Pope Francis repeated his appeal for people to build bridges of understanding at his weekly audience at the Vatican. The Pope also commented that Wednesday marked both the Church’s day of reflection for young victims of human trafficking and coincidentally the feast day of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese immigrant. She was a 19th-century Sudanese
The Pope said he simply wanted to understand the suffering that politicians ’cause to the poor’ Pope Francis has declined to offer any comment about Donald Trump in a new interview, but said he was concerned about how political policies may affect the lives of the poor. The interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of
German Church representatives urged people not to turn against Muslim refugees and asylum seekers, after police killed an Afghan refugee who had attacked people on a train. Markus Hauck, spokesman for Germany’s Würzburg diocese, where the incident occurred, said it was important not to use the incident “as a general indictment against refugees. It would
Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark presided at the ordination of the diocese’s new auxiliary bishop, Bishop Paul Mason, at St George’s Cathedral. Originally from North Shields in Durham, Bishop Mason worked for IT firms Olivetti and Hewlett-Packard, before training for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome in the 1990s. He served for ten
There are currently 50 conflicts worldwide, despite the work of the agency The United Nations mission is not yet complete 70 years after its founding, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s “foreign minister” has said. While the U.N. has done much commendable work, there remains much yet to be done, said Archbishop Gallagher, the British Vatican secretary
In his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis recognized the challenges involved with welcoming migrants, but stressed that despite the difficulties they should always be accepted as brothers and sisters. “At the heart of the Gospel of mercy, the encounter and acceptance by others are intertwined with the encounter and
While the international community can’t seem to find solutions to the current crisis ravaging the Middle East, thanks to the media it’s caught the world’s attention and can’t be ignored, Pope Francis said. He referred to the “overwhelming human tragedies” taking place in Iraq and Syria as a result of ongoing conflicts, which have caused
In a new, wide-ranging interview Pope Francis touched on a variety of serious and lighthearted topics, such as the current refugee crisis, youth unemployment and how often the he goes to confession. Aired for the first time Sept. 14, the interview was conducted by Vatican journalist Aura Miguel with Portugal-based Radio Renascença (Renaissance) Sept. 8.