Pope Francis says he is always ready to go to China

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE: Pope Francis said on Tuesday he was willing to go to China at any time but had “no news” to offer over speculation he might meet Chinese President Xi Jinping during a papal visit to Kazakhstan this week. Speaking to reporters accompanying him on his flight to the central Asian republic, … Read more

Pope invites cardinal on trial to attend Vatican meeting

ROME: Pope Francis has taken another step to rehabilitate Cardinal Angelo Becciuinviting the once-powerful Vatican prelate to participate in an upcoming meeting of cardinals two years after Francis forced his resignation based on purported financial improprieties. Becciu, 74, is currently on trial in the Vatican’s criminal tribunal5, accused of sending 1200 euros (US$125,000) in Holy … Read more

Pope says that with frailty and age, he is in new phase of papacy

ROME: Pope Francis said on Saturday that his advancing age and his difficulty walking have ushered in a new, slower phase of his papacy and repeated that he would be ready to resign one day if serious health problems prohibited him from running the Church. “I don’t think I can continue doing trips with the … Read more

Pope lands in Canada, set for apologies to Indigenous groups

EDMONTON (ALBERTA): Pope Francis began a fraught visit to Canada on Sunday to apologize to Indigenous peoples for abuses by missionaries at residential schools, a key step in the Catholic Church’s efforts to reconcile with Native communities and help them heal from generations of trauma. Francis flew from Rome to Edmonton, Alberta, where his welcoming … Read more

Pope travels to Canada on ‘pilgrimage of penance’ for indigenous abuse

EDMONTON: Pope Francis is scheduled to land in Canada on Sunday on what he has called a “pilgrimage of penance” to apologize for the abuse of indigenous hardened children at hands of largely Catholic-run residential schools. He is expected to touch down in Edmonton in the western province of Alberta at 11:20am MDT (1720 GMT) … Read more

Pope to visit Canada on ‘penitential pilgrimage’

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis departs Sunday for a historic six-day visit to Canada where he is expected to ask forgiveness of Indigenous survivors of abuse committed at residential schools run by the Catholic Church. The “penitential pilgrimage”, as the pontiff has described it, is seen as an important step in addressing the global scandal of … Read more

Women to get a say in naming bishops: Pope

Pope Francis speaks during an exclusive interview with Reuters, at the Vatican. (File photo: Reuters) VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis said he wants to give women more top-level positions in the Holy See and disclosed that for the first time he would name women to a previously all-male Vatican committee that helps him select the world’s … Read more