Pope Francis called unemployment and loneliness the most serious of the world's evils and criticized proselytism in his interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist founder of Italian newspaper La Repubblica, which has now been published online.
"The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old. The old need care and companionship; the young need work and hope but have neither one nor the other, and the problem is they don't even look for them any more. They have been crushed by the present," Francis said in the long interview published online with an English translation on Oct. 1 by La Repubblica.
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church had unexpectedly set up the interview with Scalfari after the two had exchanged letters focusing on non-believers and the grace of God in September. The La Repubblica founder, who also worked as editor of the publication from 1976 to 1996, admitted that he was shocked that Pope Francis wanted to meet and speak in person, and took the opportunity to conduct a lengthy interview on Sept. 24 at the Pope's residence, which touched on a number of issues. more >>
Pope Francis and eight hand-picked cardinals are set to rewrite the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus of the Roman Catholic Church in what some are calling an "unprecedented" move as they hold a three-day meeting this week.
The seven cardinals representing the Church on different continents, including Africa and Asia, Europe and Australia, North, Central and South America, will be joined by cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Governing body of Vatican City State. Together, along with the bishop of Albano, serving as secretary, and Pope Francis, they will stay at the Santa Marta guesthouse and meet behind closed doors of the library inside the Apostolic Palace.
The Vatican has announced that Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II are to be canonized, or declared as saints of the Roman Catholic Church on April 27, 2014.
Pope Francis announced the news on Monday morning at the Public Ordinary Consistory, Vatican Radio revealed. The chosen date in April also celebrates the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy.
The Vatican added that retired Pope Benedict XVI, who became the first pope in nearly 600 years to retire when he stepped down in February because of health issues, might join the ceremony to honor his predecessors. more >>
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has denied covering up child sex abuse by priests and called a Richard Dawkins book "science fiction" in a long letter to one of Italy's most well-known atheists.
"I never tried to cover these things up," the former pope says in the letter.
"That the power of evil penetrated so far into the interior world of the faith is a suffering that we must bear, but at the same time we must do everything to prevent it from repeating." more >>
Pope Francis challenged the Church to pray for its most vulnerable yesterday, in his weekly general audience remarks at the Vatican, in the wake of a church bombing in Pakistan and continued violence against Egyptian and Syrian Christians.
"How many of you pray for Christians who are persecuted" said the Pope, calling upon his audience to be "genuinely concerned about their plight, just as one would be for a family member in distress."
When one of them is under duress, "am I indifferent or is it like someone in the family is suffering?" the Pope added. more >>
A Missouri-based group devoted to helping victims of clerical sexual abuse is critical of former Pope Benedict XVI's recent claim that he did not hide sexual abuse incidents.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) of St. Louis took issue with Benedict XVI's recently published letter denying involvement in a cover-up.
David Clohessy, executive director of SNAP, told The Christian Post that the Pope Emeritus' recent words were "hurtful and deceitful." more >>