Pope apologizes for slapping pilgrim woman, calls violence against women ‘blasphemy’
02 January 2020 | 6:42 am
Pope Francis described violence against women as "blasphemy against God." A day earlier, the frustrated pontiff slapped the hand of a woman who yanked him towards her.
26 Oct 2020
The pope has made a surprise announcement while addressing the faithful at the Vatican, announcing a group of new cardinals who could help ensure Francis' eventual successor will continue his legacy.
26 Dec 2020
Pope Francis has urged global unity in an address that frequently referenced the coronavirus pandemic. He said walls of nationalism could not be built to stop a health crisis that knows no borders.
8 Mar 2021
Iraq's Christian minority has dealt with decades of persecution — and many are skeptical about whether a four-day visit by Pope Francis will make a difference.
14 Mar 2021
With the crumbling stone walls of Mosul's Church of the Immaculate Conception behind him, Pope Francis prays for "victims of war" and makes a plea for Christians in Iraq and the Middle East to stay in their homelands.
22 Mar 2021
The Roman Catholic pontiff urged the people to fight against the Mafia and other organized crime groups, accusing the criminals of "exploiting the pandemic."
3 Apr 2021
The Vatican announced Wednesday it would reduce the salaries of religious at the Holy See to stave off job cuts as the coronavirus continues to hammer the Catholic Church's bottom line.
29 Mar 2021
During the Angelus prayer at the end of the Palm Sunday mass in the St. Peter Basilica, Pope Francis remembers victims of violence, especially those involved in this morning's attack in Indonesia, in front of the Cathedral of Makassar.
17 May 2021
Pope Francis says the loss of innocent lives in violence between Israel and Palestinians is "terrible and unacceptable" and appeals for those who have responsibility to "walk the paths of peace".
5 Jul 2021
The 84-year-old will undergo a procedure for inflammation of the large colon.
12 Jul 2021
Pope Francis, seemingly in a good overall condition, has made his first public appearance since having intestinal surgery last week. The church leader stressed the importance of accessible and free healthcare for all.
19 Sep 2021
Pope Francis met Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whose right-wing, anti-immigrant policies clash with Francis' call for countries to welcome refugees. Francis discussed refugees and anti-Semitism in Budapest.
18 Sep 2021
"Here, in this place, the name of God was dishonored," Pope Francis said at a Holocaust memorial in Bratislava. During World War II, Slovakia was governed by a Nazi puppet regime, headed by Catholic priest Jozef Tiso.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reconfirming Beijing's continued support of the regime in Pyongyang, which is under international sanctions for weapons testing.
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