“Cyprus, as a crossroads of civilizations, has an innate vocation to encounter, favored by the welcoming character of the Cypriot people."
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Pope Francis landed Thursday afternoon in Cyprus for the start of a five-day trip that will also take him to Athens, Greece, and the island of Lesbos.
The Pope’s decision comes within a week of the 70-year-old archbishop’s request to have Pope Francis decide his future out of a concern to preserve the unity of his archdiocese amid the controversy.
In his address, Pope Francis urged Christian couples to remember that they are “called to witness to a love like this that has the courage to move from the logic of falling in love to that of mature love.”
A nation that constrains parents from being parents has no future
The Pope sends a message each year on Nov. 30 to the Ecumenical Patriarch, who is regarded as the successor of St. Andrew the Apostle and “first among equals” in the Eastern Orthodox Church.
The announcement came after the Italian government unveiled further COVID-19 restrictions entering into force on Dec. 6.
From a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis delivered his weekly Angelus reflection on Christ’s discourse to his disciples about the end of the world and his second coming
The Holy Father asked for prayers as he prepares for the five-day journey.
The theme of the Holy Father’s message for the International Day of Persons With Disabilities is friendship with Jesus.