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Pope Francis arrived in the Cuban capital Havana on Friday, February 12, after which he held the first historic meeting with the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill. Cuban...
In the joint declaration signed by Francis and Kirill, the two express their common concern for Christians undergoing persecution and they ask the international community to help them. They also...
The first, historic meeting between a Pope and a Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church does not come from nowhere. Both the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate and the Holy See have been working on such...
Not a church, not a monastery, not an apostolic palace or a patriarchal curia. Pope Francis and Russia’s Patriarch Kirill are to meet in a room at Havana’s international airport. But, as Alexander...
Pope Francis commissioned hundreds of “Missionaries of Mercy” during Mass on Ash Wednesday at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In his Bull announcing the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Holy Father said...
Before the General Audience on Wednesday, February 10, Pope Francis met with the prime minister of Iraq, Haydar al-Abadi. The meeting took place in the studio of the Paul VI Audience Hall. Afterwards...
We must build bridges not walls, Pope Francis told Corriere della Sera daily in an interview out Monday, February 8. "We must build bridges - not walls - because they aid the cause of peace,"...
The Pope is going to Mexico from 12 to 18 February as a “missionary of mercy and peace” and to embrace “the suffering” in particular. Francis himself explained this in a video-message to Mexicans. “...
After years of speculation, for the first time in history the successor of Peter and the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet on February 12, the Vatican announced Friday, February 5....
Pope Francis on Sunday, February 7, made another urgent appeal for peace in Syria, calling on the international community to spare no effort to bring all the parties in conflict to the negotiating...
One of the points in the joint declaration that is to be signed in Cuba on February 12 is “the problem of the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, secularisation, the defence of life,...
Turkey says it will send its ambassador back to the Vatican, after recalling him last year in a row over Pope Francis' use of the word "genocide" to describe the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman...
The Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, has appealed for increased funding to support refugees from the Syrian crisis, saying the Holy See will “continue its...
The Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow are to meet in Cuba before Bergoglio’s visit to Mexico, which begins next week: the Vatican and the Russian Patriarchate both announced the news at the same time...
Pope Francis has sent a powerful and clear message to Xi Jinping’s China. A message of friendship. He urges the Chinese people to be calm, to have faith in their great history, without beating...
Pope Francis on Tuesday, February 2, called on consecrated men and women to make courageous and prophetic choices, to not be afraid of getting their hands dirty and of walking the geographical and...
Thousands of religious gathered in the Paul VI hall on Monday, February 1, for an audience with Pope Francis concluding the Year for Consecrated Life. Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Archbishop...
At the Congregation’s plenary assembly, Francis stressed the importance of promoting the “right synodality” at every level and thanked members for their efforts in investigating child sex abuse cases...
Rome’s Anglican leader says Pope Francis is advancing ecumenism in every way. In an interview with ZENIT in late January 2016 in Rome, the director of Rome’s Anglican Centre and the Archbishop of...
Archaeological excavations in the underground city discovered in 2012 in the city of Nevsehir, in the historical region of Cappadocia, have brought to light an underground church carved into the rock...