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Praising Our Lady

PRECEDED by a procession of flags from the nations of the Americas and the recitation of the rosary in Spanish, Pope Francis and thousands of Catholics from across the Atlantic celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Rome. The Argentina-born pope celebrated the December 12 Mass to the sounds and rhythms of many of South America’s indigenous peoples; ... Read More »

Count down to Christmas by counting your blessings, Pope says

Pope Francis greets children

NO saint was ever known for having a “funeral face”, Pope Francis said; the joy of knowing one is loved by God and saved by Christ must be seen at least in a sense of peace, if not a smile. Celebrating the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, on December 14, Pope Francis paid an evening visit to Rome’s St ... Read More »

Vatican report calls United States women religious to continued dialogue

Religious report

A MASSIVE, detailed Vatican-ordered investigation of United States communities of women religious ended with a call to the women themselves to continue discerning how best to live the Gospel in fidelity to their orders’ founding ideals while facing steeply declining numbers and a rapidly aging membership. Although initially seen by many religious and lay Catholics as a punitive measure, the ... Read More »

Wrestling with trauma

TEN years after a giant tsunami swept across south Asia, survivors across the region still wrestle with the trauma that lingers long after the water receded from thousands of seaside towns and villages. “When the waters rose around my house during recent flooding, it brought back memories of the tsunami, and I felt some of that fear all over again,” ... Read More »

Pope to create new cardinals in February

Pope Francis and cardinals

POPE Francis will create new cardinals on February 14, following a two-day meeting of the world’s cardinals that will discuss reform of the Vatican bureaucracy, among other issues. The Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi made the announcement on yesterday (December 11). The names of the new cardinals were likely to be announced in mid-January, he said. If Pope Francis ... Read More »

Time running out to tackle global warming, Pope tells climate summit

climate change

TACKLING the problem of climate change is a serious ethical and moral responsibility, Pope Francis told negotiators from around the world meeting for a climate summit in Lima, Peru. “The time to find global solutions is running out. We can find adequate solutions only if we act together and unanimously,” he said in a written message to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, who ... Read More »

As nuns face off against traffickers, priests asked to join the fight

Indian sex workers

LEAVING their habits behind and disguised along with police in regular clothes, a small group of three or four nuns raid brothels in Kolkata, India, at night, snatching young women and girls as young as 12 from the clutches of their captors. In four years, “we have put 30 traffickers in jail”, Sr Sharmi D’Souza, a member of the Sisters ... Read More »

Help fight modern-day slavery while we shop, Pope says

Pope Francis

WHEN shopping and when interacting with people on city streets, everyone can help fight the evil of modern-day slavery, Pope Francis said in his annual message for the World Day of Peace on January 1. “Together with the social responsibility of businesses, there is also the social responsibility of consumers,” the Pope said. “Every person ought to have the awareness ... Read More »

Church is ‘mother’ when it offers mercy and tenderness, Pope says

Pope Francis

AS his international Council of Cardinals began a three-day meeting to discuss the reform of the Roman Curia, Pope Francis said having a perfect organisational chart for the Church won’t guarantee that the Church fulfils its mission of bringing people to Christ. Celebrating an early-morning Mass in the chapel of his residence on December 9, Pope Francis prayed that “the ... Read More »

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