Pope deeply disturbed by lack of efforts to bring peace to Syria

Pope deeply disturbed by lack of efforts to bring peace to Syria

Pope Francis gestures during the Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican on April 11. (REUTERS Photo)   VATICAN CITY, April 15 (Reuters): Pope Francis called on world leaders on Sunday to renew efforts to bring peace to Syria, saying he was deeply troubled by their failure to agree on a joint […]

Pope acknowledges his ‘grave mistakes’ in Chile sex abuse crisis

Pope acknowledges his ‘grave mistakes’ in Chile sex abuse crisis

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead a mass at the Maquehue Temuco Air Force base in Temuco, Chile, January 17, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido   SANTIAGO/VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis acknowledged on Wednesday that he had made “grave mistakes” in the handling of a sexual abuse crisis in Chile, saying he felt shame […]

Pope baptises Italy ‘migrant hero’ at Easter Eve service

Pope baptises Italy ‘migrant hero’ at Easter Eve service

Pope Francis baptizes a man as he leads the Easter vigil mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, March 31, 2018. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini   VATICAN CITY, April 1 (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Saturday led an Easter vigil service, baptising eight adults, including a formerly undocumented Nigerian migrant beggar who became a hero when […]

Vatican rebukes journalist who quoted pope as denying hell

Vatican rebukes journalist who quoted pope as denying hell

Pope Francis leads the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday during which sacred oils are blessed at Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini/Files   VATICAN CITY, March 29 (Reuters) – The Vatican on Thursday rebuked a well-known Italian journalist who quoted Pope Francis as saying hell does not exist.   The Vatican issued a statement […]

Pope pays tribute to mystic monk said to have wrestled with the Devil

Pope pays tribute to mystic monk said to have wrestled with the Devil

Pope Francis speaks to the faithful during his pastoral visit in Pietrelcina, Italy March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca   SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO, Italy, March 17 (Reuters) – Pope Francis prayed on Saturday before the body of one of Catholicism’s most popular saints, Padre Pio, a mystic monk who is said to have wrestled with […]

Vatican signals its concern over populist rise in Italy elections

Vatican signals its concern over populist rise in Italy elections

VATICAN CITY, March 6 (Reuters) – The Vatican on Tuesday signalled its concern over the results of Italy’s national election, which saw sharp gains for populist and anti-immigrant parties.   The biggest winners were the League — the largest party in a centre-right grouping that employed the most fiery anti-migrant rhetoric during the campaign — […]

Vatican studying ways to speed up sexual abuse cases

Vatican studying ways to speed up sexual abuse cases

Pope Francis waves as he leads his Wednesday General Audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria/Files   VATICAN CITY, February 28 (Reuters) – Pope Francis is studying how to speed up the handling of allegations of sexual abuse by clergy, the Vatican said on Wednesday, after a high-profile case […]

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