Pope Francis has renewed the Catholic Church’s call to eliminate the death penalty, going one step further to blast life sentences and urge countries to prohibit the practice of transferring prisoners to torture centers.
The Catholic Church, which previously condemned homosexuality as “intrinsically disordered,” is considering embracing homosexual believers, as well as partially accepting same-sex, and other religiously unsanctioned partnerships.
The Islamic State has admitted and tried to justify enslaving and selling Yazidi women and children, captured during a blitz advance in Iraq and Syria. A new Human Rights Watch report confirms “abuses” against Kurdish ethno-religious community.
A skull cap worn by Pope Francis which was put on eBay has already gathered more than $250,000 in less than 36 hours. An Italian TV host coaxed the Pope to put his ‘papalina’ to auction and donate the money to the kids of the DR Congo.
Using an official Vatican car to transport cocaine and cannabis did not help two Italians to avoid justice. Diplomatic plates failed to protect the two smugglers as they were stopped and arrested in France.
Pope Francis has acknowledged the possibility of military intervention in Iraq, where Islamists have terrorized Christians and other minorities. He stressed that any action must follow a consensus by multiple countries.
Pope Francis has made an emotional appeal to the world, calling to stop war, especially in the Middle East and Ukraine, saying that the children who live in conflict zones are suffering most and are deprived of hope and a future.
An Italian newspaper has quoted the Pope as saying that “about two percent” of Roman Catholic priests are pedophiles. The Pontiff allegedly said that child sex abuse is “a leprosy in our house” and promised solutions to priests’ enforced celibacy.
An Italian bishop suspended all religious processions in his diocese in response to a recent religious parade in which a statue of Virgin Mary was carried to honor a local Mafia boss, despite the Pope excommunicating Mafiosi shortly beforehand.
Pope Francis has apologized for the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clerics. The pontiff expressed his regrets for the Church's 'sin' at a meeting with a group of victims of abuse – the first time a pope has met such a group inside the Vatican.
The Vatican might have denounced the mafia, but common Italians seem unconvinced. A church procession in an Italian town diverted from its normal route to pay tribute to a local Mafioso under house arrest.