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Outside the square

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has called for a “pastoral creativity” and for the Church to “speak and act differently” as the synod on the family continues in Rome. Archbishop Coleridge, one of two Australian bishops at the synod, said it was wrong to think the gathering of bishops had to ... Read More »

Jesus’ love changes people, enables them to love others, pope says

Jesus’ love changes people, enables them to love others, pope says

CELEBRATING the feast of St Matthew, a day he considers a turning point in his own journey of faith, Pope Francis told thousands of Cubans that Jesus knows who they really are and calls them to walk with him. Arriving in the eastern city of Holguin from Havana on September ... Read More »

Pope simplifies annulment process, asks that it be free of charge

Pope simplifies annulment process, asks that it be free of charge

WHILE a juridical process is necessary for making accurate judgments, the Church’s marriage annulment process must be quicker, cheaper and much more of a pastoral ministry, Pope Francis said. Rewriting a section of the Latin-rite Code of Canon Law and of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, Pope ... Read More »

Pope asks parishes to accept refugee families

Pope asks parishes to accept refugee families

POPE Francis is calling on all European parishes and religious communities to take in one refugee family, as the United Nations recognises the record number of people trying to enter Europe, mostly from Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan. “Every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, take in ... Read More »

World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation announced

World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation announced

  POPE Francis has instituted a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which will be celebrated each year on September 1. Pope Francis made this announcement in a letter he sent to Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for ... Read More »

Shepherd of all

Shepherd of all

By Cindy Wooden WITH almost every step Pope Francis takes on his foreign trips and with his every embrace, he pleads for dialogue and inclusion. His denunciations of a “throwaway culture” – cultures in which certain people and most material goods are deemed disposable – are passionate and well-explained in ... Read More »

What to do? The pope’s practical tips for helping the environment

What to do? The pope’s practical tips for helping the environment

POPE Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home” is a call for global action as well as an appeal for deep inner conversion. He points to numerous ways world organisations, nations and communities must move forward and the way individuals – believers and people of good will ... Read More »

All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope says

All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope says

THE earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” All who believe in God and all people of good will ... Read More »

Read encyclical on care for creation with ‘open heart,’ pope asks world

Read encyclical on care for creation with ‘open heart,’ pope asks world

APPEALING to the entire world, Pope Francis urged everyone to read his upcoming encyclical on the care of creation and to better protect a damaged earth. “This common ‘home’ is being ruined and that harms everyone, especially the poorest,” he said on June 17, the day before the Vatican was ... Read More »

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