Pope Francis calls for release of Myanmar political prisoners, return to democracy

Pope Francis on Monday urged Myanmar’s military leaders to free political prisoners and resume the country’s “brusquely interrupted” path to democracy. The pope made his appeal in his annual address to the diplomatic corps as tens of thousands of people joined a third day of nationwide demonstrations in Myanmar against the military’s removal of elected… Read More Pope Francis calls for release of Myanmar political prisoners, return to democracy

Pope Francis institutes Catholic day to honour the elderly

Pope Francis on Sunday instituted a “World day for Grandparents and the Elderly” in the Roman Catholic Church to be marked once a year to honour them and to underscore their importance to society. Francis, making the surprise announcement at his Sunday noon address, said it would be marked on the fourth Sunday of July… Read More Pope Francis institutes Catholic day to honour the elderly

Pope Francis urges more nations to join UN nuclear treaty

Pope Francis on Wednesday urged more nations to join a U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons, saying their prohibition is badly needed to promote peace today. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons goes into effect on Friday and has been signed by 86 states, according to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which… Read More Pope Francis urges more nations to join UN nuclear treaty

Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope Benedict receive coronavirus vaccine

Both Pope Francis and ex Pope Benedict have received the first dose of a vaccine against coronavirus, the Vatican said on Thursday. The 84-year-old pope and the 93-year-old former pope, got their jabs as part of a Vatican vaccination program that began on Wednesday. Both men are vulnerable to contracting the virus because of their… Read More Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope Benedict receive coronavirus vaccine

Pope Francis issues new decree formally allowing more roles for women in Church

Pope Francis, in another step towards greater equality for women in the Roman Catholic Church, on Monday changed its law to formally allow them to serve as readers at liturgies, altar servers and distributors of communion. In a decree, the pope formalised what already has been happening in many developed countries for years. But by… Read More Pope Francis issues new decree formally allowing more roles for women in Church

Pope Francis urges U.S. to shun violence and protect democracy following Capitol attack

Pope Francis urged Americans on Sunday to shun violence, seek reconciliation and protect democratic values, following the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol building by supporters of President Donald Trump that left five people dead. “I repeat that violence is self-destructive, always. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost,” the pope said… Read More Pope Francis urges U.S. to shun violence and protect democracy following Capitol attack

Pope Francis calls on nations to prioritize sharing of vaccines in his Christmas message

Pope Francis in his Christmas message on Friday said political and business leaders must not allow market forces and patent laws to take priority over making COVID-19 vaccines available to all, condemning nationalism and “the virus of radical individualism”. In a sign of the times, Francis delivered his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city… Read More Pope Francis calls on nations to prioritize sharing of vaccines in his Christmas message

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko orders for resolution of case involving exiled Minsk archbishop

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has ordered authorities to resolve the case of Minsk’s exiled Catholic archbishop at the request of Pope Francis, the foreign minister said on Tuesday. Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, who had angered Lukashenko by defending the rights of anti-government protesters, was barred from entry in August as he tried to come home from… Read More Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko orders for resolution of case involving exiled Minsk archbishop