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 ...

Philippine Catholics swarm Christ icon hoping for miracle

Asia Pacific Jan 9, 2020

Philippine Catholics swarm Christ icon hoping for miracle

Swarms of barefoot believers thronged a revered icon of Jesus Christ on Thursday in Manila for a slow-moving and raucous procession that is considered one of the world's largest shows of Catholic fervor. As the sun rose, hundreds of thousands of faithful were packed along ...

'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 ...

Bethlehem welcomes pilgrims for Christmas celebrations

World / Social Issues Dec 25, 2019

Bethlehem welcomes pilgrims for Christmas celebrations

Pilgrims from around the world gathered Tuesday in the biblical city of Bethlehem, revered by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus, ushering in Christmas celebrations across the globe. Thousands of Palestinians and foreigners converged on the "little town" in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, with Christmas ...