Pope Francis delivers a sermon at Baghdad’s Syro-Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation (Sayidat al-Najat) at the start of the first ever papal visit to Iraq on March 5, 2021. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

‘Silence the arms!’ Pope urges end to violence on historic Iraq trip

Pope Francis called for an end to extremism and violence in his opening address Friday on the first-ever papal visit to Iraq, long scarred by war and now gripped by…

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This photo taken on January 17, 2021 and handout on January 18, 2021 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis gesturing during a weekly live streamed Angelus prayer from the library of the apostolic palace in The Vatican. (Photo by Handout / VATICAN MEDIA / AFP)

In historic first, Pope Francis to visit Iraq

Pope Francis is to arrive Friday for the first-ever papal visit to conflict-torn Iraq, aiming to encourage the dwindling Christian community to remain in their ancient homeland, and broaden his…

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(FILES) This file photo taken on December 8, 2019 shows Pope Francis praying by the Column of the Virgin Mary during the annual feast of the Immaculate Conception at Piazza di Spagna in Rome. – Priests can no longer cite papal secrecy in abuse cases, the Vatican said on December 17, 2019, the latest move by Pope Francis to combat silence surrounding paedophilia in the Roman Catholic church. The Church has been rocked by thousands of reports of sexual abuse around the world by priests. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

Pope lifts ‘pontifical secret’ for sex abuse cases

Priests can no longer cite papal secrecy in abuse cases, the Vatican said Tuesday, the latest move by Pope Francis to combat silence surrounding paedophilia in the Roman Catholic church….

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