What Pope Francis Hopes To Accomplish In his visit to Turkey

By Josephine McKenna VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis leaves on Friday (Nov. 28) for a three-day visit to Turkey and, given the issues on his plate and the troubles in the neighborhood, it is expected to be his most challenging and potentially most dangerous trip yet. There are so few Christians — around 120,000 — […]

Cardinals could meet sooner to choose new pope: Vatican

The cardinals who must pick a successor to Pope Benedict XVI after he steps down on February 28 could meet to make the decision sooner than thought, a Vatican spokesman said Saturday. The conclave, the meeting which will bring together the 117 cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, could start before March 15 if all […]

Pope confirmed that he will proceed with Lebanon trip

Rome, Italy, Aug 23, 2012 / 02:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As fighting in neighboring Syria rages on, Pope Benedict XVI has confirmed that he will proceed with his trip to Lebanon as planned. “The Christians in Lebanon are looking forward to the Holy Father’s visit with great joy,” Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Boutros Rai told Aid […]

Pope to visit Lebanon in September despite tensions

Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Lebanon in September will go ahead as scheduled, the Vatican said on Monday, despite tensions in the country linked to the raging conflict in Syria. “The preparations for the visit are going ahead without any uncertainty on the part of the Vatican,”

Vatican: Syria started descending into hell

Syria, where a 15-month conflict is intensifying, has started its descent into hell, the Vatican’s ambassador to the Middle East country said Wednesday. Nuncio Mario Zenari would not be drawn on whether Syria was in the midst of a “civil war”, a term being used increasingly by the international community, but he said “the impression […]