets Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby  Caroline, wife of Justin Welby meets Pope Francis I as Justin Welby looks on Pope Francis I meets Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at Vatican City, Rome, Italy – 14 Jun 2013 Pope Francis I and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby have met for the first time today Rex Features Pope Francis has welcomed the Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby in Rome, the first time the two church leaders have met. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church said…

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Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury push for closer ties

Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury push for closer ties

Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury push for closer ties Pope* Francis and Justin Welby share a joke during their talks Pope* : The leaders of the Catholic and Anglican churches are playing up the common ground between them during talks in the Vatican. The Pope* and the Archbishop of Canterbury say they will work together to help the poor, despite the differences that remain between the two churches. Archbishop of Canterbury meets Pope* Francis They heads of the Catholic and Anglican churches also pledged to help protect the environment as they…

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Unlike previous popes, Francis is in no rush to visit his homeland

Unlike previous popes, Francis is in no rush to visit his homeland

Unlike previous popes, Francis is in no rush to visit his homeland Unlike : Pope Francis approaches priests with an Argentine flag as he arrives in St. Peter’s Square for his inaugural Mass at the Vatican on March 19, 2013. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Stefano Rellandini TIGRE, Argentina (RNS) The Polish pope, St. John Paul II, made nine visits to his country of birth, the first in 1979, less than a year after his election.His successor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, went to his native Germany three times, including on his first international…

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Pope Francis calls on media to end ‘constant focus on bad news’

Pope Francis calls on media to end ‘constant focus on bad news’

Pope Francis calls on media to end ‘constant focus on bad news’ Pope Francis has urged global news outlets to “stem the spiral of fear” caused by coverage of the world’s tragedies and scandals.“I am convinced that we have to break the vicious circle of anxiety and stem the spiral of fear resulting from a constant focus on ‘bad news,’” the pope said in a message Tuesday (Jan. 24).“This has nothing to do with spreading misinformation that would ignore the tragedy of human suffering, nor is it about a naive…

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In a new video, Pope Francis urges compassion for refugees, people on the margins

In a new video, Pope Francis urges compassion for refugees, people on the margins

In a new video, Pope Francis urges compassion for refugees, people on the margins Pope Francis holds a candle as he arrives to lead the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Feb. 2, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis called for greater compassion for refugees and marginalized people less than a week after President Trump ordered a temporary immigration ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries.In a video of the pontiff’s prayer intentions for February, the…

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Top Vatican cardinal rejects abuse victim’s critique, denies opposing Pope Francis

Top Vatican cardinal rejects abuse victim’s critique, denies opposing Pope Francis

Top Vatican cardinal rejects abuse victim’s critique, denies opposing Pope Francis Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, then German bishop of the Regensburg, looks on during a religious conference at the Vatican March 11, 2010. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Tony Gentile VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s top doctrinal official, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, has rejected suggestions from a clergy abuse victim that Pope Francis is facing critical internal resistance from foes of his efforts to overhaul the church’s central administration.Mueller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a key department of the…

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Mother of slain US journalist thanks Pope Francis for support

Mother of slain US journalist thanks Pope Francis for support

Mother of slain US journalist thanks Pope Francis for support Diane Foley, mother of deceased journalist James Foley, at the Foreign Press Club in Rome. RNS photo by Josephine McKenna VATICAN CITY (RNS) The mother of American journalist James Foley, who was executed by the Islamic State group in Syria, has traveled to Rome to thank Pope Francis for the sympathy and support he gave her family after her son’s death. Diane Foley, who heads a foundation established in her son’s honor, came to Rome to promote a documentary about…

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Muslim refugee hails Pope Francis as the example of religion

Muslim refugee hails Pope Francis as the example of religion

Muslim refugee hails Pope Francis as the example of religion Vatican City, Feb 17, 2017 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nur Essa, a Muslim Syrian woman whose family was brought to Rome from Lesbos by Pope Francis last April, said that the openness he has shown to those of different faiths has deeply impressed her. “For me, I was surprised,” she told CNA. “(He is) very open to all of the cultures, all of the religions, and he sets an example for all the religious people in the world, because…

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Pope Francis: Native people have rights over their lands

Pope Francis: Native people have rights over their lands

Pope Francis: Native people have rights over their lands A woman wearing a traditional dress holds Pope Francis’ head on the occasion of his meeting with representatives of indigenous peoples attending a UN agricultural meeting in Rome, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Francis has insisted that indigenous peoples must give prior consent for any economic activity on their ancestral lands — an indirect critique as the Donald Trump administration seeks to advance construction on a $3.8 billion oil pipeline over opposition from American Indians. Pool Photo via AP…

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On Christmas Day, Pope Francis prays for peace around the world

On Christmas Day, Pope Francis prays for peace around the world

On Christmas Day, Pope Francis prays for peace around the world Pope : Vatican City, Dec 25, 2016 / 05:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” blessing Christmas Day, Pope Francis prayed that the Child Jesus, also called the Prince of Peace, would bring a real and lasting peace to everyone suffering from violence and conflict around the world. The power of the Christ Child “is the power of service, which inaugurates in our world the Kingdom of God, a kingdom of justice and peace.” “For this…

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Pope Francis concludes World Day of Prayer for Peace

Pope Francis concludes World Day of Prayer for Peace

Pope Francis concludes World Day of Prayer for Peace (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis presided over the closing ceremony of the World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi on Tuesday afternoon. The ceremony followed an early afternoon of prayer – not in common, but separately, according to religious tradition. Thirst for peace: religions and cultures in dialogue was the theme of this 30th anniversary celebration of the World Day, which Pope St. John Paul II first convoked in the city of St. Francis in 1986. “We have come to Assisi…

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Is AI a Threat to Christianity?

Is AI a Threat to Christianity?

Is AI a Threat to Christianity? In his relatively short tenure, Pope Francis has been hard at work welcoming spiritual seekers into the Catholic Church. He’s refused to judge LGBT people, sought to integrate divorced couples, and extended priests’ ability to forgive abortion. But Francis’s wide arms have arguably never stretched further than a mass in 2014 when he suggested the church would baptize Martians.“If—for example—tomorrow an expedition of Martians came … and one says, ‘But I want to be baptized!’ What would happen?” Pope Francis asked. “When the Lord…

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Anti-Pope posters in Rome reveal sharp divide between Francis and Vatican conservatives

Anti-Pope posters in Rome reveal sharp divide between Francis and Vatican conservatives

Anti-Pope posters in Rome reveal sharp divide between Francis and Vatican conservatives Anti-Pope : Romans awoke last Saturday morning to find the walls of their city plastered with dozens of posters featuring a scowling Pope Francis hovering above text asking the pontiff “Where’s your mercy?” The accusations of hypocrisy aimed at the Catholic leader’s call for a more compassionate church has Italian police frantically searching security camera footage for the culprits. But so far, there have been few leads and no group has claimed responsibility for the posters. But some…

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Pope Francis: There is ‘no point’ going to church if you don’t really believe in it

Pope Francis: There is ‘no point’ going to church if you don’t really believe in it Pope speaks out against ‘Christian parrots’ who talk about religion but don’t do good deeds, and says forgiveness can be difficult but is necessary in all cases, including domestic violence Pope Francis has said there is “no point” in people going to church if they do not follow the teachings of the Bible in their daily lives. The head of the Catholic church took a stand against what he termed “Christian parrots”, who talk…

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Pope Francis releases Super Bowl ad for peace as hate posters appear across Rome

Pope Francis releases Super Bowl ad for peace as hate posters appear across Rome

Pope Francis releases Super Bowl ad for peace as hate posters appear across Rome Pope Francis released a Super Bowl video messageYoutube/Vatican Francis Francis : Major commercial brands and film studios were not the only ones to take advantage of the prime time advertisement opportunity during the Super Bowl. The Vatican also released a video in time for the National Football League championship game, which took place on 5 February. As fans of the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons cheered their teams, Pope Francis used the event to encourage…

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The Pope Just Threw Shade At Trump In The Classiest Way Possible

The Pope Just Threw Shade At Trump In The Classiest Way Possible

The Pope Just Threw Shade At Trump In The Classiest Way Possible Pope Francis hasn’t yet directly addressed President Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees and immigrants ― but the pontiff is clearly thinking about the large swath of humanity Trump is shoving to the margins. Days after Trump signed a sweeping order dramatically restricting the number of refugees and foreign nationals allowed to enter the United States, Francis called on his flock to pray that the “poor, refugees, and marginalized” would find “welcome and comfort in our communities.” Curiously, he mentions…

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What is the Epiphany and when in 2017 is it? Here are 10 facts about the history and meaning of Three Kings Day

What is the Epiphany and when in 2017 is it? Here are 10 facts about the history and meaning of Three Kings Day

What is the Epiphany and when in 2017 is it? Here are 10 facts about the history and meaning of Three Kings Day Here are 10 facts about the history and meaning of Three Kings Day. Pope Francis will celebrate the feast day with a Holy Mass in St Peter’s Basilica. What is the Epiphany*? Epiphany, or the 12th day of Christmas, falls on January 6 and marks the official end to the festive season for many Christians. Today, Pope Francis held the Vatican’s annual Holy Mass for the Epiphany in…

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Francis Visits America: Part Pope, Part Rock Star

Francis Visits America: Part Pope, Part Rock Star

Francis Visits America: Part Pope, Part Rock Star Andrea Hennessy left her night shift in Suffern, New York, and jumped on a train shortly after 7 a.m. Friday to be certain that she would have her moment with Pope Francis. By early afternoon, the line to get into Madison Square Garden in New York City for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to celebrate Mass with the leader of the Roman Catholic Church snaked 11 blocks south from the iconic arena, then one block west and back up again. “With the adrenaline, who…

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Pope Francis condemns ‘homicidal madness’ of ‘fundamentalist’ terrorism

Pope Francis condemns ‘homicidal madness’ of ‘fundamentalist’ terrorism

Pope Francis condemns ‘homicidal madness’ of ‘fundamentalist’ terrorism VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis urged political and religious leaders to do more to stop the rise of “fundamentalist terrorism” that he said had caused “homicidal madness” throughout the world. In an address to the Vatican diplomatic corps on Monday (Jan. 9), the pope said religion was being used as a pretext for the “rejection, marginalization and violence” that had inspired fundamentalist attacks in the U.S., France, Germany, Turkey, Egypt, Iraq and other countries in the past year. “We are dealing with…

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God’s sake Pope Francis, don’t retire. The world needs you

For God’s sake Pope Francis, don’t retire. The world needs you

God*’s sake Pope Francis, don’t retire. The world needs you God* : pope Francis is 80 on Saturday – the age at which cardinals must retire from the electoral college, which will choose the next leader of the world’s 1.2bn Roman Catholics. Will Francis also go at 80? In the past, popes ignored the watershed. They went on until they died. But Benedict XVI changed things when he became the first leader of the Catholic church to resign in more than 500 years. Francis has indicated that he might retire…

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