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Persecuted for faith, Christians are united in bloodshed, Pope says

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CHRISTIANS are united in bloodshed as they suffer from violence and persecution in various parts of the world, Pope Francis told Christian leaders. Today’s martyrs were men and women, who through their witness to Jesus, were “persecuted and killed because they are Christian”, the Pope said on January 25 during an ecumenical prayer service marking the end of a Week ... Read More »

Stepping out for equality

SELMA: Starring Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Ava DuVernay. Rated M (Violence and coarse language) 127 minutes By John Mulderig ARRIVING on screens almost precisely 50 years after the events it portrays unfolded, director Ava DuVernay’s fact-based drama Selma compellingly recreates a crucial battle in the long struggle for African-American equality. Adult subject ... Read More »

Maturing in faith means not just asking God for favours, Pope says

Pope Francis

THE journey of faith always begins a little selfishly, seeking from God healing or help with a problem, but Christian maturity is allowing oneself to be purified and to arrive at the point of recognising Jesus as saviour, Pope Francis said. Celebrating Mass yesterday (January 22) in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives, Pope Francis commented ... Read More »

‘We shall overcome’ in fight against abortion, says Cardinal O’Malley

Pro-life youth

EVOKING a phrase long associated with the civil rights movement, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston told an overflow crowd in Washington that “we shall overcome” in the fight against abortion. Quoting Pope Francis in his homily on Wednesday (January 21) during the opening Mass of the United States National Prayer Vigil for Life, Cardinal O’Malley said, “The Church cannot and ... Read More »

Praying for victims in Niger, Pope says no war can be waged for God

Niger attacks

PRAYING for victims of violent protests and targeted attacks against the Church in Niger, Pope Francis said no war can ever be waged in God’s name. He asked that the Lord grant “the gift of reconciliation and peace so that religious feelings never become an occasion for violence, suppression and destruction”, he said yesterday (January 21) at the end of ... Read More »

Poverty stems from unjust economic system, not big families, Pope says

Pope Francis and newlyweds

FAMILIES who have lots of children do not cause poverty, Pope Francis said. The main culprit was “an economic system that has removed the human person from its focus and has placed the god of money” as its priority instead, he said yesterday (January 21). The Pope dedicated his general audience talk to a review of some of the highlights ... Read More »

Nigerian bishop calls for Western intervention to stop Boko Haram

Girl in Nigeria

UNDERLINING the failure of the Nigerian Government to stop the violent rampage of Boko Haram, a Catholic bishop has called for Western military intervention. The Muslim militant group’s increasingly deadly assaults and expanded recruitment from countries across North Africa mean “a concerted military campaign is needed by the West to crush Boko Haram”, said Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri, ... Read More »

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 »

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