The President of the Republic of Malta, George Abela, visited Pope Francis before the end of his term as head of the Government of the island. During the visit, they discussed political issues. However, Abela’s grandchildren became the center of attention, making the Pope and others smile during an official photo shoot and gifting him a toy dinosaur.
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(RNS) The potential for a robust alliance between the White House and the nation’s largest church fizzled almost from the start of Obama’s candidacy in 2007, and a relationship that started badly went downhill when he was elected.
ROME (RNS) American and Vatican officials say the talks between Pope Francis and President Obama may disappoint those hoping for fireworks, and that the summit is going to focus on collaboration much more than conflict.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Some backers of the film tried to cast Wednesday’s encounter as a kind of tacit papal endorsement for the movie, but Vatican officials made it clear that was not the case.
(RNS) Michael Fugee, 53, who attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors despite signing a court-sanctioned decree forbidding such activities, is no longer a priest.
ROME (RNS) In November, famed anti-mob prosecutor Nicola Gratteri said Pope Francis’ financial reforms at the Vatican were making the Calabrian mob “very nervous” and could prompt death threats.
(RNS) Pope Francis’ enormous popularity may not have translated into more parishioners in the pews, but it may be convincing Catholics to dig deeper and give more to the poor, according to a new survey.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) For some Vatican insiders, having the pope as your boss is a good thing. For others, not so much. “I have even heard people say ‘We are praying for him (Francis) to die as soon as possible,’” says one cardinal.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Jesuits provide an all-encompassing personal and professional framework that the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio brought with him from Buenos Aires, and one that continues to shape almost everything he does as Pope Francis.