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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.

Jan 13, 2015

Pope calls for pursuit of truth over Sri Lanka’s violent past

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Pope Francis called on Sri Lanka to uncover the truth of what happened during its bloody civil war as part of a healing process between religious communities, as he arrived in Colombo a few days after the island’s wartime leaders were voted out.

Soon after landing in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka, Francis appeared to make the case for a truth commission to investigate the 26-year civil war, an election pledge of the government voted into office on Thursday.

Jan 12, 2015

Vatican denies reports of attack warnings

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican denied press reports on Monday that it had received specific warnings from Israeli and U.S. intelligence services that it was a probable next target of an Islamist attack.

La Repubblica, Corriere della Sera and other Italian papers reported on Monday that the CIA and Mossad had warned Italian and Vatican authorities that the Vatican may be a target. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said there were normal contacts among security services but the Holy See had been given no “concrete and specific” information over any risk.

Jan 12, 2015

Pope urges Muslim leaders to condemn religious-based violence

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Monday condemned last week’s killings by Islamist militants in Paris and urged Muslim leaders around the world to denounce fundamentalist interpretations of religion that use God’s name to justify violence.

“Violence is always the product of a falsification of religion, its use a pretext for ideological schemes whose only goal is power over others,” the pope said.

Jan 10, 2015

Pope’s Asia trip to address poverty, dialogue, climate change

COLOMBO/VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis returns to Asia for the second time in less than six months, travelling to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in coming days to underscore his concern for inter-religious dialogue, poverty and the environment.

Security will be a main issue in both countries, particularly in the Philippines, Asia’s only majority Catholic country, where up to six million people are expected to attend an outdoor Mass on Jan. 18.