Pope wraps up South America tour with visit to slum

Jul 12, 2015

Pope wraps up South America tour with visit to slum

Pope Francis will put into practice his insistence that the world’s poor not be left on the margins of society by visiting a slum outside Asuncion on the final day of his three-country South American tour. Francis has spent much of the past week ...

Jul 9, 2015

Pope drinks coca tea on way to highlands of Bolivia

Pope Francis drank a tea of coca leaves, chamomile flower and anise seeds on the plane to Bolivia from Ecuador Wednesday to ward off altitude sickness upon arrival at the highest international airport in the world. Coca is the main ingredient for cocaine, but ...

Jun 22, 2015

Christian warlord Takayama Ukon to be beatified

The Vatican has agreed to recognize Takayama Ukon, one of Japan’s best-known Christian warlords, as beatus or “blessed,” the stage before being declared a saint, Vatican sources said. A beatification ceremony will be held next year in Japan following an official announcement later this ...

Pope takes aim at nations' Holocaust failures, arms-makers

Jun 22, 2015

Pope takes aim at nations' Holocaust failures, arms-makers

Pope Francis on Sunday denounced what he called the “great powers” of the world for failing to act when there was intelligence indicating Jews, Christians, homosexuals and others were being transported to death camps in Europe during World War II. He also decried the ...