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Pope Francis visits regions of Iraq once held by Islamic State

Pope Francis visits regions of Iraq once held by Islamic State

World
ReutersPope Francis is visiting parts of northern Iraq that were held by Islamic State (IS) militants on the third day of his historic trip to the country.Christians were among those targeted by IS when they seized the region in 2014, carrying out human rights abuses.The Pope has arrived in the city of Mosul where he is praying among the ruins of its churches, several of which were destroyed during the fighting.Later he will celebrate Mass in Irbil, with up to 10,000 attendees expected.There are fears the service could become a coronavirus super-spreader event.Iraq has seen a sharp rise in Covid-19 infections over the past month. The 84-year-old leader of the Catholic Church and his entourage have all been vaccinated, but Iraq only received its first batch of doses last week.'Pope's visit ...
The Latest: Pope Francis makes appeal for migrant workers

The Latest: Pope Francis makes appeal for migrant workers

Health
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Struggles in India, Brazil, US show virus fight far from won. — Pope Francis makes appeal for migrant farm workers. — Indonesia to allow transportation services for some members of the public. — Confirmed coronavirus cases expected to surpass 50,000 across Africa. ——— ROME — Pope Francis is calling for migrant farm workers to be treated with dignity, issuing an appeal as Italy weighs whether to legalize undocumented agricultural workers amid a shortage of seasonal farm labor due to the coronavirus emergency. Francis said he had b...
Pope Francis urges public not to ‘yield to fear’ during Holy Saturday vigil

Pope Francis urges public not to ‘yield to fear’ during Holy Saturday vigil

World
April 11 (UPI) -- Pope Francis urged people not to "yield to fear" during a Holy Saturday vigil inside an empty St. Peter's Basilica. "Do not be afraid, do not yield to fear: This is the message of hope," said the Pope. "It is addressed to us, today. These are the words that God repeats to us this very night." The public was barred from the event because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it was streamed for Catholics around the world. Other churches have taken similar measures for their Easter events, either streaming or broadcasting services live on television. The Pope also condemned the arms trade and urged those with means to help the poor. "We are all brothers and sisters -- may we bring the song of life," he said. Let's block ads! (Why?) World News - UPI.com
Premier League players’ NHS initiative not knee-jerk reaction – Simon Francis

Premier League players’ NHS initiative not knee-jerk reaction – Simon Francis

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device The Premier League players' initiative supporting the NHS was "not a knee-jerk reaction" to Health Secretary Matt Hancock talking about their wages, says Bournemouth captain Simon Francis.Francis says Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson pitched the idea to his fellow Premier League captains.Donations to the initiative will be anonymous and depend on what players are "comfortable with donating". "It's the power of everyone coming together," Francis, 35, told BBC Sport.The initiative - named #PlayersTogether - has been set up...
Pope Francis: Lack of access to healthcare is social justice issue

Pope Francis: Lack of access to healthcare is social justice issue

World
Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Pope Francis on Friday said governments and institutions should work to ensure everyone has access to healthcare. In a message for the World Day of the Sick, the pope said the lack of access to healthcare is a matter of social justice. "For this reason, I urge healthcare institutions and government leaders throughout the world not to neglect social justice out of a preoccupation for financial concerns," he said. In his address, the pope also encouraged the use of principles of "solidarity and subsidiarity" to ensure access to treatments that will preserve or restore health. Subsidiarity is a concept in Catholic thought that matters should be handled by the smallest or least central unit of social organization at which they will function. He also encouraged healthcare prof...