Friday, July 19, 2019

Tag "Pope Francis"

    Abortion is like hiring a hitman, says Pope

Abortion is like hiring a hitman, says Pope

Pope Francis says abortion is like "hiring a hitman" and can never be condoned, even when the foetus is gravely sick or likely to die.The pontiff was speaking on Saturday at a conference at the Vatican on the use of abortion when the unborn child is found to have a serious illness.“Is it licit to throw away a life to [...]

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    Pope’s South Sudan gesture is a challenge to African churches

Pope’s South Sudan gesture is a challenge to African churches

BY FRANCIS ANEKWE OBORJISome few days ago, Pope Francis captivated the world once again with a rare symbolic gesture that knows no bound. It happened at the Vatican, where the Pontiff hosted the two rival, previous warring leaders of the war-torn South Sudan. In an unexpected rare gesture, Pope Francis went out of his way, humble, but always majestic. He [...]

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    TRENDING: Pope kisses feet of rival South Sudan leaders

TRENDING: Pope kisses feet of rival South Sudan leaders

Pope Francis has kissed the feet of the South Sudan’s previous warring leaders, imploring them to maintain the "fragile" peace that exists between them.On Thursday, during a two-day spiritual retreat at the Vatican, the pope pleaded with President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, his former deputy turned rebel leader, and three other vice presidents to honour the armistice they signed [...]

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    Three years after kiss from Pope, toddler with brain tumour ‘beats the odds’

Three years after kiss from Pope, toddler with brain tumour ‘beats the odds’

A toddler diagnosed with a brain tumour is said to be healthy again nearly three years after being kissed by Pope Francis. Giana Grace Masciantonio, three, was diagnosed with histiocystosis, a rare blood disorder that caused lesions on her brain cell and made it impossible for surgery to be done on it. After undergoing chemotherapy over a period of time, Gianna beat [...]

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    ‘May Nigerian Christians find peace’ — Pope speaks on killings

‘May Nigerian Christians find peace’ — Pope speaks on killings

Pope Francis has condemned the recent attack on a church in Benue state which led to the deaths of 19 persons.On April 24, suspected herdsmen invaded St. Ignatius’ Catholic Church in Gwer east local government area of the state, opening fire on worshippers that had come for an early morning mass.Among those killed in the attack were two priestsFew days after, [...]

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    Pope baptises illegal Nigerian migrant who foiled robbery at Italian shop

Pope baptises illegal Nigerian migrant who foiled robbery at Italian shop

John Ogah, an illegal Nigerian migrant adjudged a hero after foiling a robbery at an Italian shop, has been baptised by Pope Francis.In September 2017, Ogah earned the admiration of many after he confronted an armed robber who had stolen some money from a supermarket located in Rome's Centocelle neighbourhood.Prior to that, the 31-year-old left Nigeria for Libya, in 2014, [...]

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    Pope says hell does not exist — or was he misquoted?

Pope says hell does not exist — or was he misquoted?

Pope Francis says hell - believed to be a place of condemnation for deceased sinners - does not exist. The pontiff reportedly said this in an interview published by Daily La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper.The interview was conducted by Eugenio Scalfari, a veteran Italian journalist and atheist who regularly muses about faith and religion, and enjoys access to the leader of the Catholic [...]

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    Despite Pope’s intervention, ‘rebellious’ priests frustrate Okpaleke out of Ahiara diocese

Despite Pope’s intervention, ‘rebellious’ priests frustrate Okpaleke out of Ahiara diocese

Peter Okpaleke, Catholic bishop of Ahiara diocese, in Imo state, has finally resigned, following rejection from the faithful in the diocese.A statement issued by the Vatican on Monday said Pope Francis has accepted his resignation.Ahiara diocese had been engulfed in crisis following their refusal to accept Peter Okpaleke, appointed the local bishop in 2012 by the then pontiff, Benedict XVI.While [...]

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    Pope well informed about happenings in Nigeria, says Dogara

Pope well informed about happenings in Nigeria, says Dogara

Pope Francis knows a lot about happenings in Nigeria, Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, said on Thursday.The pontiff met with Dogara on Wednesday, at Saint Peters Square, Vatican city, Rome.The speaker led a Nigerian delegation to the Holy See.In a statement after the meeting, Dogara described the encounter with Francis as “awesome”.He said he was surprised and [...]

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    Pope ‘considering allowing married men become priests’

Pope ‘considering allowing married men become priests’

Pope Francis has reportedly given nod to a debate to consider the possibility of married men becoming priests.Vatican sources were quoted to have said the pontiff has requested a conversation over allowing married men in the Amazon region of Brazil to be ordained as priests.This follows a request made by Claudio Hummes, a cardinal and president of the Episcopal commission [...]

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    Pope Francis suffers black eye in Colombia

Pope Francis suffers black eye in Colombia

Pope Francis on Sunday suffered a minor injury while riding his popemobile in Colombia.According to UK Guardian, the pope had his eye bandaged and blackened after he lost his balance in his customised vehicle.The Vatican said he immediately received ice treatment and was fine but the bruise was visible when he said mass for hundreds of thousands of people.Pope Francis [...]

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    Ahiara crisis: Pope replies recalcitrant Nigerian priests

Ahiara crisis: Pope replies recalcitrant Nigerian priests

Pope Francis has started replying Catholic priests in Ahiara diocese, Imo state, whom he had earlier directed to write to him over the lingering church crisis in the area.John Onaiyekan, archbishop of Abuja diocese, confirmed this while speaking to Crux, a Catholic online platform,.Ahiara diocese had been engulfed in crisis following their refusal to accept Peter Okpaleke, appointed the local [...]

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    Ahiara diocese: St John’s Knights ask priests to accept Okpaleke

Ahiara diocese: St John’s Knights ask priests to accept Okpaleke

The Knights of St John International and Ladies Auxiliary (KSJI), an order of the Roman Catholic Church, has asked the priests and the laity of Ahiara diocese in Imo state to obey the directive of Pope Francis regarding accepting Peter Okpaleke as their bishop.In 2012, Okpaleke was appointed bishop of the diocese by the then Pope, Benedict XVI, but he [...]

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    Trump meets ardent critic Pope Francis at the Vatican

Trump meets ardent critic Pope Francis at the Vatican

US President Donald Trump arrived at the Vatican on Wednesday for talks with one of his most high-profile critics, Pope Francis, after the two men exchanged sharp words during the presidential campaign last year.Before meeting with the Pope, Trump received a tribute from the Swiss Guard in a Vatican courtyard where he was greeted by Archbishop Georg Ganswein, the prefect [...]

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    Pope Francis to US: ‘Mother’ shouldn’t be used to describe a bomb

Pope Francis to US: ‘Mother’ shouldn’t be used to describe a bomb

Pope Francis has criticised the naming of the US military’s biggest non-nuclear explosive as "Mother of All Bombs”.He said the word “mother” should not be used in reference to any deadly weapon.The Pope said he was ashamed when he heard the name of the US most destructive non- nuclear bomb, reports said.Pope Francis told an audience of students on Saturday [...]

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    Pope Francis slams Europe over refusal to accept new migrants

Pope Francis slams Europe over refusal to accept new migrants

Pope Francis has criticised Europe's refusal to let in new migrants, describing it as “suicide”.The pontiff said this in his address to a group of refugees airlifted out of Lebanon under a Christian-sponsored “humanitarian corridors” project after a special service on Tiber Island in central Rome.“This is called suicide”, he said on Saturday.He praised the “generosity of people in migrant [...]

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