pope warns man’s greed will destroy world

Pope Francis warned Thursday that planet earth would not forgive the abuse of its resources for profit, urging the world’s leaders to rein in their greed and help the hungry — or risk a doomsday scenario in which nature would exact revenge. “God always forgives, but the earth does not,” the Argentine pope told the […]

Egypt’s Copts vote for successor to Pope Shenouda III

A council of Coptic Christians in Egypt is set to vote for a successor to Pope Shenouda III, who died in March. Two bishops and three monks are short-listed to become the 118th head of the region’s largest Christian minority. The council will pick three, writing their names on separate pieces of paper that will […]

Pope’s butler convicted of stealing documents

A Vatican court Saturday found former papal butler Paolo Gabriele guilty of aggravated theft in the pilfering and leaking of private internal documents in a scandal that brought extraordinary attention to the heart of the Roman Catholic Church. The three-judge panel senteced Gabriele to three years in prison, reduced to

Despite Syria crisis Pope still planning Lebanon trip

Preparations for Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to Lebanon in September are going ahead despite the escalating conflict in neighbouring Syria, the Vatican said on Thursday. “There is no uncertainty about the preparations,” Benedict’s spokesman Federico Lombardi said at a press conference. “The Holy See is doing everything to make sure the trip takes place as […]