Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 11:45 am
In a move that could be aimed at healing a rift between science and religion, Pope Francis has said that evolution and the Big Bang are consistent with the notion of a creator. And according to the pontiff, believers should not view God as "a magician, with a magic wand."
Francis made the remarks at an assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, billed as meeting to discuss "Evolving Concepts of Nature."
Meeting victims for the first time today at the Vatican, Pope Francis expressed personal “sorrow” for the “sins and grave crimes” of clerical sexual abuse against them. The Pope met with six victims, two each from Ireland, Britain and Germany at the Vatican today.
Francis promised “not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not.”
Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 1:18 pm
A crowd estimated at more than 150,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for an Easter Mass led by Pope Francis on Sunday. The pope gave his traditional blessing on the most important day of the Christian calendar; he also called for help for people who are living in desperate conditions.
From Rome, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports for our Newscast unit:
Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 11:03 am
After speaking to a crowd that was estimated at 100,000 people Sunday, Pope Francis moved through the audience in his popemobile — and then delighted some of those in attendance by getting out of the vehicle and posing for photos with them.
Francis posed for photos several times during his circuit through St. Peter's Square, where throngs of the faithful had gathered to hear him speak on Palm Sunday.
"After the ceremony, the pope hopped onto his popemobile and moved through the crowd, often getting off to pose for selfies with young people," NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports.
Obama, who has seen his approval numbers decline since he took office in 2009, met for about 50 minutes with the pope, who has become one of the world's most popular leaders since becoming leader of the Roman Catholic Church a year ago.