VATICAN CITY (RNS) The meeting on Tuesday morning, the first between a pope and an Iranian leader since 1999, had been set for November, but Hassan Rouhani’s European trip was postponed after the Paris terror attacks.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Francis’ Oct. 31 visit will launch commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Also Monday, the pontiff asked forgiveness for the sins Catholics committed against other Christians.
ROME (RNS) Gay rights activists demonstrated for civil marriage across 100 city squares, ahead of Thursday’s (Jan. 28) parliamentary vote, which would grant same-sex couples legal rights.
(RNS) The summit harks back to the Charter of Medina, in which the Prophet Muhammad drew up the rights of non-Muslims 1,400 years ago.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Prejean said Francis’ influence and support are never far away. “The pope’s like a little lighthouse, and he keeps sending out that beam — this is what it’s about.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The change is likely to inflame debates over whether broadening the Holy Thursday service will send mixed signals about the all-male priesthood.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis is studying an invitation received several days after his first visit to the city’s Great Synagogue.
ROME (RNS) On his first visit to Rome’s main synagogue, Francis stressed the “transformation” in Catholic-Jewish relations and said they must work against Middle Ease violence.