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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 releasing his encyclical letter, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our ... Read More »

Holy Fatherly advice

Holy Fatherly advice

By Laura Ieraci POPE Francis has urged separated parents to “never, never, never take a child hostage” by speaking ill of the other parent. Speaking during his general audience in St Peter’s Square on May 20, the Pope said he recognised that being separated was “a trial” but added that “children must not be the ones to carry the weight ... Read More »

Pope gives coaches a game plan for life lessons

Pope gives coaches a game plan for life lessons

COACHES need to show integrity, fairness, patience, joy and kindness, especially toward those who are struggling, Pope Francis said. Like any good educator, a good coach or trainer was extremely important in helping kids develop into mature, well-balanced and well-rounded adults, he said. Instilled with solid values and Christian faith, athletes can help prevent sports from becoming distorted by “pressure ... Read More »

Force of faith

Force of faith

By Carol Glatz WEARING armour and carrying mediaeval-era weaponry – halberds and swords – is not enough. Pope Francis told Swiss Guards they should always be armed with a pocket-edition of the Gospel and a rosary. In addition to serving and protecting the pope, a Swiss Guard “is a Christian with genuine faith”, he told members of the corps on ... Read More »

Keeping our gaze on Jesus Christ

Keeping our gaze on Jesus Christ

This is Pope Francisí homily for Divine Mercy Sunday ST John, who was in the Upper Room with the other disciples on the evening of the first day after the Sabbath, tells us that Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you” and he showed them his hands and his side (John 20:19-20); he showed them ... Read More »

Bend low

Bend low

TO enter Christ’s empty tomb like the disciples and see that he has risen, Christians today also must “bend down”, Pope Francis said in his Easter message. “Love has triumphed over hatred. Life has conquered death. Light has dispelled the darkness,” he told tens of thousands pilgrims in St Peter’s Square on Easter Sunday (April 5). At the end of ... Read More »

Pope says a ‘good Easter’ requires making Jesus’ passion one’s own

Pope says a ‘good Easter’ requires making Jesus’ passion one’s own

FOR a “good Easter”, Christians must do more than simply recall the passion of Jesus during Holy Week; they must “enter into the mystery” of the Easter Triduum and make Jesus’ feelings and attitudes their own, Pope Francis said. During his general audience yesterday (April 1), he also recalled the “true martyrs” of today, men and women who “offer their ... Read More »

Imitate Jesus’ humility and service, Pope says at Palm Sunday Mass

Imitate Jesus’ humility and service, Pope says at Palm Sunday Mass

FROM modern-day martyrs to those who quietly care for the sick or elderly, Pope Francis remembered all those who “sacrifice themselves daily”, following Jesus in serving others and giving witness to the Gospel. In overcoming the daily temptations of power and pride, the Pope said at Palm Sunday Mass, Christians can look to those who, “in silence and hiddenness, sacrifice ... Read More »

Pope says prayers, not ‘gossip’, needed for successful synod on family

Pope says prayers, not ‘gossip’, needed for successful synod on family

POPE Francis has asked Catholics to pray each day for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family. He also appealed for the Church so that it could be even more “dedicated and united in the witness of the truth of God’s love and mercy for the families of the world, (with) no one excluded either inside or outside the ... Read More »

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