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 […]
Pope Benedict XVI marked the end of a difficult year Monday by saying that despite all the death and injustice in the world, goodness prevails. Benedict celebrated New Year’s Eve with a vespers service in St. Peter’s Basilica
Deep sorrow over Syria echoed across the Vatican on Christmas Day as Pope Benedict XVI urged warring parties to end a 21-month-old civil war. “May peace spring up for the people of Syria, deeply wounded and divided by a conflict which does not spare even the defenseless and reaps innocent victims,”
Pope Benedict XVI granted his former butler a Christmas pardon Saturday, forgiving him in person during a jailhouse meeting for stealing and leaking his private papers in one of the gravest Vatican security breaches in recent times. After the 15-minute meeting, Paolo Gabriele was freed
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 Benedict XVI on Wednesday pronounced a blessing in Arabic at his weekly audience in front of 20,000 pilgrims on St Peter’s Square — the first time the language has been used at such an event. “The pope prays for all Arabic speakers.
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
Pope Benedict XVI’s butler will be tried on a aggravated theft charge over the leaking of hundreds of secret papers from the pope’s personal apartment to an Italian journalist, a Vatican spokesman said Monday. The butler, Paolo Gabriele, acted out of a desire to combat “evil
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 […]
VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI implored the Syrian regime Sunday to heed international demands to end the bloodshed and expressed hope that the joy of Easter will comfort Christian communities suffering because of their faith.