Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

#COVID19: Pope Francis Announces Extraordinary ‘Urbi Et Orbi’ Blessing March 27

by Seun Adeuyion March 27, 2020
Pope Francis said he will give an extraordinary blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) at 6 p.m. Rome time March 27. This is in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The formal blessing — usually given only immediately after a new pope’s election and on Christmas and Easter — carries with […]

Pope Francis names new Bishops for USA, Nigeria, Republic of Congo

by Seun Adeuyion March 5, 2020
The Head of Catholic Church, Pope Francis has appointed new Bishops for Atlanta, USA and Kinkala, Republic of Congo; as well as the first Bishop the newly established Diocese of Ekwulobia, Nigeria, according to Vatican News. The Vatican on Thursday announced a number of episcopal appointments, including the first Bishop for a new diocese in […]

Coronavirus: Pope Francis tests negative

by Seun Adeuyion March 3, 2020
Pope Francis, who is suffering from a cold, has tested negative for the coronavirus, an Italian newspaper reported Tuesday, as Italy battles Europe’s worst outbreak. According to AFP, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni did not respond to a request for comment on the report in the Messaggero newspaper. Francis cancelled a Lent retreat for the first […]

Coronavirus: Pope Francis tested after falling ill

by Seun Adeuyion March 3, 2020
Pope Francis has been tested for coronavirus after he fell ill and was forced to cancel a religious retreat near Rome, according to Metro UK. The pontiff had been due to go to a Lent retreat, but he did not go – the first time he has not attended the event during his papacy – […]

Pregnant secretary of Pope Francis found dead in her Rome apartment

by Ikokwu Ikembaon February 23, 2020
The Pope’s pregnant receptionist has been found dead in her apartment on the outskirts of the city. Miriam Wuolou, a 34-year-old of Eritrean origin, was seven-months pregnant when her body was discovered. She had worked at Pope Francis’ home and a priests’ guesthouse called Santa Marta for years. The Italian press reports she worked as […]

Pope bemoans kidnapping, ‘extremist’ attacks in Nigeria

by Ikokwu Ikembaon December 25, 2019
Pope Francis used his Christmas message on Wednesday to denounce attacks on Christians in Africa and prayed for victims of conflict, natural disasters and disease in the world’s poorest continent. The pontiff urged “comfort to those who are persecuted for their religious faith, especially missionaries and members of the faithful who have been kidnapped, and […]