Last Updated: Sep 21, 2014

Pope Francis: No one can use religion as a pretext for violence

Tirana, Albania, Sep 21, 2014 / 05:02 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis opened his trip to Albania praising the “coexistence” between members of different faiths in the country, while condemning those who “consider themselves to be the 'armour' of God while planning and carrying out acts of violence and oppression.”

Faith brings light to hardship, Pope Francis says at Children's center

Tirana, Albania, Sep 21, 2014 / 01:17 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis visited an Albanian center for abandoned children on Sunday, emphasizing in his remarks that Christian charity can help bring oneself and others closer to God.

Truth has 'power of attraction,' Pope says to religious leaders

Tirana, Albania, Sep 21, 2014 / 10:21 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The “conviction that truth has its own power of attraction,” said Pope Francis, negates the need for those secure in their faith to impose their beliefs on others.

Update in Albania – Muslims pray for Pope, security a non-issue

Tirana, Albania, Sep 21, 2014 / 07:58 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In a press briefing Sunday the Vatican's spokesman downplayed worries over Pope Francis' safety in Albania, also noting that Muslims gathered in an important Tirana mosque to pray for the pontiff's visit.