Tags: Pope Francis

‘Step up climate crusade, urge Vatican to divest from fossil fuel’ — disaster survivors ask pope

MANILA — Pope Francis had prepared but failed to deliver a speech during his Tacloban visit to storm survivors on Jan 17. Part of his speech goes like this: “Today, from this place which has known such profound suffering and human need, I ask that even more be done for the poor. Above all, I…

‘200 women in black’ ask Pope Francis to speak on human rights violations

MANILA — It has been two years since Willem Geertman, a Dutch missionary, was killed. Yet, his fiancee Maria Aurora Santiago said it remains unclear who were behind the brutal killing. If she will have the chance to speak to Pope Francis, she would tell him, “Willem is no criminal and did not deserve such…

Green groups, Catholic bishops appeal to Pope Francis to stand vs large-scale mining

The following appeal was signed by 23 environmental groups and four Catholic bishops asking Pope Francis to intervene on the ecological destruction and human rights violations resulting from large-scale mining in the country. Most Holy Father, We, the undersigned environmental advocates, grassroots leaders, and faithful servants, urgently write to Your Holiness to underscore our concern…