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Why Pope Francis Is so Focused on Asia

"Following Francis" is a monthly blog on the latest happenings of Pope Francis. It is prepared exclusively for The WorldPost by Sébastien Maillard, Vatican Correspondent for La Croix, Rome ROME -- Pope Francis flew back Jan. 19th from the Philippines, ending a week-long trip to Asia that he had started in Sri Lanka. Show More Summary

Vicious Bird Attack Prompts Vatican Balloons For Peace

Balloons, not doves, were released as a gesture of peace on Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, a year after an attack by a gull and a crow on the symbolic birds set off protests by animal protection groups reports the New York Times. For years, children had joined the pope at a window of the Vicious Bird Attack Prompts Vatican Balloons For Peace is an article from: The Inquisitr News

Vatican Adopts Balloons as Symbols of Satan's Power

17 hours agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Gawker

Yesterday, the Catholic Church released hordes of colorful balloons in St. Peter's Square, a gesture meant to symbolize the triumph of Satan's power over life on earth. Read more...

Pope Francis releases balloons, not doves, for peace

Pope Francis ended a Vatican tradition of releasing doves for peace in St. Peter's Square after last year's controversy.

Vatican Gives Up on Doves, Turns to Balloons

A year after Pope Francis and a couple of children released two doves from his studio window in St. Peter's Square to disastrous results, the Vatican chose today to instead release balloons in the name of peace. The doves tradition begun by Pope John Paul II bit the dust after...

Pope tells faithful to talk more, text less

Direct from the Vatican: Put down that cell phone! Back away from the Twitter feed!

Pope Francis sees ‘shadows and dangers’ amid Vatican attack fears

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Pope Francis on Thursday told Italian police officers in charge of security around the Vatican that he saw “shadows and dangers”, but urged them not to give in to fear. “On the horizon we see shadows and dangers which worry humanity,” he said in the wake of an increase in...

The Pope Tells Catholics Not to Breed “Like Rabbits” but Refuses to Endorse Contraception

This past weekend, during a small press conference on a jet back to Rome from his visit to the Philippines, Pope Francis criticized the tradition—usually encouraged by the Vatican—of Catholic couples having large broods. “Some think that—excuse the word—that in order to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits,” the National Catholic Reporter quotes the pope as saying. “No.”

Activists Urge Pope Francis to Drop Fossil Fuel Investments During Philippines Visit

In Tacloban, during an organized luncheon with victims from Typhoon Haiyan, the pope was hand delivered a letter including a call for the Vatican to divest from fossil fuels.

Pope Francis’s Manila Mass drew record crowd of 6-7 million: Vatican

last weekReligion : FaithWorld

Pope Francis concluded his trip to Asia on Sunday with an open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd in Manila that the Vatican and the government said drew up to seven million people, the largest ever for a papal event.

Pope Manila Mass drew record crowd of 6-7 million: Vatican

By Philip Pullella and Rosemarie Francisco MANILA (Reuters) - Pope Francis concluded his trip to Asia on Sunday with an open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd in Manila that the Vatican and the government said drew up to seven million people, the largest ever for a papal event. Show More Summary

The Vatican’s Gay Art Goes On Display

As Pope Francis leads a softening of homophobic attitudes from within the Vatican, tour groups will soon see the gay-themed art on display there.

“He Said Yes!” Former Footballer Michael Sam Shares Sweet Snaps From His Vatican City Cathedral-Top Proposal

Michael Sam Shares Proposal Pictures On Social Media With news breaking that the openly-gay player had proposed to his college sweetheart Vito Cammisano last week, Sam confirmed the chatter with pics from their engagement day in Vatican City. He posted

Vatican in Damage Control After Pope’s Latest Remarks on Charlie Hebdo Killers

The Vatican is in full damage control following the pope’s latest controversial remarks. On Thursday Pope Francis defended the Charlie Hebdo Islamic killers, saying, “If my good friend says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch.” … Continue reading ?

Michael Sam Proposed to Vito Cammisano at the Vatican! (Photo)

Michael Sam gets down on one knee while popping the question to his longtime boyfriend Vito Cammisano in a brand new pic posted on Twitter! “@Vitcamm Thank you for saying yes ????????????,” the 25-year-old football player captioned the pic, which reportedly took place at St. Peter’s Basilica. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Michael [...]

Michael Sam -- I Proposed ... At The Vatican!

Michael Sam clearly wanted to make a statement when he proposed to his longtime BF -- 'cause the football player popped the question right in Vatican City. Sam posted the pic... which shows HE was the one who got down on one knee and popped…

Global Warming: Powerful New Evidence Surfaces That Contradict Manmade Claims

On the heels of the Vatican's announcement that the Pope intends to urge support for an international agreement to fight global warming by reducing human emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel energy use, a new peer-reviewed scientific paper reveals powerful evidence that CO2 emissions contribute far less to global warming than widely thought.

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