Pope Francis has attacked what he called “the atmosphere of war,” which he believes is hampering the world. He also attacked those profiteering from war and those engaging in arms sales, as he led a mass in Bosnia on Saturday.
Italian police have issued 18 arrest warrants for Sardinia-based terror suspects with Al-Qaeda links who may have been planning an attack on the Vatican. Two of the alleged jihadists are believed to be former bodyguards of Osama Bin Laden.
Hundreds of people have come to listen to Pope Francis in Naples, Italy. The pontiff slammed the mafia and corruption adding that the country’s problems also included shutting out immigrants and making people redundant.
A Catholic priest in Northern Ireland cautioned against practicing yoga and receiving Indian head massages, saying that those who take such risks with their “spiritual health” are opening themselves up to “Satan and the Fallen Angels.”
An Austrian man worn out by the nighttime chiming of Linz’s landmark New Cathedral is suing the parish to silence the bells. His lawyers even sent letter to Pope Francis seeking the pontiff’s intervention in the legal battle.
The leader of the worldwide Catholic Church isn’t just known for the usual papal expressions of love, kindness and faith. Pope Francis has also touched millions with his off-script pronouncements and deeds, as well as his 'normal' behavior.
There are limits to freedom of expression when religion is insulted, Pope Francis has said in reference to the cartoons in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. However, he also pointed out that killing in God’s name is an "absurdity."
A topless FEMEN protester tried to kidnap Baby Jesus from the manger at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City after the Pope's Christmas message on Thursday. The activist was stopped and arrested in front of shocked believers.