Feb 7, 2017

Vatican row as China invited to organ transplant meet

Ethics experts and human rights lawyers slammed the Vatican Tuesday for inviting a top Chinese health official to an organ trafficking summit despite concerns the Asian giant still uses tissue from executed prisoners.The Pontifical Academy of Sciences invited Huang Jiefu, the man in charge ...

Pope Francis falls in Poland, escapes injury

Jul 28, 2016

Pope Francis falls in Poland, escapes injury

Pope Francis fell Thursday after stumbling down a step on an altar during a visit to Poland but quickly got back to his feet, seemingly without injury.Polish media broadcast images of the 79-year-old Argentine pontiff stumbling, then falling down out of view before being ...

Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian archbishop after abuse scandal

/ Jul 6, 2016

Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian archbishop after abuse scandal

Pope Francis accepted the resignation Wednesday of Italian-Brazilian archbishop Aldo Di Cillo Pagotto following a Vatican investigation into his part in a sex abuse scandal.Pagotto, 66, archbishop of Paraiba in Brazil, allegedly welcomed into his diocese priests and seminarians accused of pedophilia after they ...

Pope returns with 12 refugees after visit to Greek camp

Apr 17, 2016

Pope returns with 12 refugees after visit to Greek camp

Pope Francis took three families of Syrian refugees back to Rome on Saturday after visiting the frontline of Europe’s migrant crisis at a camp in Greece where migrants wept at his feet, kissed his hand and begged for help.At a sprawling fenced complex on ...

On Latin America visit, Pope to speak up for poor and planet

Jul 6, 2015

On Latin America visit, Pope to speak up for poor and planet

Latin America’s first pope returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time Sunday, stressing the need to protect the poor and the environment from exploitation and to foster dialogue among all sectors of society.Children in traditional dress greeted Francis at Mariscal Sucre airport ...