Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is “very ill” and Pope Francis has asked for prayers for his predecessor, it was reported Wednesday in Vatican City.
A US cardinal gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to powerful Catholic clerics including two popes while facing accusations of sexual harassment, The Washington Post reported on Friday.
María Auxiliadora Delgado, the wife of Uruguay's President Tabaré Vázquez, has died in Montevideo, the government announced in a statement.
A former pontiff, a Spanish-born nun who is said to have performed her first miracle in Argentina and a slain Salvadorean Bishop were among the seven new saints canonised Sunday by Pope Francis at the Vatican.
Pope Francis is scheduled to make his first official visit to Argentina, where he was born, next December ‘to be close to his fellow compatriots’, according to ecclesiastic sources in Buenos Aires. The visit in the first half of December could extend to neighbouring Uruguay and Chile.
The late Pope John Paul II was moved a major step closer to sainthood at a ceremony that drew about a million and a half people to Rome and was celebrated by Catholics around the world.
Argentina’ Foreign Affairs minister Hector Timerman and his Chilean peer Alfredo Moreno will lead next Monday in the Vatican homage to John Paul II for his 1978 successful mediation in preventing a full fledged armed conflict between the two neighbouring countries.
Pope Benedict XVI expressed yesterday that all who knew or admired John Paul II would share the joy he feels over the beatification of his predecessor, which will be held on May 1st in a ceremony which will be attended by over two million people