Pope Francis to wage war on ‘fake news’

Friday, 29 September 2017

Pope Francis is to tackle the rise of fake news in a bid to stop trolls and irresponsible media outlets fomenting hate.“I have chosen this theme for World Communications Day 2018: ‘The truth will set you free’. Fake news and journalism for peace,” he said on Twitter on Friday.Francis has repeatedly warned journalists of the weight of their responsibility in a world dominated by social media.Last year he compared scandal-obsessed media outlets who smear politicians and ...

Pope Francis gets bruised eye after bumping into popemobile

Monday, 11 September 2017

Pope Francis lost his balance while riding in the popemobile through a crowd in Cartagena, Colombia, on Sunday, bruising his left cheekbone and eyelid, but he was not seriously hurt. The Vatican said he received ice treatment and was fine to continue on his trip. Video images showed the pope hitting the left side of his face against a vertical bar of the popemobile, a specially designed open-top vehicle that allows the pontiff to stand and greet the faithful as his motorcade advances. A few ...

Pope laments “persecutions” of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Pope Francis is decrying persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and praying they receive “full rights.” The pontiff said on Sunday there was “sad news about the persecution of the religious minority of our Rohingya brothers.” Thousands of Rohingya are trying to flee into Bangladesh after escalated deadly violence at home. Last week, Rohingya militants attacked police and border outposts, and security forces responded. Francis asked the faithful in St. Peter’s ...

Pope tacks sign on his apartment door: “No Whining”

Friday, 14 July 2017

If anyone had any doubts how Pope Francis feels about people who always complain, the answer is now tacked to the door of his frugal suite in a Vatican residence: “No Whining”. Under the explicit warning, the red-and-white Italian language sign goes on to say that “violators are subject to a syndrome of always feeling like a victim and the consequent reduction of your sense of humor and capacity to solve problems”. A picture of the sign was ...

Pope says more Christian martyrs today than in ancient times

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Pope Francis has prayed for the Coptic Christians in killed in Egypt by militants, saying that today there are more Christian martyrs for the faith than in ancient times. During a visit Saturday to the Italian port city of Genoa, Francis prayed “for our brothers, Egyptian Christian Copts who were killed because they did not want to renounce their faith.” He added: “Let’s remember that there are more Christian martyrs today than in ancient times.” The attack on ...

Trump: ‘Bloodletting of Christians must end’

Saturday, 27 May 2017

President Donald Trump on Friday decried an attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt that left at least 28 dead, calling on allies to band together to defeat terrorism. “The bloodletting of Christians must end, and all who aid their killers must be punished,” he said in a statement issued by his press office as he attends the G7 summit in Taormina, Italy. “Terrorists are engaged in a war against civilization, and it is up to all who value life to confront and defeat this ...

Trump meets Pope Francis at Vatican in third leg of foreign trip

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

US President Donald Trump met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday in a keenly-anticipated first face-to-face encounter between two world leaders who have clashed repeatedly on several issues. The private audience with the pontiff was preceded by a cordial handshake for the cameras and was expected to last around 20 minutes. It came on the third leg of Trump's first overseas trip as president, which has already taken him to Saudi Arabia and to Israel and the Palestinian territories. The two ...

Pope declares Fatima child shepherds who ‘saw Virgin Mary’ saints

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Two young shepherds who had visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago in Fatima, a Portuguese site now a global draw for pilgrims, were declared saints Saturday by Pope Francis."We declare the blissful Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto saints, and we register them on the list of saints, declaring that they must be venerated as such by the Church," he said to cheers from hundreds of thousands of Catholic faithful, some of them crying. 

Security tight as Pope Francis celebrates open-air mass in Cairo

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Pope Francis celebrated a Mass in Cairo on Saturday, the last day of a brief visit during which he urged Muslim leaders to unite against religious violence as Islamic militants threaten to rid the Middle East of its ancient Christian communities. Francis’ trip, aimed at rebuilding ties with Muslim religious leaders, comes three weeks after Islamic State killed at least 45 people in attacks on two Egyptian churches. He has used the visit to launch a strong appeal for religious freedom and ...

WATCH: Pope Francis greets people of Egypt with ‘Assalam Alaikum’

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Pope Francis greeted the people of Egypt saying “Assalam Alaikum" (the Islamic greeting meaning "peace be with you”) at the Al Azhar institution in Cairo on Friday. The hall of people attending his speech responded with massive applause. “Let us say once more a firm and clear ‘No!’ to every form of violence, vengeance and hatred carried out in the name of religion or in the name of God,” the pope told a peace conference at Egypt’s Al Azhar ...

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