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Pope urges prayer, international action to fight Ebola virus

Ebola

POPE Francis pleaded for the international community to take stronger, co-ordinated steps to “annihilate” the Ebola virus and help the millions of people impacted by the disease. “As the Ebola virus epidemic worsens, I want to express my deep concern for this relentless illness that is spreading particularly on the African continent and especially among populations that are already disadvantaged,” ... Read More »

Pope: Drop the melodrama, pray for strength, for those truly in pain

Pope Francis prays

AVOID the melodrama and self-pity over minor problems in life, Pope Francis said. Instead, use life’s inevitable difficulties to pray for strength and pray for those who are suffering real tragedy, he said in a morning homily on September 30. “Our life is too easy, our complaints are melodramatic complaints” compared to the many people suffering from debilitating disease, hunger ... Read More »

Pope launches alarm, tells Vatican security force to be ‘gossip police’

Pope Francis waves

THE biggest threat facing the Vatican isn’t a bomb or bullet from the outside, but the insidious work of mischief-makers within, who plant discord and resentment, Pope Francis told the Vatican’s security force. “There are bombs in here, very dangerous bombs in here,” he told security personnel. “Please, keep your eyes open, because in the darkness of so many wicked ... Read More »

Spiritual triage: Help wounded, drop theoretical baggage, Pope says

Pope Francis

WITH so much spiritual, social and moral suffering in the world, the Church has “no right” to stay locked up in an ivory tower, engaging in “byzantine” philosophical reflection, Pope Francis told members of the Focolare movement. “We have to go out! So that – I’ve said this before – the Church seems like a field hospital”, where the first ... Read More »

Pope reminds elderly that old age is time of grace

Pope Francis

POPE Francis has reminded the elderly that old age was a particular time of grace and cautioned that a society that did not properly care for its seniors was one with “no future”. The Pope made the comments at a special celebration of the elderly in St Peter’s Square on September 28, with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI attending as a ... Read More »

Pope compares vain Christians to soap bubbles, peacocks

Pope Francis in dark

AS fleeting as soap bubbles, showy as peacocks and shallow as an over-primped star, conceited Christians are building their lives on lies and their faith on shifting sands, Pope Francis said. Everyone was vulnerable to vanity, even Christians, the Pope said in a morning homily on September 25. However, boastfulness “is a very serious spiritual disease” for Christians because it ... Read More »

Cardinal: Pope is ‘friend, brother’; working with him ‘really beautiful’

Pope Francis catch

POPE Francis evangelises with “encyclicals of gestures”, which speak louder than words and texts, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa said. One of nine members of the Council of Cardinals advising the Pope, the cardinal reflected on the reorganisation of the Roman Curia, his advisory role to the Pope, and Catholic response to climate change. The cardinal made the ... Read More »

Pope: Albania proves to world that diverse religions can live in peace

Pope Francis

PEOPLE of different religious beliefs can and must live together in peace, Pope Francis said. The Muslim majority and Christian minorities in Albania co-operate beautifully for the common good and prove to the world that it can be done, he said. “I could see, with great satisfaction, that the peaceful and fruitful co-existence between people and communities belonging to different ... Read More »

Pope calls for ‘globalisation of charity’ to protect migrants

Sub-Saharan refugees

POPE Francis called for the “globalisation of charity” through an international network to fight human trafficking and ensure the rights of migrants and refugees. The Pope’s words appeared in his annual message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which in 2015 will be observed on January 18. The Vatican released the Pope’s message, “Church Without Frontiers, Mother to ... Read More »

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