Legends : Pope Francis jokes with an NFL Hall of Fame representative about wearing a helmet that was a gift for the pope during a visit at the Vatican on June 21, 2017. Screenshot from video

Legends : Pope tells NFL legends he backs a ‘different’ kind of football

Legends : Pope tells NFL legends he backs a ‘different’ kind of football It may not have been his kind of “football,” and he may not have much use for his new helmet, but Pope Francis welcomed a group of NFL veterans and told them their sport has “virtues.” Curtis Martin, Ronnie Lott, Floyd Little […]

Pope tells Merkel to keep pressing for international cooperation

Pope tells Merkel to keep pressing for international cooperation

Pope tells Merkel to keep pressing for international cooperation to keep fighting for the Paris climate change deal and to ‘tear down walls’ that inhibit international cooperation, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday (June 17), offering a stark contrast between her agenda and U.S. policy. U.S. President Donald Trump announced this month that he would […]

Pope to show solidarity with Egypt's Coptic Christians in wake of church bombings

Pope to show solidarity with Egypt’s Coptic Christians in wake of church bombings

Pope to show solidarity with Egypt’s Coptic Christians in wake of church bombings Solidarity : Coptic church head in UK welcomes Pope Francis’s visit to Cairo amid concerns over Isis attacks and perceived security failings Pope Francis will visit Egypt on 28-29 April. Photograph: Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis via Getty Images Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent and Ruth […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 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 […]

Pope makes Fatima child shepherds who 'saw Virgin' saints

Pope makes Fatima child shepherds who ‘saw Virgin’ saints

Pope makes Fatima child shepherds who ‘saw Virgin’ saints Official recognition of visions, miracles follows long process so as not to risk the Church’s credibility Two young, barely literate shepherds who had visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago in Fatima, a Portuguese site now a global draw for pilgrims, were declared saints Saturday […]

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

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Faithful storm out of Mass in Italy after priest criticizes

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

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 […]

Catholic approach to development looks at body and soul, pope says

Catholic approach to development looks at body and soul, pope says

Catholic approach to development looks at body and soul, pope says A Catholic approach to development aims at helping people achieve both physical and spiritual well-being and promotes both individual responsibility and community ties, Pope Francis said. A development that is “fully human” recognizes that being a person means being in relationship; it affirms “inclusion […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cardinal Reinhard Marx: Support for the pope is ‘substantial’

Cardinal Reinhard Marx: Support for the pope is ‘substantial’

Cardinal Reinhard Marx: Support for the pope is ‘substantial’ German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich, blesses Catholics before a Sunday mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hanoi during his week-long visit to Vietnam, on January 10, 2016. (Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Kham.) Speaking to the press about a highly unusual vote of confidence in the […]

Faith can’t grow without temptation, pope tells Rome priests

Faith can’t grow without temptation, pope tells Rome priests

Faith can’t grow without temptation, pope tells Rome priests Pope Francis addresses priests of the Diocese of Rome during a meeting at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome March 2. The Vatican said Pope Francis spent about 45 minutes hearing confessions, offering the sacrament to a dozen priests before beginning his talk. (Credit: […]

Pope Emeritus Benedict Calls Resignation ‘a Duty’ in Biography

Pope Emeritus Benedict Calls Resignation ‘a Duty’ in Biography

Pope Emeritus Benedict Calls Resignation ‘a Duty’ in Biography FROM JUNE 28: Pope* Francis Honors Benedict as Pope* Emeritus Reaches Milestone 0:31 ROME — A grueling trip to Latin American convinced Pope* Benedict XVI that his resignation was “a duty,” according to a new book released Tuesday. In “Servant of God and Humanity: The Biography […]

Pope: Christianity is "concrete", it is not a religion "of mere talk" but "of action"

Pope Christianity is “concrete”, it is not a religion “of mere talk” but “of action”

Pope Christianity is “concrete”, it is not a religion “of mere talk” but “of action” Christianity is a concrete religion, which acts by doing good, it is not a “religion of mere talk” made of hypocrisy and vanity, said Pope Francis today during the Mass in Casa Santa Marta House. VATICAN CITY: Christianity is a […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]