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Patriarch Bartholomew to Pray for Peace With Pope, Other Faith Leaders in Rome

His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will participate in Tuesday's interfaith ceremony and prayers with Pope Francis as part of an international Prayer for Peace initiative entitled "No One Is Saved Alone – Peace and Fraternity." Hosted by the Rome-based faith...

Pope Francis Prays For Peace Between Greece, Turkey

After the recitation of the Marian Prayer during his Sunday Angelus at St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis prayed for a resolution of the "instability" in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. "I follow with concern the tensions in the eastern Mediterranean," he...

Pope Francis "Deeply Pained" as Hagia Sophia Becomes Mosque

Pope Francis said on Sunday that he is “deeply pained” over the decision by Turkey to change the status of Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque. In a very brief, improvised remark, Francis, speaking from his studio window...

Pope Francis to Visit Cyprus on 60th Anniversary of Independence

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades announced on Monday after talks with the pontiff in the Vatican that Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to make an official visit to the east Mediterranean island nation next year. In 2020, Cyprus will mark...

Migrant Crisis Dominates Former Greek PM Tsipras' Meeting with Pope Francis

President of main opposition party SYRIZA and former prime minister Alexis Tsipras had a one-hour meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Saturday. According to SYRIZA sources, Tsipras thanked the Pontiff for his efforts to raise international awareness on...

Vatican Delegation Donates $100,000 for Refugees on Lesvos

A Vatican delegation which visited refugees living in a rag-tag collection of tents on Lesvos on Thursday has donated more than $100,000 to Caritas Hellas and the projects supported by the Greek Catholic charity. The delegation, led by Cardinal Konrad...

Pope Francis in Historic Visit to North Macedonia

Pope Francis, who is on a historic first trip to North Macedonia, has met with the country's leadership and held Mass in the main square of the capital, Skopje. He has sought to encourage the country's drive toward integration into...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Pope Francis Pray for Middle East Peace

Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Catholic pontiff Pope Francis prayed for peace in the Middle East in Bari, Italy on Saturday. The Prayer Day for Peace in the Middle East started with the arrival of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch...

Pope Francis Says Greece ‘Extremely Generous’ on Migrant Crisis

Pope Francis has congratulated Italy and Greece for their efforts in dealing with the migrant crisis that is sweeping Europe. “We have a wave of refugees fleeing wars and hunger, war and hunger in so many countries of Africa, wars...