FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
It was a significant revelation from Pope Francis, coming at a time when a group of bishops in the United States are pushing to deny Communion to pro-choice politicians, including President Joe Biden.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Junno Arocho Esteves - Catholic News Service
Pope Francis weighed in on the debate about whether politicians should be denied Communion because of their stance on abortion.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The pope’s message on the meaning of the cross resonated with the Greek Catholic community, whose members suffered harsh persecution and were prohibited to exist under Czechoslovakia’s Communist rule from 1948 to 1989.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
On his second day in Bratislava, Pope Francis called Slovakia “to be a message of peace in the heart of Europe” and the church to evangelize with “freedom, creativity, and dialogue.”
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to celebrate the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress at Heroes' Square in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 12, 2021. Also pictured in the popemobile is Cardinal Péter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis called on this majority Christian nation to stop closing in on itself and to open its arms and hearts to peoples of other ethnic backgrounds, religions and cultures.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
It will be a demanding trip health-wise for the 84-year-old pontiff coming just two months after his colon operation on July 4.