ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – Catholics should not feel they have to breed “like rabbits” because of the Church’s ban on contraception, Pope Francis said on Monday, suggesting approved natural family planning methods.
Francis used the unusually frank language during an hour-long news conference on the plane from Manila to Rome at the end of his week-long Asia trip.
Pope Francis concluded his trip to Asia on Sunday with an open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd in Manila that the Vatican and the government said drew up to seven million people, the largest ever for a papal event.
Pope Francis waded into the global debate on climate change and the environment on Sunday, saying in the text of a speech that man was destroying nature and betraying God’s calling to be stewards of creation.
MANILA (Reuters) – Huge crowds converged on a Manila park on Sunday to see Pope Francis wrap up his Asian trip with an outdoor Mass expected to draw one of the largest crowds in Philippine history.
Organisers say as many as six million people may attend the afternoon service at Manila’s Rizal Park, more than the some five million who flocked to a Mass by Pope John Paul 20 years ago in Asia’s largest Catholic country.
MANILA (Reuters) – Pope Francis wraps up his Asian trip on Sunday with an outdoor Mass expected to draw one of the largest crowds in Philippine history.
Organizers say as many as six million people may attend the afternoon service at Manila’s Rizal Park, more than the some five million who flocked to a Mass by Pope John Paul 20 years ago in Asia’s largest Catholic country.
MANILA (Reuters) – Pope Francis travels to the central Philippines city of Tacloban on Saturday to pray for the dead and comfort the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, the country’s worst natural disaster, which killed 6,300 people a little over a year ago.
The Pope’s day trip to the coastal city 650 km (400 miles) southeast of Manila gives him another opportunity to speak about climate change ahead of a major document on the environment he is due to issue in June.
Pope Francis on Friday warned against an “ideological colonization of the family,” a reference to gay marriage around the world and to a heated debate in the Philippines about a government population control plan.
MANILA, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Pope Francis called on the
Philippine government on Friday to tackle corruption and hear
the cries of the poor suffering from “scandalous social
inequalities” in Asia’s most Catholic country.
The pope, who arrived on Thursday night, went to the
Malacanang presidential palace on Friday for an official
welcoming ceremony led by President Benigno Aquino as tens of
thousands of ecstatic Filipinos lined the streets.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Thursday he believed that man was primarily responsible for climate change and that he hoped this year’s Paris conference would take a courageous stand to protect the environment.
The Pope said his long-awaited encyclical on the environment was almost finished and that he hoped it would be published in June, ahead of the U.N. climate meeting in Paris in November.
Pope Francis, speaking of last week’s deadly attacks by Islamist militants in Paris, has defended freedom of expression, but said it was wrong to provoke others by insulting their religion and that one could “expect” a reaction to such abuse.