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.
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The 86-year-old pontiff capped his trip to Hungary with a final Mass in Budapest on a sunny spring morning, with thousands having gathered for the blessing. He told people to fight the "closed doors" of nationalism.
The pope reiterated his calls for welcoming migrants after a meeting with nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban. He will also lead an open-air mass outside parliament on Sunday.
The angry mob attacked the demonstrator with batons after he delivered a speech deemed blasphemous. Fatal blasphemy accusations are not uncommon in the highly conservative Muslim country.
The two defendants were found guilty of conducting online activities insulting Islam. Executions in Iran have significantly increased since last year, with nationwide protests in the country.
Pope Francis, hospital ,check-up,Italian media
The spiritual leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics has suffered several health issues in the last year, but the pontiff is recovering well from his operation, the Vatican has said.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church is "better than before," a doctor said, after he underwent a hernia operation.
Comments Pope Francis made during a private discussion on a recent trip to Portugal criticizing the US Catholic Church, home to several of his more staunch opponents, have been made public in Italy.
Christian families in Pakistan pick up pieces after mob attack over 'blasphemy' On August 16, a Muslim mob attacked a Christian neighbourhood of the Pakistani town of Jaranwala. Homes and churches were burned and ransacked by a crowd of hundreds that tore through the streets of the town in the eastern Punjab province.
With just over 1,400 Catholics, Mongolia is one of the smallest and newest Catholic communities in the world. Pope Francis makes the trip while also casting an eye toward China.
After a mass in Mongolia attended by some groups of Chinese Catholics, the pope told them to be "good Christians and good citizens."
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