BANGKOK (RNS) — In Thailand's highly formal society, Pope Francis’ relaxed approach has already brought together political and religious leaders to help those left behind in the country's increasingly commercial culture.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — As a young man, Pope Francis says, he hoped to one day become a missionary in the island nation of Japan, inspired by the Jesuit missionaries who first brought Catholicism there.
BANGKOK (RNS) — Pope Francis praised Thai Catholics as 'missionary disciples' for their work in health care and serving others during his visit to the mostly Buddhist nation this week.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The leaders of the world's largest Eastern Catholic church are poised to become the Vatican’s voice in Eastern Europe.
KNOCK, Ireland (AP) — Pope Francis, who is on a weekend visit to Ireland, told the hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for Mass that he met Saturday with victims of all sorts of abuses.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) Francis has accepted an invitation to Cairo on April 28-29 from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Catholic bishops, the pope of the Coptic church of Alexandria and the country's highest Islamic authority, Al-Azhar, the Vatican said Saturday (March 18) in a statement.
(Reuters) 'Courage. Go ahead without fear,' Francis said, praising them for being a close-knit and vibrant 'community on the periphery.'
(Reuters) The Vatican hit back on Sunday (June 26) at Turkey's depiction of Pope Francis as having a 'crusader mentality' after he used the word genocide to describe the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians a century ago.
(Reuters) A Turkish deputy prime minister said that it was 'unfortunate' that Pope Francis had labeled the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a genocide, and that it reflected the papacy's 'Crusader mentality.'
(Reuters) Visibly moved, Pope Francis took part in a prayer service along with President Serzh Sarksyan and leaders of the Armenian Apostolic Church while in Armenia.
(Reuters) Pope Francis departed from his prepared text on Friday (June 24) to use the word "genocide" to describe the mass killings of Armenians in 1915.
Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia was a boon to their spirits but the New Castle, Del., nuns -- and other entrepreneurs as well -- were disappointed with souvenir sales.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Raising a glass (or eight) of special papal beers brewed to last only a little longer than Pope Francis' visit here.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The pope delivered a strong address to the shepherds of the U.S. Catholic church but the flock heard love and respect threaded through his homily.
(RNS) Catholic school enrollment has fallen drastically over the decades -- but not everywhere.
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