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Pope calls for ‘globalisation of charity’ to protect migrants

Sub-Saharan refugees

POPE Francis called for the “globalisation of charity” through an international network to fight human trafficking and ensure the rights of migrants and refugees. The Pope’s words appeared in his annual message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which in 2015 will be observed on January 18. The Vatican released the Pope’s message, “Church Without Frontiers, Mother to ... Read More »

Australian appointed to International Theological Commission

Prof Tracey Rowland

AUSTRALIAN Professor Tracey Rowland is among Pope Francis’ latest appointments to the International Theological Commission. On September 23, the Vatican released the names of 30 theologians who will serve a five-year term on the commission. Women have served on the panel since 2004, but, until now, there have never been more than two. Prof Rowland is dean of the John ... Read More »

Pope: No ‘magic wand’; evangelising takes hard work, trust in God

Pope Francis blesses family

BRING the Gospel to those who need it most: the poor, the frazzled and the lost, who wander the world without any guidance or protection, Pope Francis told pastoral workers. Remember the Church’s ministry was like working a field hospital, where the attitude was helping the wounded and holding those who were hurt more than guarding laws that only kept ... Read More »

Vatican astronomer: Just a matter of time until life found in universe

outer space

THE new president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno has no doubt that life exists elsewhere in the universe and that when humanity discovers it, the news will come as no big surprise. He suggested that the likely discovery – whether next month or a millennium from now – would be received much the way that news ... Read More »

Survivors of Albania’s dictatorship give witness, move Pope to tears

Pope Francis in Albania

TWO survivors of Albania’s communist crackdown against the Church brought Pope Francis to tears with their stories during a vespers service in Tirana’s cathedral on September 21. “To hear a martyr talk about his own martyrdom is intense,” the Pope told journalists on the papal plane back to Rome the same evening. “I think all of us there were moved, ... Read More »

Pope to bishops: Guard the faith, build hope, love sinners as they are

Pope Francis with bishops

TODAY’S bishops must be as vigilant and courageous as sentinels keeping watch over the faith, and as forgiving and patient as Moses, leading a sinning people across harsh deserts to God, Pope Francis said. Their vocation was not to be wardens of a failed estate, “but custodians of ‘Evangelii gaudium’ (the joy of the Gospel); therefore, you cannot be without ... Read More »

Don’t use God as ‘armour’ for waging violence, Pope says in Albania

Pope Francis in Albania

IN a world “where an authentic religious spirit is being perverted and where religious differences are being distorted and exploited”, Albania is an “aspiring example” to everyone that peaceful co-existence is possible, Pope Francis said during a one-day visit to the country on September 21. The people of this Balkan nation withstood centuries of Ottoman rule followed by an independence ... Read More »

Cardinals chip in for debate on Communion for divorced, remarried

marriage divorce

By Francis X. Rocca THE extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will not open until October 5, but some of its most prominent members are already publicly debating what is bound to be one of its most controversial topics: the eligibility of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. In an interview published on September 18, a proponent ... Read More »

Pope: Don’t leave home without it; take Gospel on the go, to the world

Pope Francis

TUCK the Gospel in your pocket and put on your walking shoes to share Christ’s love, peace and joy with the world, Pope Francis said. It is the Holy Spirit who inspired Christians to “overcome every obstacle, to conquer the temptation of being closed up in oneself – among a chosen few” and to prevent people from believing they were ... Read More »

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