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Pope to make landmark visit to Mexico National Palace

Yahoo News - ‎10 hours ago‎
Mexico City (AFP) - Francis will be the first pope to enter Mexico's National Palace to meet the president on Saturday as he starts a cross-country tour that will highlight the country's violence and migration troubles.
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Catholicism and Russian Orthodoxy

The Economist (blog) - ‎4 hours ago‎
In that improbable venue, a secular premises in a Marxist-run island, Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow embraced one another and affirmed the myriad things they have in common, including Christianity's core beliefs in a triune God and the ...

In historic meeting, Pope and Russian patriarch issue plea for persecuted Christians

CNN - ‎11 hours ago‎
Pope Francis tries on a traditional sombrero he received as a gift from a Mexican journalist on Friday, February 12, aboard a plane during his flight from Rome to Habana, Cuba.

Pope Urges Mexican Officials to Fight Ills Plaguing Their Society

Wall Street Journal - ‎3 hours ago‎
MEXICO CITY—Pope Francis told an audience of Mexican government officials and other dignitaries on Saturday to try to foster the common good by combatting corruption, the drug trade and other ills plaguing their society, and ensure that all the ...
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Vatican dismisses BBC documentary on Pope John Paul II relationship

The Guardian - ‎8 hours ago‎
The Vatican has distanced itself from an upcoming BBC Panorama documentary that is expected to examine the relationship between Pope John Paul II and a US academic, with a source describing its content as being “more smoke than fire”. The Secret ...
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Pope Francis in Mexico: Will He Speak Out on the Disappearance of 43 Students From Ayotzinapa?

Slate Magazine (blog) - ‎6 hours ago‎
Pope Francis arrived late Friday in Mexico, home to the largest Spanish-speaking Catholic population and the second-largest Catholic population in the world.

Pope on Mexico: Inequality has led to corruption and drugs

BBC News - ‎31 minutes ago‎
Tens of thousands of people have lined the streets of Mexico City, to welcome Pope Francis on the first full day of a five-day visit to Mexico.
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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to attend pope's border Mass at request of Ciudad Juárez mayor

Dallas Morning News (blog) - ‎5 hours ago‎
But his will be an excused absence because he will be in Ciudad Juárez, among 30 state office-holders invited to attend Mass with Pope Francis. Rawlings and wife Micki were invited to the mass by Ciudad Juárez Mayor Enrique Serrano Escobar, a man ...

Pope Francis Moves to End a 1000-Year Rift

Wall Street Journal - ‎20 hours ago‎
HAVANA—The leaders of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches took a major step toward ending a 1,000-year split between Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy by identifying areas of common ground amid broad challenges for both churches.

Pope seals historic meeting with a kiss

The Mercury - ‎21 hours ago‎
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis seal the historic meeting with a kiss. Their meeting, announced just a week ago, also carried political overtones, coming at a time of Russian disagreements with the West over ...
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Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

Vatican Radio - ‎Feb 12, 2016‎
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met in Havana, Cuba on Friday (12 Feb) to sign an historic joint declaration.

Mexico cheers Pope as visit begins Add to ...

The Globe and Mail - ‎2 hours ago‎
Tens of thousands of cheering Mexicans gathered outside the residence where Pope Francis is staying to send him off on his first full day in Mexico.

Pope Francis has a new book for kids

Catholic News Agency - ‎7 hours ago‎
Already in his brief, three-year pontificate Pope Francis has a track record of papal firsts, but in March he will add yet another to his list: authoring a children's book.
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'A new era for Juárez': pope's visit hails optimism for a city ravaged by drug wars

The Guardian - ‎Feb 11, 2016‎
When Pope Francis visits the drug war crucible known as Ciudad Juárez he will be greeted by whitewashed walls, newly planted shrubs and pink-hued billboards proclaiming “Juárez is love” and “Proud of Juárez”.

Pope Francis Meets Head Of Russian Orthodox Church In Havana

NPR - ‎Feb 12, 2016‎
Pope Francis and the Russian Orthodox patriarch met in Havana, Cuba, on Friday. It's the first time a pope has met with a Russian patriarch since eastern and western Christianity diverged in the 11th century and have since evolved somewhat independent ...

“Why aren't there miracles anymore?”: Kids around the world ask Pope Francis the tough questions

Quartz - ‎Feb 12, 2016‎
Now he's going even younger: On March 1, Pope Francis will release a new book that contains handwritten letters and illustrations from children around the world, with his personal responses to their questions.
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Should Pope Francis celebrate the Reformation?

Crux: Covering all things Catholic - ‎Feb 12, 2016‎
Pope Francis has built bridges with Protestants in remarkable ways. His personal friendship with the late Anglican-style bishop Tony Palmer, and his video greeting to American pentecostal preachers followed by a personal meeting, raised eyebrows among ...

Mexican City Gets Makeover Just In Time For Pope Visit

NPR - ‎Feb 11, 2016‎
The city of Ecatepec, Mexico, got a makeover just in time for the Pope Francis' visit, which will undoubtedly show the schism between Francis' progressive church and Mexico's conservative hierarchy.

Pope sends telegram thanking Pres. Castro for welcome in Cuba

Vatican Radio - ‎11 hours ago‎
(Vatican Radio) After leaving Havana, Pope Francis sent a telegram to Cuban President Raul Castro, thanking him for hosting him and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill for their historic encounter.