Pope Francis expresses willingness to meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill

Pope Francis said on Monday he was willing to go to Moscow for to meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill “brother to brother” in what would be the first trip by a pope to Russia. The pair’s meeting in Cuba in 2016 was the first by a pope and a leader of the Russian Orthodox Church… Read More Pope Francis expresses willingness to meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Pope Francis amid abortion rights debate at home

U.S. President Joe Biden held an unusually long meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday as a debate raged back home about the Catholic president’s support for abortion rights. The Vatican said the private meeting lasted one hour and 15 minutes and then about another 15 minutes were spent for picture taking and… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Pope Francis amid abortion rights debate at home

South Korean President Moon Jae-in meets with Pope Francis

South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Pope Francis on Friday, giving him a cross made from barbed wire from the peninsula’s demilitarized zone and again urging him to visit North Korea. Moon, who is Catholic, was in Rome for the G20 summit of world leaders. He held private talks with the pope for about 25… Read More South Korean President Moon Jae-in meets with Pope Francis

Pope Francis launches two-year global process for deliberations on Catholic Church future

Pope Francis on Sunday launched a two-year worldwide consultative process that could change the way the Roman Catholic Church makes decisions and leave its mark long after his pontificate is over. Proponents see the initiative called “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission” as an opportunity to change the Church’s power dynamics and give… Read More Pope Francis launches two-year global process for deliberations on Catholic Church future

Pope Francis urges vigilance against rise in anti-Semitism during Hungary visit

Pope Francis called on Sunday for vigilance against a rise in anti-Semitism, saying during a brief trip to Hungary this was a “fuse that must not be allowed to burn.” The pope arrived in Hungary early on Sunday for an unusually short visit underlining differences with his political opposite, nationalist and anti-immigrant Prime Minister Viktor… Read More Pope Francis urges vigilance against rise in anti-Semitism during Hungary visit

Pope Francis calls on Christians to pray and fast for Afghanistan

Pope Francis on Sunday called on the world’s Christians to pray and carry out fasting to ask God to bring about peace and coexistence in Afghanistan. Speaking to pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly blessing, Francis said he was following events in Afghanistan with “great worry” and was participating in the… Read More Pope Francis calls on Christians to pray and fast for Afghanistan