The Papacy

 

Keep human dignity at centre of solution to Greek crisis, pope urges leaders

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis urged Europe's leaders on Wednesday to make responsible decisions to resolve the Greek crisis, saying they had to keep human dignity at the centre of the debate.

Vatican signs first treaty with 'State of Palestine,' Israel angered

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican signed its first treaty with the "State of Palestine" on Friday, calling for "courageous decisions" to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and backing a two-state solution.

World, Israel, Middle East 26 Jun 2015

Outreach to gay couples not on agenda for Vatican meeting

VATICAN CITY - A working paper for a Vatican meeting on the family indicated on Tuesday that organisers do not want the issue of how the Church should reach out to homosexual couples to be a key topic.

World, 23 Jun 2015

Pope asks pardon from Waldensian Protestants for past persecution

TURIN, Italy - Pope Francis asked forgiveness on Monday for the Roman Catholic Church's "non-Christian and inhumane" treatment in the past of the Waldensians, a tiny Protestant movement the Vatican tried to exterminate in the 15th century.

World, 22 Jun 2015

Pope prays at Turin Shroud but skirts authenticity debate

TURIN, Italy - Pope Francis prayed on Sunday before the mysterious shroud some Christians believe is Jesus's burial cloth but skirted the issue of its authenticity, saying it should remind people of all suffering and persecution. | Video

World, 21 Jun 2015

Pope says weapons manufacturers can't call themselves Christian

TURIN, Italy - People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday.

World, 21 Jun 2015

Vatican cardinal caught up in hospital financing investigation

ROME - Italian magistrates suspect a Vatican cardinal may have diverted 30 million euros (21.45 million pounds) in state funds destined for a children's hospital to save a Church-owned institution and kept the operation from Pope Francis, Italian media reported on Saturday.

World, 20 Jun 2015

Pope calls for 'action now' to save planet, stem warming, help poor

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis demanded swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear "the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor" and plunging the Catholic Church into political controversy over climate change. | Video

World, 18 Jun 2015

Pope attacks emissions trading as a possible 'ploy'

- Pope Francis attacked one of the major policy initiatives in the fight to combat climate change, warning in his encyclical published on Thursday that the trading carbon credits could merely reward speculators instead of controlling global greenhouse gas emissions.

World, 18 Jun 2015

Obama praises Pope Francis for making case on climate change

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama praised Pope Francis for issuing a papal document on Thursday calling for action on climate change and said he looked forward to discussing the issue when the two meet at the White House in September.

World, 18 Jun 2015

The Pope's trip to Brazil

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