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Somali displaced people wait to receive iftar charity food on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Mogadishu, Somalia May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Feisal OmarVATICAN CITY, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Sunday that the war in Ukraine had distracted attention from the problem of world hunger and called for urgent food aid to stave off looming famine in Somalia. U.N. agencies had other organisations have appealed for more funding to help stave off famine in Somalia, which is one of the countries most susceptible to climate vulnerability. "Unfortunately the war (in Ukraine) has distracted attention and resources but these are the aims that call for the utmost commitment - the fight against hunger, health care, education," he said. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by Philip Pullella Editing by Raissa KasolowskyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Omar, Pope Francis, Francis, Philip Pullella, Raissa Organizations: REUTERS, Omar VATICAN CITY, Agriculture Organisation, FAO, UNHCR, Norwegian Refugee Council, Thomson Locations: Mogadishu, Somalia, Ukraine, St, of Africa, Food, U.N
City of Iqaluit employee Matthew Norman records house numbers of residents to ensure fair distribution of bottled water, after officials in the northern territory said lab results confirmed that fuel had entered its water supply in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Casey Lessard/File PhotoOTTAWA, Aug 12 (Reuters) - The northern Canadian city of Iqaluit declared a state of emergency on Friday after scarce rain this year left water levels in the local Apex River at a four-decade low. The city said it was now seeking regulatory approval to pump more than the permitted amount of water from the Apex River and tap an additional water source. Although Canada has about a fifth of the world's fresh water within its borders, indigenous communities across the country have historically faced water issues. It was in a state of emergency for about two months last year after fuel was found in the Arctic city's water supply that made water unsafe for consumption.
Persons: Matthew Norman, Casey Lessard, Pope Francis, Ismail Shakil, Sandra Maler Organizations: REUTERS, OTTAWA,, Roman Catholic, Thomson Locations: Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada, Canadian, Apex, Canada's, Greenland, Ottawa
ROME — Pope Francis has met with a fourth group of transgender people who found shelter at a Rome church, the Vatican newspaper reported Thursday. L’Osservatore Romano said the encounter took place Wednesday on the sidelines of Francis’ weekly general audience. The Blessed Immaculate Virgin community in the Torvaianica neighborhood on Rome’s outskirts opened its doors to transgender people during the coronavirus pandemic. Francis previously met with some of them on April 27, June 22 and Aug. 3, the newspaper said. James Martin, author of “Building a Bridge,” a book about the need for the church to better welcome and minister to LGBTQ Catholics.
Persons: ROME — Pope Francis, L’Osservatore Romano, Francis ’, Genevieve Jeanningros, Andrea Conocchia, Francis, , Jeanningros, James Martin, Jesus Organizations: Vatican, Catholic, Jesuit, New York’s Jesuit, Fordham University, Twitter, Facebook Locations: Rome, Torvaianica, Rome’s
Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from his window, at the Vatican July 31, 2022. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERSMANAUS, Brazil, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Pope Francis will install the first cardinal of Brazil's Amazon region this month in a sign of his concern for the rainforest and its indigenous inhabitants, the man whom he picked for the role said. "The naming of a cardinal of the Amazon shows the pope's desire to bring the Church closer to the Amazon," Steiner said last week. "That often results in the uprooting the culture of indigenous peoples and their different way of looking at the world," Steiner said. In June, he met at the Vatican with the bishops of Brazil's Amazon states along with priests, nuns and lay people from the region.
Persons: Pope Francis, Dom Leonardo Steiner, Francis, Steiner, Jair Bolsonaro, Bruno Kelly, Anthony Boadle, Cynthia Osterman Organizations: Vatican, Handout, REUTERS, Catholic, Thomson Locations: REUTERS MANAUS, Brazil, Brazilian, Manaus, Latin America, Canada
On Wednesday night, after unsuccessful appeals to three different courts in a week, the family asked for Archie to be transferred to a hospice. In recent years, similar high-profile cases have emerged, such as those of Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans. Pope Francis weighed in on both of those cases, and Donald J. Trump, when he was president, offered help from the United States for the 11-month-old Charlie. Experts said that such painful dilemmas reflected a shift from when doctors made the final call, with the decisions seen as not just medical but also ethical. If parents disagree with doctors, almost impossible questions are posed, such as what kind of life is worth living and how grave a child’s condition has to be before it is deemed there is no chance of recovery.
Persons: Archie, Dance, , , Charlie Gard, Alfie Evans, Pope Francis, Donald J, Trump, Charlie Organizations: Royal London Hospital, Locations: Britain, United States
Aug 4 (Reuters) - Pope Francis has appointed a nurse from the Vatican's health services to be his "personal medical assistant", the Vatican said on Thursday, in an indication that the pontiff accepts that he will need more care as he ages. read moreIn a statement on Thursday the Vatican identified the assistant as Massimiliano Strappetti, coordinator of nurses and the health facilities of the Vatican, a sovereign state surrounded by Rome. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterThe position of "personal medical assistant" did not exist previously in this papacy, although Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005, had a number of medical care givers in the final years of his life. Francis already has a personal doctor, a geriatrics specialist at Rome's Gemelli Hospital, where Francis underwent intestinal surgery a year ago. Francis had been suffering from a severe narrowing of the colon caused by diverticulitis, or the formation of small, bulging sacs on the intestinal wall.
Persons: Pope Francis, Massimiliano Strappetti, Pope John Paul II, Francis, diverticulitis, Benedict XVI, Philip Pullella, Frances Kerry Organizations: Gemelli, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Canada, Rome
Aug 4 (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters marched tearfully in the Lebanese capital on Thursday, marking two years since a cataclysmic explosion at the Beirut port, with chants denouncing the government's failure to uncover the truth behind the blast. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Register"Seeing the smoke coming out – especially that I was here during the blast – triggers a very bad memory. The protesters, wearing t-shirts stamped with blood-red handprints, were marching from Lebanon's justice ministry to the city's waterfront and then to parliament in the centre of Beirut. 1/5 Families of victims of the August 2020 Beirut port explosion attend a mass held by Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai as Lebanon marks the two-year anniversary of the explosion, in Beirut Lebanon August 4, 2022. Internally, externally," said Omar Jheir, the 42-year-old owner of a coffee shop in Beirut heavily damaged in the explosion.
Persons: Samer al, Khoury, Stephanie Moukheiber, Michel Aoun, Lebanon's, Beshara al, Rai, God, Bechara Boutros Al, Mohamed Azakir Read, Amal, Hassan Nasrallah, Aya Majzoub, Jour, Emmanuel Macron, General Antonio Guterres, Pope Francis, Omar Jheir, Timour Azhari, Maya Gebeily, Emilie Madi, John Stonestreet, Jane Merriman, Daniel Wallis Organizations: REUTERS, Amal, Human Rights, Lebanese, European Union's, Thomson Locations: Beirut, Lebanese, Canada, Lebanon, Rai, Beirut Lebanon, Paris, France
Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from his window, at the Vatican July 31, 2022. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERSVATICAN CITY, Aug 1 (Reuters) - The Vatican said on Monday that Pope Francis will travel to Kazakhstan in September for a meeting of religious leaders, a gathering where the pope has said previously he hoped to meet with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. Francis has said in several recent interviews that he hopes to meet there with Kirill, the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterThe Vatican statement announcing the trip did not mention Kirill. Francis had planned to meet Kirill last month in Jerusalem after a trip to Lebanon but both were called off.
Persons: Pope Francis, Francis, Nur, Kirill, Pope John Paul II, Philip Pullella, Kirsten Donovan Organizations: Vatican, Handout, REUTERS VATICAN CITY, Church ., Thomson Locations: Kazakhstan, Russian, Ukraine, Jerusalem, Lebanon, Astana
Speaking to reporters while traveling home from northern Nunavut, the 85-year-old Francis stressed that he hadn’t thought about resigning but said “the door is open” and there was nothing wrong with a pope stepping down. You can change the pope,” he said while sitting in an airplane wheelchair during a 45-minute news conference. Francis said that while he hadn’t considered resigning until now, he realizes he has to at least slow down. The Canada trip was difficult, and featured several moments when Francis was clearly in pain as he maneuvered getting up and down from chairs. “I’ll try to continue to do the trips and be close to people because I think it’s a way of servicing, being close.
Persons: Pope Francis, Francis, , , hadn’t, “ I’ll Locations: Nunavut, Africa, Canada, Canada’s
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT—Pope Francis said Canada’s historical system of residential schools for indigenous children, many of which were run by Catholic organizations, amounted to a form of genocide. “To take away children and change their culture, change their thinking, change their traditions and change a race, let’s say, an entire culture…It’s true, it was genocide,” the pope told reporters accompanying him on his flight to Rome late Friday after six days in Canada.
Persons: — Pope Francis Locations: Rome, Canada
Si Pih Ko, a Cree woman from Manitoba, stood in her beaded regalia and belted out an ancient Cree song - "Our village" - with a rhythm similar to the Canadian national anthem as tears streamed down her face. read more"He didn’t remove his law before allowing our law to be placed on his head," she told Reuters by phone from Winnipeg, adding the pope could have given the headdress back instead. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterShaking with emotion, Si Pih Ko, 45, ended her song with a statement on indigenous law, fist raised, before turning her back and walking away. The poignancy of singing before the pope in a language priests and nuns beat indigenous children for speaking was not lost on her, Si Pih Ko said. She said she knew she would be "speaking the law" to the pope somehow, but added: "I didn't think it would be right in the centre, hand up like that."
Persons: Pih, Trina Francois, Pope Francis, Canada's, Adam Scotti, Monday, Pih Ko, Francis, that’s, Anna Mehler Paperny, Daniel Wallis Organizations: Minister's, REUTERS, Canadian, Roman Catholic, Thomson Locations: Maskwacis , Alberta, Canada, REUTERS TORONTO, Manitoba, Winnipeg
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE, July 30 (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Saturday that his advancing age and his difficulty walking have ushered in a new, slower phase of his papacy and repeated that he would be ready to resign one day if serious health problems prohibited him from running the Church. 'THE DOOR IS OPEN'In an interview with Reuters this month, Francis said he had no intention of resigning soon. read moreHe has said often that he could follow in the footsteps of Pope Benedict, who in 2013 became the first pope in 600 years to resign instead of rule for life. Maybe the style has to change, make fewer trips, make the trips I have promised to make, re-jig things. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by Philip Pullella Editing by Frances KerryOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Pope Francis, Francis, Pope Benedict, Philip Pullella, Frances Kerry Organizations: Reuters, Thomson Locations: Rome, Canada, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, Kazakhstan
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE, July 30 (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Saturday that what happened at residential schools that the Roman Catholic and other Christian Churches ran to forcefully assimilate Canada's indigenous children was genocide. I apologised, I asked forgiveness for this activity, which was genocide," Francis said. Pope Francis holds a news conference aboard the papal plane on his flight back after visiting Canada, July 29, 2022. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/PoolBetween 1881 and 1996 more than 150,000 indigenous children were separated from their families and brought to residential schools. "Yes, genocide is a technical word but I did not use it because I did not think of it, but I described .... yes, it is a genocide, yes, yes, clearly.
Persons: Pope Francis, Francis, Guglielmo Mangiapane, Philip Pullella, Frances Kerry Organizations: Roman Catholic, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Rome, Canada, Maskwacis
QUEBEC—Pope Francis repeatedly denounced colonialism during his visit to Canada this week as he apologized for the Catholic Church’s role in managing residential schools for indigenous children that stripped away their own cultural practices and beliefs. Yet among the pope’s expressions of sorrow and requests for forgiveness, he included praise for some of the earliest missionaries to Canada, proposing them as models of cultural inclusivity in the church then and today. The tension between those positions reflects the complexity of the challenge of reconciling the church and indigenous peoples in Canada and elsewhere.
Persons: QUEBEC — Pope Francis Organizations: QUEBEC, Catholic Locations: Canada
Is the pope truly ashamed and sorrowful for the sins the church committed against Indigenous children? Winston was 11 years old when, he says, his father, a survivor of the Ermineskin Cree Nation Indian Residential School, drank himself to death. And yet, I wondered whether Pope Francis really gets it. And yet, I wondered whether Pope Francis really gets it. If he’s serious about his apology, Pope Francis should also rescind the genocidal Doctrine of Discovery.
Persons: Pope Francis, didn’t, , ” Winston, Winston, ” Murray Sinclair, it’s, Will Pope Francis, Johannes Rivoire, Rivoire, Pope Alexander VI, Organizations: Residential Schools, Indigenous Peoples, Catholic, First, Indian Day, Cree, Indian Residential, Canadian Locations: Rome, Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada, U.S, sobs, , France
Pope wraps up Canadian apology tour with Northern stop
  + stars: | 2022-07-29 | by ( Rod Nickel | )   time to read: +3 min
Francis will meet with indigenous representatives from eastern Canada in Quebec City on Friday morning before flying to Iqaluit, Nunavut's capital. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterIt is the farthest north a pope has travelled since Pope John Paul II visited Tromso, Norway, in 1989. After meeting with school survivors, Francis will watch a public program featuring Inuit traditions such as throat singing and drum dancing, and deliver his last formal remarks on the trip. His pleas for forgiveness evoked strong emotions for many but fell short of what some survivors and indigenous leaders hoped for. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office has said that he discussed the Rivoire case with the pope during his private meeting on Wednesday.
Persons: Pope Francis, Francis, Pope John Paul II, Pope, Tanya Tungilik, Marius Tungilik, ” Tungilik, Johannes Rivoire, Rivoire, Justin Trudeau's, Philip Pullella, Steve Scherer, Deepa Babington Organizations: Roman Catholic, Rome, Department, Thomson Locations: IQALUIT, Nunavut, Canada, Quebec City, Iqaluit, Nunavut's, Frobisher Bay, Tromso, Norway, Alberta, Maskwacis, France
Pope Francis looks on after landing in Iqaluit International Airport, in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada July 29, 2022. On his last Canadian stop, in the northern city of Iqaluit, Nunavut, he turned to the youth. The Canadian government separated more than 150,000 indigenous children from their families and brought them to residential schools between 1870 and 1996. "One is generational trauma that was brought on by residential schools," Bell said. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by Rod Nickel in Iqaluit, Nunavut; Editing by Aurora Ellis and Cynthia OstermanOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Pope Francis, Carlos Osorio, Francis, Sarah Nurse, Marie, Philip Poulin, Kenny Bell, Bell, Rod Nickel, Aurora Ellis, Cynthia Osterman Organizations: Iqaluit International Airport, REUTERS, Buenos Aires San, Buenos Aires San Lorenzo soccer, Iqaluit, Thomson Locations: Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada, Carlos Osorio IQALUIT, Buenos, Buenos Aires San Lorenzo
QUÉBEC CITY, Québec — Pope Francis apologized and asked for forgiveness for the role played by local Catholic institutions in Canada’s system of indigenous residential schools, after some indigenous leaders and elders demanded that he expand on his earlier apologies, which blamed individual Catholics but not the church itself. In a speech to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other dignitaries, including representatives of indigenous peoples, the pope voiced shame and sorrow over a “deplorable system, promoted by the government of the time, which separated many children from their families.”
Persons: — Pope Francis, Justin Trudeau, Organizations: CITY
Pope Francis holds his skullcap as he attends a welcome ceremony at the Citadelle in Quebec City, Canada, July 27, 2022. REUTERS/Christinne MuschiQUEBEC CITY, July 28 (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Thursday visits two of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in North America as he winds up a trip to Canada centred on his apology for the Catholic Church's role in the country's notorious residential schools. In the afternoon, he presides at a vespers service in the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Quebec City. Shortly after his arrival in Quebec City on Wednesday, Francis met with Canada's leader, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Governor General Mary Simon. "But in residential schools, these children were alone and isolated in their pain and sorrow, far from their families and communities.
Persons: Pope Francis, Francis, Anne, St, Samuel de Champlain, Justin Trudeau, General Mary Simon, Trudeau, Simon, they’re, Steve Scherer, Michael Perry Organizations: REUTERS, QUEBEC CITY, Catholic, Sainte, de, Beaupre, Notre Dame, Roman Catholic, Thomson Locations: Quebec City, Canada, QUEBEC, North America, Cathedral, Quebec, New France, Maskwacis, Rome, Iqaluit
A United Nations report has predicted that people age 60 and over will exceed people under 15 by 2050. Archbishop Paglia said that advancements in longevity science and medicine extended life spans by decades and created “a new population of old people.” But that also created a contradiction, he added, because a society obsessed with living longer had not changed to accommodate those of advanced age, either economically, politically or even spiritually. Starting even before he became pope at age 76, Francis has paid special attention to older people. In a 2014 pre-Easter ritual meant to underline his service to humanity, he washed and kissed the feet of older and disabled people in wheelchairs. In 2021, he established an annual World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly to honor the “forgotten.”That came during some of the worst days of the Covid pandemic and what Archbishop Paglia said was a “massacre of the elderly” in Italian nursing homes that prompted his office to produce a “new paradigm” on caring for the old.
Persons: Archbishop Paglia, Francis, Organizations: Nations, Netflix
Banner against indigenous doctrine unfurled at papal Mass
  + stars: | 2022-07-28 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
People hold a banner as Pope Francis presides over a mass at the Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, one of the oldest and most popular pilgrimage sites in North America, in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, Quebec, Canada July 28, 2022. The banner reads: "Rescind the doctrine". REUTERS/Guglielmo MangiapaneSAINTE-ANNE-DE-BEAUPRE, Quebec, July 28 (Reuters) - Participants at Pope Francis' Mass in Canada on Thursday unfurled a banner asking him to formally rescind edicts from the 15th century in which the papacy justified taking indigenous land in the New World. The large banner, protesting the so-called doctrine of discovery, was unfurled near the front row facing the congregation as the pope was starting Mass in a cathedral outside Quebec City. It was not clear if the pope, who was behind the banner, was able to see what it said.
Persons: Pope Francis, Anne, Guglielmo Mangiapane SAINTE, ANNE, Pope Francis ', Philip Pullella, Mark Porter Organizations: de, REUTERS, DE, Thomson Locations: North America, Sainte, Beaupre, Quebec, Canada, BEAUPRE, Quebec City
People hold a banner as Pope Francis presides over a mass at the Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, one of the oldest and most popular pilgrimage sites in North America, in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, Quebec, Canada July 28, 2022. The banner reads: "Rescind the doctrine". The large banner protesting the doctrine of discovery was unfurled near the front row facing the congregation as the pope was starting Mass in a cathedral outside Quebec City. read moreA spokesperson for papal visit organizers said Canadian bishops are asking the pope to address the doctrine of discovery. "Canada’s Bishops continue to reject and resist the ideas associated with the Doctrine of Discovery in the strongest possible way."
Persons: Pope Francis, Anne, Guglielmo Mangiapane SAINTE, ANNE, Francis, Laryssa Waler, Massimo Faggioli, Justin Trudeau, Philip Pullella, Anna Mehler Paperny, Mark Porter, Lisa Shumaker Organizations: de, REUTERS, DE, Commission, Indigenous Partners, Villanova University, Thomson Locations: North America, Sainte, Beaupre, Quebec, Canada, BEAUPRE, Quebec City
Pope Francis landed in Canada on Sunday to kick off a week-long trip that will center around his apology on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church for the abuse that indigenous children endured at mostly church-run residential schools.
Persons: Pope Francis Organizations: Roman Catholic Church Locations: Canada
Trevor Noah Is a Fan of Pope Francis
  + stars: | 2022-07-27 | by ( Trish Bendix | )   time to read: +1 min
“You know, say what you want, I love this pope. Whatever it is, he has done a really good job of trying to right the Catholic Church’s wrongs, you know? For not just speaking to the pope but for forgiving him, even letting him wear their traditional headdress. Like, ‘We let bygones be bygones, please accept this headdress,’ snap photo, ‘And you’re canceled, mother [bleep]! In fact, you know what, they should put ‘I’m sorry’ in the caption of the Venmo payments, that is what they should do.” — TREVOR NOAH
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The pontiff will hold his meetings at the Citadelle de Quebec, the largest British fortress built in North America. He then holds an official meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has made reconciliation with Canada's indigenous peoples one of his political priorities. Francis will speak to about 100 officials, diplomats and indigenous leaders after the official meetings. Anne, a pilgrimage site popular with both indigenous Canadian Catholics and those of European origin. read moreOn Thursday, Francis will visit the Sanctuary of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, the oldest Catholic pilgrimage site in North America, and meet the archbishop of Quebec, Canada's largely French-speaking province, in the Notre-Dame de Quebec Cathedral.
Persons: Pope, Pope Francis, Francis, Mary Simon, Queen Elizabeth, Simon, Justin Trudeau, Anne, Guglielmo Mangiapane, Canada's, Steve Scherer, Anna Mehler Paperny, Robert Birsel, Deepa Babington Organizations: Monday QUEBEC CITY, North America ., REUTERS, Roman Catholic, de, Notre, Dame de Quebec Cathedral, Thomson Locations: Canada, Maskwacis, Quebec, Edmonton, Alberta, North America, Lawrence, Lac Ste, United States, Anne , Alberta, Anne, Rome, Iqaluit
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