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Pope Names First Woman To Senior Vatican Diplomatic Post

Pope Names First Woman To Senior Vatican Diplomatic Post

Pope Francis on Wednesday named the first woman to hold a high-ranking post in the Secretariat of State, the male-dominated Vatican’s diplomatic and administrative nerve centre. Italian laywoman Francesca Di Giovanni, 66, will assume a newly-created post in a division known as the Section for Relations with States where she takes the rank of under-secretary, […]

Pope Hosts Meal For 1,500 Needy People

Pope Hosts Meal For 1,500 Needy People

Pope Francis hosted 1,500 homeless and needy people for lunch on Sunday as the Roman Catholic Church marked its World Day of the Poor. The menu for all in the Vatican’s large audience hall, including the pope, was lasagne, chicken in cream of mushroom sauce, potatoes, sweets, fruit, and coffee. The pope’s guests were brought […]

The Church Should Admit History Of Male Domination, Abuse Of Women – Pope Francis

The Church Should Admit History Of Male Domination, Abuse Of Women – Pope Francis

The pontiff said the church must face up to its suppression of women but indicated he would not back female priests Pope Francis, addressing an array of scandals, said on Tuesday the Roman Catholic Church had to acknowledge a history of male domination and sexual abuse of women and children and repair its reputation among […]

Pope Francis Urges Predator Priests To Turn Themselves In And Face Justice

Pope Francis Urges Predator Priests To Turn Themselves In And Face Justice

Pope Francis has urged priests who have raped and molested children to turn themselves in and prepare for “divine justice,” in his strongest condemnations yet of the Roman Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis. The pope pledged Friday that the church would “never again” cover up or dismiss sexual abuse cases. “To those who abuse minors […]

Pope Francis Worried Over Herdsmen’s Killings In Nigeria

Pope Francis Worried Over Herdsmen’s Killings In Nigeria

The Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has said that Pope Francis is deeply concerned about herdsmen killings in Benue State and other parts of the country. Onaiyekan, who spoke with Daily Sun from the Vatican, said though the Pope would not speak in the news media as they (Bishops) do, the Pope […]

Pope Francis Arrives In Cairo Seeking To Mend Ties With Islam

Pope Francis Arrives In Cairo Seeking To Mend Ties With Islam

Pope Francis arrives in Cairo on Friday hoping to mend ties with Islamic religious leaders just as Egypt’s ancient Christian community faces unprecedented pressure from Islamic State militants who have threatened to wipe it out. In an address to the Egyptian people this week, Francis spoke of his hope that his visit would help bring […]

Pope’s Christmas Message Offers Hope In World Hit By Terrorism, War

Pope’s Christmas Message Offers Hope In World Hit By Terrorism, War

Pope Francis on Sunday offered a Christmas hope for peace in a world lacerated by war and terrorism, urging people to remember migrants, refugees and those hit by economic instability caused by “idolatry of money”. Francis, marking the fourth Christmas season since his election in 2013, also urged Palestinians and Israelis, facing renewed tension after […]

President Buhari Congratulates Pope Francis At 80

President Buhari Congratulates Pope Francis At 80

In a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina yesterday in Abuja, the President joined “the Roman Catholic Church in particular, and Christendom in general, in celebrating this milestone in the life of the Pontiff, who has shown uncommon humility, generosity and love for humanity.” President Buhari “believes Pope Francis has lived, preached and demonstrated […]

Pope Gives Priests Permanent Right To Pardon Abortion

Pope Gives Priests Permanent Right To Pardon Abortion

Pope Francis declared Monday that all priests would have the right permanently to forgive abortion, seen as a significant outreach by the Catholic Church to women. “I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion,” the pope wrote in an […]

Pope Francis Begs For Immediate Ceasefire In Syria

Pope Francis Begs For Immediate Ceasefire In Syria

Pope Francis appealed on Wednesday for an immediate ceasefire in Syria, calling for “at least” a truce enabling civilians, especially children, to be evacuated, after Aleppo came under fierce air assault. “I want to underline and reiterate my closeness to all the victims of the inhumane conflict in Syria,” he said at his weekly audience […]

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