Turkey on Sunday recalled its ambassador to the Vatican for consultations even as Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu lashed out at Pope Francis for "inappropriate" and "one-sided" comments after he used the word "genocide" to describe the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I.
Turkey on Sunday summoned the Vatican envoy to Ankara to request an explanation over Pope Francis`s use of the word "genocide" to describe the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I, television reports said.
Pope Francis condemned indifference and "complicit silence" to jihadist attacks on Christians as he presided over Easter ceremonies in the wake of a massacre of nearly 150 people at a Kenyan university by Shebab Islamists.
Days after the horrific gang-rape of a 71-year-old nun by armed dacoits in West Bengal's Nadia district, a one-member delegation from Vatican City will arrive in Kolkata on Wednesday and meet the elderly nun, according to a DNA report.
The Vatican's ambassador to the United Nations has endorsed military action against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria -- an unusual move because the Vatican traditionally has opposed force in the region.
Pope Francis is ready to help improve ties between Belarus and the European Union, a senior papal official said on Saturday in the latest sign of a developing thaw in relations between Brussels and Minsk.