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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 »

Return with tears to God’s loving embrace during Lent, Pope says

Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday

LENT is a journey of purification and penance, a movement that should bring one tearfully back to the loving arms of the merciful Father, Pope Francis said at an Ash Wednesday Mass that began with a procession on Rome’s Aventine Hill. After walking from the Benedictine monastery of St Anselm to the Dominican-run Basilica of Santa Sabina yesterday (February 18), ... Read More »

God wants you to find real love – lifelong love – Pope tells youths

Pope Francis with young people

CHRISTIANITY is not a set of prohibitions, but a “project for life” that can lead to true happiness in building better relationships and a better world, Pope Francis told Catholic young people. “Do you realise how much you are worth in the eyes of God?” the Pope asked youths in his annual message for local celebrations of World Youth Day. ... Read More »

Education essential for abuse prevention

Cardinal Sean O'Malley

POPE Francis, who has called for zero tolerance for the “despicable” crime of sexual abuse of minors, has praised new efforts aimed at helping the Church better protect children. In letter to president of the Centre for Child Protection at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, the Pope said he was “happy about what you are doing and ... Read More »

Defend life: Economics without ethics are deadly, cardinal says

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga

By Cindy Wooden THE economy is a human creation, not a god, so humans have the responsibility to manage the economy in a way that benefits the most people, president of Caritas Internationalis Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said. “The economy is not a god. We have to have the courage to put it in its place,” the cardinal said ... Read More »

Becoming a cardinal is a call to greater love and patience, Pope says

Pope Francis and cardinal

IN a Valentine’s Day ceremony to create 20 new cardinals, Pope Francis offered a meditation on Christian love and, especially, what it means for those who guide and minister in the Church. “The greater our responsibility in serving the Church, the more our hearts must expand according to the measure of the heart of Christ,” he said on February 14 ... Read More »

Pope opens cardinals’ discussion of Curia reform; new offices explained

Pope Francis and cardinals

THE reform of the Roman Curia should promote “greater harmony” among the Vatican offices, not primarily to save money or promote efficiency, but to solidify the unity of the Church and strengthen its ability to evangelise, Pope Francis said. The Pope arrived in the Vatican’s synod hall a half-hour before the consistory, or meeting of the world’s cardinals, was set ... Read More »

Children a blessing, not a burden, Pope says

Pope Francis and child

CHILDREN are a blessing, not a burden, and are a sign of the confident hope of a couple and of society, Pope Francis said. “If a family that has been generous in having children is looked upon as a burden, something’s wrong,” he said yesterday (February 11) at his weekly general audience. “The generation of children must be responsible,” as ... Read More »

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