VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican, which is still struggling with the effects of a worldwide pedophilia scandal in the Catholic Church, discovered two cases of possession of child pornography within its own walls last year, its chief prosecutor said on Saturday.
Gian Piero Milano, whose official title is Promoter of Justice, reported the cases in a 50-page report read to Vatican officials at a ceremony marking the start of the city-state’s judicial year.
ROME (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday she hoped Pope Francis’ upcoming message to his flock on the environment would help galvanize concern about climate change and convince skeptics that “the science is real”.
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, visiting the Vatican to discuss climate change, said U.S. President Barack Obama shared the pope’s belief that it was a moral issue because its effects would be felt most by the poorest and weakest nations.
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.
MANILA (Reuters) – 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.
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the office of the president told the Vatican that between six and seven million attended the Mass in Manila’s Rizal Park and surrounding areas.
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.
TACLOBAN, Philippines, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Pope Francis,
wearing a plastic poncho against gusting winds and driving rain,
kept a promise on Saturday to comfort survivors of a devastating
2013 typhoon but a new storm forced him to leave early.
The pope flew to Tacloban, ground zero of Typhoon Haiyan,
which devastated the area around Leyte Island 14 months ago,
killing at least 6,300 people, leaving a million others homeless
and displacing four million.
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.