Pope Francis has held a large open-air mass in Myanmar. The pontiff called for ‘respect for rights and justice’ but stopped short of overtly mentioning the government’s treatment of the Rohingya Muslim minority.
Two of the most contentious Roman Catholic figures of the 20th century have been made saints. Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI were among six religious figures canonized in a Vatican ceremony.
A huge crowd gathered to hear the Vatican leader honor Jewish Holocaust victims and those persecuted by the Soviets. On the first papal trip to the Baltics in 25 years, Francis warned against resurgent anti-Semitism.
As he starts his tour of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, the pontiff will find people here skeptical of his criticism of global markets, but more positive about the Church than western Europeans, writes Konstantin Eggert.
Although his visit will draw vast crowds, Ireland is no longer the Catholic stronghold it once was. His visit will be marked by abuse protests that would have been unthinkable at Pope John Paul II's visit.
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