Pope Francis officially declares Mother Teresa a saint

Pope Francis officially declares Mother Teresa a saint

Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint on Sunday, honouring the tiny nun who cared for the world’s most destitute and holding her up as a model for a Catholic Church that goes to the peripheries to find poor, wounded souls. Applause erupted in St. Peter’s Square even before Francis finished pronouncing the rite of […]

Pope Francis appoints panel to study ordaining women as deacons

Pope Francis appoints panel to study ordaining women as deacons

Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed a special commission to examine the role of female deacons in the Church, in a potentially historic opening on the possibility of women joining the clergy. The 13-member commission, made up of seven men and six women, will study the question of female deacons with a particular focus on the […]

Pope Francis laments a ‘world at war’, says religion not to blame

Pope Francis laments a ‘world at war’, says religion not to blame

Pope Francis said on Wednesday the world was at war but argued that religion was not the cause, as he arrived in Poland for an international gathering of Catholic youth a day after jihadists murdered a priest in France. The brutal killing of Father Jacques Hamel during Mass in France on Tuesday by two assailants […]