• Catholic Church Apr 11, 2019

    Retired Pope Benedict Wades Into Clergy Sex Abuse Debate

    Retired Pope Benedict XVI has published an analysis on the Catholic Church’s clergy sex abuse scandal, blaming it on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and church laws that protected priests. The essay immediately raised eyebrows, seeming to interfere with or even contradict Pope Francis’ own efforts to confront one of the most critical issues facing the church. One church...

  • head Oct 6, 2017

    Ocean Meeting Raises Over $7 Billion for Marine Protection

    A global conference to better protect marine life has raised more than $7 billion and won commitments to protect huge swathes of the Earth’s oceans. The European Union, which organized the Our Ocean conference in the Maltese capital of Valletta, its 28 member states and its EIB investment bank gave almost half those financial commitments, about $3.4 billion. Representatives from...

  • Nepal Sep 11, 2015

    Pope Francis Urges Assistance for Nepal Quake Victims

    Pope Francis has led prayers in St. Peter’s Square for the dead and displaced from the massive earthquake in Nepal and surrounding areas. Francis called for assistance for the survivors during his weekly Sunday blessing. He said he was praying for the victims, the injured and “all those who are suffering from this calamity,” and asked that they have the...

  • Israel May 16, 2015

    Pope Francis Calls Palestinian Leader “Angel of Peace” During Visit

    Pope Francis praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an “angel of peace” during a meeting Saturday at the Vatican that underscored the Holy See’s warm relations with the Palestinians.

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