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Jan 17, 2015

Rain-soaked pope braves storm to comfort typhoon victims

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.

Jan 16, 2015

Pope heads south to comfort Typhoon Haiyan survivors

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.

Jan 16, 2015
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Pope says ‘ideological colonization’ threatens the traditional family

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(Pope Francis waves to the Catholic faithful as he arrives for a meeting with Filipino families in Manila January 16, 2015. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini)

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.

Jan 16, 2015

Pope tells Philippines leaders to end corruption, hear cries of the poor

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.

Jan 15, 2015

Pope says climate change mostly man’s fault

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.

Jan 15, 2015
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After Paris attacks, Pope Francis speaks out against insulting religions

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(Pope Francis gestures as he answers questions from a journalist during the flight from Colombo, Sri Lanka, to Manila in the Philippines January 15, 2015. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini)

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.

Jan 15, 2015

After Paris attacks, Pope speaks out against insulting religions

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – 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.

“You can’t provoke, you can’t insult the faith of others, you can’t make fun of faith,” he told reporters on Thursday, aboard a plane taking him from Sri Lanka to the Philippines to start the second leg off his Asian tour.

Jan 15, 2015

Pope wades into climate change debate, says mostly man’s fault

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – Pope Francis waded into the global debate about climate change on Thursday, saying that he believed that man was primarily responsible 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, in time provide food for thought ahead of the U.N. climate meeting Paris in November.

Jan 14, 2015

Pope gives Sri Lanka its first saint before huge crowd

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Pope Francis gave Sri Lanka its first saint on Wednesday at a Mass for hundreds of thousands of people packed on a Colombo oceanfront, in a climax to a 300-year campaign to recognise the holiness of Indian-born missionary Joseph Vaz.

The pope, who on Tuesday was tired after starting his trip under a blazing sun, looked relaxed against a backdrop of a sparkling sea and rolling waves as he told the hushed crowd that Vaz was an example of religious tolerance relevant to Sri Lanka.

Jan 13, 2015

Pope says Sri Lanka should seek truth over civil war

COLOMBO, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Pope Francis called on Sri Lanka
to uncover the truth about its long civil conflict and bring
religious communities closer together, as he began a visit to
the island nation whose wartime leaders were voted out of power
only days ago.

Francis, 78, looked tired at an evening meeting of Buddhist,
Hindu, Muslim and Christian leaders, and earlier on Tuesday he
cancelled a meeting with bishops after a long flight from the
Vatican and a sun-baked ride in a jeep along packed roads from
the airport.