Tag: Pope Francis

Pope Francis Calls for Awakening of Legislators’ Consciences over Abortion

Pope Francis appealed to the “consciences of lawmakers” Wednesday, urging them to awaken to the right to life of the unborn in opposition to abortion.…

Pope Francis Says More Voices Must Be Heard to Beat Coronavirus

ROME — Pope Francis declared Wednesday that everyone’s voice is important to beat the coronavirus, not just those of experts, the wealthy, and the powerful.…

Report: William Barr Receiving Catholic Award Angers Some Who Oppose DOJ Renewing Death Penalty for Child Murderers

U.S. A.G. William Barr is set to receive the Christifideles Laici Award award from the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday.…

Mike Pompeo Urges Vatican to Call Out China for Religious Freedom Violations

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged the Vatican to bring its considerable moral authority to bear on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which persists in oppressing Christians and people of other faiths.…

Pope Francis Calls for ‘Widespread Distribution’ of Coronavirus Vaccines

ROME — Pope Francis has called for universal distribution of vaccines for COVID-19, insisting that the “richest” individuals should not be first in line to receive them.…

Pew: 77 Percent of Catholic Democrats Support Legal Abortion

More than three-quarters of Catholic Democrats support legal abortion, the Pew Research Center revealed this week.…

Pope Francis: Nature Has a ‘Mystical Capacity’ to Bring People to God

Pope Francis said Wednesday that the earth, sea, and all creatures possess a “mystical capacity” to bring humanity to God and into communion with nature.…

Italian Priest Killed by ‘Mentally Ill’ Tunisian Immigrant

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis on Wednesday paid tribute to an Italian priest killed by an immigrant suffering from mental illness. Father Roberto Malgesini, 51, who cared for immigrants and other needy people in the northern city of Como, was found dead from a stab wound outside…

Pope Francis: Abusing Ecosystems Is a ‘Grave Sin’

Pope Francis urged Christians to care for creation Wednesday, insisting that the abuse of ecosystems is a “grave sin” while lamenting the negative effects of global warming.…

Jesuit Cardinal: Europe Must ‘Open the Doors’ to Migrants

The progressive leader of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) has called on Europeans to open their doors to migrants stranded in camps in Libya, Lesbos, and Lampedusa.…

Pope Francis: Climate Change Is Causing ‘Poverty and Hunger’

Pope Francis said Saturday that it is “evident” climate change is to blame for a number of humanity’s social ills as well as disrupting the balance of nature.…

Pope Francis Decries ‘Partisan’ Coopting of Coronavirus for Political Gain

Pope Francis called out those who would exploit the Wuhan coronavirus for partisan purposes, insisting Wednesday that people must seek the common good above all.…

Tennessee Bishop Slams Joe Biden’s Selective Catholicism

The redoubtable bishop of Knoxville has attacked Joe Biden for his selective quoting of Pope Francis that avoids the pope’s frequent condemnation of abortion.…

Pope Francis: ‘Gossip Is a Plague Worse than COVID’

Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal Sunday, urging Christians to avoid gossiping about others, which he called “a plague worse than COVID.”…

Pope Francis: Pandemic Has Taught ‘the Greatness of Science, but also Its Limits’

Pope Francis denounced a blind trust in science Friday, insisting that the coronavirus pandemic has revealed both the greatness and the limits of science.…

Pope Francis: Planet in ‘Catastrophic’ State Due to ‘Environmental Disorders’

Pope Francis thanked a group of French ecologists in the Vatican Thursday for their efforts to “save the environment,” which is undergoing a “disturbing degradation.”…

Pope Francis Calls for ‘Solidarity’ in Emerging from Coronavirus Pandemic

Pope Francis offered his first public General Audience in many months Wednesday, in which he urged his hearers to practice solidarity, “now more necessary than ever.”…

Pope Francis Urges Prayers and Action for People of Lebanon

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Lebanon is “more than a state,” it is a “message of freedom,” while calling on Christians everywhere to pray and fast for the troubled nation.…

Pope Francis Warns ‘Creation Is Groaning!’ in New Eco-Message

ROME — Pope Francis announced a “jubilee for the earth” Tuesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, calling on all to combat the “climate emergency.”…

Pope Francis: Christian Life Is a ‘Military Undertaking,’ Requires ‘Fighting Against Evil’

Pope Francis told pilgrims Sunday that according the Bible, “the life of Christians is a military undertaking: fighting against the evil spirit, fighting against Evil.”…

Chinese Foreign Minister Arrives in Rome, Sparking Debate over Vatican-Beijing Deal

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi arrived in Rome Tuesday, rekindling debate over the renewal of the highly contested Sino-Vatican deal over the naming of Catholic bishops in China.…

Pope Francis: ‘Many’ Today Are Persecuted for Their Faith

ROME — Pope Francis urged Christians to pray for their persecuted brothers and sisters Sunday, reminding his listeners that those who suffer persecution are “many.”…

Pope Francis: God Does Not Want His Name Used to ‘Terrorize People’

Pope Francis sent out a message condemning religious terrorism Saturday to mark the U.N.’s International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.…