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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 one family,” the Pope requested, after praying the midday Angelus ... 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 the Promotion of Christian Unity, which was published by the ... 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 his speeches and writings. But his point is demonstrated first ... 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 – should see, think, feel and act. Here are some ... 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 have an obligation to take steps to mitigate climate change, ... 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 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 »

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