Pope launches rosary prayer marathon vs Covid-19

Credit to Author: Agence France-Presse| Date: Sun, 02 May 2021 16:15:50 +0000

Pope Francis on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) launched a month-long prayer marathon to hasten the end of the coronavirus pandemic with a prayer at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican before some 150 believers. The Argentinian pontiff gave the inaugural rosary prayer to kick off a series which will be streamed live each day this […]

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In Easter speech, Pope calls wars in pandemic ‘scandalous’

Credit to Author: Associated Press| Date: Mon, 05 Apr 2021 02:47:43 +0000

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis in his traditional Easter Sunday address denounced as “scandalous” how armed conflicts continue to rage even as the coronavirus pandemic has triggered severe social and economic suffering and swollen the ranks of the poor. Francis tempered his “Urbi et Orbi″ address (Latin for ”To the city and to the world”) wishes […]

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Pope urges hope amid ‘darkness’ of pandemic in Easter vigil

Credit to Author: Associated Press| Date: Sun, 04 Apr 2021 01:04:28 +0000

ROME: Pope Francis urged his coronavirus-weary flock to not lose hope even through the continued “dark months” of the pandemic as he celebrated a scaled-back Easter vigil service in St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday. Due to social-distancing norms, only about 200 masked people were allowed to attend the service, which marks the period between Christ’s […]

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Pope, citing pandemic effect, cuts pay for cardinals, others

Credit to Author: Associated Press| Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2021 17:48:47 +0000

VATICAN CITY: Trying to save jobs as the pandemic pummels Vatican revenues, Pope Francis has ordered pay cuts for cardinals and other clerics, as well as nuns, who work at the Holy See. In a decree published online Wednesday by the Vatican’s official newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Francis said that starting in April cardinals’ salaries will […]

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Pope decries shame of racism, like ‘virus’ lurking in wait

Credit to Author: Associated Press| Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2021 18:05:18 +0000

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Sunday denounced racism, likening it to a virus that lurks in waiting and only to emerge and show that “our supposed social progress is not as real or definitive” as people think. Francis tweeted on racism on the date that the United Nations marks as International Day for the Elimination […]

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Pope, Queen Elizabeth join vaccine drive

Credit to Author: Agence France-Presse| Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2021 16:17:25 +0000

Pope Francis and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth 2nd became the latest high-profile figures to join the global vaccination campaign against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), as the United Kingdom reported it had surpassed more than 3 million cases since the pandemic began more than a year ago. More than 1.9 million people worldwide have now died […]

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Pope names 13 new cardinals

Credit to Author: Agence France-Presse| Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2020 16:22:53 +0000

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis created 13 new cardinals on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), including the first African American — putting his personal stamp on the body that will one day choose his successor. Under the soaring dome of St Peter’s Basilica, the new “princes of the Church” knelt one by one at the feet of […]

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Pope makes appeal for pandemic victims

Credit to Author: Associated Press| Date: Sun, 31 May 2020 16:14:48 +0000

Pope Francis on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) called on world leaders to act wisely and generously to provide social and economic relief for the many workers who have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic. He called for the “enormous sums of money used to grow and perfect armaments be instead used to fund […]

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Pope: Pull together, avoid pessimism in this coronavirus era

Credit to Author: Associated Press| Date: Sun, 31 May 2020 13:32:04 +0000

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis is cautioning against pessimism as many people emerge from coronavirus lockdowns to lament that nothing will ever be the same. During Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to mark Pentecost Sunday, Francis noted a tendency to say “nothing will return as before.” That kind of thinking, Francis said, guarantees that “the one […]

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Pope names Tagle one of highest ranking cardinals in Vatican

Credit to Author: William B. Depasupil| Date: Sat, 02 May 2020 05:55:32 +0000

POPE Francis named his eminence, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, “cardinal-bishop”, making him one of the highest ranking prelates in the College of Cardinals. The Vatican announced Tagle’s appointment on Friday, the second in four months. The Pope, in December, named the former Manila archbishop as Rome’s new Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of […]

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