Pope Francis

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

Pope Francis promises moves against sexual abuse but victims disappointed

The pope promised that guidelines used by national bishops conferences to prevent abuse and punish perpetrators will be reviewed and strengthened.

Feb 24, 2019, 21:35 PM IST

Catholic nun scolds bishops on abuse: 'This storm will not pass'

Sister Veronica Openibo, a Nigerian who has worked in Africa, Europe and the United States, spoke with a soft voice but had a strong message for the prelates sitting before her.

Feb 23, 2019, 21:52 PM IST

Abuse victims demand to see pope, say bishops should be sacked

Victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy on Wednesday demanded to meet Pope Francis personally to press demands that bishops who covered up such offences be dismissed from the priesthood.

Feb 20, 2019, 20:19 PM IST

Pope says Vatican open to mediating in Venezuela if both sides ask

Francis also confirmed that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had written a letter to him but that he had not yet read it.

Feb 05, 2019, 23:17 PM IST

Pope condemns 'senseless' stigmatizing of migrants

Hours earlier, President Donald Trump agreed under mounting pressure to end a 35-day-old partial US government shutdown but without any border funding.

Jan 26, 2019, 10:28 AM IST

Be celibate or leave the priesthood, Pope Francis tells gay priests

Francis made the comments in a book-length interview with Spanish priest Fernando Prado called "The Strength of Vocation", in which he discusses the challenges of being a priest or nun today. 

Dec 02, 2018, 20:53 PM IST

Pope Francis gets invite to North Korea, indicates will consider it

South Korean President Moon Jae-in relayed the invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to the pope verbally during a 35-minute meeting in the Vatican.

Oct 19, 2018, 11:42 AM IST

Kim Jong-Un invites Pope Francis to visit North Korea

The Pope has in past supported dialogue between the two Koreas. 

Oct 09, 2018, 14:14 PM IST

Pope Francis says church shamed by 'repugnant' Irish abuse

Francis arrived on Saturday for a highly charged visit to a society transformed since more than three-quarters of the population flocked to see Pope John Paul II in 1979 and beset by the kind of abuse scandals that have once more mired the Catholic Church in crisis.

Aug 25, 2018, 19:54 PM IST