- Jan 25, 2020
The Vatican on Saturday urged Iraqi President Barham Saleh to guarantee the safety of Christians and ensure they have a future place in the war-battered country.
In his annual speech to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, Pope Francis again voiced concern for escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, urging both parties to exercise restraint in order to avoid a vast, regional conflict.
As counterintuitive as it may seem, there’s a case to be made that the Vatican might be a good choice to broker conversation between the U.S. and Iran to try to head off a regional conflagration.
Pope Francis right now may be the lone major Western leader who actually has the ear of the figure seemingly poised to win the Syrian war.
Peace requires setting aside indifference and fear so that a feeling of mutual respect may grow and flourish, Pope Francis told diplomats.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Luigi Ventura, the nuncio to France, who has been under investigation for sexual misconduct in France and in Canada.