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Pope, world religious leaders, issue pre-COP26 appeal on climate change

Faith and Science Towards COP26 Pope Francis

Vatican CityReuters Pope Francis and other religious leaders made a joint appeal on Monday for next month’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) to offer concrete solutions to save the planet from “an unprecedented ecological crisis”. The “Faith and Science: Towards COP26” meeting brought together Christian leaders including Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Orthodox Ecumenical […]

Pope Francis’ Japan visit fulfills lifelong missionary dream

Pope Francis Japan

Vatican CityRNS As a young man, Pope Francis hoped to one day become a missionary in the island nation of Japan, inspired by the Jesuit missionaries who first brought Catholicism there. Soon, the pontiff will see his youthful dream come to pass as he embarks on a weeklong apostolic visit to Thailand and Japan starting […]

Visiting Thailand, Pope Francis to champion the poor and the environment


Vatican CityRNS Thailand, a Buddhist-majority country best known for its nightlife and street food, may not look like a natural destination for a papal visit. But on closer inspection, Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the southeast-Asian country shows how the Pope’s itineraries are shaped as much by his message of environmentalism and economic equality as […]

Indonesian president invokes ‘Pancasila’ to counter rising Islamism

Pancasila Indonesia

RNS Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, a moderate Muslim who enjoys widespread support from the country’s minority religious communities, is resurrecting the country’s founding secular ideology, known as “Pancasila,” as he aims to counter the growing forces of Islamism in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. Pancasila, a term from old Javanese that roughly translates […]