This weeks vatican news

Pope Francis greets woman during his visit with Protestants in Caserta, Italy

Pope visits Pentecostal church and acknowledges persecution

July 29th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

When Pope Francis met with an old protestant friend yesterday, becoming the first Pope to visit a Pentecostal church, he apologised for the persecution of Pentecostals in Italy during the Fascist era in the 1920s and 30s. The Pope spoke to more than 200 people at the Church of the Reconciliation in Caserta, Italy. He had travelled to the region to meet Evangelical Pentecostal pastor Giovanni Traettino, a friend from his time as archbishop of Buenos Aires. “Among those who persecuted and denounced Pentecostals, almost as if they were crazy... there were also Catholics,” he said. “I am the shepherd of ... continue reading.

Sudanese Christian saved from death penalty meets Pope

July 24th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Sudanese woman who fled to Italy after being spared a death sentence for refusing to convert to Islam has met the Pope.... continue reading.


Goals for peace

July 23rd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

World class footballers such as Lionel Messi (above with Pope Francis) will take to the pitch for an interreligious match at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on September 1.... continue reading.


‘Break cycle of hatred and violence’

July 18th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

POPE Francis appeals for peace in the Holy Land as conflict in the region rumbles on... continue reading.

Pope prays as he leads vigil for peace in Syria

Pope Francis meets with clerical abuse survivors for the first time

July 7th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Holy Father today praised six abuse survivors for speaking out about what happened to them, saying that telling the truth ‘was a service of love, since for us it shed light on a terrible darkness in the life of the.’... continue reading.


Honour for new archbishop

July 4th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Former Vatican diplomat Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews and Edinburgh back in Rome to receive the pallium from Pope Francis... continue reading.

Pope prays as he leads vigil for peace in Syria

Pope speaks out about the ‘moral decay’ in Italy’s capital

July 2nd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Rome’s prostitution and queues of people outside a soup kitchen are signs of moral decline, Pope Francis said when condemning the ‘moral decay’ of the city of Rome.... continue reading.

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June 27th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Motherwell’s new bishop spoke out on the need to protect religious freedom, traditional marriage and life, and for Christian unity, in his first homily as bishop of the diocese.... continue reading.

Pope Francis speaks out against the Mafia

June 27th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has taken on one of Italy’s most dangerous organised crime groups, by calling the ‘Ndrangheta crime group an example of ‘the adoration of evil’ and saying that Mafiosi ‘are excommunicated.’... continue reading.

Handle independence vote with care

June 20th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Reaction to Holy Father’s opinion on the subject ahead of September’s referendum... continue reading.

Pope Francis appeals for ‘concrete measures’ to help refugees

June 18th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Speaking ahead of Friday’s World Refugee Day, the Holy Father called, during his penultimate pre-summer general audience for help for those escaping persecution... continue reading.

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