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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 »

Cyber ‘slums’ where online abusers prowl need pastoral care

cyber work

A NEW kind of ghetto needs the Church’s presence and people’s solidarity: the “digital slum” where cyber bullying and online pornography and abuse run rampant, speakers at a Vatican news conference said. Online harassment and abuse were “a new form of violence” against many young people and children, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace Cardinal Peter Turkson ... Read More »

Vatican sends bishops preparatory questionnaire for 2015 family synod


TO help set the agenda for the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family, the Vatican is sending the world’s Catholic bishops’ conferences a list of questions on a range of topics, including matters of marriage and sexuality that proved especially controversial at the 2014 family synod. Together with the final report of the 2014 assembly, the 46 questions published ... Read More »

Spend time in silence and service before Christmas, Pope suggests

Pope Francis

IN the heart of Rome’s high-end shopping district, sparkling with Christmas lights and shiny baubles in the windows of famous designers, Pope Francis prayed that people would spend time in silence and in service as they prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Celebrating the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, Pope Francis prayed for Mary’s intercession so that, “in ... Read More »

Pope calls for more ‘integration’ of divorced Catholics, gays

Pope Francis

POPE Francis said the Catholic Church must consider various ways to integrate the divorced and civilly remarried in the life of the Church – not merely allowing them to receive Communion, but letting them serve as eucharistic ministers and godparents – and to make it easier for Catholic families to accept their homosexual members. The Pope also said he would ... Read More »

Christian, Muslim leaders vow to ‘walk hand in hand’ to promote peace

Christian Muslim dialogue

CATHOLIC, Anglican, Sunni and Shiite leaders vowed to do all they can to combat “ugly and hideous” distortions of religion, and to involve more women – often the first victims of violence – in official inter-religious dialogues. Holding the third Christian-Muslim Summit in Rome on December 2-4, the leaders said that while more and more women were involved in high-level ... Read More »

Preparing for Christmas with the Pope

Pope Francis

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service AS Advent got underway, Pope Francis included in his morning Mass homilies specific graces Catholics should pray for as they prepare for Christmas. In the chapel of his residence on December 2, Pope Francis ended his homily by telling the small congregation, “Let us ask the Lord during this Advent time to draw us ... Read More »

Support our religious

DURING the Year of Consecrated Life, all Catholics are called to thank God for the gifts members of religious orders have given the Church and the world, to join them in prayer and find practical ways to support them and their ministries, Pope Francis said. “Let them know the affection and the warmth which the entire Christian people feels for ... Read More »

Bill’s a ‘saintly character’

ST VINCENT: Starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Naomi Watts, Scott Adsit. Directed by Ted Melfi. Rated M (Mature themes, violence, sex scene and coarse language). Running time: 102 minutes By John Mulderig AN unlikely babysitter also serves as an unusual image of sanctity in the fundamentally endearing drama St Vincent. While writer-director Ted Melfi’s feature debut has a broadly appealing message, aspects ... Read More »

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