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 ...

Pope brings Christmas message of 'unconditional love'

World Dec 25, 2019

Pope brings Christmas message of 'unconditional love'

Pope Francis ushered in Christmas on Wednesday for the world's 1.3 billion Catholics with a message of unconditional love, saying "God continues to love us all, even the worst of us." "You may have mistaken ideas, you may have made a complete mess of things, ...