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Pope urges Europe to nurture religious roots, sow peace in its borders

Pope Francis at Council of Europe

THE project of European unity and co-operation, ensuring peace on the continent and helping others find peace as well, requires a real commitment to dialogue and respect for others, Pope Francis said. While the Pope did not specifically mention the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia, both members of the Council of Europe, he told council members a “great toll ... Read More »

Killed for speaking out

THE legacy of six murdered Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter lives on in El Salvador. Jesuits from Central America and other parts of the world, along with hundreds of parishioners, commemorated the 25th anniversary of the murders. For demanding social justice in a country marked by abject poverty, and in the midst of a civil war, the six ... Read More »

Pope calls European Parliament to rejuvenate ‘grandmother’ Europe

Pope Francis in European Parliament

THE 77-year-old grandson of European immigrants to Argentina, Pope Francis urged the European Parliament to value the continent’s faiths and recuperate a sense of responsibility for the common good to rejuvenate Europe’s social, political and economic life. “In many quarters we encounter a general impression of weariness and ageing, of a Europe which is now a ‘grandmother’, no longer fertile ... Read More »

Pope says he would ‘never close the door’ on talks with Islamic State

Pope Francis inflight

POPE Francis said he would “never close the door” on dialogue with the Islamic State in an effort to bring peace to a region of the world suffering from violence and persecution. He also said “terrorism” could describe not only the actions of such extremist groups but also those of some national governments using military force unilaterally. Meeting reporters on ... Read More »

Chaldean patriarch urges moderate Muslims to challenge extremist acts

Patriarch Louis Sako

CHALDEAN Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad implored moderate Muslims to reject “terrorism in the name of religion” and step up to challenge the actions of Islamic State militants against minority communities in Iraq. During an international conference of Muslim and Christian leaders, Patriarch Sako called the situation in Iraq an “unprecedented historic crisis” and called on Muslims in attendance ... Read More »

Pope, creating six new saints, uses newly abbreviated formula

Indian saints

POPE Francis proclaimed six new saints using a newly simplified rite, and praised them for the love and self-giving with which they served God and built up his kingdom by serving the poor and needy. Creating the two Indian and four Italian saints on November 23, the feast of Christ the King, the Pope said, “They responded with extraordinary creativity ... Read More »

Church is a mother without borders, welcoming migrants, Pope says

Sub-Saharan migrants

THE Catholic Church “is a mother without limits and without borders”, welcoming and assisting all of God’s children, particularly those fleeing violence, oppression and poverty, Pope Francis said. Addressing the 300 participants in the Vatican-sponsored World Congress on the Pastoral Care of Migrants, the Pope said the Church’s concern for the whole person motivated its material aid to immigrants and ... Read More »

Pope adds African cardinal to leadership of next family synod

Cardinal Napier2

POPE Francis named the leaders of the October 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family, adding Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa, to a roster otherwise unchanged from that of the October 2014 extraordinary synod on the same subject. The move means Africa will be represented at the highest level of the 2015 gathering alongside Asia, Europe and the ... Read More »

Catholics in Goa flock to St Francis Xavier exposition

St Francis Xavier

EXPECTING more than 5 million pilgrims for the once-a-decade exposition of the body of St Francis Xavier in Goa, the Catholic Church in the former Portuguese colony is working to ensure the event is “spiritually nourishing” for the visitors. “This is a wonderful opportunity to proclaim our faith,” said Archbishop Filipe de Rosario Ferrao of Goa, the tiny Indian state ... Read More »

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