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World without mothers would be inhumane, lacking tenderness, Pope says

Pope Francis and baby

MOTHERS are indispensable to society and the Church, not just for giving life, but in showing the world what it means to generously give oneself for others, to respect life and to display tenderness and moral strength even in times of trouble, Pope Francis said. Speaking to about 4000 people gathered indoors for his general audience on January 7, the ... Read More »

God created all people and desires to save them, Pope says

Pope Francis on Epiphany

IN every age and in every culture, people seek God just as the Three Kings did and, in every age, with the help of the Holy Spirit, they find him in the surprising humility of a baby born in a manger, Pope Francis said. “Led by the Spirit, they come to realise that God’s criteria are quite different from those ... Read More »

Pope issues ‘firmest condemnation’ of killings at French weekly

Paris attack

POPE Francis condemned the killings of at least 12 people at the Paris offices of a satirical weekly newspaper yesterday (January 7) and denounced all “physical and moral” obstacles to the peaceful co-existence of nations, religions and cultures. “The Holy Father expresses the firmest condemnation of the horrible attack,” said a statement from the Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, ... Read More »

Reflection on United States ‘racial divide’ is personal for Illinois bishop

Slave hands

IN a 19-page reflection on the “racial divide” in the United States, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Illinois, who is African-American, said he twice had been the victim of what he considered to be unjust police attitudes. The episodes “made me very conscious of the fact that simply by being me, I could be the cause of suspicion and concern ... Read More »

Pray for peace, sow harmony, look to Mary as model disciple, Pope says

Pope Francis

PEACE is a gift that comes through prayer and through small daily efforts to sow harmony in one’s family, parish and community, Pope Francis said. “At the beginning of this new year, we are all called to reignite in our hearts a spark of hope, which must be translated into concrete works of peace: You don’t get along with that ... Read More »

Pope: True charity takes compassion that does not demand conversion

Pope Francis

“QUALITY of life” proponents who think the gravely ill lead lives not worth living are peddling a great lie, Pope Francis said in a message for the 2015 World Day of the Sick. Criticising approaches that devalued human lives, especially the lives of those who suffered from serious illness, Pope Francis highlighted the importance of offering increased care and concern ... Read More »

Australian bishops visiting Iraqi Christians see Christ ‘reborn again’

iraq visit

 CHRIST is being “reborn again in the lowly stable” this Christmas because of the remarkable faith of Iraqi Christians who were driven out of their homes, said Australian bishops who visited refugees in Lebanon and the displaced in Irbil, Iraq. The December 15-19 mission of the seven bishops was aimed at offering spiritual support, humanitarian aid and hope to Christians exiled ... Read More »

Opening series of talks on the family, Pope extols Mary and St Joseph

Pope Francis

AT his last weekly public audience of 2014, Pope Francis started a series of talks on the family with a reflection on the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and St Joseph as a model for all Christian families. The Pope spoke on December 17 after getting cheers, balloons and even a birthday cake as he arrived for the audience that ... Read More »

Pope appoints Australian woman to child protection panel

Pope Francis

POPE Francis has named an Australian woman among new appointments to his papal commission on child protection. Founder and now retired director of CatholicCare, in Wollongong, NSW, Kathleen McCormack, was among those who the Vatican named as new members of the commission on December 17. CatholicCare provides essential social services and counselling. Starting in the 1990s, Ms McCormack also became ... Read More »

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