Pope returns to private library for audience as virus surges

Pope Francis urged people follow recommendations from governments and health authorities to prevent coronavirus infections as he returned to his private library for his Wednesday general audience amid a surge of infections in Europe.The Vatican announced last week that Francis, 83, was suspending

Pope expresses support for detained fishermen in Libya

Pope Francis expressed support on Sunday for 18 fishermen held in Libya, weighing in on a standoff between Italy and the administration of Khalifa Haftar, one of the North African country’s two rival leaders, Reuters reports. “I want to say a word of encouragement and suppor

Powerful cardinal resigns amid Vatican investments scandal

The powerful head of the Vatican's saint-making office, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, resigned from the post suddenly on Thursday and renounced his rights as a cardinal amid a financial scandal that has reportedly implicated him indirectly. The Vatican provided no details on why Pope Francis accepted t

Pope Says ‘Lebanon Cannot be Abandoned’

Pope Francis warned Wednesday that Lebanon faced "extreme danger that threatens the very existence of the country" following the massive Aug. 4 Beirut Port explosion. The leader of the Catholic Church focused on the disaster-hit country after the blast ripped through the capital Beirut, killing m

Rich can’t get priority for vaccine, poor need help, Pope says

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Wednesday warned against any prospect that rich people would get priority for a coronavirus vaccine.“The pandemic is a crisis. You don’t come out of it the same — either better or worse,” Francis said, adding improvised remarks to his planned s

Pope calls for dialogue between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over Nile dam

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis called for dialogue between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on Saturday, urging them not to let a dispute over a dam on the Nile lead to conflict.The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is being built some 15 km (9 miles) from Ethiopia’s border with Sudan, has become

Pope urges international solidarity for Lebanon

Pope Francis urged international solidarity with Lebanon Sunday, in the wake of the explosion that devastated the capital Beirut and as France hosts an international donors conference to aid reconstruction efforts.He also called on church leaders in Lebanon to lead by example.“Last Tuesday&rsq

Former Pope Benedict is seriously ill – newspaper

 Former Pope Benedict XVI is seriously ill after returning to the Vatican from a visit to Germany, German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse reported on Monday, citing his biographer.Benedict, aged 93, has become very frail and his voice is barely audible, author Peter Seewald told the daily.But at

Vatican opposes Israeli annexation plan

The Vatican expressed concern over Israel’s plan to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, saying respect for international law and UN resolutions is an “indispensable element for the two peoples (Israelis and Palestinians) to live side by side.” The Vatican added that it &l

Pope Francis in Hiroshima and Nagasaki gave a dramatic message against the use of nuclear weapons

By Daniel KucherOn the main day of his 27,000-kilometer Asian tour that took him to Thailand and Japan, Pope Francis said in Hiroshima that “the use of atomic energy for war purposes is today more than ever a crime, not just against man and his dignity but against every possibility of future i