Pope Francis in flight press conference: full text

Pope Francis on Saturday en route to Rome following his visit to Myanmar Bangladesh held his traditional in flight press conference. Among the topics of discussion were the Rohingya people, nuclear arms, globalization and future travel plans. Greg Burke: Thank you, Holy Father. First of all, thanks. You have chosen two interesting countries to visit. Two [...]

World without weapons is possible

Pope Francis received the participants in a major international symposium on Friday. Sponsored by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the 2-day conference on "Prospects for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament" brings together experts, activists, politicians, pastors and thought leaders to explore the possibilities for achieving disarmament in the 21st [...]

Religious leaders meet in Hong Kong to pray for world peace

Religious leaders met in Japan from Aug 3 to 4 to pray for peace in the world and as a response to Pope Francis’ wish to foster dialogue, friendship and peace. About 2,000 people, including 24 delegates from 18 countries of Buddhism, Shintoism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Zoroastrianism came together in Japan at an inter-faith "Interreligious Gathering of Prayer [...]

Angelus: Understanding Christ as "The Bread of Life"

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! This Sunday, we continue reading from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John, in which Jesus, having accomplished the great miracle of the multiplication of the bread, explains to people the meaning of the "sign" (Jn 6.41 to 51). As he had done earlier with the Samaritan woman, starting [...]

Letter #37, 2010 — Nagasaki

"In the very depths of our grief..." We continue our quest for Jesus on the anniversary of the day thousands were killed in a blaze of light in Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9, 1945. And we continue to ask how the mysterious event we call the "Transfiguration" of Christ on Mt. Tabor — when he seemed [...]