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Jan 30, 2015

U.S. EPA chief hopes Pope will spur concern on climate change

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.

Jan 19, 2015

Pope says birth control ban doesn’t mean breed “like rabbits”

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.

Jan 18, 2015

Pope Manila Mass drew record crowd of 6-7 million: Vatican

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.

Jan 18, 2015
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Pope Francis’s Manila Mass drew record crowd of 6-7 million: Vatican

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(An overview of an open-air Mass led by Pope Francis at Rizal Park in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini)

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.

Jan 18, 2015
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Papal text says man betrays God by destroying the environment

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(Pope Francis smiles as he waves to residents during a motorcade in Tacloban city, after holding a mass near the airport, January 17, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro)

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.

Jan 18, 2015

Huge crowds converge for pope Mass in Manila park

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.

Jan 17, 2015

Pope to conclude Asian trip with huge outdoor Mass in Manila

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.

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.