Pope calls for release of priest, bishops abducted in Syria

2015-07-26 14:32

Pope Francis has appealed for the release of an Italian Jesuit priest and two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria two years ago, asking leaders to work for the freedom of all those abducted there.

Big Easy resources both blessing and curse

2015-07-21 21:04

New Orleans' mayor says the Big Easy's natural resources are both a blessing and a curse.

Eco-friendly pope encourages cities

2015-07-20 16:48

The eco-friendly pope is rallying like-minded green mayors from around the world at the Vatican.

Pope wraps up South America tour

2015-07-12 16:16

Pope Francis has wrapped up his South America tour with a visit to a Paraguayan slum and open-air Mass.

Pope Francis to tour prison where inmates rule

2015-07-08 21:03

Pope Francis is set to visit Bolivia's most notorious prison, Palmasola, where guards only secure the perimeter, In each unit, murderers, drug traffickers and rapists make the rules.

1 000s camp out for Pope's first mass in Ecuador

2015-07-06 17:02

Camped on streets with sleeping bags and stocked with food supplies, thousands of excited Ecuadoreans have congregated in Guayaquil for Pope Francis' first mass of his "homecoming" tour of South America.

Pope Francis to touch on cherished issues

2015-07-05 13:02

History's first Latin American pope has returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time, bringing a message of solidarity with the region's poor, who are expected to turn out in droves to welcome their native son home.

Pope Francis: Sometimes marriage break-ups are inevitable

2015-06-24 14:00

Pope Francis, the leader of a Catholic Church that has always preached the indissolubility of marriage has acknowledged that sometimes it is impossible for spouses to stay together.

Pope challenges world to clean up its filth

2015-06-19 12:43

Pope Francis' plea to make the state of the environment a central moral issue of our age has been greeted with applause from climate activists and a wide range of church, science and government leaders, but dismissive shrugs from those who doubt climate change.

Pope pleas to world to stop climate change destruction

2015-06-18 14:52

Pope Francis has issued a global plea for action to prevent "extraordinary" climate change from destroying the planet and said wealthy countries must bear primary responsibility for creating the problem and for solving it.


World mayors sign pact to fight climate change

2015-07-22 18:06

Mayors from around the world have signed a declaration with Pope Francis stating that man-made climate change is real and humanity has a moral imperative to take action.

India mayor says climate change opening dungeon of slavery

2015-07-21 16:01

The mayor of Kochi, India, knows well the intertwined scourges of climate change and human slavery and is warning against complacency.

Pope Francis passes 22 million Twitter followers

2015-07-15 22:30

Pope Francis surpassed 22 million Twitter followers on his multiple accounts, joining the ranks of tech-savvy entertainers and world leaders who command tens of millions of eyeballs on social media.

Pope asks pardon for church's 'offenses' against indigenous

2015-07-10 14:25

Pope Francis has apologised for the sins and 'offenses' committed by the Catholic Church against indigenous peoples during the colonial-era conquest of the Americas

Pope puts family first at outdoor Mass in Ecuador

2015-07-07 11:21

Pope Francis has received a hero's welcome in Ecuador's biggest city as he celebrated the first public Mass of his South American tour, telling hundreds of thousands of families they are the bedrock of society.

More than 1 million expected at pope's Mass in South America

2015-07-06 09:25

Pope Francis will travel to the Ecuadorean port of Guayaquil for a Mass expected to draw more than a million people, as Latin America's first pontiff tours his home continent with a message of compassion for the weak and respect for an ailing planet.

Catholic Church should not have 'leaders for life' - Pope

2015-07-04 13:09

The Roman Catholic Church should not have 'leaders for life' in its ranks, otherwise it would risk being like a country under dictatorship, Pope Francis says.

Pope visits once-persecuted evangelicals

2015-06-22 12:39

Pope Francis has become the first pope to visit a Waldensian evangelical church, whose members were persecuted by the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages.

UN chief welcomes pope's climate message

2015-06-18 22:05

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a warning by Pope Francis on climate change and called on governments to put the global common good above national interests.

Pope criticises nations that close doors to migrants

2015-06-17 14:30

Pope Francis has called for respect for migrants and suggested that 'people and institutions' who close doors to them should seek forgiveness from God.

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