Pope Francis wants to have a discussion where participants listen with humility to different viewpoints at a summit on Catholic church teachings and modern lifestyles.
By Alvise Armellini VATICAN CITY — The newly appointed head of the Vatican’s bank, the Institute for Religious Works, pledged on Wednesday to focus on “Catholic, ethical investments,” as part of plans to clean up the scandal-plagued institution. Over the decades, the Vatican bank has been involved in a long list of financial scandals, allegedly […]
By Alvise Armellini VATICAN CITY — The leader of the Catholic Church will be accompanied by a rabbi and a Muslim leader on a trip to the Middle East this month, the Vatican said Thursday, hailing Pope Francis’ symbolic gesture as “formidable.” Abraham Skorka and Omar Abboud, both based in Buenos Aires, are longtime friends […]
By Alvise Armellini VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday marked the first anniversary of his election with a typically humble message, telling his followers on Twitter: “Please pray for me.” No celebrations were planned for the occasion. “Today the Pope is doing nothing special or different from other days. He prays,” Vatican spokesman the […]
By Alvise Armellini VATICAN CITY — The leader of the Catholic Church is “a normal person,” Pope Francis insisted in an interview published Wednesday, in which he said he was offended by media portrayals of him as “some kind of Superman.” Since his election a year ago, Francis’ popularity has skyrocketed. He is seen as […]
By Alvise Armellini ROME — Italy’s leader-in-waiting said Monday that he would need “a few days” to form a new Italian government, but he promised that as prime minister he would launch major reforms to revive the country’s moribund economy and modernize its inefficient political structures. Matteo Renzi, who leads the center-left Democratic Party, or […]