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Pope to diplomats: Rejecting God, people, nature leads to conflict

Pope Francis

HIGHLIGHTING some of the most urgent conflicts facing the world, Pope Francis said such strife and injustices were rooted in a culture of rejection that refuses to recognise God, to protect nature and to respect other human beings. In a wide-ranging speech yesterday (January 12) to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, the Pope urged the world’s governments and individuals to ... Read More »

Pope’s visit expected to help reconciliation in post-war Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan choir

THE leader of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka is confident Pope Francis’ visit to that country will boost reconciliation as the people emerge from a 30-year war. The Pope arrives in Colombo today (January 13) for a two-day visit before heading for the Philippines. President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo ... Read More »

Funding running out for Iraqi refugees in Jordan

Iraqi Christian child

A CATHOLIC official warned that funding will soon run out to feed and house thousands of Iraqi Christians who are sheltering in Jordan after being made homeless by Islamic State militants. Syriac Catholic Father Noor Alqasmosa, who is charged with helping the refugees, told Catholic News Service the funding situation was desperate, as the chances for many to restart a ... Read More »

Annie gets a makeover

ANNIE: Starring Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Canavale. Directed by Will Gluck. Rated PG (Mild themes) 118 minutes. By Joseph McAleer THE you-know-what will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar, in Annie. It’s an exuberant adaptation of the 1977 Broadway musical – which previously became a 1982 film – about the little orphan with big ... Read More »

Pope offers Mass for victims of Paris attack

THE morning after 12 people were shot to death and 11 others injured at the Paris office of a satirical weekly newspaper, Pope Francis dedicated his early morning Mass to the victims and their families. At the beginning of the Mass on January 8, he told the small congregation that the attack in Paris on January 7 was a reminder ... Read More »

Pope Francis heading to Asia to promote reconciliation, recovery

Philippines papal visit

INTER-religious reconciliation and recovery from natural disaster will be major themes of Pope Francis’ January 13-18 visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, the Vatican spokesman said. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi briefed reporters on the trip yesterday (January 7), noting that it would be the Pope’s second time in Asia, following an August visit to South Korea. Pope Francis wanted ... Read More »

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 »

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