Pope Francis suggested Thursday that the use of contraception may be justified in countries combating the Zika virus.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church made his surprising statement on Thursday during his flight back to the Vatican from Mexico, where he spent six days touring the Latin American country and speaking on issues like government corruption, immigration, and drug trade.
When speaking about the fast-spreading Zika virus, Francis said the use of contraception "isn't an absolute evil" in fighting the disease, which is spread by mosquitos and causes birth defects, including microcephaly in newborns. more >>
Pope Francis became visibly agitated during his visit to Mexico this week when some overly-excited fans pulled on his sleeves, causing him to fall into a wheelchair-bound child.
The pontiff was happily greeting fans during his visit to Morelia, Mexico, this week when two zealous crowd members pulled on the pope's robe, causing him to lose his balance, fall over a barrier and partially landing on a handicapped child sitting front row.
Security guards helped the pope regain his balance, and the pontiff was quick to hug and kiss the boy he had accidentally fallen onto. more >>
Speaking under tight security in the birthplace of Mexico's drug war Tuesday, Pope Francis urged a sea of young people to choose Christ over the lure of gang life, warning that "Jesus would never ask us to be assassins."
Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched the country's current war against organized crime by sending troops to his home state Michoacan in December 2006. And it has remained rife with violence, according to Vice News.
At a stadium rally in Morelia, the capital of Michoacan on Tuesday, Reuters reports that Pope Francis had been under tight security due to scattered outburst of violence in recent months. More than 100,000 people have been killed in Mexico's drug war over the last decade as rival gangs fight over territory and smuggling routes to the United States, according to the report. more >>
While making his official trip to Mexico, Pope Francis paid a visit to the Federico Gómez children hospital.
One of them, bald from her battle with a serious illness, exchanged pleasant words with the head of the Roman Catholic Church before giving all in the audience a beautifully sad rendition of "Ave Maria."
Identified by the National Catholic Reporter and others as Alexia Garduno Aladro, the girl brought many in the room to tears with her pitch perfect singing. more >>
The Vatican responded to recent criticism by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump aimed at Pope Francis for visiting the Mexican border, by stating that the pontiff stands up for migration issues.
"The pope always talks about migration problems all around the world, of the duties we have to solve these problems in a humane manner, of hosting those who come from other countries in search of a life of dignity and peace," Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said, according to Fox News.
Trump, who has spoken a number of times about his plans to deport illegal immigrants from America and secure the country's borders, claimed last week that Francis does not understand "the danger of the open border we have with Mexico." more >>
A number of Roman Catholic bishops in Latin America, where the dangerous Zika virus is spreading, have said that despite health warnings, Catholics should refuse to use contraceptives.
"Contraceptives are not a solution," said Bishop Leonardo Ulrich Steiner, an auxiliary bishop in Brazil, according to Gospel Herald. "There is not a single change in the Church's position."
Organizations such as the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control have said that contraceptives need to be used by infected patients in order to prevent the spread of Zika, which might be linked to hundreds of babies being born with deformed brains in Brazil and neighboring countries. more >>