VIVA IL PAPA. Pope Francis waves to the Catholic faithful as he arrives at the stadium where he is scheduled to say mass in Yangon on November 29, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP Myanmar’s Catholic church earlier advised Francis not to stray into the incendiary issue of the status of the Rohingya in Myanmar, in case he worsened tensions and endangered Christians
YANGON, Myanmar (Dec. 3, 2017) — Pope Francis’s embrace of the Rohingya during a trip to Bangladesh has sparked some angry comment on social media in Myanmar, where just days earlier he chose not to publicly air their plight.
Continue reading Myanmar social media anger after Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ word DEPARTURE. Pope Francis boards a plane to Yangon on November 26, 2017 at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP Pope Francis will arrive in Myanmar hoping to encourage efforts to contain a crisis that has seen many of the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority in the mostly Buddhist Myanmar, forced from their homes
ROME, Italy (Nov. 27, 2017) — Pope Francis set off Sunday, November 26, on his 21st and possibly most delicate overseas trip yet, a 6-day visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh against the backdrop of the unfolding Rohingya refugee crisis.
Continue reading Pope heads to Myanmar and into Rohingya crisis POPE AT FAO. Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, on October 16, 2017 in Rome, on the occasion of World Food Day. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP Francis says love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and throws his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration
ROME, Italy (Oct. 16, 2017) — Pope Francis marked UN World Food Day on Monday, October 16, with a call for world governments to act together to fight the hunger, conflicts and climate change driving mass migration from the developing to the industrialized world.
Continue reading Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis In May, US president Donald Trump told the pope he would read his essay on ecology (Photo: British Province of Carmelites) Speaking on World Food Day, Francis said climate change was a driver of hunger and migration and the Paris climate agreement was the legal basis for the solution
October 16, 2017 — Pope Francis expressed dismay on Monday at US president Donald Trump’s intention to withdraw from the Paris climate deal.
Continue reading Trump stance on Paris climate deal ‘sad’, says pope ATTACKED. A general view shows people gathering outside the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, 120 km (75 miles) north of Cairo, after a bomb blast struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday on April 9, 2017. Khaled Desouki/AFP The attacks come weeks before a planned visit by Catholic Pope Francis intended to show support for Egypt’s Christian minority
CAIRO, Egypt (Apr. 10, 2017) — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced a 3-month state of emergency following twin church bombings by the Islamic State group that killed dozens on Palm Sunday, April 9, the deadliest attacks on the minority in recent memory.
Continue reading State of emergency in Egypt after ISIS church bombings Rescuers search for victims following mudslides caused by heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo department, southern Colombia on April 2, 2017. The death toll from a devastating landslide in the Colombian town of Mocoa stood at around 200 on Sunday as rescuers clawed through piles of muck and debris in search of survivors. / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO Survivors describe gruesome scenes in the Colombian town of Mocoa as rescuers keep up a desperate search for victims in the muck and debris
MOCOA, Colombia (Apr. 3, 2017) — Devastating mudslides in the Colombian town of Mocoa killed at least 254 people, 43 of them children, President Juan Manuel Santos said Sunday, April 2, in yet another sharp rise in the death toll.
Continue reading 254 dead in Colombia mudslides Pope Francis leads a mass on New Year’s Day at Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican January 1, 2017. REUTERS/Remo Casilli “The year will be good in the measure that each one of us, with the help of God, seeks to do good day after day,” he told the crowd on a cold morning
VATICAN CITY (Jan. 1, 2017) — Pope Francis urged leaders to work together to fight the “plague of terrorism”, saying in his New Year’s address on Sunday that a bloodstain was covering the world as i arted 2017.
Continue reading Pope Francis Condemns ‘Plague Of Terrorism’ In New Year’s Address MIGRANT CRISIS. Pope Francis gives a speech during the awarding ceremony of Germany’s famed Charlemagne Prize, given to public figures in recognition of contribution to European unity, on May 6, 2016, at the Vatican. Photo by Angelo Carconi/AFP ‘I dream of a Europe where being a migrant is not a crime but a summons to greater commitment on behalf of the dignity of every human being,’ says the pontiff
VATICAN CITY, Holy See (May 6, 2016) — Pope Francis said Friday, May 6, he dreamed of a Europe in which “being a migrant is not a crime”, as he urged EU leaders to “tear down the walls” and build a fairer society.
Continue reading Pope Francis tells EU to tear down migrant walls EMOTIONAL VISIT. Pope Francis hugs a child at the Moria detention center in Mytilene on April 16, 2016. File photo by Aris Messinis/AFP ‘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.
Continue reading ‘There was such suffering’, Pope Francis on meeting with migrants HIS HOLINESS. Pope Francis arrives at the camp for refugees in Moria, Lesbos island, Greece, 16 April 2016, in a trip aimed at supporting refugees and drawing attention to the frontline of Europe’s migration crisis. Photo by Orestis Panagiotou / EPA 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.
Continue reading Pope brings 12 Syrian refugees to Rome after visit to migrant hotspot