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  • Those who substitute pets for children show a ‘certain selfishness’, says pope Jan 05, 2022 07:21 PM IST

    Those who substitute pets for children show a ‘certain selfishness’, says pope

    Pope Francis added that having pets and not kids is a practice that 'diminishes us, takes away our humanity'.

  • Diplomacy and politics in PM Narendra Modi meeting the Pope Nov 02, 2021 04:31 PM IST

    Diplomacy and politics in PM Narendra Modi meeting the Pope

    The overly-touted domestic electoral importance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Pope Francis needs to be put in perspective: since Independence, every decade, barring a few, either the Pope has visited India or an Indian Prime Minister has met the Pope at The Vatican 

  • PM Modi gifts specially-made candle holder, book on India's climate initiatives to Pope Francis Oct 30, 2021 07:56 PM IST

    PM Modi gifts specially-made candle holder, book on India's climate initiatives to Pope Francis

    Modi explained to the 84-year-old Pontiff that the candelabra was specially made and the book is on climate change, an issue close to the Pope.

  • PM Modi meets Pope Francis, discusses COVID crisis and climate change Oct 30, 2021 04:47 PM IST

    PM Modi meets Pope Francis, discusses COVID crisis and climate change

    Modi extended an invitation to Pope Francis to visit India at an early date, "which was accepted with pleasure", the MEA said.

  • In Pics | PM Narendra Modi meets Pope Francis in Vatican City Oct 30, 2021 02:09 PM IST

    In Pics | PM Narendra Modi meets Pope Francis in Vatican City

    PM Modi meets Pope Francis: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at San Damaso courtyard in The Vatican for a private audience with the Pope on October 30, 2021

  • PM Modi arrives in Vatican City to meet Pope Francis Oct 30, 2021 01:03 PM IST

    PM Modi arrives in Vatican City to meet Pope Francis

    At the Vatican, PM Modi was accompanied by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

  • PM Modi to hold one-on-one meeting with Pope Francis in Vatican City Oct 30, 2021 09:37 AM IST

    PM Modi to hold one-on-one meeting with Pope Francis in Vatican City

    "The Prime Minister will have a separate call. He will be meeting his Holiness on a one-on-one basis. And that could, after a certain period of time, be followed up by delegation-level talks," Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla told reporters on Friday while briefing the details of the Prime Minister’s engagements in Italy.

  • PM Modi to visit Italy, UK from October 29 to November 2 for COP-26 Conference, G-20 Summit Oct 28, 2021 08:36 PM IST

    PM Modi to visit Italy, UK from October 29 to November 2 for COP-26 Conference, G-20 Summit

    During his visit to Italy, PM Modi will also Pope Francis and Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin during his visit to Vatican City.

  • Pope Francis warns of 'threat of antisemitism' in Europe Sep 12, 2021 03:13 PM IST

    Pope Francis warns of 'threat of antisemitism' in Europe

    'I think of the threat of antisemitism still lurking in Europe and elsewhere. This is a fuse that must not be allowed to burn. And the best way to defuse it is to work together, positively, and to promote fraternity,' the pontiff said.

  • Pope urges dialogue in Afghanistan so people can live in peace, security Aug 15, 2021 04:37 PM IST

    Pope urges dialogue in Afghanistan so people can live in peace, security

    Francis made the appeal in his noon address as Taliban insurgents entered the capital Kabul and the United States evacuated diplomats from its embassy by helicopter.

  • Heaven can wait, maybe, but not a phone call for the Pope Francis Aug 11, 2021 07:26 PM IST

    Heaven can wait, maybe, but not a phone call for the Pope Francis

    The pope gestured with his free hand as if the caller could see him - a common impulse for many people when talking on the phone - while he held the device to his left ear with his other hand.

  • Vatican reveals property holdings for first time in transparency drive Jul 24, 2021 09:59 PM IST

    Vatican reveals property holdings for first time in transparency drive

    The information was contained in two documents, a consolidated financial statement for 2020 for the Holy See and the first-ever public budget for the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See (APSA).

  • Pope Francis leads Sunday prayer a week after surgery Jul 12, 2021 11:20 AM IST

    Pope Francis leads Sunday prayer a week after surgery

    After delivering the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis said that last week, his prayers had been "aimed at Haiti," recognizing the assassination July 7 of President Jovenel Moïse and the wounding of his wife, Martine.

  • Pope Francis had severe narrowing of the colon, no mention of cancer Jul 07, 2021 06:33 PM IST

    Pope Francis had severe narrowing of the colon, no mention of cancer

    The Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni, said the 84-year-old pope was continuing to eat regularly following Sunday's surgery to remove half his colon, and that intravenous therapy had been suspended.

  • Pope Francis calls for reconciliation, healing over Canada school discovery Jun 06, 2021 05:09 PM IST

    Pope Francis calls for reconciliation, healing over Canada school discovery

    The discovery last month of the remains of the children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, which closed in 1978, has reopened old wounds and is fuelling outrage in Canada about the lack of information and accountability.

  • The Pope’s next car will be all-electric May 25, 2021 01:21 PM IST

    The Pope’s next car will be all-electric

    Here’s what you need to know about the next popemobile.

  • COVID-19 update | No crowds at Holy Week ceremonies amid pandemic Mar 28, 2021 04:39 PM IST

    COVID-19 update | No crowds at Holy Week ceremonies amid pandemic

    Francis traditionally leads a Palm Sunday procession through St. Peter's Square and then celebrates an outdoor Mass for tens of thousands of faithful.

  • Pope Francis visits Iraq, calls for freedom of conscience and religion Mar 06, 2021 04:03 PM IST

    Pope Francis visits Iraq, calls for freedom of conscience and religion

    Pope Francis' visit to Iraq is an effort to comfort the country's ancient but dwindling Christian community and deepen his dialogue with other faiths. During an interfaith service in southern Iraq, the pope said that freedom of conscience and religion were "fundamental rights" that should be recognised everywhere.

  • 'Silence the arms!' Pope Francis urges end to violence on historic Iraq trip Mar 05, 2021 07:13 PM IST

    'Silence the arms!' Pope Francis urges end to violence on historic Iraq trip

    Pope Francis also called for Christians to have a more prominent role in public life in Iraq, "as citizens with full rights, freedoms and responsibilities"

  • Pope Francis leaves Rome at start of risky trip to Iraq Mar 05, 2021 12:35 PM IST

    Pope Francis leaves Rome at start of risky trip to Iraq

    Iraq is deploying thousands of additional security personnel to protect Pope Francis during the visit, which comes after a spate of rocket and suicide bomb attacks raised fears for the Catholic leader's safety.

  • Pope appeals for Rome homeless as number of dead from cold rises Jan 24, 2021 07:47 PM IST

    Pope appeals for Rome homeless as number of dead from cold rises

    The 84-year-old pope delivered the address while standing in the Vatican library despite a renewed flare-up of a sciatica condition that causes pain in his legs and forced him to miss three events on Sunday and Monday.

  • Pope Francis calls coronavirus vaccinations an ethical obligation Jan 10, 2021 11:41 AM IST

    Pope Francis calls coronavirus vaccinations an ethical obligation

    In an interview for the TG5 newscast expected to air Sunday evening, Pope Francis called on everyone to get the vaccine against COVID-19.

  • Pope calls Maradona a fragile poet; decries doping cheats Jan 02, 2021 08:33 PM IST

    Pope calls Maradona a fragile poet; decries doping cheats

    Francis is a big soccer fan and met Maradona, who died in November, several times after becoming pope in 2013.

  • Pope tells Vatican bureaucrats to stop gossipy conflicts Dec 21, 2020 07:25 PM IST

    Pope tells Vatican bureaucrats to stop gossipy conflicts

    Francis stressed that “crisis” isn’t the same as “conflict,” with crises in the church offering an opportunity for renewal but conflicts just “a waste of energy and occasion for evil.”

  • Pope Francis to make risky trip to Iraq in early March Dec 07, 2020 06:52 PM IST

    Pope Francis to make risky trip to Iraq in early March

    A Vatican source said one of the aims of the trip was to comfort Christians who, amid wars and conflicts, have been forced to flee from Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries.

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