The Vatican’s newspaper on Jan. 6 has criticized French weekly Charlie Hebdo for manipulating faith in the magazine’s latest front page, which depicts a blood-soaked God armed with a Kalashnikov.
The controversial cover commemorates a year since a terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo’s Paris headquarters, which left 12 people dead and led to a global debate on religious extremism and freedom of speech.
“One year later, the assassin is still on the run,” reads the black and white front page, with a cartoon depicting a violent God.
NCR Today: Pope Francis has released his first-ever video message for the month's traditional papal prayer intention, calling on people of different faiths to work together for peace and justice.
In his homily for the feast of the Epiphany, Pope Francis again called for a missionary global church but warned: “The Church cannot deceive itself into thinking that it shines with its own light.”
Pope Francis made a surprise visit to the place where his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, created the world's first Nativity scene in Greccio. The pope used a free day.
A Roman Observer: The Year of Our Lord, 2016, is off to a sluggish start at the Vatican -- according to certain reports.
Pope Francis erected a new Syro-Malankara eparchy for the United States and Canada. The pope also named Bishop Thomas Eusebios Naickamparambil as its first bishop.
Over 3.2 million pilgrims visited the Vatican in 2015 and attended papal events, liturgies or prayer services, the Vatican said. The statistics were compiled by Prefecture of the Papal Household.