- Dec 10, 2019
Pope Francis says he is praying for the victims, the wounded and their families in Albania following Tuesday’s earthquake.
Christians concerned with religious freedom violations resulting from the Turkish military offensive on northeastern Syria are urging U.S. President Donald Trump to “reconsider and reverse” his Oct. 6 decision to move American troops out of the way of a Turkish incursion.
Once more Pope Francis speaks up in defense of persecuted Yazidi communities in the Middle East.
The Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis will receive Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Feb. 5, and both leaders come into the meeting with much on the line.
Pope Francis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone Dec. 29 about the status of Jerusalem.
“Although we can move around freely, people are understandably afraid of coming to Mass and there’s been a drop in participation,” said the apostolic vicar of Istanbul. Catholics are fearful about attending church after recent terrorist attacks but they can count on government protection.