Pope in Madagascar insists 'poverty is not inevitable'

World / Social Issues Sep 9, 2019

Pope in Madagascar insists 'poverty is not inevitable'

Pope Francis insisted Sunday that poverty isn't inevitable and that the poor deserve the dignity of work as he visited a rock quarry in Madagascar where hundreds of people toil rather than scavenge in the capital's biggest dump. Francis appealed for new development strategies to ...

Climate and post-conflict peace on pope's Africa agenda

World / Social Issues Sep 4, 2019

Climate and post-conflict peace on pope's Africa agenda

Pope Francis heads this week to the southern African nations of Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius, visiting some of the world's poorest countries in a region hard hit by some of his biggest concerns: conflict, corruption and climate change. The Sept. 4-10 trip is Francis' second ...

Vatican says no recent bones found in search of ossuary

World Jul 29, 2019

Vatican says no recent bones found in search of ossuary

Experts say they have found no recent bones in their examination of an ossuary as part of a search for a teenager who disappeared 36 years ago, Vatican officials said Sunday. But an expert representing the family of the missing girl has called for more ...

Missing teen mystery deepens as Vatican dig reveals empty graves

World Jul 12, 2019

Missing teen mystery deepens as Vatican dig reveals empty graves

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of an Italian teenager 36 years ago deepened Thursday after two graves at the Vatican thought to possibly hold her remains were discovered to be empty. Not only was Emanuela Orlandi's body not found, the tombs did not even hold ...

Brazil indigenous chief Raoni meets pope as Amazon threat rises

World / Social Issues May 28, 2019

Brazil indigenous chief Raoni meets pope as Amazon threat rises

Pope Francis on Monday met Brazil's legendary indigenous chief Raoni, who is on a European tour to highlight increasingly acute threats to the Amazon since far-right President Jair Bolsonaro took power. The elderly Kayapo chief, internationally recognizable through his traditional lip plate and feather headdress, ...