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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

FALSE: 'Photo' of 'second fall in a month' by Pope Francis

Dec 29, 2019 - 5:37 PM

The images used in the post are old photos taken on July 28, 2016, when Pope Francis fell during the Holy Mass at the Jasna Gora Monastery, a pilgrimage site in Czestochowa, Poland

Defrocked US cardinal gave money to top clerics – report

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:21 AM

Theodore McCarrick, who faces accusations of sexual harassment, sent checks totaling more than $600,000 to clerics in Rome and elsewhere

ABUSE. Evidence of sexual abuse was found against former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP

Pope Francis prays for Filipinos hit by Typhoon Ursula

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:17 PM

'I pray for the numerous victims, the wounded, and for their families,' says the Pope

PRAYER FOR PH. Pope Francis delivers his blessing to the faithful during the Angelus prayer, on December 26, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Burkina Faso in mourning amid wave of jihadist attacks

Dec 26, 2019 - 8:48 AM

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bloodshed

Pope Francis decries 'extremist' attacks in Christmas message

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Pope Francis urges for 'comfort to those who are persecuted for their religious faith'

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. Pope Francis slams extremism on Christmas. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope shakes up cardinals with further Vatican reform

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:02 PM

Pope Francis limits the college dean's term to two five-year terms – a change from current rules that allow the dean to remain in post as long as he chooses

Pope admits Church losing clout, calls for 'change in mentality'

Dec 21, 2019 - 8:41 PM

'We are no longer the only ones today to produce culture, neither the first nor the most listened to,' says Pope Francis

CHANGE OF THINKING. Pope Francis calls on the Roman Curia to embrace new ideas as they lose influence in the modern world. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope lifts 'pontifical secret' for sex abuse cases

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:10 PM

So-called pontifical secrecy is a rule of confidentiality designed to protect sensitive information related to the governance of the Roman Catholic Church

Pope Francis leads Simbang Gabi: ‘Be smugglers of faith’

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:02 AM

The Simbang Gabi has already been held 4 times in Saint Peter’s Basilica, but it is the first time that a Pope presided over a Simbang Gabi

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis (C) celebrates a mass for the Filipino community on December 15, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Cardinal Tagle to lead top Vatican office

Dec 08, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Pope Francis names Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as part of his 'Cabinet,' making Tagle one of the most powerful men in the Catholic Church

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle gives his homily at the Chrism Mass at the Manila Cathedral. Hindreds of priests from different diocesea of the Archdiocese of Manila concelebrated with the archbishop. Photo by Angie de Silva

Pope Francis meets with embattled Malta PM despite plea to cancel

Dec 07, 2019 - 11:02 PM

The meeting occurs despite pleas that it would be totally unwise given 'the serious and grave nature of the accusations and allegations which are plaguing' the government

Pope Francis to lead Aguinaldo Mass in Rome on December 15

Dec 07, 2019 - 10:32 AM

It will be first time for Pope Francis to lead the Aguinaldo Mass at St Peter's Basilica

POPE FRANCIS. 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

Zombies, brollies and happis: Key moments of Pope Francis' Japan trip

Nov 26, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Here are some highlights of the Pope's four-day trip, which capped an Asia tour that also took in Thailand

IMPERIAL VISITOR. Pope Francis (right) arrives to meet with Japan's Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Toyko on November 25, 2019. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Pope Francis urges fresh efforts for Fukushima victims

Nov 25, 2019 - 10:55 AM

'We should not let this action be lost with the passage of time or disappear after the initial shock; rather, we should continue and sustain it,' Pope Francis says

POPE FRANCIS ON FUKUSHIMA. Pope Francis attends a meeting with victims of the 'triple disaster' in Tokyo on November 25, 2019. Photo by AFP

In Hiroshima, Pope Francis assails 'crime' of nuclear weapons

Nov 24, 2019 - 7:32 PM

'A true peace can only be an unarmed peace,' says the pontiff

POPE IN HIROSHIMA. Pope Francis speaks by the cenotaph in memory of those killed in the 1945 atomic bombing during an event held at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on November 24, 2019. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope Francis condemns 'unspeakable horror' of nuclear weapons at Nagasaki

Nov 24, 2019 - 9:59 AM

'This place makes us deeply aware of the pain and horror that we human beings are capable of inflicting upon one another,' says Pope Francis in Nagasaki, Japan

REMEMBERING. Pope Francis calls for denuclearization in his visit to Nagasaki, Japan. File photo Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope Francis arrives in Japan to preach anti-nuclear message

Nov 23, 2019 - 5:29 PM

In a video message before his visit, Pope Francis says he prays 'that the destructive power of nuclear weapons will never be unleashed again in human history'

Pope cautions Thai youth against tech pitfalls

Nov 22, 2019 - 9:13 PM

'Rapid technological advancements can open up immense possibilities that make life easier, but can also result in the growth of consumerism and materialism,' the Pope cautions

GREETINGS. Pope Francis greets the faithful after a Holy Mass at the Assumption Cathedral in Bangkok on November 22, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

'Peace prayer': Muslim choir from restive Thai south to sing for Pope Francis

Nov 22, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Wearing headscarves and school uniforms, students assemble in a university auditorium to practice ballads specially written for the Pope, who is in Bangkok for a four-day visit

This picture taken on November 21, 2019 shows Muslim students from the Attarkia Islamiah Institute singing during a rehearsal in Bangkok, ahead of their performance for Pope Francis at Chulalongkorn University. Gripped by nervous excitement, young Muslim singers from Thailand's conflict-plagued south gather for choir practice ahead of a performance of a lifetime -- for Pope Francis himself, who is in Bangkok as part of his whirlwind Asia tour. Joe Freeman / AFP

Pope urges respect for prostitutes at crowded Bangkok mass

Nov 21, 2019 - 10:18 PM

Pope Francis focuses his message on helping vulnerable children and women 'who are victims of prostitution and human trafficking, humiliated in their essential human dignity'

POPE FRANCIS IN THAILAND. Pope Francis (C) leaves after a Holy Mass at the National Stadium in Bangkok on November 21, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Pope Francis kicks off Asia tour with Buddhist temple visit

Nov 21, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The 82-year-old Pope is on his first visit to Buddhist majority Thailand, where he will spend 4 days before setting off to Japan

Pope Francis (C) waves as he leaves St. Louis Hospital in Bangkok on November 21, 2019. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Pope lands in Thailand, start of two-country Asian tour

Nov 20, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Francis is the first pontiff in nearly four decades to visit Thailand where the nearly 400,000-strong Catholic community makes up a little more than 0.5% of the population

THE POPE IN THAILAND. Pope Francis (C) arrives on the Military Air Terminal at Don Muang airport in Bangkok on November 20, 2019. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

'Heart' of Catholicism in Thailand fired up for Pope Francis

Nov 20, 2019 - 11:31 AM

A Catholic holdout in a sea of Buddhist temples, St. Joseph's Church in Ayutthaya survived hardship, occasional hostility and war

In this photo taken on November 17, 2019, peope walk past St. Joseph church in Ayutthaya. Setting foot in a powerful Buddhist kingdom more than three centuries ago, fearless European missionaries built a church on the banks of a river - the birthplace of a Catholic community in Thailand which eagerly awaits the arrival of Pope Francis on November 20. PANUPONG CHANGCHAI / AFP

Vatican ends contract of top anti-money laundering official

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:19 AM

The Vatican statement says: 'Thanking him for his service in recent years (the Holy Father) has appointed his successor,' adding that Rene Bruelhart's mandate had expired

Swiss Rene Bruelhart (Brülhart), President of the Board of Directors of the Financial Information Authority (AIF) of Vatican City poses on March 7, 2017 at St Peter's square in Vatican. Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

Pope to visit Hiroshima on anti-nuclear weapon mission

Nov 18, 2019 - 11:55 AM

Pope Francis, 82, flies to Asia on November 19, where he will first visit Thailand and then Japan, including the two cities destroyed by devastating US nuclear attacks during the Second World War

POPE FRANCIS. 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

Pope Francis demands 'predators' stop plundering the Earth

Oct 27, 2019 - 7:21 PM

'The mistakes of the past were not enough to stop the plundering of other persons and the inflicting of wounds on our brothers and sisters and on our sister earth: we have seen it in the scarred face of the Amazon region,' Pope Francis says

EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds an altar candle as he arrives to preside over the Easter Vigil on April 20, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Women urge Pope Francis for Church voting rights

Oct 26, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Ecuadorian nun Ines Azucena Zambrano Jara says women took an active part in the synod, with some of them defining themselves as 'synod mothers'

NUNS. Pope Francis his greeted by nuns during his weekly general audience in the Vatican's Saint Peter square on September 25, 2019. AFP photo

The Vatican out of money? Heavens no, says Pope ally

Oct 22, 2019 - 10:45 PM

'To say that the Vatican is at danger of default is false,' says Honduran Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, who heads a group of 6 cardinals that advise Pope Francis on economic reforms

Faithfuls listen to Pope Francis delivering a speech from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's Square in The Vatican on April 22, 2019, during the Regina Coeli prayer. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Pope Francis warns overeating 'avenue of personal destruction'

Oct 17, 2019 - 11:55 AM

Pope Francis cites the 'distorted relationship between food and nutrition' has left almost 700 million people overweight, 'victims of improper dietary habits'

Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018 .  TIZIANA FABI / AFP

Pope elevates UK's John Henry Newman to sainthood

Oct 13, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Along with Newman, Pope Francis canonizes 4 others to sainthood – the highest position within the Church

NEW SAINTS. Tapestries of the new Saints (from L) Brazilian Dulce Lopes Pontes, Italian Giuseppina Vannini, English John Henry Newman, Indian Maria Teresa Chiramel Mankidiyan and Swiss Margarita Bays are displayed during their Canonization Mass, on October 13, 2019 In Saint Peter's square at the Vatican. Photo by Alberto Pizzolo/ AFP

Pope Francis blames Amazon fires on destructive 'interests'

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:32 PM

'The fire of God is warmth that attracts and gathers into unity. It is fed by sharing, not by profits,' says the Pope

ON AMAZON. 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

Pope Francis slams 'abuse' of Alzheimer's sufferers, carers

Sep 19, 2019 - 7:21 AM

Sufferers 'are often victims of violence, mistreatment and abuse that crushes their dignity,' says the Pope in a message to mark World Alzheimer's Day on September 21

Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018 .  TIZIANA FABI / AFP