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Pope urges more Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey

Pope Francis listens to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's speech at the Presidential palace in Ankara, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbaric violence” being committed in Islam’s name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighboring Turkey Friday for a delicate visit aimed at improving interfaith ties.

Posted: November 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

PH to secure Pope Francis in custom-built ‘popemobile’

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The Philippines will custom-build a “popemobile” for Pope Francis to travel in during his visit to the fervently Catholic nation in January, organizers said Thursday.

Posted: November 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family’s grief

Pope Francis attends his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. AP

Saying “even the pope has a family,” Pope Francis has expressed thanks for the prayers and condolences sent him after the death of a nephew’s wife and her two young children in a car crash in the pontiff’s native Argentina.

Posted: August 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

China Catholics cheer pope’s South Korea visit

In this photo taken on Monday, July 28, 2014, Rev. Park Geun Tae speaks during an interview at a Seoul Catholic church in Seoul, South Korea. Park said the emergence of Catholicism in Korea was seen by some as liberation from a system where some of the lowest-class believers had been “treated like animals.” Catholics were persecuted for allegedly disrupting the social order, plotting treason, denying the Joseon Dynasty’s legitimacy and seeking help from foreign powers to spread Christianity. The 124 Korean Catholic martyrs who will be honored by Pope Francis this week left behind families who were in the dark about their sacrifices for generations, and in some cases now live as Buddhists or Protestants. Francis on Thursday, Aug. 14, makes the first papal visit to South Korea in 25 years and is expected to praise the martyrs he plans to beatify in the last formal step before sainthood. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Chinese Catholics are cheering Pope Francis’ visit to neighbor South Korea, saying they hope that it will help end the estrangement between their government and the Vatican.

Posted: August 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope makes tough sell on materialism in South Korea

Pope Francis walks with his pastoral staff as he arrives to celebrate a mass at a soccer stadium in Daejeon, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Tens of thousands of Asian Catholics gave a boisterous welcome to Pope Francis on Friday as he celebrated his first public Mass in South Korea, a country with a small but growing church that is seen by the Vatican as a model for the rest of the world.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis urged Asia’s Catholic youth on Friday to renounce the materialism that afflicts much of Asian society today and reject “inhuman” economic systems that disenfranchise the poor, pressing his economic agenda in one of Asia’s powerhouses where financial gain is a key barometer of success.

Posted: August 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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