VATICAN CITY, April 24 (Reuters) – Two giants of Roman
Catholicism in the 20th century will become saints on Sunday at
an unprecedented twin canonisation that has aroused both joy and
controversy in the 1.2 billion member Church.
Pope John XXIII, who reigned from 1958 to 1963 and called
the modernising Second Vatican Council, and Pope John Paul II,
who reigned for nearly 27 years before his death in 2005 and
whose trips around the world made him the most visible pope in
history, will be declared saints by Pope Francis.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Catholic prelate who led the campaign to make the late Pope John Paul a saint exonerated the pontiff on Tuesday against accusations he turned a blind eye to one of the Church’s biggest sexual abuse scandals.
Victims of sexual abuse quickly criticized the prelate’s defense of John Paul, who died in 2005 and will be made a saint at a ceremony this weekend along with Pope John XXII, who reigned from 1958 to 1963.
VATICAN CITY, April 20 (Reuters) – Pope Francis, in his
Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the
“immense wastefulness” in the world while many go hungry and
called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa.
“We ask you, Lord Jesus, to put an end to all war and every
conflict, whether great or small, ancient or recent,” he said in
his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Saturday led Easter rites commemorating what Christians believe was Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, and urged people to rediscover direction in their lives.
Marking the second Easter season of his pontificate, the Argentine pope said a solemn Mass before some 10,000 people in St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in Christendom.
ROME, April 18 (Reuters) – The plight of immigrants, the
poor, the sick, the elderly, unemployed and prisoners dominated
Pope Francis’ Good Friday service at Rome’s Colosseum as he led
Catholics around the world in commemorating the day Jesus died.
The pope, in the run-up to the second Easter of his
pontificate, presided at the traditional “Via Crucis” (Way of
the Cross) service around the ancient Roman ruin.
The Vatican’s official preacher, at a Good Friday service attended by Pope Francis, said huge salaries and the world financial crisis were modern evils caused by the “cursed hunger for gold”.
VATICAN CITY, April 18 (Reuters) – The Vatican’s official
preacher, at a Good Friday service attended by Pope Francis,
said huge salaries and the world financial crisis were modern
evils caused by the “cursed hunger for gold”.
The pope presided at a “Passion of the Lord” service in St.
Peter’s Basilica, the first of two papal events on the day
Christians around the world commemorate Jesus’ death by
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, starting four packed days of events culminating in Easter, said on Thursday the church must always be a refuge for the poor, the homeless and the sick.
Francis, who since his election last year has urged priests to shun material comforts or the urge to climb clerical career ladders, led a solemn Holy Thursday service on the day that Christians commemorate the founding of the priesthood by Jesus.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A tired and sombre-looking Pope Francis led a Palm Sunday service before more than 100,000 people, opening two packed weeks of activities including Easter and the canonization of two popes.
The faithful waved palm and olive branches as the 77-year-old Argentine pope, whose pontificate is 13 months old, rode into the square on a white jeep and stopped at the centre of the square to bless palm and olive branches.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis said “enough” to human trafficking on Thursday, denouncing it as a crime against humanity as police leaders and religious groups from around the world pledged to work together to combat it.
Francis addressed the final session of a two-day Vatican-sponsored international conference on human trafficking attended by top law enforcement officials, politicians and representatives of religions.