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Pope Francis calls for prayers for Lebanon after deadly explosion in Beirut

AFTER a massive fire triggered a deadly explosion in Beirut, Pope Francis called for prayers and a united effort to help Lebanon overcome “this serious crisis”.” “Let us pray for the victims and their family members, and let us pray for Lebanon so that with the effort of everyone in society – political and religious – it may face this ... Read More »

In pictures – Explosion in Beirut adding suffering to Lebanon’s dire situation

HOSPITALS in the Lebanese capital are overwhelmed with those suffering injuries from a massive explosion in Beirut’s port, causing widespread damage to the city and rocking the tiny Mediterranean nation already devastated by the coronavirus and its worst financial crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war. “People won’t be able to rebuild their homes, businesses, livelihoods. There are reports of hospitals ... Read More »

Pope Benedict returns to Vatican City after visiting his ill brother Msgr Georg Ratzinger in Germany

POPE Emeritus Benedict XVI returned to Vatican City on June 22, five days after flying to Germany to spend time with his ailing 96-year-old brother. During his last morning in Regensburg, the 93-year-old Pope visited his brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, one last time before being driven to the airport in Munich. Msgr Ratzinger was director of the renowned Regensburg boys’ ... Read More »

Pope Francis adds ‘Mother of Mercy’, ‘Mother of Hope’ and ‘Comfort of Migrants’ titles to litany

AMONG the many titles under which Catholics invoke the Blessed Mother, Pope Francis has asked them to add “Mother of Mercy,” “Mother of Hope” and “Comfort of Migrants.” Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, sent a letter to the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world asking that the titles be inserted into ... Read More »

Pope advances sainthood causes of two women and 11 men, including a miracle by Blessed Charles de Foucauld

POPE Francis has advanced the sainthood causes of two women and 11 men, including a miracle attributed to Blessed Charles de Foucauld. In a meeting with Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, the Pope also authorised decrees recognizing miracles attributed to Blessed Cesar de Bus, founder of the Fathers of Christian Doctrine, and Blessed Maria ... Read More »

Study shows increase in prayer, religious fervour amid pandemic in Italy

THE uncertainty and restrictive measures in place due to the coronavirus pandemic caused an increase in prayers and religious fervour in Italy, a recent study said. The study, which was released on May 22, was conducted by the State University of Milan, to “daily monitor public opinion during the COVID-19 emergency” and the impact it “has had on the religiosity ... Read More »

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