Pope Francis: Populism is fertile ground to foment anti-Semitism

World / Social Issues Jan 21, 2020

Pope Francis: Populism is fertile ground to foment anti-Semitism

Pope Francis on Monday denounced populism, saying it is born of "selfish indifference" and provides fertile terrain for hatred, including anti-Semitism. Francis spoke while meeting with a delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a human rights organization that fights anti-Semitism. The pontiff noted that in 2016, ...

Pope names first woman to senior Vatican diplomatic post

World / Politics Jan 16, 2020

Pope names first woman to senior Vatican diplomatic post

Pope Francis on Wednesday named the first woman to hold a high-ranking post in the Secretariat of State, the male-dominated Vatican's diplomatic and administrative nerve center. Italian lay woman Francesca Di Giovanni, 66, will assume a newly created post in a division known as the ...

'Don't bite!' quips pope as he kisses nun

World Jan 9, 2020

'Don't bite!' quips pope as he kisses nun

Pope Francis warned a nun not to bite him Wednesday in a joking reference to his run-in with an overly zealous pilgrim last week that saw him slap the woman's hand. "I'll give you a kiss, but you must stay calm. Don't bite!" he told ...

National / Crime & Legal Nov 22, 2019

Catholic priest in Nagasaki accused of sexual harassment

A woman in Nagasaki Prefecture has lodged a complaint with the police saying she was sexually harassed by a Catholic priest, it was learned Friday. The Archdiocese of Nagasaki suspended the priest but did not disclose the event to its followers, informed sources said. The archdiocese, ...

National Nov 20, 2019

Pope heads to Asia in search of Buddhist ties and nuclear arms ban

Pope Francis departed Rome on Tuesday for Thailand and Japan, majority Buddhist countries where the Jesuit pontiff is to plead for interreligious dialogue and nuclear disarmament. The pope's third trip to Asia, and his 32nd trip abroad, takes him to two countries with minority Catholic ...

Populists win in Poland polls raises fears of new EU tensions

World / Politics Oct 15, 2019

Populists win in Poland polls raises fears of new EU tensions

Poland's governing right-wing populist party won a weekend election, full official results showed on Monday, retaining a parliamentary majority that could allow it to pursue a judicial reform agenda that has put it at loggerheads with the EU. The triumph by the Law and Justice ...