Pope Francis meets with families of Hamas hostages, marks 6-month anniversary

Pope Francis on Monday hosted many families of the hostages taken by Hamas, marking six months since the victims were taken captive on October 7. Monday’s encounter was the second time that Francis held an audience with the affected families, the first being on November 22. The 87-year-old Argentinian religious leader is known for […]

Round two of Easter in Jerusalem coming up in a month

If you think Easter is over, think again. For more stories from The Media Line go to themedialine.org In Jerusalem, where a majority of Christians are members of Orthodox denominations, the big celebration of Easter is yet to come. In fact, when the Orthodox mark Easter on May 5, it will be a full […]

Pope Francis calls for Gaza ceasefire in Easter address

Pope Francis made renewed calls on Easter Sunday for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and the release of all Israeli hostages in a peace-focused address marking the most important day on the Christian calendar. Francis presided over Mass in a packed St Peter’s Square, and then delivered his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city […]

Pope leads Good Friday service ahead of Colosseum procession

Pope Francis presided over a Good Friday service in St Peter’s Basilica ahead of a night-time procession at Rome’s Colosseum for the most somber day in the Christian calendar, marking Jesus’ death by crucifixion. Good Friday leads on Sunday to Easter, the most important and joyous date in the Church’s liturgical calendar – commemorating […]

Pope expels disgraced former bishop, says Belgian church

The pope has expelled from the priesthood a disgraced former Belgian bishop who admitted more than a decade ago to sexually abusing two nephews, the Belgian church said on Thursday. Roger Vangheluwe, 87, resigned as Bishop of Bruges in 2010 after admitting he had abused one nephew for 13 years. A year later, he […]

‘War is always a defeat’: Pope calls to end wars in Gaza, Ukraine

Pope Francis on Wednesday issued a fresh call for peace through negotiation as he deplored the bloody conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza, and once again limited his public speaking at his weekly audience in St Peter’s Square due to lingering health issues. “We should never forget that war is always a defeat. We cannot […]

Pope Francis calls for studies into ‘ugly’ gender theory

Pope Francis on Friday warned of the dangers of so-called gender theory, saying he had commissioned studies into what he condemned as an “ugly ideology” that threatens humanity. Addressing participants of a two-day conference in the Vatican on the evolving role of men and women according to Christian teachings, Francis said what he called […]

First female Argentine saint brings together Pope Francis and Milei

Pope Francis on Sunday will elevate to sainthood the first female saint from his native Argentina, an event that will be attended at the Vatican by his former strong critic, Argentine President Javier Milei. Milei, a maverick right-wing libertarian, in the past called Francis an “imbecile,” a “son-of-a-bitch preaching communism” and the devil’s man […]

Pope sees ‘hypocrisy’ in those who criticize LGBT blessings

Pope Francis said he sees “hypocrisy” in criticism of his decision to allow priests to bless same-sex couples, possibly his most strongly worded defense of the move. LGBT blessings were authorized last month by a Vatican document called Fiducia Supplicans (Supplicating Trust), but that has met with significant resistance in the Catholic Church, particularly […]

Pope Francis labels antisemitism ‘sin against God’

Pope Francis condemned all forms of anti-Judaism and antisemitism, labeling them as a “sin against God,” after noticing an increase in attacks against Jews around the world. “(The Church) rejects every form of anti-Judaism and antisemitism, unequivocally condemning manifestations of hatred towards Jews and Judaism as a sin against God,” the pontiff wrote in […]