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 ...

Jun 18, 2015

Pope to blame profiteers for killing the planet

Pope Francis will call Thursday on the world’s leaders to pull together to fight global warming, publishing his hotly anticipated thesis on the environment that slams profiteers and slaves to progress. Released six months ahead of a key climate change meeting in Paris, Francis’s ...

Pope eyes worldwide audience for environment directive

Jun 15, 2015

Pope eyes worldwide audience for environment directive

Pope Francis is looking for a global audience for his upcoming encyclical on the environment, saying Sunday that it is meant for everyone, not just Catholics. Francis engaged in some self-promotion during his weekly blessing, alerting the thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square ...

Ukraine requires 'sincere' peace efforts, pope tells Putin

Jun 11, 2015

Ukraine requires 'sincere' peace efforts, pope tells Putin

Pope Francis met privately with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Vatican on Wednesday, using the talks to call for a sincere effort aimed at bringing peace to Ukraine. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said their talks concentrated on the Ukraine conflict and ...