VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis’ penchant for austerity and humility will face a diplomatic challenge when he visits Turkey’s new ostentatious presidential palace on his first visit to the country later this month.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis said Thursday (October 23) that keeping inmates isolated in maximum security prisons is “a form of torture,” and called life sentences “a hidden death penalty” that should be abolished along with capital punishment.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Addressing journalists on the return trip from his intense five-day visit to South Korea late Monday (August 18), Pope Francis bantered with reporters and lightheartedly said he may only have “two or three” years left to live.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) In an effort to ensure a more sober ritual, the Vatican has urged bishops to clamp down on singing, moving around, and casual expressions of affection when the sign of peace is exchanged during mass.
ROME (RNS) Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith and then spared after an international campaign, left Italy today (July 31) on a flight for the U.S., where she plans to build a new life.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis met Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman spared a death sentence for apostasy in Sudan, at the Vatican on Thursday (July 24) after she was flown to Rome by the Italian government following a vigorous international campaign to free her.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Tuesday (July 15) waded into the controversy of the wave of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, calling for an end to racism against migrants and pushing the U.S. to offer greater protection for young children entering the country illegally.
Pope Francis recently held his first meeting with victims of clergy sexual abuse, begging for forgiveness and promising to hold “accountable” the bishops who were complicit in covering up for predatory priests.
A former Vatican ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, has been defrocked and is likely to face criminal prosecution at the Vatican after a church inquiry convicted him of child sexual abuse.