Pope Francis urges Israeli, Palestinian authorities to dialogue following recent violence surge

Pope Francis on Sunday urged Israeli and Palestinian authorities to make greater efforts to seek dialogue following recent deadly bomb attacks in Jerusalem and clashes in the occupied West Bank. Speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square for his Sunday blessing, Francis said violence was “killing the future” for both. Two… Read More Pope Francis urges Israeli, Palestinian authorities to dialogue following recent violence surge

Former Vatican auditor, deputy file $9.25million lawsuit against the Holy See

The Vatican’s first auditor general and his deputy, who were appointed in 2015 and fired two years later, are suing the Holy See for 9.3 million euros (an equivalent of $9.25 million) in damages, alleging they were sacked after discovering financial irregularities. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said on Thursday he had no comment on the… Read More Former Vatican auditor, deputy file $9.25million lawsuit against the Holy See

French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Pope Francis, Vatican officials over Ukraine crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron and Pope Francis held talks on Monday, with the crisis in Ukraine and prospects for peace there expected to have been their main topic of discussion. The Vatican said their private talks lasted 55 minutes but, as is customary, did not specify what they discussed. Prior to Macron’s visit, victims of… Read More French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Pope Francis, Vatican officials over Ukraine crisis

Vatican renews agreement with China on appointment of bishops

The Vatican on Saturday said that it and China had renewed a secret and contested agreement on the appointment of Roman Catholic bishops in the communist country. It was the second time the accord, which is still provisional, was extended for another two years since it was first reached in 2018. The latest extension had… Read More Vatican renews agreement with China on appointment of bishops

Ukraine claims full control of key logistics hub in Lyman

Ukraine on Sunday claimed full control of the eastern logistics hub of Lyman, Kyiv’s most significant battlefield gain in weeks, providing a potential staging post for further attacks to the east while heaping further pressure on the Kremlin. The stinging setback for Russian President Vladimir Putin came after he proclaimed the annexation of four regions… Read More Ukraine claims full control of key logistics hub in Lyman

Pope Francis to visit Bahrain in November for international conference

Pope Francis will visit predominantly Muslim Bahrain Nov. 3-6 to attend an international conference, the Vatican announced on Wednesday. The Vatican said the pope would visit the Gulf island country off the Arabian peninsula to take part in the Bahrain Forum for Dialogue: East and West for Human Coexistence. In 2019, Francis visited Abu Dhabi… Read More Pope Francis to visit Bahrain in November for international conference

Pope Francis berates nuclear remarks of Russian President Vladimir Putin

Pope Francis, speaking as Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the West he was not bluffing about possibly using nuclear weapons, said on Wednesday that thinking of such an act was “madness”. Francis also said Ukrainians were being subjected to savageness, monstrosities and torture, calling them a “noble” people being martyred. The pope, discussing his trip… Read More Pope Francis berates nuclear remarks of Russian President Vladimir Putin