Year of Covid plunges Vatican deeper into the red

Agence France Presse 02/18/2021

VATICAN CITY, Holy See  – With donations down 25 percent, revenues from the Vatican Museums slashed 85 percent and millions of euros spent to support struggling tenants, the coronavirus pandemic has left a big hole in Pope…

Pope appoints first woman in senior synod post

Agence France Presse 02/07/2021

VATICAN CITY, Holy See Breaking with tradition, Pope Francis Saturday appointed Frenchwoman Nathalie Becquart as an undersecretary of the synod of bishops, the first woman to hold the post and have voting rights. The 52-year-old is one…

Pope dedicates world day to ‘forgotten’ grandparents

Agence France Presse 02/01/2021

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday announced a Catholic Church-wide celebration of grandparents and the elderly, to be marked each year in July. “Grandparents are often forgotten,” the 84-year-old said as he led the weekly Angelus…

Pope Francis to have COVID-19 vaccine, says it is the ethical choice for all

Reuters 01/10/2021

VATICAN CITY  – Pope Francis said on Saturday he planned to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as early as next week and urged everyone to get a shot, to protect not only their own lives but those of…

Thank God despite the COVID-19 pandemic – Pope Francis

Jodee A. Agoncillo 01/02/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis said people should be praising God despite the COVID-19 pandemic as it was His grace that inspired many to continue their compassionate acts and service. In a homily read by Cardinal Giovanni…

Pope Francis urges COVID ‘vaccines for all’ in Christmas message

Agence France Presse 12/26/2020

Vatican City, Holy See — Pope Francis in his Christmas message on Friday called for “vaccines for all, especially the most vulnerable and most in need in all regions of the planet” for the coronavirus, which he said had…

Pope commits Vatican to net zero carbon emissions by 2050

Reuters 12/13/2020

VATICAN CITY  – Pope Francis urged countries on Saturday to work towards net zero carbon emissions and committed Vatican City – the world’s smallest state – to reaching the target by 2050. Francis, who has championed environmental…

Pope appoints first African American cardinal

AFP 11/29/2020

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis created 13 new cardinals on Saturday — including the first African-American — putting his personal stamp on the body that will one day choose his successor. Under the soaring dome of St…

Pope Francis’s IG under investigation by Vatican after liking model’s photo—report

Niña V. Guno 11/21/2020

The pope’s official Instagram account is being probed after it was caught liking a photo of a model baring her posterior. The “like” from the account @franciscus was shared on social media on Nov. 13 and was…

Pope Francis’s IG reportedly liked model’s photo; ‘I was blessed,’ model feels

Niña V. Guno 11/17/2020

One model feels she has been “blessed” after the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, reportedly liked her photo on Instagram. The pope’s official Instagram account @franciscus was shown to have liked a revealing photo of…

Three takeaways from the US elections

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 11/14/2020

Reader, I have three takeaways from the results of the US elections, and I wonder whether they are the same as yours. My first takeaway is the question: After four years of Trumpian lies and abuse of…

Archdiocese of Cebu congratulates new Capiz Cardinal

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 10/27/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Archdiocese of Cebu extended its congratulations and felicitations to the Catholic Church’s new Cardinal, Capiz Archbishop Jose Advincula. This despite reports that the archdiocese was allegedly bypassed by Pope Francis for the…

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