Pope Francis Cancels Audiences Due to ‘Mild Flu’

By Elise Ann Allen ROME — (Crux) On Saturday morning the Vatican announced that Pope Francis, who suffers from various health maladies and had two hospital stays last year, canceled his scheduled audiences for the day due to a mild flu. In a Feb. 24 statement, the Vatican said that “due to a mild flu-like […]

Pope, in Letter to Jews in Israel, Condemns Antisemitism as a Sin

In a letter addressed to “my Jewish brothers and sisters in Israel,” Pope Francis expressed his heartbreak at the violence unleashed by the Hamas attack on Israel in October and he repeated the Catholic Church’s condemnation of all forms of antisemitism and anti-Judaism.

For Turkey’s Christians, Attack Is a Remembrance of Things Past

In the wake of a shooting at a Catholic Church in an Istanbul neighborhood Sunday that left one person dead, for which the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility, fear is once again on the rise among Turkey’s embattled Christian minority.

With New Bishop, Diocese, Pope Extends Policy of Detente With China

Several significant developments for the Catholic Church in China have occurred over the past week, including the appointment of a new bishop and the establishment of a new diocese on the mainland for the first time since Mao’s Communist revolution.