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Tag: Pope Francis

PM Modi Meets Pope Francis In Rome
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Meets Pope Francis In Rome, Ahead Of G20 Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Meets Pope Francis in Rome, ahead Of G20 summit. Reports stated that the meeting which was scheduled for 20 minutes lasted for an hour with the PM discussing a wide range of issues with the Pope.

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Modi Calls On Pope Francis In Vatican
PM Modi Calls On Pope Francis In Vatican

Modi is also the first Indian Prime Minister Francis has met since becoming Pope in 2013.

Pope Apologises But Not All Twitterati Ready To Forgive

Vatican City: Even as Pope Francis apologised for slapping a woman’s hand while greeting the faithfuls at St Peter’s Square here on New Year’s eve, Twitterati on Thursday offered mixed reactions over the unsavoury incident. “Love makes us patient. So many times we lose patience, even me, and I apologise for yesterday’s (December 31) bad […]

Woman Catches Hold Of Pope's Arm, Pontiff Loses Cool

Vatican City: An otherwise serene Pope Francis lost his cool momentarily on New Year’s eve when a woman devotee pulled at the pontiff’s arm while he was greeting the faithful in St Peter’s Square here. As the 83-year-old Pope turned away after greeting the pilgrims standing behind the barricades along the kerbside to have a […]

God Loves Even The Worst Of Mankind: Pope Francis At Christmas Mass

Vatican City: Pope Francis celebrated the traditional Christmas Mass at the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica church, and in his sermon spoke of how God loves everyone, even the worst of mankind. During the Mass on Christmas Eve, when Catholics commemorate the birth of the Lord Jesus, Francis on Tuesday said of his coming: “We realise that, […]

Pope Francis to elevate Indian nun Mariam Thresia to sainthood

Vatican City: Pope Francis will declare Indian nun Mariam Thresia a saint on Sunday at a ceremony at the Vatican City, which would be attended by Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan. Mariam Thresia, who founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Thrissur in May 1914, will be raised […]

Pope Francis donates $500,000 to migrants in Mexico

Vatican City: Pope Francis donated $500,000 to aid Central American migrants in Mexico, the Vatican has announced. The money will be used for housing, food and necessities for the Cmigrants. The funds will be split among 27 projects in 16 Mexican dioceses and religious congregations, CNN quoted a Vatican statement as saying on Saturday. “Men and […]

Pope declares death penalty 'inadmissible' in all cases

Vatican City: Pope Francis has decided to change the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on death penalty, by declaring it as “inadmissible” and encouraging his Bishops across the world to push for its abolition, the Vatican said on Thursday. The Catechism of the Church, which sums up the teachings, previously stated that death penalty could be […]

In Christmas message, Pope focuses on children in war-torn countries

Vatican City: Pope Francis on Monday called on Christians to pray for all the children living in places ravaged by war and conflict in his traditional Christmas Day message. In his annual “Urbi et Orbi” (to the City and the World) nativity address, which he delivered from the central loggia of the Vatican Basilica, the […]

Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Midnight Mass

Vatican City: Pope Francis celebrated the fifth Christmas Midnight Mass of his pontificate where he highlighted the Biblical story of Joseph and Mary, the parents of Jesus Christ. The pontiff on Sunday night said that Christ’s parents found no place to stay in Bethlehem except for a lowly manger and noted that Christian faith demands […]

Francis declares 35 new saints at Vatican canonisation mass

Vatican City: Pope Francis on Sunday declared 35 new saints during a canonisation mass in the Vatican. Among those being declared saints included the three “Child Martyrs of Tlaxcala (Mexico)”, who were killed between 1527-1529 for converting to Roman Catholicism, as well as 30 Brazilians known as the “Martyrs of Natal”, who were killed in […]

Pope has 40 million followers on Twitter

Vatican City: Pope Francis now has 40 million followers on his nine-language @pontifex account, Vatican Radio reported on Wednesday. “Forty million followers means 40 million people, 40 million hearts, minds, and passions,” Dario Edoardo Vigano, the Vatican official tasked with coordinating the Pope’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, told Vatican Radio. “It is a world, a […]

Quest for peace a never-ending duty: Pope

Vatican City: The whole of humanity has an permanent responsibility to seek peace, Pope Francis tweeted on Monday, calling the search “an open-ended task”. “The search for peace is an open-ended task, a responsibility that never ends and that demands the commitment of everyone,” said his tweet. His nine-language @pontifex account on Twitter has some […]

Pope meets Muslim World League chief

Vatican City: Pope Francis on Wednesday held an audience with the Muslim World League’s secretary general, Mohammed Abdul Karim al-Issa, the Vatican said in a statement, without elaborating on the content of the meeting. The Saudi Arabian government-supported NGO, once seen as a promoter of the radical Wahhabism ideology, was founded in 1962 to propagate […]

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5 new Cardinals to be named in June, say Pope

Vatican City: Pope Francis announced on Sunday that a consistory would be held at the end of June to name five new cardinals, including the Archbishop of Barcelona, Juan Jose Omella. The College of Cardinals is to meet on June 28, and the following day, when the feast of St. Peter and Paul is celebrated, […]

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Pope leads thousands in prayer at Portugal shrine

Lisbon: Pope Francis led a crowd of over 300,000 people in prayer before the image of Our Lady of Fatima on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the appearance of the Virgin Mary to a pair of young siblings in Portugal. Looking out on a plaza illuminated by hundreds of thousands of candles, the […]

Pope Francis Holds Weekly Audience
Pope urges international mediation over N.Korea crisis

London: Pope Francis has called for international mediation to ease escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear activity, the media reported on Sunday. Speaking to the media on Saturday aboard his plane after a visit to Egypt, Pope Francis said: “There are so many facilitators in the world, there are mediators who offer themselves, such as […]

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Pope may allow married Catholic men as priests

Rome: Pope Francis has said he is open to married men becoming priests to combat the Roman Catholic Church’s shortage of clergy. In an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, Pope Francis said the lack of Catholic priests was an “enormous problem” for the Church, and indicated that he would be open to a change […]