Mariam Ibrahim and her children — including her infant daughter, who was born in a Sudanese jail — were blessed by the pontiff after fleeing Sudan.
“Such a humanitarian emergency demands as a first urgent measure that these minors be protected and duly taken in,” the pope said.
Some are calling the meeting a publicity stunt, which the Vatican strongly denies.
The fact that Vatican City is just a walk across the bridge from Italy’s Parliament goes a long way to explain why Italy is still the only nation in Western Europe with no partnership rights for same-sex couples — but that may be about to change.
All the burning questions the Pope didn’t ask for.
Pope Francis announced Monday he will meet with a group of sex abuse victims at the Vatican after comparing the “ugly crime” to performing “a satanic Mass.”
Twenty-six Italian women, claiming to be in relationships with Catholic priests, want the Pope to make the Catholic church’s celibacy requirement optional.
After greeting a group of schoolchildren, the pope invited two of the students to join him for a ride around St. Peter’s Square.
“I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil … and ask forgiveness.”
A handy guide to help you hang with the leader of the Catholic Church.
The battleground is the United Nations. “Today, the nature of the family is confused by so many … It is scandalous,” said the Holy See’s representative to the U.N. amid negotiations last month in New York.
Because who doesn’t want a papal shot glass?
But it wasn’t related to the child’s visit with the pope. A 10-year-old from Los Angeles, Jersey Vargas, went to Rome and spoke with Pope Francis about her detained father — who could have been deported — a day before the Pope spoke with Obama about immigration reform. The family’s lawyer tells BuzzFeed Mario Vargas is being released today.
Because there are way more than 10.
As the Catholic Church celebrates the one year anniversary of Francis’ papacy, House Speaker John Boehner urges the Pontiff to bring his message of “protection of the most vulnerable among us-the ailing, the disadvantaged, the unemployed, the impoverished, the unborn” to Congress.
The popular pontiff celebrates his first anniversary as head of the Holy See. Here are some of the moments from the past year that caught the world’s attention.
Civil unions “aren’t up to the pope, they’re up to us,” the Vatican’s head of doctrine told an LGBT activist in October.
“The church must oppose violence against gay persons and should strongly advocate for the decriminalization of homosexuality.”
The pontiff dropped the F-bomb in Italian.
“Let us give each other a spiritual hug.” The leader of the Catholic Church recorded a special message about Christian unity.
On Wednesday, the Obama administration’s most prominent Catholic slammed one of the pope’s most prominent American conservative detractors: “As a practicing Catholic, bless me, Father, for he has sinned.”
The bird said “papa” (the Italian word for “pope”) when he perched on the pontiff’s hand.
Its a bird… It’s a plane… It’s SUPERPOPE. Or, it was.
The pope gets the Bob Dylan treatment.
The papal gesture made a seagull and a crow very happy.