Pope Asks Europe to Do More to Help Migrants Flooding Into Italy

“The proportions of the phenomenon require much broader involvement” (ROME )—Pope Francis joined Italy in pressing the European Union Saturday to do more to help the country cope with rapidly mounting numbers of desperate people rescued in the Mediterranean during journeys on smugglers’ boats to flee war, persecution or poverty. As the pope made his appeal, flanked by Italian President […]

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Turkey later summoned Vatican envoy (VATICAN CITY) — Pope Francis sparked a diplomatic incident with Turkey on Sunday by calling the slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks “the first genocide of the 20th century” and urging the international community to recognize it as such. Francis, who has close ties to the Armenian community from his days in Argentina, defended his […]

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There Is a Real Threat to the Pope From ISIS, Says Vatican Security Chief

But the papal residence’s police have no knowledge of any specific plot The commander of the Vatican’s security forces acknowledged the existence of a real threat to Pope Francis from ISIS, but said there is no indication of a planned attack on the Catholic leader. “The threat exists,” Domenico Giani told Italian state publication Polizia Moderna, reports the Catholic news […]

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Pope Denounces Mafia, Meets Father of Slain Boy

Pope Francis journeyed Saturday to the heart of Italy’s biggest crime syndicate, met the father of a 3-year-old boy slain in the region’s drug war, and declared that all mobsters are automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church. During his one-day pilgrimage to the southern region of Calabria, Francis comforted the imprisoned father of Nicola Campolongo in the courtyard of a […]

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Pope Asks Pardon for Sex Abuse by Priests

Pope Francis asked for forgiveness Friday from people who were sexually abused by priests, and vowed that there will be no going back in the church’s fight to protect children. Francis made the off-the-cuff remarks after coming under criticism from victims’ advocacy groups for a perceived lack of attention to the problem and ongoing demands that he sanction bishops who […]

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