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07-Nov-2018 Vatican City

World hunger due to market economy's lack of solidarity : Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Wednesday decried the existence of poverty in the world and said it did not stem from a lack of resources but rather from an economic culture lacking in equity and human solidarity.The head of the Catholic church made his remarks during the...

02-Dec-2017 Dhaka

Speaking ill of others akin to terrorism : Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Saturday said that gossiping and speak ill of others within religious communities is like terrorism.He made the remark at a meeting with priests, nuns and novices at the Holy Rosary Church in Dhaka, on the last day of his visit to Bangladesh,...

01-Dec-2017 Dhaka

Pope Francis ordains 16 priests for Bangladesh Church

Pope Francis held a mass attended by tens of thousands of worshippers here during which he ordained 16 new priests for the small church of the country which has less than 400 priests.The pontiff arrived in Dhaka on Thursday from Myanmar and said in his address...

28-Nov-2017 Nay Pyi Taw

Pope Francis heads to Myanmar capital

Pope Francis headed to Myanmar's capital city of Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday, where heads of the government will officially welcome him on the second day of his visit to the country.In the capital, the pontiff will be received by President Htin Kyaw and will also...

26-Nov-2017 Vatican City

Pray for victims of Egypt attack: Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Sunday invited those gathered in St. Peter's Square to pray for the victims of a deadly attack on a mosque in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula that left 305 people dead and about 100 injured.He recalled that the victims had been praying at...

20-Sep-2017 vatican city

Pope Francis meets Muslim World League chief

Pope Francis on Wednesday held an audience with the Muslim World League's secretary general, Mohammed Abdul Karim al-Issa, the Vatican said in a statement, without elaborating on the content of the meeting.The Saudi Arabian government-supported NGO, once...

28-Jun-2017 Vatican City

Suicide bombers are no martyrs : Pope Francis

Calling suicide bombers "martyrs" is an affront to Christians, Pope Francis told pilgrims attending his general audience in Rome's St Peter's Square on Wednesday."The idea that suicide bombers can be called martyrs is repugnant to Christians," Francis said."They...

23-Jun-2017 Vatican City

Must be meek to hear God's voice : Pope Francis

It is the "small" people, not the powerful ones who God calls and who are able to hear his voice, Pope Francis said on Friday, urging Catholics to "make yourself little"."The Lord loves us for our littleness and that is why he choses us. He choses the small...

05-Jun-2017 Vatican City

Pope Francis urges protection of the environment

Days after US President Donald Trump said he was withdrawing from the landmark 2015 Paris climate pact, Pope Francis on Monday said that the entire world must safeguard the environment."We must never forget that the natural environment is a collective good,...

21-May-2017 Vatican City

5 new Cardinals to be named in June : Pope Francis

Pope Francis announced on Sunday that a consistory would be held at the end of June to name five new cardinals, including the Archbishop of Barcelona, Juan Jose Omella.The College of Cardinals is to meet on June 28, and the following day, when the feast of...

29-Mar-2017 Vatican City

Pope Francis urges safeguarding of Iraqi civilians

Pope Francis on Wednesday appealed for a concerted effort to protect civilians Iraq caught in the ongoing bloody war in their nation and offered special prayers for those trapped in the embattled city of Mosul.Voicing deep pain for the victims of the deadly...

01-Mar-2017 Vatican City

Don't treat homeless like stray dogs : Pope Francis

Catholics should show down-and-outs "great humanity" and not treat them like "stray dogs", Pope Francis has said."Homeless people have great dignity. We need to speak to them with great humanity and not treat them as if they owe us something or like stray dogs,"...

23-Feb-2017 Vatican City

Personal conduct more powerful than social media : Pope Francis

Our behaviour has more impact than social media posts, re-posts and "likes", Pope Francis said on Thursday."Do not underestimate the value of example," Francis tweeted."It is more powerful than a thousand words, a thousand 'likes', retweets or YouTube videos,"...

10-Feb-2017 Vatican City

Satan lurks behind corruption: Pope Francis

Corruption can begin with little things and to stay on the right track we need to know how to reject life's temptations - from greed to pride and vanity, Pope Francis said on Friday."Many corrupt people, many of the big fish who we read about in the papers, may...

09-Feb-2017 Rome

Vatican corrupt, paedophilia 'an illness': Pope Francis

The Holy See is corrupt and the Catholic Church must weed out "ill" priests who sexually abuse children, Pope Francis said in an interview, excerpts of which were published Thursday by Italian daily Corriere della Sera."There is corruption in the Vatican....

01-Feb-2017 Vatican City

We're all afraid of death : Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Christians to stand by their faith and believe in resurrection and eternal life, admitting that we all fear death."We are all a bit afraid of dying," Francis told pilgrims gathered at the Vatican for his weekly general audience."...

24-Jan-2017 Vatican City

End obsession with 'bad news', Pope tells media

Pope Francis on Tuesday called on the world's media to offer people more "good news" and quell anxiety, growing fear and pessimism fuelled by an obsession with "bad news"."Let us offer the men and women of our time stories marked by the logic of 'good news',"...

19-Dec-2016 Vatican City

God fully pardons repentant sinners : Pope Francis

God completely forgives any sin if the person who committed it has expressed sincere regret and remorse, Pope Francis tweeted on Monday."Nothing of what a repentant sinner places before God's mercy can be excluded from the embrace of his forgiveness," Francis...

25-Nov-2016 Vatican City

God wants freedom and respect for women : Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Friday expressed solidarity with women, saying that God wants them to be free from oppression and violence and to be esteemed."So many women are overwhelmed with the burdens of life and the drama of violence! The Lord wants them to be free...

12-Nov-2016 Vatican City

Pope Francis says he has a 'soft spot' for old ladies

Pope Francis has a weakness for elderly ladies, especially "crafty" ones, he said in an interview published in a new book of his sermons and speeches while he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires."Sometimes I feel the urge to get out of the popemobile. And this...

10-Nov-2016 Vatican City

Christianity not a spectacular fireworks display : Pope Francis

Christianity is not a stunning yet artificial spectacle like a fireworks display but is about cultivating hope, Pope Francis said on Thursday."The Kingdom of God is not a spectacular religion always seeking novelty, revelation, messages," Francis said in a sermon...

07-Nov-2016 Rome

Human trafficking modern form of slavery : Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Monday decried people trafficking, calling it a "modern form of slavery", a "true crime against humanity" and a "scourge which especially affects women and children"."One of the most troubling of those open wounds (in the world) is the trade...

26-Oct-2016 Vatican City

Closing borders boosts human trafficking : Pope Francis

Fences are being erected in some countries to keep out migrants and refugees, but this only aids the criminal organisations who traffick human beings, Pope Francis said Wednesday."Today, the current economic crisis unfortunately fosters attitudes of closure...

03-Oct-2016 Rome

Jesus would welcome gays and transgender people : Pope Francis

Jesus Christ would always help anyone find God, including homosexuals and people who have had gender reassignment surgery or who are considering it, Pope Francis has said."When a person who has this situation comes before Jesus, Jesus will surely not say:...

02-Oct-2016

The Saint and the Pope Francis : The tale of two Francises

The venerable sages of India, the Buddha, Jesus, Prophet Muhammad, Guru Nanak -- the founders of all major religions -- were all known to spurn material comfort and stress compassion for the weak and safeguarding nature, but not many of their followers emulated...

28-Sep-2016 Vatican City

Aleppo bombers 'must answer to God' : Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Wednesday deplored the bombings of the northwest Syrian city of Aleppo and urged all sides to protect civilians, warning those responsible for civilian deaths will have to "answer to God".Addressing pilgrims in St Peter's Square at a weekly...

05-Aug-2016 Vatican City

Pope Francis asks Rio athletes to be 'Messengers of Goodwill'

Pope Francis on Friday congratulated world athletes before the start of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and urged them to "always be messengers of goodwill and true sporting spirit"."Good luck to the athletes at #Rio2016! May you always be messengers...

02-Aug-2016 Vatican City

Pope Francis creates panel to study women deacons

Pope Francis has set up a special commission to study the role of women deacons in the Catholic Church, the Vatican announced on Tuesday in a move that could pave the way for female clergy.Francis has appointed seven male and six female experts to the commission...

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