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Prominent Muslims hope Pope’s Turkey trip can show Islam’s peaceful side

Blue Mosque

TWO prominent Muslim religious figures in Turkey welcomed the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to their country, saying they hoped it could shed light on the “peace” of Islam and help change bad images associated with that religion. At Istanbul’s famed Sultan Ahmed Mosque – often referred to as the Blue Mosque because of the turquoise tiles that adorn the ... Read More »

Pope urges Europe to nurture religious roots, sow peace in its borders

Pope Francis at Council of Europe

THE project of European unity and co-operation, ensuring peace on the continent and helping others find peace as well, requires a real commitment to dialogue and respect for others, Pope Francis said. While the Pope did not specifically mention the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia, both members of the Council of Europe, he told council members a “great toll ... Read More »

Pope calls European Parliament to rejuvenate ‘grandmother’ Europe

Pope Francis in European Parliament

THE 77-year-old grandson of European immigrants to Argentina, Pope Francis urged the European Parliament to value the continent’s faiths and recuperate a sense of responsibility for the common good to rejuvenate Europe’s social, political and economic life. “In many quarters we encounter a general impression of weariness and ageing, of a Europe which is now a ‘grandmother’, no longer fertile ... Read More »

Pope says he would ‘never close the door’ on talks with Islamic State

Pope Francis inflight

POPE Francis said he would “never close the door” on dialogue with the Islamic State in an effort to bring peace to a region of the world suffering from violence and persecution. He also said “terrorism” could describe not only the actions of such extremist groups but also those of some national governments using military force unilaterally. Meeting reporters on ... Read More »

Pope, creating six new saints, uses newly abbreviated formula

Indian saints

POPE Francis proclaimed six new saints using a newly simplified rite, and praised them for the love and self-giving with which they served God and built up his kingdom by serving the poor and needy. Creating the two Indian and four Italian saints on November 23, the feast of Christ the King, the Pope said, “They responded with extraordinary creativity ... Read More »

Church is a mother without borders, welcoming migrants, Pope says

Sub-Saharan migrants

THE Catholic Church “is a mother without limits and without borders”, welcoming and assisting all of God’s children, particularly those fleeing violence, oppression and poverty, Pope Francis said. Addressing the 300 participants in the Vatican-sponsored World Congress on the Pastoral Care of Migrants, the Pope said the Church’s concern for the whole person motivated its material aid to immigrants and ... Read More »

Islam, ecumenism and regional conflict on Pope’s agenda in Turkey

Pope to Turkey

By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service ALMOST every papal trip abroad is a complex mix of the religious and political, and that will be especially true of Pope Francis’ November 28-30 visit to Turkey. Given the country’s crucial geographic position straddling Europe and Asia, its historic importance for both Christianity and Islam and the wars now raging in neighbouring ... Read More »

Little acts of love, kindness and faith add up to holiness, Pope says

Pope Francis

ALL Christians are called to holiness and to take even little steps each day to be more loving and more Christ-like, Pope Francis said. “Some think that holiness is closing your eyes and making the face of a plastic statue, but that’s not holiness,” the Pope said on November 19 at his weekly general audience. Holiness is something much greater, ... Read More »

Feed the world, safeguard the planet, Pope tells international leaders


EVERY human being has a right to food, and no business plan or economic policy can override that right, Pope Francis told world leaders gathered in Rome. “The struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by ‘market priorities’ and the ‘primacy of profit’, which have reduced foodstuffs to a commodity like any other, subject to speculation, also of a financial ... Read More »

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