Pope Francis criticised the wealth made from financial speculation on Monday as "intolerable" and said speculation on commodities was a "scandal" that compromised the poor's access to food.
Since his electi
Pope Francis on Sunday invited the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to come to the Vatican to pray for peace a month after US-backed talks aimed at ending the Middle East conflict collapsed.
"In this, the birthplace of the
Pope Francis made a plea for peace on Sunday at the start of a pilgrimage to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, saying the prolonged Israel-Palestinian conflict had become unacceptable.
On the second leg of a three-day visit to t
Pope Francis flies to the West Bank on Sunday to start the most delicate part of his stay in the Middle East, with visits to the Palestinian Territories and Israel, where his every word will be scrutinized.
Church officials say hi
Pope Francis proclaimed his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in front of more than half a million pilgrims on Sunday, hailing both as courageous men who withstood the tragedies of the 20th century.
Cheers and applau
Pope Francis has taken his boldest step yet to overhaul the Vatican's often murky finances, creating a new department with broad powers to oversee all of its economic and administrative affairs, the Vatican said on Monday.
Pope Francis announced on Sunday that he will visit Holy Land sites in Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories in May, his first trip to the area as pontiff.
The May 24-26 trip to Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem will mark th
Pope Francis inaugurated his papacy with a Mass in front of hundreds of thousands of people and foreign leaders in St. Peter's Square on Tuesday with a simplified rite that fuelled hopes for change in the scandal-plagued Ro