The Vatican minister of foreign affairs has said Vatican envoys in Iraq and Syria are risking their lives amid bombings and terror threats to help people and find a way to end what Pope Francis has called a "piecemeal" World War III.
"Let's not be kidding ourselves about what the stakes are here: If we are going to bring peace, if we are going to reconcile nations, if we are going to secure countries and communities, particularly minorities, particularly people who are persecuted, we are going to have to make an unprecedented effort," Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher told Catholic News Service last week.
Gallagher noted that IS, which has captured vast territory in Iraq and Syria, has persecuted Christians and other minorities, driving out tens of thousands of believers from their homelands. Still, the Archbishop remained hopeful that negotiations will help resolve the conflicts in the region. more >>
The seven-months pregnant secretary of Roman Catholic Church leader Pope Francis was reportedly found dead at her apartment in Rome, with the Vatican calling on police to investigate the matter.
"Pope Francis had been informed of the death. We are all pained by this news," said Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi.
The Mirror noted that 34-year-old Miriam Wuolou, who is of Eritrean origin, had worked for years at the Santa Marta guesthouse, where the pontiff lives. Francis had opted to live at the more humble guesthouse instead of the lavish papal apartments when he was chosen as Pope back in 2013. more >>
Catholic League President Bill Donohue is calling on Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas to apologize this week for suggesting the Catholic Church doesn't come from God, but from a cult-like pagan religion inspired by Satan.
Donohue made the comments during a radio interview on "The Alan Colmes Show" earlier this week, when he was invited to speak about the controversy surrounding the Pope Francis–Donald Trump debate over the U.S. Mexico border and illegal immigration.
Donohue also spoke out against conservative commentator Ann Coulter, a Trump supporter whom he called a "mean-spirited, rampant anti-Catholic bigot." But then took aim at Jeffress, who in the past has suggested that the Catholic Church is a "genius of Satan." more >>
A New Hampshire lawmaker has described Pope Francis as the "anti-Christ" for comments he made regarding Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
In a recent Facebook post, Susan DeLemus, R-Rochester, shared Psalm 31:14-18 of the Geneva Bible, which states, in part, "Let me not be confounded, O Lord: for I have called upon thee: Let the wicked be put to confusion, and to silence in the grave. Let the lying lips be made dumb, which cruelly, proudly, and spitefully speak against the righteous."
In a thread of comments regarding the Psalm, DeLemus said that the verse is in reference to the pope being the "anti-Christ." more >>
Pope Francis has said that the fifth commandment in the Bible, "Thou shalt not kill," applies to the death penalty, and called Christians everywhere to fight to end the punishment.
"Even a criminal has the inviolable right to life, a gift of God," Francis said as part of a speech marking the Year of Mercy at the Vatican, alongside the beginning of an an international conference called "For a world without the death penalty."
"This issue has to be considered within the perspective of a penal justice, which is more and more in compliance with human dignity and God's plan for humanity and society," the pope said, according to Catholic News Service. more >>
A number of prominent Protestant leaders, including Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell Jr., are criticizing Pope Francis for implying yesterday that Donald Trump's intention to build a wall on the southern border is "not Christian."
After the Pontiff chastised Trump's desire to build the wall instead of "building bridges" in a conversation with reporters during his return flight home from Mexico, the real estate mogul responded Thursday by saying that it is "disgraceful" for a religious leader to question a person's faith.
Falwell, the president of Liberty University who endorsed Trump for president earlier this year, told CNN that the Pope's comments would cause America's first Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, to roll over in his grave. more >>