Pope Francis

Amitabh Bachchan to join Pope Francis, Joe Biden and others in global event to inspire COVID-19 vax drive

Noted Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan is set to make an appearance at Global Citizen's VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World.

May 09, 2021, 16:21 PM IST

Be humble, Pope Francis tells priests on Holy Thursday Mass leading to Easter

It is the second consecutive Easter season under COVID-19 restrictions. The Vatican follows guidelines from Italy, which has seen a resurgence in infections and deaths. 

Apr 01, 2021, 23:10 PM IST

'I kneel on the streets of Myanmar and say stop the violence': Pope Francis

More than 180 protesters have been killed as security forces try to crush a wave of demonstrations.

Mar 17, 2021, 23:33 PM IST

Pope Francis takes high-profile trip to Iraq, believes God will protect country from pandemic

Francis on Monday (March 8) wrapped up the first-ever papal trip to Iraq, which was aimed at bringing hope to the country's marginalized Christian minority while boosting relations with the Shiite Muslim world.

Mar 08, 2021, 23:27 PM IST

Peace more powerful than war: Pope Francis in Iraq

Francis, on a historic first visit by a pope to Iraq, visited Mosul to encourage the healing of sectarian wounds and to pray for the dead of any religion.

Mar 07, 2021, 21:20 PM IST

Pope Francis keeps his distance at audience over COVID concerns

Pope Francis stayed a safe distance from well-wishers at his weekly general audience on Wednesday, saying new rules aimed at curbing the coronavirus meant he had to hold back.

Oct 14, 2020, 15:03 PM IST

Pope Francis calls for dialogue between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over Nile dam

He was giving his Angelus message for Assumption Day, the most important Catholic feast dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Aug 15, 2020, 18:26 PM IST

Coronavirus COVID-19: Pope Francis to livestream Easter mass to locked-down world

Pope Francis will break with centuries of tradition and livestream Easter Sunday mass to allow the world's 1.3 billion Catholics celebrate their holiest holiday under a coronavirus lockdown.

Apr 12, 2020, 08:41 AM IST

Pope Francis to live stream prayer service amid coronavirus outbreak

In a video shared on social media, he said he was taking all the recommended precautions and had gone into self-isolation at home.

Mar 08, 2020, 10:51 AM IST

Pope Francis sides with traditionalists on priest celibacy

In his text, Francis cited the contributions of women and argued that their roles be increased, but dismissed the idea of their ordination.

Feb 15, 2020, 12:37 PM IST

Pope Francis names first woman to senior Vatican diplomatic post

Pope Francis on Wednesday named the first woman to hold a high-ranking post in the Secretariat of State, the male-dominated Vatican`s diplomatic and administrative nerve centre.

Jan 15, 2020, 22:56 PM IST

Pope Francis apologises for 'bad example' of slapping arm of pilgrim who tugged him

Pope Francis, 83, had a sharp encounter with a woman on Tuesday evening during a walkabout in St. Peters Square.

Jan 02, 2020, 11:31 AM IST

Don't let Church failings distance you from God, Pope Francis says on Christmas Eve

As is customary on Christmas Eve, the 83-year-old Pope Francis weaved his sermon around the spiritual and personal significance of the night that Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

Dec 25, 2019, 11:24 AM IST

Pope Francis urges abolition of nuclear weapons at Japan's ground zeros

Pope Francis visited the ground zeros of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, both seared in the world`s collective consciousness after the bombs dropped there by the United States three days apart in August 1945 in an effort to end World War Two.

Nov 24, 2019, 17:06 PM IST

Pope Francis asks forgiveness for theft of controversial Amazon statues

The synod is discussing the future of the Church in the Amazon and threats to its environment. Francis said there "was no idolatrous intention" in using the statues, which depicted a pregnant woman, at a side event in the Vatican when the assembly began.

Oct 25, 2019, 23:56 PM IST

Kerala nun Sister Mariam Thresia to be declared saint by Pope Francis on October 13

Sister Mariam Thresia from Kerala will be canonized by Pope Francis at Mass in St. Peter's Square along with Cardinal John Henry Newman, Giuseppina Vannini, Dulce Lopes Pontes, and Marquerite Bays.

Oct 13, 2019, 13:05 PM IST

Putin meets pope in shadow of Ukraine crisis, arrives late

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has seen Pope Francis twice before, arrived an hour late for Thursday`s appointment.

Jul 04, 2019, 20:28 PM IST

Pope Francis compares US border security to Berlin wall, says will confront Trump directly

"Separating children from their parents goes against natural law, and those Christians ... you can`t do it. It is cruel. It is among the greatest of cruelties. And to defend what? Territory, or the economy of a country or who knows what," said the Pope.

May 29, 2019, 08:29 AM IST

Pope pays tribute to journalists who were killed; says press freedom vital

Pope Francis had just heard the association`s president, Patricia Thomas of Associated Press Television, talk about journalists killed, imprisoned, wounded or threatened in their line of work.

May 19, 2019, 12:27 PM IST

Pope Francis issues new rules requiring priests, nuns to report sexual abuse

It is time to learn from the "bitter lessons of the past", Pope Francis said in the text of the legal decree.

May 09, 2019, 23:20 PM IST