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Couples with kids, co-habitating are among those marrying at papal Mass

Bride and groom

AMONG the men and women Pope Francis was set to unite in marriage were Catholics who have been living together as well as couples who already have children. The Pope, who is the Bishop of Rome, will preside over his first wedding ceremony as pontiff during a nuptial Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on September 14. The event, which will see ... Read More »

‘It pierced my heart like a knife’, nun says after visit to Iraqis

Statue of Mary at Irbil camp

PROVINCIAL leader of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd for Lebanon and Syria Sister Marie Claude Naddaf is shaken by what she witnessed visiting Irbil, Iraq. Representing the Union of the Superior Generals of women religious in Lebanon, Sr Naddaf accompanied Catholic Near East Welfare Association on its September 2-5 mission to the capital of the Kurdish region in Iraq. ... Read More »

Pope says Christians are to love even though they may not be loved in return

Pope Francis greets child

CHRISTIANS are called to help those who have nothing to give and love those who don’t love back, Pope Francis said. Salvation and changing the world for the better require “doing good to those who aren’t able to repay us, just like the Father did with us, giving us Jesus”, the Pope said at his weekly general audience in St ... Read More »

Man ordained on his death bed

Hospital ordination

AS William Carmona lay gravely ill in a San Antonio hospital bed, he repeatedly questioned his classmates from nearby Assumption Seminary: “Where is Bishop Choby?” “When will he get here?” And finally: “How many more hours until he ordains me?” Mr Carmona, a fourth-year theology seminarian who was entering his final year of preparation for ordination as a transitional deacon ... Read More »

For some Iraqi Christians, returning to homeland is not an option

Displaced Iraqi Christians

UPROOTED from his home in Iraq by the advance of Islamic State fighters, Nouree sees no future for Christians in his country. “It’s like a nightmare,” the Chaldean Catholic father of six told Catholic News from a modest apartment in Beirut where he and his family have temporarily resettled after fleeing Iraq. “They just came and took our villages,” Nouree ... Read More »

Pope cites three lessons from Mary: Be joyful, help others, never give up

Pope Francis

MARY has three very important lessons for today’s Christians, Pope Francis said in a written message to Cuban bishops marking September 8 as the feast of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, patroness of Cuba. He said Mary taught people to experience the joy of Christ and share it with others; to never let adversity beat you down; and ... Read More »

Pope says war is senseless slaughter, can always be avoided

Pope Francis

WAR is just “senseless slaughter” and should never be seen as inevitable or a done deal, Pope Francis said. “War drags people into a spiral of violence which then proves difficult to control; it tears down what generations have laboured to build up, and it sets the scene for even greater injustices and conflicts,” he said in a written message ... Read More »

In Google Hangout, Pope helps launch worldwide social network with teenagers

Pope Francis video chat

THE wisdom of “It takes a village to raise a child” has been lost as kids are either over-protected by permissive parents or neglected, Pope Francis said. “The educational partnership has been broken” as families, schools and society are “no longer united together for the child”, he said on September 4 after holding his first Google Hangout – a live ... Read More »

Expect the unexpected

Most Wanted

A MOST WANTED MAN: Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Grigori Dobrygin. Directed by Anton Corbijn. 122 minutes. Rated M (Coarse language and mature themes) By Joseph McAleer THE extreme measures spies take to combat terrorism, and the moral compromises that go with them, are showcased in A Most Wanted Man, an edgy adaptation of the ... Read More »

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