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Good works are proper response to God’s ‘exaggerated’ pardon, Pope says

Pope Francis

WHEN the Bible says, “though your sins be like scarlet” God will make them “white as snow”, it exaggerates, just like God exaggerates in his willingness to forgive people, Pope Francis said. “The Lord forgives generously,” the Pope said on Tuesday (March 3) during his early-morning Mass. God never says, “‘I will forgive you just this much, then we’ll see ... Read More »

Pope plans to canonise St Therese’s parents during family synod

St Therese's parents

POPE Francis is expected to canonise Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St Therese of Lisieux, during the world Synod of Bishops on the family in October. Prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes Cardinal Angelo Amato, leading a conference on February 27 on the role of saints in the life of the Church, announced that “thanks be ... Read More »

Vatican security always on high alert, chief says after IS threats

Domenico Giani

THE head of Vatican security said Islamic State militants have threatened the Vatican, but there are no indications of any planned attack. The Vatican gendarmes, Swiss Guards and the Italian state police that patrolled the perimeter of Vatican City State were always on high alert, the commander of the gendarme and the pope’s chief bodyguard Domenico Giani said. “There are ... Read More »

Assyrian Christians released, but many concerned for those still held

Iraqi Christians

CHRISTIANS in the Middle East welcomed the release of nearly 20 Assyrian Christians abducted by Islamic State militants in north-eastern Syria, but expressed concern that more than 200 others remained in captivity. “I can confirm the release of 19 persons (17 men and two women) who were captured by the Islamic State in the Khabur region,” Fr Emanuel Youkhana, who ... Read More »

Carmelite guides Pope on Lenten journey, with help from Elijah

Pope Francis on retreat

THE Lenten journey of conversion requires Christians to rediscover the “deepest truth” about themselves, cast off their masks and take on the courage to live truth, a prominent Carmelite priest has told the Pope and Vatican officials. In the first days of Lenten spiritual exercises for the Roman Curia, the Church’s central administration, Carmelite Father Bruno Secondin drew from the ... Read More »

Ukrainian Catholic leader invites Pope, says visit could bring peace

Ukraine archbishop

THE head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church invited Pope Francis to visit the war-torn nation, saying it would help bring peace. “It would be a prophetic gesture that would show the power of prayer and Christian solidarity, give us courage and hope, and build a better future for everyone,” major archbishop of Kiev-Halych Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said. On behalf of ... Read More »

Pope: Don’t let meatless Fridays be selfish, soulless, seafood splurge

Pope Francis

REAL fasting isn’t just restricting food choices, it must also include cleansing the heart of all selfishness and making room in one’s life for those in need and those who have sinned and need healing, Pope Francis said. Faith without concrete acts of charity was not only hypocritical, “it is dead; what good is it?” he said, criticising those who ... Read More »

Liturgies need to help people experience awe, mystery of God, Pope says

Pope Francis

THE liturgy should help the faithful enter into God’s mystery and to experience the wonder of encountering Christ, Pope Francis told priests of the Diocese of Rome. People should feel the wonder and allure “that the apostles felt when they were called, invited”, the Pope said during an annual Lenten meeting with Rome pastors in the Paul VI audience hall. ... Read More »

Pope urges cardinals to go in search of the lost, bring them in

Pope Francis and cardinals

THE Catholic Church cannot call itself Church if it is a “closed caste” where the sick, the wounded and sinners are shunned, Pope Francis told the 20 new cardinals he created. “The way of the Church is precisely to leave her four walls behind and to go out in search of those who are distant, those essentially on the outskirts ... Read More »

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