The Papacy

 

Pope condemns 'barbaric violence' of Islamic State

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ANKARA - Pope Francis said on Friday fighting hunger and poverty, rather than military intervention alone, were key to stopping Islamist militants carrying out "barbaric violence" in Syria and Iraq. | Video

Pope to urge tolerance in Turkey visit as Middle East wars rage

ISTANBUL - Pope Francis begins a visit to Turkey on Friday with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders while condemning violence against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.

World, Middle East, 27 Nov 2014

Three priests and layman charged in Spanish sexual abuse case

MADRID - Spanish magistrates have charged four people, including three Catholic priests, with sex offences following a child abuse investigation instigated by Pope Francis.

World, Spain, 27 Nov 2014

Sri Lanka's Catholic Church urges government not to use pope's visit to help election campaign

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's Catholic Church has urged the government not to use a forthcoming visit by Pope Francis to help its re-election campaign after media reported posters had appeared depicting the pontiff blessing President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

World, 25 Nov 2014

Pope says orders investigation into sexual abuse in Spain

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis said on Tuesday he had personally ordered an investigation into a case of sexual abuse of a minor by priests in Spain because he felt the church should not hide the truth.

World, Spain 25 Nov 2014

Stop Mediterranean becoming vast migrant cemetery, Pope tells Europe

STRASBOURG, France - Pope Francis told Europe's leaders on Tuesday to do more to help thousands of migrants risking their lives trying to get into the continent, saying they had to stop the Mediterranean becoming "a vast cemetery". | Video

World, 25 Nov 2014

Spain arrests three priests, layman in Granada sexual abuse ring

MADRID - Three Spanish Catholic priests and a lay person were arrested on Monday, a police source said, in a child sexual abuse case whose victim Pope Francis has reportedly telephoned to offer the Church's apology.

World, Spain, 24 Nov 2014

Pope condemns Jerusalem synagogue attack

ROME - Pope Francis has condemned an attack by two Palestinians who killed four rabbis and a policeman in a Jerusalem synagogue, and expressed concern about rising tension and violence in the city. | Video

World, 19 Nov 2014

Pope Francis plans to visit United States next year

VATICAN CITY/PHILADELPHIA - Pope Francis announced on Monday he would make his first visit to the United States next year, travelling to Philadelphia where he will celebrate an outdoor mass before an audience expected to number in the millions.

World, 17 Nov 2014

End of communism not all good for Christianity - Vatican

Nov 17 - The end of communist rule in Europe, which began 25 years ago this month, was not all positive for Christianity because it brought tensions between Rome and Russia back to the surface, a senior Vatican official said on Monday.

World, 17 Nov 2014

The Pope's trip to Brazil

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