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Pope urges Catholics to practise ‘responsible parenthood’

Pope Francis

POPE Francis stressed that, despite Church doctrine against contraception, Catholics fail to practise “responsible parenthood” when they have too many children. He also denounced the teaching of “gender theory” in schools, likening it to indoctrination of children by the Nazis and fascists. The Pope made his remarks yesterday (January 19) in an hour-long news conference with reporters accompanying him back ... Read More »

Tears often are only correct response to suffering, Pope tells youths

Pope Francis embraces child

THE realities of life described by young people, especially the tearful question of a 12-year-old girl about why God allows suffering, led Pope Francis to set aside the first text he had prepared for a meeting yesterday (January 18) with the young people of the Philippines. “Certain realities in life can only be seen through eyes cleansed by tears,” the ... Read More »

Pope, at Mass with millions, tells Filipinos to protect the family

Pope Francis and Cardinal Tagle

POPE Francis told a crowd of an estimated six million gathered in a Manila park to protect the family “against insidious attacks and programs contrary to all that we hold true and sacred, all that is most beautiful and noble in our culture”. The Pope’s homily at yesterday’s (January 18) Mass also reprised several other themes he had sounded during ... Read More »

Forgiveness overlooked

UNBROKEN: Starring Jack OíConnell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Miyavi, Jai Courtney. Directed by Angelina Jolie. Rated M (Mature themes and violence). 137 minutes By John Mulderig POSITIVE values permeate the inspirational fact-based drama Unbroken. Despite its admirable qualities, however, the film also represents something of a missed opportunity. That’s because, in bringing Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling account of one United States ... Read More »

Exuberant crowds greet Pope in unofficial welcome to Philippines

Pope in Philippines

ALTHOUGH it was not called a welcoming ceremony, Pope Francis was greeted by government and Church officials and an exuberant crowd yesterday (January 15) at Manila’s Villamor Air Base. The Pope arrived 13 minutes earlier than scheduled at the base near Manila’s international airport following a six-hour flight from Colombo, Sri Lanka, over Vietnam and the South China Sea. The ... Read More »

Pope proclaims Sri Lanka’s first saint, and the right to religious freedom

Sri Lankan dancers

CANONISING Sri Lanka’s first saint, who ministered to Catholics under persecution three centuries earlier, Pope Francis proclaimed what he called the “fundamental human right” of religious freedom. “Each individual must be free, alone or in association with others, to seek the truth, and to openly express his or her religious convictions, free from intimidation and external compulsion,” the Pope said ... Read More »

Pope tells Sri Lankans reconciliation requires repentance

Young Sri Lankan man prays

POPE Francis told Sri Lankans seeking reconciliation after two-and-a-half decades of civil war that, before they can forgive each other, they must repent of their own sins. “Only when we come to understand, in light of the cross, the evil we are capable of, and have even been a part of, can we experience true remorse and true repentance. Only ... Read More »

Markets cannot be the answer to economic inequities, Pope says in book

Philippines girl in poverty

THE world cannot wait for an economic system that will cause poverty to fix itself, Pope Francis said. “Markets and financial speculation cannot enjoy absolute autonomy,” he said. There must be “programs, mechanisms and procedures aimed at a better distribution of resources, job creation and the integral advancement of those who are excluded”, he said in a recently published interview. ... Read More »

Pope to Sri Lankans: Reconciliation means dialogue, ‘pursuit of truth’

Pope Francis in Sri Lanka

ARRIVING in Sri Lanka, a country recovering from two-and-a-half decades of ethnic and religious civil war, Pope Francis said reconciliation would require its people to explore their painful recent history and accept persistent differences within their multicultural society. “The process of healing also needs to include the pursuit of truth, not for the sake of opening old wounds, but rather ... Read More »

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