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Jul 7, 2015

Protecting planet not a choice but a duty, pope says

QUITO (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Tuesday appealed to the world not to turn its back on the “reality” of environmental decay and its effects on the poor, saying protecting the planet was no longer a choice but a duty.

The pope, in a speech to university professors and students on the third day of his trip to Ecuador, made his first full-court press on environmental issues since the publication last month of his ecology encyclical “Laudato Si.”

Jul 7, 2015
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In Ecuador, Pope Francis appeals for more inclusive Catholic Church

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(Pope Francis disembarks from a plane after arriving in Quito, following his visit to Guayaquil, Ecuador, July 6, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Speaking to 800,000 people on the first leg of his “homecoming” tour of South America, the 78-year-old pope weaved his homily around the theme of the family, which will be the subject of the month-long synod at the Vatican.

Jul 7, 2015

Pope urges Latin America to find unity through common faith

QUITO (Reuters) – Pope Francis called on people across Latin America to turn to their common Christian roots as an inspiration to resolve differences when he said Mass for nearly one million Catholics in the Ecuadorean capital on Tuesday.

In his homily, the Argentine pontiff praised the conviction and strength in the “cry for freedom” during the region’s independence struggle from European powers 200 years ago.

Jul 7, 2015

In Ecuador, Pope Francis appeals for more inclusive Church

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (Reuters) – Pope Francis used his first Mass in Ecuador on Monday to ask for support in his efforts to reach out to Catholics who feel shunned by the Church when the world’s bishops gather at the Vatican in October.

Speaking to 800,000 people on the first leg of his “homecoming” tour of South America, the 78-year-old pope weaved his homily around the theme of the family, which will be the subject of the month-long synod at the Vatican.

Jul 6, 2015

Pope draws half million to outdoor Mass in Ecuador

GUAYAQUIL (Reuters) – Pope Francis said Mass for more than half a million Ecuadoreans on Monday and hinted he wanted a major Vatican gathering this year to find ways to reach out to Catholics who feel excluded by the Church.

On the first full day of a three-nation “homecoming” trip to South America, the Argentine-born pontiff was in Ecuador’s second city Guayaquil, a steamy port sometimes referred to as the world’s “banana capital,” given its bustling fruit trade.

Jul 5, 2015

Pope comes ‘home’ to South America to defend planet and the poor

QUITO (Reuters) – Laughing as his hat flew off in the Andean highland wind, Pope Francis flew into Ecuador on Sunday to start a “homecoming” tour of South America, where he will champion the rights of the poor and the planet.

His visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay – three of the region’s poorest and smallest countries – is Francis’ first abroad since his landmark encyclical urging an end to man’s degradation of the global environment.

Jul 4, 2015

Pope heads to South America to champion the poor and the planet

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis leaves Rome on Sunday for his first trip to Spanish-speaking Latin America, a “homecoming” to a continent where he will champion the rights of the poor and of the planet.

His trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay three of South America’s poorest and smallest countries, is Francis’ first abroad since his landmark encyclical “Laudato Si” issued an urgent call for defense of the environment.

Jul 2, 2015

Pope’s South American trip: defending the poor and the planet

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis sets out on Sunday to three of South America’s poorest and smallest countries, taking his message of solidarity with the downtrodden to prisoners, peasants, garbage pickers and indigenous people.

The July 5-13 trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay will be his first abroad since he made a clarion call for defense of the environment and the poor in his landmark encyclical “Laudato Si” last month.

Jul 2, 2015
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Keep human dignity at center of solution to Greek crisis, Pope Francis urges leaders

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(Pope Francis waves as he leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Pope Francis urged Europe’s leaders on Wednesday to make responsible decisions to resolve the Greek crisis, saying they had to keep human dignity at the center of the debate.

Jun 30, 2015

Will pope chew coca leaves in Bolivia? ‘Wait and see,’ Vatican says

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis will decide for himself if he chews coca leaves in order to ward off altitude sickness when he lands next week at La Paz, Bolivia, the highest international airport in the world, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

A Bolivian minister said on Sunday that Francis had told government officials that he would like to chew coca leaves – the major ingredient of cocaine – when he visits..