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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 »

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

wedding

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 »

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