‘Joy is the distinctive sign of a true Christian,’ the Holy Father reminded the faithful May 9, while also extending a greeting to mothers.Pope Francis said Sunday that loving like Christ requires a rejection of the worldly loves of money, success, vanity and power.
One of the world’s oldest churches is crumbling deep in Iraq’s desert, another victim of years of conflict, government negligence and climate change in a country with a rich heritage.After Pope Francis made a historic visit to Iraq in March, many Iraqis hoped that busloads of tourists would flock to Al Aqiser church southwest of the capital Baghdad.
Pope Francis assures his closeness to those who suffer from this "sometimes overlooked disease."After praying the midday Regina Caeli on May 9, Pope Francis expressed his closeness to people who suffer from fibromyalgia.I greet the people suffering from fibromyalgia: I express my closeness to them and I hope that attention to this sometimes overlooked disease may grow.
Pope calls Rosario Livatino a 'martyr of justice' Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) (Newser) – A Sicilian judge who was called a martyr by Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis has moved to one step from sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church.
ROME — Pope Francis denounced Saturday’s terrorist bombing of a girls’ school in Kabul, Afghanistan, which claimed the lives of at least 50 people, most of them schoolgirls.Let us pray “for the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack in Kabul,” the pope said following his weekly prayer of the Regina Caeli in Saint Peter’s Square Sunday, “an inhumane action that struck so many girls as they were leaving school.” A boy stands next to a backpack and books of victims following yesterday’s multiple blasts outside a girls’ school in Kabul ( ) “Let us pray for each of them and their families.
MISSED OPPORTUNITIES: Despite ancient churches, Mesopotamian cities and fabled ziggurat structures, disrepair in the region makes attracting tourists difficult One of the world’s oldest churches is crumbling deep in Iraq’s desert, another victim of years of conflict, government negligence and climate change in a country with a rich heritage.
An Italian judge who was gunned down in his car by the mafia has been beatified - the last stage before sainthood.The Catholic Church beatified Rosario Livatino at a service in Argigento, Sicily on Sunday, 28 years to the day after he was declared a martyr.
ROME — Pope Francis urged for common solutions to recent turmoil in Jerusalem Sunday, as the city prepares for Monday’s annual Jerusalem Day parade.The pontiff was responding to what the Associated Press has described as “days of unrest and soaring Israeli-Palestinian tensions at a flashpoint holy site,” consisting mostly in “ongoing clashes between police and Palestinians in the Old City.” “I am following with particular concern the events taking place in Jerusalem,” the pope said Sunday, following his weekly prayer of the Regina Coeli in Saint Peter’s Square.
Pope Francis expressed his worry this Sunday due to the violent incidents in Colombia, which have already caused dozens of deaths and injuries, during a message delivered at the end of the Sunday prayer of the Angelus leaning over the Plaza de San Pedro.“I express my concern about the tensions and violent confrontations in Colombia that have caused many dead and injured“said Francisco, who greeted the dozens of Colombians who came with their country’s flags to the Plaza de San Pedro.
ROME (AP) — A magistrate slain by mobsters in Sicily and praised by two popes has been beatified by the Roman Catholic church on Sunday in the last formal step before possible sainthood.Rosario Livatino was gunned down on a Sicilian highway outside as he drove to work in 1990.
W.F.West boys exploded for 126 team points and the girls tallied 98 points as the two teams easily outpaced visiting Rochester in a dual meet Wednesday in Chehalis.Junior standout Seth Hoff propelled the boys with four victories.He threw the discus for the first time and won by nearly nine feet with a toss of 108-04.
On Friday, more than 200 Palestinians were wounded in clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and elsewhere in Jerusalem.The violence, along with the planned evictions in east Jerusalem, have drawn condemnations from Israel's Arab allies and expressions of concern from the United States, Europe and the United Nations.
Pope Francis today expressed “particular concern” at the clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police in Jerusalem and appealed for an end to the violence.He invited all parties to “seek shared solutions so that the multi-religious and multicultural identity of the Holy See is respected” and people can co-exist in Jerusalem in fraternity.
Alberto Fernández arrived in Europe in an economic key: he seeks to obtain support in his negotiation with the IMF
(Lisbon-Special Envoy) After eleven hours of a gentle flight in which he alternated break with movies and conversations with some of its main collaborators, Alberto Fernandez landed in Lisbon past noon this Sunday in what will be the first leg of the five-day tour in which he will visit four countries, ending with a meeting alone with Pope Francis and it will seek to bring to Argentina the support of the European leaders in its negotiations with the Monetary Fund.
Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State, has called for an end to violence in occupied Jerusalem.In his statement, Pope Francis said that violence only breeds violence and clashes should be stopped immediately.He added that Jerusalem is a place of worship, not violence, and that respect for the multi-religious and multi-cultural identity of the holy city must be maintained.
Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to violence in annexed east Jerusalem, where clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police have left scores of Palestinians injured.After delivering his Regina Caeli prayer from the window overlooking St Peter's Square, the pope said he was "following with particular concern the events that are happening in Jerusalem."