Pope Francis

Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, the first to visit the Arabian Peninsula, and the first pope from outside Europe since the Syrian Gregory III, who reigned in the 8th century.
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  • Self-Styled Chinese Bishop Plans To Ordain Bishops Without Vatican Approval
    Eurasia Review

    Self-Styled Chinese Bishop Plans To Ordain Bishops Without Vatican Approval

    A Chinese underground bishop who is not recognized by the Vatican is planning to ordain bishops without papal permission. Zhang Tongli, who claims to be a bishop in Shanghai's underground church, admitted to ucanews.com that he has a plan to ordain new bishops — a move that has aroused concern among some underground community members. Zhang reportedly received a secret ordination in 1999 from the late coadjutor bishop of Kaifeng in Henan province, Anthony Zong Changfeng, under a privilege given by Pope St. John Paul II to the China Church in the 1980s. Some say Zhang was supposed to be a successor to the former bishop of Shanghai, Joseph Fan Zhongliang, but the Vatican does not recognize his

  • Mozambique: Nyusi Checks On Preparations for Papal Visit
    AllAfrica.com

    Mozambique: Nyusi Checks On Preparations for Papal Visit

    Maputo — Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Wednesday declared that the signing of a peace and reconciliation agreement with the former rebel movement Renamo, and the impending visit of the head of the Roman Catholic church, Pope Francis, constitute "a blessing for Mozambicans". He was speaking to reporters in Maputo at the end of a visit to the national stadium in the outlying neighbourhood of Zimpeto, to check on preparations for the Pope's visit. The visit will culminate, on 6 September, in a mass celebrated by Pope Francis in the stadium. The government has announced that the day will be a public holiday in Maputo city and province to encourage attendance at the mass. Nyusi declared that