‘There were so many children. Some of these children witnessed their parents and friends dying, drowned at sea,’ says the pontiff
VATICAN CITY, Holy See (Apr. 18, 2016) – Pope Francis spoke emotionally Sunday, April 17, of his meeting a day earlier with migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, which culminated with him taking 3 Syrian families back to the Vatican.
The pope tells reporters that his gesture is ‘a drop in the ocean’ but hopes that afterwards, ‘the ocean will never be the same again’
ROME, Italy (UPDATED) – Declaring “we are all migrants,” Pope Francis visited the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, April 16, with a message of hope for those seeking asylum in Europe, 12 of whom he took home with him to the Vatican.
Francis expresses his ‘deepest sympathy to the injured and their families, and all those who contribute to relief’
VATICAN CITY (Mar. 23, 2016) — Pope Francis on Tuesday, March 22, slammed the ‘blind violence’ of a series of coordinated explosions in Brussels that killed at least 26 people, offering his prayers for the victims.
World leaders unite in condemning the carnage in Brussels and vowed to combat terrorism
BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 23, 2016) — World leaders united Tuesday, March 22, in condemning the carnage in Brussels and vowed to combat terrorism, after Islamic State (ISIS) bombers killed around 35 people in a strike at the symbolic heart of the EU.
Pope Francis: ‘My prayer, and also certainly yours, does not forget the crisis of the refugees fleeing wars and other inhuman situations’
VATICAN CITY (Feb. 29, 2016) — Pope Francis on Sunday, February 28, urged European countries struggling with the migrant crisis to “share the burden fairly”, amid growing divisions on how to handle the flow of people fleeing poverty and war.
The pontiff says abortion is a crime, but adds that ‘avoiding a pregnancy is not an absolute evil’
VATICAN CITY, Holy See (Feb. 19, 2016) — Pope Francis insisted Thursday, February 18, that abortion was always a crime but hinted that the Church could exceptionally relax its ban on contraception for women at risk of contracting the Zika virus.
Pope Francis urges the migrants to treasure their ‘culture and previous values’
VATICAN CITY (Jan. 17, 2016) — Pope Francis on Sunday, January 17, welcomed 5,000 migrant worshipers at a special mass at St Peter’s to mark the world day of migrants and refugees, urging them to treasure their “culture and precious values”.
January 10, 2016 — With a ratcheting up of awareness culminating in the Paris climate change conference, 2015 may have been the year that the threat of climate change was finally taken seriously. Continue reading The ethics of climate change→
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