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Pakistani in viral pope selfie speaks of ‘heartache’ for minorities

Saturday, 7 April 2018

A Pakistani Christian whose selfie with the Pope has gone viral has spoken of his “heartache” at the treatment of minorities in Pakistan, and said the pontiff told him he was praying for peace.Daniel Bashir, a 26-year-old doctor in Karachi, told AFP he took the selfie with the leader of the world’s Catholics during a youth conference at the Vatican last month.He presented Pope Francis with an ajrak shawl, a traditional block printed garment from Sindh province, and the two ...

Vatican rebukes journalist who quoted Pope as denying existence of hell

Sunday, 1 April 2018

The Vatican on Thursday rebuked a well-known Italian journalist who quoted Pope Francis as saying hell does not exist. The Vatican issued a statement after the comments spread on social media, saying they did not properly reflect what the pope had said. Eugenio Scalfari, 93, an avowed atheist who has struck up an intellectual friendship with Francis, met the pope recently and wrote up a long story that included a question-and-answer section at the end. The Vatican said the pope did not grant him ...

Vatican PM meets with Muslim World League secretary general

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Prime Minister of the State of the Vatican Cardinal Pietro Parolin received Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Issa, the president of the Muslim World League, in his office on Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency reported. During the meeting, Parolin voiced the importance of the league’s positive efforts in serving Islamic communities. He also highlighted the significant meeting which Issa held last September with Pope Francis when they voiced their commitment to dialogue between Islam and Christianity ...

PHOTOS: Saudi Islamic Affairs Ministry delegation meets Pope at Vatican

Friday, 24 November 2017

A Saudi official delegation headed by Adviser to Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Dr. Abdullah Bin Fahd al-Luhaidan met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Saudi Press Agency said Thursday.During the meeting, the delegation conveyed the greetings and appreciation of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, the government and people of Saudi Arabia to the Pope.The delegation stressed that this visit was to ...

Pope Francis calls space station to boost Vatican-Russian ties

Friday, 27 October 2017

Pope Francis took a small step toward improved Vatican-Russian relations Thursday when he chatted with Russian cosmonauts and praised their understanding of love during a call with the International Space Station. Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli played translator during the roughly 20-minute call that was interrupted once when the line dropped at the orbiting laboratory. Like a curious child, Francis peppered Nespoli and the five other crew members with questions both simple - What inspired them ...

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 ...

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 ...

VIDEO: Pope Francis surprises Muslim Moroccan family in Milan

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Pope Francis focused his one-day visit last week to the wealthy northern Italian city of Milan on those marginalized by society, visiting families in a housing project and exhorting clergy and nuns gathered in a cathedral to minister to the peripheries. During his visit to the housing project, the pope made private visits to three families: one couple in their 50s struggling with infirmity, members of a family in their 80s dealing with illness and a third family originally from Morocco that is ...

Pope sends 100,000 euros to poor of Aleppo

Friday, 10 March 2017

Pope Francis has sent 100,000 euros ($106,090) to the poor in the ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo, a Vatican spokeswoman said in a statement on Friday. The Vatican administration, known as the Curia, contributed to the donation, which will be made through the papal charity office and the Franciscan order working in the Holy Land. Aleppo was Syria’s most populous city before war broke out six years ago, but swathes of it have been destroyed and thousands displaced in ...

Palestine’s Vatican envoy to Al Arabiya: Two-state solution must be saved

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Issa Jamil Kassissieh, Palestinian Ambassador to the Holy See, has said that he has no doubts that any solution to the Middle East crisis, other than the two-state solution, will not be practical and lead to crisis in the region and the world. Talking to Al Arabiya at the Palestinian embassy in Via di Porta Angelica, Ambassador Kassissieh said that the one-state solution would result in an apartheid system that would only trigger more extremism and violence in the region. “We urge the ...

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