VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis told priests on Wednesday to be more merciful to Catholics who have divorced and remarried outside the Church, saying they should not be treated as if they had been excommunicated.
The delicate subject of how the 1.2-billion-member Church should treat divorced Catholics will be a major issue at a meeting of world bishops at the Vatican in October.
ROME (Reuters) – First, a fire in May reduced operations at Fiumicino airport for more than two months. On Wednesday, a forest fire caused cancellations and delays, and on Thursday a black-out left much of it without power for an hour.
Italy’s busiest airport has not been very lucky of late.
Now its biggest tenant, national carrier Alitalia, has threatened to move its hub elsewhere unless airport operator ADR does more to improve infrastructure and services.
Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for the release of an Italian Jesuit priest and two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria two years ago, asking leaders to work for the freedom of all those abducted there.
Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, a Jesuit priest who worked in Syria for more than 30 years and who supported the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, disappeared on July 29, 2013 in the city of Raqqa, now a stronghold of militant group Islamic State.
VATICAN CITY, July 22 (Reuters) – More than 65 mayors from
around the world pledged on Wednesday to implement the United
Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their cities
and to combat global warming, saying society was facing numerous
The mayors signed a pledge at a Vatican-hosted conference
where participants included New York’s Bill de Blasio, Anne
Hildago of Paris as well the mayors of Rio de Janeiro,
Stockholm, Johannesburg and Mexico City.
VATICAN CITY, July 21 (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Tuesday
urged the United Nations to take a “very strong stand” on
climate change at a landmark summit this year in Paris on global
The pope spoke at a Vatican-hosted conference of mayors and
governors from major world cities who signed a declaration
urging global leaders to take bold action at the U.N. summit,
saying it may be the last chance to tackle human-induced global
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Mayors and governors from major world cities on Tuesday will urge global leaders to take bold action at this year’s U.N. climate change summit, saying it may be the last chance to tackle human-induced global warming.
Pope Francis has invited some 65 local and regional leaders to attend a two-day conference on how cities can address what the Vatican calls the “interconnected emergencies” of climate change and human trafficking.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Vatican departments had more than a billion euros that were not declared on an overall balance sheet before new accounting standards kicked in last year, a financial statement showed on Thursday.
The man appointed to clean up Vatican finances said last December that departments had “tucked away” million of euros and followed “long-established patterns” in jealously managing their affairs without reporting to any central accounting office.
Pope Francis acknowledged on Monday he had neglected problems of the middle class and said he was willing to have a dialogue with Americans who disagree with his criticism of capitalism.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – Pope Francis acknowledged on Monday he had neglected problems of the middle class and said he was willing to have a dialogue with Americans who disagree with his criticism of capitalism.
Francis, speaking to reporters on the papal plane returning from a grueling 8-day trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, also said he hoped the Greek crisis could lead to more oversight so other countries would not experience the same problems.
ASUNCION (Reuters) – Pope Francis left for Rome on Sunday at the end of a trip to South America during which he censured capitalism, championed the rights of the poor, warned of irreversible damage to the planet and urged youths to “make a mess”.
In passionate speeches, the Argentine pontiff urged the destitute to change the world economic order and branded the unfettered pursuit of money as the “dung of the devil”. He also sought forgiveness for the sins committed by the Catholic Church against native Americans during the colonial era.