- Jul 12, 2020
The Vatican is highlighting the plight of maritime workers during the pandemic, saying bans on shore leave are severely stressing crews stuck aboard ship, some to the point of suicide.
Pope Francis Sunday broke his silence on the decision to revert Turkey’s famed Hagia Sophia into a mosque, saying he is ‘pained’ by the ruling.
Chinese Foreign Minister Zhao Lijian has denied that his country pressured Pope Francis to omit an appeal for Hong Kong from his Sunday Angelus speech.
The international community must increase its efforts to help protect the lives of refugees, who are often exploited instead of being protected, a Vatican official said.
In a letter read aloud at his brother’s funeral in Regensburg, retired pope Benedict XVI recalled several characteristics which he felt best described his eldest sibling, including a love of music, joy in adversity and a deep piety.