Pope Francis may be spending his 80th birthday just as a normal working day, but people worldwide have taken their time to extend their greetings to the Pope. Reaching the age of 80, the Pope has the option to retire already. However, considering his plans to visit different countries in the coming years, he does not seem to have retirement in immediate sight.
Two of Fiat 500L used by Pope Francis during his visit in U.S. will be auctioned next week in Philadelphia Auto Show. Pope used the car during his historic visit to U.S. last September.
Pope Francis urged Catholics on Wednesday to avoid using smartphones and other technological devices at the dinner table. Mashable reported that Pope Francis told the audiences at the St. Peter's Square in Vatican City to set aside technology when eating meals and talk face-to-face to encourage togetherness and connection, which is very important for a family.
Wading into one of the most polarizing issues in American politics, Pope Francis has called upon the United States to join other nations in fighting climate change. He stressed the time to act is now. "Climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation. When it comes to the care of our common home, we are living at a critical moment of history," the pope said in a speech Wednesday on the South Lawn of the White House.
New regulations have been issued by the U.S. to alleviate restrictions on American companies venturing business in Cuba and opening up travel in the latest action to soften the US trade embargo on the Communist country.
Cuba renews its annual campaign urging the United Nations to condemn the US economic embargo. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez told media the Cold War-era embargo had cost Cuba some $833.7 billion over five decades. "Seventy-seven percent of the Cuban population was born and has lived under the cruel effects of the blockade, the humanitarian impact and damage is extreme and cannot be measured (only) in numbers," he said.
The FAA and other security agencies are appealing to people, local or visitors not to bring drones during the papal visits for security measures. There has been a plot to the holy man's life by a minor brainwashed by the terrorist group ISIL prompting officials and securities restrictions on all actions regarding the safety of Pope Francis.
Pope Francis complained over unbridled capitalism and the worship of money in a speech he made during his visit in Asuncion, Paraguay on July 12, one of the three countries in South America he visited over the weekend, including Bolivia and Ecuador. Accordingly, Bolivian President Evo Morales said that Pope Francis is preaching socialism, saying that the Pope is the "first and the best politician in the world".
The Vatican's economy minister has said hundreds of millions of euros were found "tucked away" in accounts of various Holy See departments without having appeared in the city-state's balance sheets.
Jean-Claude Juncker will unveil a much anticipated 300-billion-euro ($370 billion) investment plan on Wednesday that is meant to trigger economic growth in the European Union.
Pope Francis meets with ECB President Mario Draghi for unspecified matters.
Pope Francis condemned the global economic system for idolizing money.
Pope Francis, in the bid to reform the Vatican bureaucracy, appoints Monsignor Ricca to manage the Vatican Bank.