VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Middle East is high on the pope’s agenda and Francis has been particularly outspoken about worsening violence in Syria and Iraq and the persecution of Christian minorities in both countries.
(RNS) Feeling increasingly alienated and even persecuted, some Christians are adopting a favorite image from Scripture — that of the Babylonian captivity.
(RNS) Millions of religious and non-religious people were displaced last year according to the State Department’s latest religious freedom report, which for the first time cites Turkmenistan for escalating religious freedom violations.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Giovanni Maria Vian said women bishops would have “an extremely negative impact” on steps to bring Anglicans and Catholics closer together despite a positive meeting between Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Pope Francis.
(RNS) In 1929, the Vatican effectively ended the option of married clergy in Eastern rite Catholic churches in the United States, citing a fear that Roman Catholics would ask for the same policy.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare,” Pope Francis told the Israeli and Palestinian presidents. “It calls for the courage to say yes to encounter and no to conflict, yes to dialogue and no to violence.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The 74-year-old patriarch from Turkey and the 77-year-old Argentinian pontiff come from opposite sides of the globe, but the two have established a strong personal connection
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Despite cordial meetings between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople during the pontiff’s visit to Jerusalem, the Vatican has rejected media reports that a 2025 event had been confirmed.