Pope will stop in Cuba in September after U.S. visit

Apr 23, 2015

Pope will stop in Cuba in September after U.S. visit

Pope Francis, who played a key role in the diplomatic thaw between Washington and Havana, will visit Cuba in September after a scheduled visit to the U.S., the Vatican confirmed on Wednesday. His visit to the communist-ruled island, which is home to many Roman ...

Pope calls Turkey's Armenian slaughter 'genocide'

Apr 12, 2015

Pope calls Turkey's Armenian slaughter 'genocide'

Pope Francis on Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of Armenians, calling it “the first genocide of the 20th century,” a politically explosive pronouncement that will certainly anger Turkey. Francis, who has close ties to the Armenian community from his days in ...

Pope decries beheading of Egyptian Christians in Libya

Feb 17, 2015

Pope decries beheading of Egyptian Christians in Libya

Pope Francis expressed deep sadness at the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, departing from the script of an address on Monday to emphasise the unity of all Christians regardless of the denomination they follow. Addressing members of the Church of Scotland, ...

Feb 15, 2015

Four nuns who founded orders to be made saints: pope

Pope Francis announced Saturday that he will elevate four women to sainthood in May, all nuns who lived in the 19th century and founded Catholic orders: one French, one Italian and two Palestinians. The canonization will take place on May 17, the pope announced ...