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Pope Francis writes to Paralympian Zanardi, hailing his example

Jun 24, 2020 - 5:54 PM

'You have taught us to live life to the full, making disability a lesson in humanity,' says the Pope in his letter to Alessandro Zanardi, who has been in a coma in hospital since a handbike crash last week

INSPIRATION. Alessandro Zanardi win the handbiker category of the Rome marathon in 2017. Shutterstock.com

Pope says racism 'intolerable,' in reaction to Floyd killing

Jun 03, 2020 - 5:35 PM

But the pontiff also condemns the violence that followed George Floyd's death in the city of Minneapolis as 'self-destructive and self-defeating'

ON RACISM. In this file photo, Pope Francis delivers his blessing to the faithful during the Angelus prayer, on December 26, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Brazil coronavirus toll surges, Pope gives address after 3 months

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:42 AM

'From the great trials of humanity – among them this pandemic – one emerges better or worse. You don't emerge the same,' says Pope Francis

Brazilian health workers protest against working conditions and wage delays in front of the Ministry of Health in Brasilia, on May 21, 2020, amid the COVID-19 corovavirus pandemic. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Pope calls for end to 'pandemic of poverty' after virus

May 31, 2020 - 11:09 AM

'All the suffering will be of no use if we do not build together a more just, more equitable, more Christian society, not in name but in reality,' says Pope Francis

THE POPE'S MESSAGE. This photo taken and handout on March 26, 2020 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis delivering his homily while celebrating a private morning mass at the Santa Marta chapel in The Vatican. File photo by Handout /Vatican Media/AFP

Pope to resume window addresses to faithful

May 26, 2020 - 11:04 PM

With the pontiff now set to return to the window, police will be on hand to ensure that believers and onlookers observe social distancing rules, says the Holy See

WINDOW ADDRESSES. In this file photo, Pope Francis delivers his blessing to the faithful during the Angelus prayer, on December 26, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

[OPINION] Laudato Si', 5 years later

May 26, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Laudato Si' has become one of the most influential social encyclicals that has been released by a pope

Pope broke tradition again to make Tagle 'cardinal-bishop'

May 02, 2020 - 10:46 PM

The promotion of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to the rank of cardinal-bishop 'required special papal permission'

SOLIDARITY. Pope Francis hugs Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, then archbishop of Manila, in a ceremony at the Vatican on November 21, 2013, days after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) ravaged the Philippines. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope promotes Tagle as one of 11 highest ranking cardinals

May 01, 2020 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is now one of the 11 'close-in consultors' of Pope Francis, boosting his chances of becoming the next pontiff

PROMOTED. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is now one of 11 cardinal-bishops serving as the Pope's 'close-in consultors' in the Vatican. Photo from Vatican Media

Pope Francis appoints Cebuano archbishop as envoy to Guatemala

Apr 17, 2020 - 7:52 PM

Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla, the newly appointed apostolic nuncio to Guatemala, is a 66-year-old native of Cebu City

CEBU NATIVE. Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla, 66, from Cebu City, is the Vatican's new ambassador to Guatemala. Photo from the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia

Pope prays for lockdown victims of domestic abuse

Apr 13, 2020 - 6:44 PM

Worries about domestic abuse have spread across the world as nations force billions to stay at home to stop the spread of a disease that has officially killed nearly 115,000 people

PRAYER. This photo taken and released on April 13, 2020 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis delivering his message during a private Angelus prayer live broadcast from the library of the Apostolic palace in the Vatican on Easter Monday, during the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. AFP PHOTO/VATICAN MEDIA

How virus changed Vatican's Holy Week, Easter Sunday celebrations

Apr 13, 2020 - 11:55 AM

Here is a timeline with videos showing the way COVID-19 has affected the Vatican

GOOD FRIDAY. Pope Francis presides over Good Friday's Way of the Cross (Via Crucis) at St. Peter's Square in The Vatican on April 10, 2020. Photo by Andrew Medichini/Pool/AFP

[FULL TEXT] Pope Francis' Easter message in the time of COVID-19

Apr 12, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Indifference, self-centeredness, division, and forgetfulness are not words we want to hear at this time. We want to ban these words forever!

Pope Francis delivers his Urbi et Orbi message following Easter Sunday Mass on April 12, 2020 behind closed doors at St. Peter's Basilica in The Vatican, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. ANDREAS SOLARO / POOL / AFP

Pope Francis marks 'Easter of solitude' in coronavirus lockdown

Apr 12, 2020 - 8:25 PM

'For many, this is an Easter of solitude lived amid the sorrow and hardship that the pandemic is causing, from physical suffering to economic difficulties,' the Pope says inside the cavernous but near empty Saint Paul's Cathedral

NEAR EMPTY. This photo taken and handout on April 12, 2020 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis (center) deliver his Urbi et Orbi message following Easter Sunday Mass on April 12, 2020 behind closed doors at St. Peter's Basilica in The Vatican. Handout photo/Vatican Media/AFP

LIVE: Easter Sunday 2020 - Mass with Pope Francis

Apr 12, 2020 - 4:59 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the live online Mass led by Pope Francis at 5 pm, Manila time, on Easter Sunday

Pope guides locked-down world through virtual Easter

Apr 10, 2020 - 10:55 AM

'We can either get depressed and alienated... or we can get creative,' says Pope Francis

VIRTUAL HOLY WEEK. This handout photo taken and released on April 8, 2020 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis (C) speaking during a weekly live broadcast private audience in the library of the Apostolic palace at The Vatican. AFP Photo/Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Amid crisis, best fruits of sports emerge

Apr 06, 2020 - 8:28 PM

After leading the Angelus Prayer on Palm Sunday, Pope Francis also reflects on the United Nations' International Day of Sports


Pope Francis livestreams Palm Sunday mass due to virus 'tragedy'

Apr 05, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Many of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics are observing the sacred days under home confinement

LIVE: Palm Sunday 2020 with Pope Francis

Apr 05, 2020 - 4:57 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the online Palm Sunday Mass led by Pope Francis, live from Vatican City at 5 pm (Manila time)

[REFLECTIONS] Look out for the loneliest amid the pandemic – Pope Francis

Apr 04, 2020 - 10:25 PM

Even if we are isolated, thought and spirit can go far with the creativity of love. This is what we need today: the creativity of love.

SHEPHERD. This handout picture released by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis giving his blessing over an empty Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, after his streamed Angelus prayer, on March 15, 2020. Photo by Vatican Media/AFP

Pope Francis: 'You, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm'

Mar 28, 2020 - 3:38 PM

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' homily at his Extraordinary 'Urbi et Orbi' to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic

URBI ET ORBI. Pope Francis gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing after presiding over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter's Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the facade of the Church, on March 27, 2020 at the Vatican. Photo by Yara Nardi/Pool/AFP

Pope Francis faces coronavirus 'tempest' alone in St Peter's Square

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:49 AM

'We were not shaken awake by wars or injustice across the world, nor did we listen to the cry of the poor or of our ailing planet. We carried on regardless, thinking we would stay healthy in a world that was sick.'

TEMPEST. A general view shows Pope Francis (center) presiding over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church on March 27, 2020 at St. Peter's Square the Vatican. Photo by Yara Nardi/Pool/AFP

Pope reportedly tests negative for virus after Vatican scare

Mar 26, 2020 - 8:07 PM

The 83-year-old pontiff has remained largely secluded at his residence since coming down with a cold late February

NEGATIVE. This photo taken and handout on March 26, 2020, by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis delivering his homily while celebrating a private morning mass at the Santa Marta chapel in The Vatican. AFP PHOTO/VATICAN MEDIA

Italian clergyman in Pope's residence tests positive for virus

Mar 26, 2020 - 5:35 PM

Italian newspapers say the 83-year-old Pope Francis has remained largely secluded at his residence since coming down with a cold at the end of last month

HOLY SEE. File photo of Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican taken on December 29, 2019. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope urges 'small gestures' such as phone calls to fight off isolation

Mar 18, 2020 - 7:02 PM

'They are gestures of tenderness, of affection, of compassion, which are nonetheless decisive and important – for example, a hot dish, a caress, a hug, a phone call,' says Pope Francis

HUGS AND PHONE CALLS. This handout picture released by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis blessing over an empty St. Peter square at the Vatican, after his streamed Angelus prayer, on March 15, 2020. AFP PHOTO/OSSERVATORE ROMANO

Vatican to hold Easter celebrations without congregation due to virus

Mar 15, 2020 - 10:39 PM

The Vatican says all general audiences and the Angelus presided over by Pope Francis will be livestreamed until April 12

People watch a screen live-broadcasting Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus prayer on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on March 8, 2020, after millions of people were placed under forced quarantine in northern Italy as the government approved drastic measures in an attempt to halt the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus that is sweeping the globe. On top of the forced quarantine of 15 million people in vast areas of northern Italy until April 3, the government has also closed schools, nightclubs and casinos throughout the country, according to the text of the decree published on the government website. With more than 230 fatalities, Italy has recorded the most deaths from the COVID-19 disease of any country outside China, where the outbreak began in December. Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP

[OPINION] The Pope and single-use plastics

Mar 15, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Pope Francis’s encyclical 'Laudato Si’' points to one undeniable fact: that human behavior is at the root of the ‘ecological crisis,’ and therefore at the heart of solving it

Vatican closes to tourists – but not the faithful

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:31 AM

A Vatican source clarifies that anyone who expresses a wish to pray at the basilica can still pass through the police barrier and walk onto the main square

WINDOW. Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking Saint Peter's square during his Sunday Angelus prayer on July 29, 2018 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana/Fabi

'Caged' Pope Francis receives guests – from afar

Mar 10, 2020 - 4:14 PM

The Vatican releases pictures showing bishops seated in armchairs spaced a meter apart, in keeping with Italian government regulations aimed at fighting an illness that has killed 366 people in Italy in just over two weeks

CAGED. People watch a screen live-broadcasting Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus prayer on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on March 8, 2020, after millions of people were placed under forced quarantine in northern Italy. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope Francis voices support for virus victims in first livestream prayer

Mar 08, 2020 - 7:33 PM

Pope Francis delivers his message from the Vatican Library

Pope to deliver Sunday prayer by livestream due to coronavirus

Mar 07, 2020 - 9:48 PM

The Pope, who suffered from cough, is also pulling out of an annual spiritual retreat south of Rome to stay at home and get well

LIVESTREAM. Pope Francis waves to the faithfuls as he delivers the Sunday Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking Saint Peter's Square, at the Vatican on March 01, 2020. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

French cardinal exits over failure to report alleged sex abuser

Mar 06, 2020 - 9:49 PM

Archbishop of Lyon Philippe Barbarin is the most senior French priest to be caught up in a global pedophilia scandal that has seen clergy hauled before courts from Argentina to Australia

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on January 7, 2019 Lyon archbishop, cardinal Philippe Barbarin gestures as he arrives in Lyon court to attend his trial charged with failing to report a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s. File photo by Jeff Pachoud/AFP

Pope 'tests negative for coronavirus' as Vatican ups controls

Mar 03, 2020 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is no evidence to suggest a diagnosis of anything other than a slight ailment,' says a Vatican spokesman

NEGATIVE. In this file photo, Pope Francis gives mass at the centuries-old colonial Cathedral Basilica of Santa Maria la Antigua, Panama's patron saint, in Panama City on January 26, 2019. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope cancels more official appointments over cold

Feb 28, 2020 - 5:52 PM

This comes as Italy grapples with the largest outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe. But the Vatican makes no reference to the disease in its announcement.

MORE CANCELLATIONS. Pope Francis (L) kisses a child at the end of his weekly general audience on February 26, 2020, in St Peter's square at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope has 'mild ailment,' skips mass – Vatican

Feb 27, 2020 - 11:10 PM

The pontiff very rarely cancels an appointment in his busy schedule

'MILD AILMENT.' Pope Francis blows his nose as he leads the Ash Wednesday mass which opens Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians before Holy Week and Easter, on February 26, 2020, at the Santa Sabina church in Rome. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope convenes bishops' synod in 2022

Feb 15, 2020 - 11:32 PM

Pope Francis also issues a message of support to nongovernmental organizations and governments coming to the aid of migrants

SYNOD. Pope Francis calls for a synod. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Deaf Argentine child abuse victims accuse pope of inaction

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:12 AM

'We were raped, sexually assaulted, and physically tortured by Catholic priests, nuns, and lay people,' the victims write to the pope

ABUSER. Italian Catholic priest Nicola Corradi is being escorted out of court after being sentenced to 42 years in prison for sexually abusing deaf children at the Provolo Institute in Mendoza, in this Argentine city, on November 25, 2019. Photo by Andres Larrovere/AFP

Pope urges Amazon 'outrage' but stays silent on married priests

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:27 AM

In the Pope's highly anticipated text, there is no mention of priestly marriage, a controversial suggestion for increasing the number of priests in remote areas of the Amazon

AMAZON. In this file photo taken on October 06, 2019 representatives of one of the Amazon Rainforest's ethnic groups (Front) take part in Pope Francis' (L) mass at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope prays for coronavirus victims

Feb 13, 2020 - 9:37 AM

'A prayer goes to our Chinese brothers and sisters who are suffering from such a cruel disease,' the pontiff says

BLESSED. An attendee kisses the hand of Pope Francis during the weekly general audience on February 12, 2020 at Paul-VI hall in the Vatican. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Pope expected to stand firm on celibacy in text on Amazon synod

Feb 12, 2020 - 11:47 AM

The Pope is being pressured to open the priesthood to married men in the Amazon, as well as to give women a greater role to play

GREEN. Pope Francis speaks as he celebrates a mass on October 6, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, for the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

7 years after stepping down, Benedict fuels 'two popes' headache

Feb 11, 2020 - 12:58 PM

As the 'emeritus' Pope Benedict XVI continues in his retirement to write on the great themes of the Church, friction has arisen, most recently over the topic of married priests

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 24, 2007 - Pope Benedict XVI holds the cross as he celebrates the Midnight Mass for Christmas, in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. shutterstock.com

Pope to visit Malta in May

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:32 PM

The visit, to both the main island of Malta and the archipelago's island of Gozo, is the pontiff's first announced journey for 2020

VISITING MALTA. Pope Francis addresses worshipers from the window of the Apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's Square during the Sunday Angelus prayer on February 9, 2020 in the Vatican. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Pope Francis repeats support for celibacy after Benedict outburst

Jan 14, 2020 - 4:07 PM

The head of the Vatican's press center, Matteo Bruni, quotes Pope Francis as saying: 'Personally I think that celibacy is a gift to the Church. Secondly, I don't think optional celibacy should be allowed. No.'

Pope Francis (C) has a lunch with people, on November 17, 2019, at the Paul VI audience hall in Vatican, to mark the World Day of the Poor. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

Ex-pope Benedict rejects opening up priesthood to married men

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:49 AM

'I cannot keep silent!' Benedict writes in a book, which follows an extraordinary meeting of bishops last year that recommended the ordination of married men in certain circumstances

PONTIFFS. Pope Francis (L) meets with Pope Benedict XVI (R) at the Vatican. (Photo by Handout/Vatican handout/AFP)

Pope appoints new envoy to France after abuse claims

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:15 PM

French investigators have looked into claims made against former ambassador to France Luigi Venture, who has denied the allegations of sexual abuse

NEW ENVOY. Pope Francis names Italian Archbishop Celestino Migliore the Vatican's new envoy to France. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Pope slams leaders on 'weak' response to climate crisis

Jan 10, 2020 - 10:31 AM

In his annual speech to Vatican diplomats, the pontiff says climate change was a 'concern of everyone,' despite a tepid response from the international community

CLIMATE ACTIVIST. Pope Francis speaks as he celebrates a mass on October 6, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, for the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. (Tiziana Fabi/AFP)

FALSE: Pope Francis says bible is a 'dangerous' book

Jan 07, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Pope Francis is quoted out of context. While he indeed said that the bible is a dangerous book, he was referring to Christians in some countries being persecuted because of owning one.

FALSE: 'Photo' of Pope Francis staring at a woman's chest

Jan 07, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Pope Francis' picture is stitched with a photo of an Argentine model who has been shown in past manipulated photos with the Pope

Are the Americans interfering?

Jan 02, 2020 - 10:00 PM

A law is changing the way human rights is being pushed

Pope says sorry for slapping devotee's hand

Jan 01, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Pope Francis confesses he had 'lost patience' with the admirer who had grabbed his hand

Time for change

Jan 01, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The New Year prods us