Pope Francis

  • Africa & World

    Pope Francis arrives in Baghdad for risky but historic Iraq tour

    ROMAN Catholic Church leader Pope Francis has landed in Baghdad for his most risky foreign trip since his election in 2012, saying he felt duty-bound to make the “emblematic” visit because Iraq had suffered so much for so long. An Alitalia plane carrying him, his entourage, a security detail, and about 75 journalists, touched down at Baghdad International airport slightly ahead…

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  • Africa & World

    Pope Francis appoints the first African-American cardinal

    WASHINGTON. — Pope Francis on Sunday named Wilton Gregory (pictured above), the archbishop of Washington, a cardinal, elevating the first African-American to the Catholic church’s highest governing body, a groundbreaking act in a year when demands for racial justice have consumed the country. The rise of Archbishop Gregory, who is also the first American named to the College of Cardinals since 2016, comes…

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  • Africa & World

    Catholic Church ‘confused’ by Pope Francis’ gay marriage support

    KAMPALA. – The Catholic Church in Uganda is seeking clarification on the reported support of civil unions for same-sex couples by the head of the Catholic Church in the world, Pope Francis.  The clarification from Rome, Italy will help the Church guide the congregation in Uganda, Rev. Fr. Philip Odii, the Episcopal Conference Secretariat spokesperson said. The secretary general of…

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