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Pope calls for ending bloodshed in Yemen

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SHAFAQNA- In public remarks Sunday, Francis said he was following 'with worry the dramatic fate of the people of Yemen, already so exhausted from years of conflict,' AP reported. He appealed to the international community so that 'no effort…

Russian Orthodox Church’s Patriarch Kirill discusses Syria with Pope Francis

SHAFAQNA - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia has discussed US-led airstrikes on Syria with Pope Francis in a phone conversation, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church told reporters on Saturday. “We have come forward with this initiative…

Pope falls short on Myanmar

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis has arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar, urging the international community to address the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims in the country. More than 700,000 people have fled to Bangladesh after Myanmar’s…

Pope visits Myanmar in shadow of Rohingya crisis

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar on Monday on a delicate visit for the leader of the Roman Catholic church to a majority-Buddhist country that the United States has accused of “ethnic cleansing” against its Muslim Rohingya people. The…

French Court Orders Removal of Cross on Pope John Paul II Statue

SHAFAQNA - A cross that's part of a statue of the late Pope John Paul II in the town of Ploërmel, France, will be removed following a controversial decision made by a top administrative court on a decades-long legal battle over the monument's…

Pope condemns terror attacks around the world

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis condemned on Wednesday recent terror attacks around the world, including in New York where eight people were killed, saying he was “saddened” by events. “I am saddened by the terrorist attacks in recent days…

Human life has to be protected at all stages, Pope Francis says

SHAFAQNA - During an open-air Mass in the Colombian capital of Bogotá on Thursday, Pope Francis delivered a ringing call to defend human life in all its stages, especially when it's most vulnerable. As examples of the point, the pontiff cited…

Pope Francis Thanked Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi for His Message

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SHAFAQNA- Announced by the office of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi: Following the message of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi to Pope Francis, in which he had thanked the leader of the Catholic Church, the Vatican also sent an official…

Pope expresses gratitude to Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi for his letter to Vatican

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis has send a letter to respond Ayat. Makarem Shirazi's letter earlier in August who cherished Pope’s position on Islam. Mehr News has been informed that Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic world, expressed gratitude…

Pope Francis refuses to describe Islam as a terrorist religion; it is not fair and not true

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis has criticized anti-Islam propaganda in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Europe claimed by the Daesh Takfiri terrorists, saying it is “unfair” and wrong to identify Islam with violence and terrorism. “I…

Pope Francis warns world 'is at war' after Europe attacks

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis has warned that a recent wave of jihadist attacks in Europe is proof that "the world is at war". However, he stressed he did not mean a war of religions, but rather a conflict over "interests, money, resources". He…

Pope calls on Latin America to fight ‘colonizations,’ realize its destiny

SHAFAQNA - A new letter from Pope Francis to Argentina to mark the 200th anniversary of independence has been read as a rebuke to the current government, but if you know his thought, it's actually a bold statement about Latin American unity…

Pope on visit to Armenia cites "genocide", likely to anger Turkey

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis departed from his prepared text on Friday to use the word "genocide" to describe the mass killings of Armenians in 1915, a description that infuriated Turkey when he said it a year ago. In an address to Armenia's…

Christians have a mission to convert all Muslims, says Vatican official

SHAFAQNA - Cardinal Kurt Koch, who leads ecumenical relations for the Vatican, made the comments at an interfaith meeting in Cambridge Christians have a mission to convert all Muslims, according to one of Pope Francis’s senior aides. Cardinal…

Pope To Hold Meeting With World Sunni Muslims Leader

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis will meet the spiritual leader of the world's Sunni Muslims in an unprecedented encounter at the Vatican on Monday, the pontiff's spokesman said Thursday. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar,…

Pope comes to French Muslim rescue

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis has urged France to respect the right of Muslim women to profess their faith and wear the hijab same as Christians are allowed to wear the cross. “If a Muslim woman wishes to wear a veil, she must be able to do so.…

Download happiness says the Pope

SHAFAQNA - Happiness can't be downloaded like a cellphone app, Pope Francis has said in a special mass for the teens in Vatican on Sunday. "Happiness has no price," the Pontiff said, adding that it’s “not an app that you can download…

‘Don’t listen to fortune tellers,’ Pope tells faithful

SHAFAQNA - In his morning Mass homily, Francis said those who listen to seers 'do not follow Jesus' Fortune tellers and seers cannot lead people to eternal life, and those who listen to such charlatans are not following Jesus, Pope Francis…

Pope Francis brings 12 Syrian Muslims to Italy on charter plane

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis gave Europe a concrete lesson Saturday in welcoming refugees by bringing 12 Syrian Muslims to Italy aboard his charter plane after an emotional visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, which has faced the brunt of Europe's…

Pope Washes and Kisses Feet Of Muslim Migrants, Says ‘We All Brothers’

SHAFAQNA- In a period of time when increased anti-Muslim sentiments prevail due to the incessant attacks on European cities, Pope Francis has displayed a gesture of welcome and brotherhood which sharply contrasted with the gesture of war and…

Donald Trump and the Pope have at it - argument over faith

SHAFAQNA - Donald Trump has branded Pope Francis "disgraceful" for claiming the Republican presidential frontrunner was "not a Christian" over his pledge to build a wall across the US-Mexico border. Returning home to Vatican City from a…

Russian Orthodox Patriarch, Pope hold historic meeting, sign call to end persecution of Christians

SHAFAQNA - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, and Pope Francis signed a joint declaration after their first historic meeting in Havana, Cuba. They called on world leaders to prevent Christians in the Middle East from…

Christian rift on the mend? Pope Francis and Russian Patriarch Kirill to meet in Cuba

SHAFAQNA - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, is to meet his Roman Catholic counterpart, Pope Francis, during a historic visit to Latin America. The groundbreaking meeting is to happen in mid-February in Cuba. The…

Pope Francis calls on Iran to bring peace back to the Middle East

SHAFAQNA - A Vatican statement issued after the meeting spoke of the "relevant role Iran is called on to play" to find political solutions to the problems afflicting the Middle East. Pope Francis earlier this week met with Iranian President…

Minaret and Muslims in Mexican city set to host pope

SHAFAQNA - The domed mosque with a minaret rises above small homes in a seemingly unlikely place: A southern Mexican indigenous city that will greet Pope Francis in three weeks. Surrounded by the misty mountains of Chiapas state, San Cristobal…

Pope Francis May Visit Rome’s Great Mosque

SHAFAQNA- A visit to one of the largest mosques outside the Muslim world may rank among the most symbolically powerful moments in Pope Francis’s tenure at the Vatican and comes at a time when immigration and terrorism have strained interfaith…

Italy's Muslims invite Pope to visit Rome's main mosque

SHAFAQNA - Representatives of Italy's Muslim community have invited Pope Francis to visit the main mosque in Rome, just days after Francis paid his respects at the capital's main synagogue in a sign of interfaith friendship. The Vatican…

Muslims and Christians welcome pope to Central African Republic

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis arrived in the Central African Republic on Sunday, with Muslim as well as Catholic representatives welcoming him at Bangui airport in the hope that he would promote reconciliation in the country torn by inter-religious…