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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 »

Officer leans on Catholic faith in Ferguson crisis

Among the iconic images of the September 11 tragedy, photographs of policemen and firefighters stand out – the first responders were entering the doomed World Trade Centre as most everyone else was filing out. They embraced the danger of the moment, most going ultimately to their death, because the job requires it. First-responders sign up for this risk, they accept ... Read More »

Agencies prepare response as powerful typhoon takes aim on Philippines

Filipino fishermen

CATHOLIC and other humanitarian agencies are preparing for another potentially devastating storm in the central Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit continued to gain strength and approached the same region devastated 13 months ago. The Government yesterday (December 4) ordered mandatory evacuations of flood-prone and coastal communities, including portions of Tacloban, which sustained heavy damage from Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. That ... Read More »

Cardinal arrested for taking to the streets in Hong Kong

Hong Kong

CARDINAL Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, retired bishop of Hong Kong, joined the civil disobedience movement organisers who surrendered to police on December 3, with a hope to end the present occupation campaign that has lasted more than two months. Cardinal Zen remained at the police station for an hour. As he left, he asked people to pray for democracy in the ... Read More »

God reveals himself to humble hearts, says Pope

Pope blesses child

GOD reveals himself to humble and meek hearts, Pope Francis said at a morning Mass. “Many can know science, theology as well. But if they do not do this theology on their knees, that is, humbly, like the little ones, they will not understand anything. They will tell us many things, but they will not understand anything,” he said on ... Read More »

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