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FACT CHECK: Did Pope Francis Say, ‘God Will Abandon America If Trump Is Re-Elected’?

An image shared on Facebook claims Pope Francis urged Americans not to vote for President Donald Trump because “God will abandon America if Trump is re-elected.” Verdict: False There is no evidence that Pope Francis ever said the statement. The claim originated on a parody news website. Fact Check: The post features a screen grab…

Muslim-Vatican Group Calls for Common Day of Prayer to End Coronavirus Pandemic

ROME — The Vatican-sponsored Higher Committee of Human Fraternity has called for a common day of prayer and fasting, asserting that the world is “facing a great danger that threatens the lives of millions of people around the world due to the growing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.” “While we reaffirm the role of…

Pope Francis Calls For End Of Abortion, War During Easter Vigil

April 11, 2020 6:33 PM ET Pope Francis called for the end of war and abortion during an Easter vigil Saturday, and encouraged people to be “messages of life in a time of death.” In an event the public could not participate in due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis led mass in an empty…

Cardinal Burke Calls For Restoration Of Masses: ‘Without The Help Of God, We Are...

March 21, 2020 5:53 PM ET Cardinal Raymond Burke called for the restoration of all masses during the coronavirus pandemic, warning that priests and bishops should speak out against these cancellations. The Roman Catholic cardinal spoke out in a Saturday statement in which he stressed the importance of social distancing and fighting the virus. But…

Pope Francis: Populists’ Anti-Immigration Policies Disseminate ‘Fear and Hatred’, Resemble Nazi Rhetoric

ROME — Pope Francis said that policies proposed by populist politicians to curb mass migration only serve to stoke hatred and fuel fear, comparing them to Nazi rhetoric on Sunday. In an address to a gathering organized by the Italian bishops’ conference in the southern Italian city of Bari, the pope connected dots between war,…

Pope Francis: War Is ‘Madness’

ROME — Pope Francis said Sunday that war is contrary to reason, is never normal, and therefore is “madness.” “War, by allocating resources to the acquisition of weapons and military power, diverts those resources from vital social needs, such as the support of families, health care and education,” the pope told an assembly organized by…

Pope Francis Dismayed over Liberals’ Reaction to Priestly Celibacy Ruling

ROME — Pope Francis expressed “consternation” over the way progressives have rejected his decision not to change Church practice regarding priestly celibacy or women’s ordination, according to U.S. bishops who met with him Thursday. Catholic News Service (CNS), the agency of the U.S. bishops’ conference, reported that the pope was puzzled by accusations that he…

Pope Francis Denounces ‘Plague’ of Human Trafficking

ROME — Pope Francis condemned human trafficking as a “true plague” on Sunday, calling for an international effort to eradicate it. Following his weekly prayer of the Angelus in Saint Peter’s Square, the pontiff recalled that Saturday was the World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking, set on the liturgical memory of Saint…

Photos: Mike Pence Meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen traveled to the Vatican on Friday, visiting the pope on behalf of President Donald Trump. The vice president was welcomed by U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, Callista Gingrich and her husband Newt Gingrich, and spent time in a private audience with Pope Francis. “I wanted to extend…

Retired Pope Benedict XVI Breaks Silence With ‘Unprecedented’ Book As Pope Francis Considers Allowing...

January 13, 2020 5:47 PM ET Retired Pope Benedict XVI is releasing a book on priestly celibacy Feb. 20. The book comes as Pope Francis prepares to publish his own thoughts on priestly celibacy. “From the Depths of Our Hearts” takes a “serious and unflinching look at the crisis in the Catholic Church,” its press…

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