Russians hail Pope Francis' meeting with Patriarch Kirill

Feb 14, 2016

Russians hail Pope Francis' meeting with Patriarch Kirill

Russians ranging from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to ordinary citizens are seeing the landmark meeting of the heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches as having significance far beyond religious doctrine. The meeting in Havana, Cuba, on Friday between Pope Francis and ...

Jan 23, 2016

Pope approves beatification of warlord Takayama Ukon

Pope Francis has approved the beatification of Takayama Ukon, a Christian warlord who was ousted from Japan in the early 17th century, the Vatican said Friday. Takayama, born in 1552, was baptized at the age of 12. Following the Tokugawa feudal government’s ban on ...

Dec 21, 2015

Mainly-Catholic Slovenia rejects gay marriage in referendum

More than 60 percent of Slovenian voters opposed legalizing gay marriage in a referendum Sunday marked by low turnout, according to near-complete results from the electoral commission. The outcome marked a setback for gay rights activists who had hoped to see the largely Catholic ...

Oct 17, 2015

Pope calls for more decentralized Catholic Church

Pope Francis called Saturday for a Catholic Church that is far more decentralized, where the laity play a greater role, bishops’ conferences take care of certain problems and even the papacy is rethought. Francis issued the call during a ceremony Saturday to mark the ...