VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis urged U.S. President Donald Trump to be a peacemaker at their highly anticipated first meeting on Wednesday, and Trump promised he would not forget the pontiff's message. Under clear blue skies, Trump, who exchanged sharp words with the pope during the U.S. election campaign last year, received a tribute from the Swiss Guard in a Vatican courtyard when he arrived. He entered a small elevator taking him to the third floor of the Apostolic Palace and, after a long ceremonial walk past frescoed…
ROME: McDonald's has opened a franchise just steps away from the gleaming white marble dome of St. Peter's Basilica, giving indigestion to some cardinals and local business owners. There was no fanfare for the Dec. 30 opening of the U.S. fast food giant's new venue behind a subdued exterior on the picturesque Borgo Pio, just outside the spiritual home of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. When the plan emerged last year, one of its most strident critics was Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, who said McDonald's fare was far…
VATICAN CITY: Journalism based on gossip or rumors is a form of "terrorism" and media that stereotype entire populations or foment fear of migrants are acting destructively, Pope Francis said on Thursday.
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Monday condemned the Easter suicide bomb by extremist militants that killed at least 70 people in Lahore, many of them Christians, as “hideous” and demanded that the country’s authorities protect religious minorities.
VATICAN CITY: The Vatican on Wednesday denied an Italian media report that Pope Francis has a benign brain tumor.
PESHAWAR/ROME: Italian authorities have been keeping eight Pakistani nationals under custody on suspicion of terrorism activities, while one of them was arrested only because his nephew's name was Osama, ARY News reported.