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Divorce, migration changing the face of families worldwide


THE family under discussion when the extraordinary Synod of Bishops convenes at the Vatican on October 5 will bear little resemblance to the family of 50 or even 20 years ago. The blended and extended families created by high rates of divorce, remarriage and cohabitation – along with the worldwide migration prompted by economic turmoil and war – have combined ... Read More »

Spiritual triage: Help wounded, drop theoretical baggage, Pope says

Pope Francis

WITH so much spiritual, social and moral suffering in the world, the Church has “no right” to stay locked up in an ivory tower, engaging in “byzantine” philosophical reflection, Pope Francis told members of the Focolare movement. “We have to go out! So that – I’ve said this before – the Church seems like a field hospital”, where the first ... Read More »

South Sudan’s bishops warn of humanitarian disaster if war continues

South Sudanese woman

CRISES in the Middle East hold the world’s attention in these times but people in other parts of the world, such as South Sudan, continue to face dire consequences. South Sudan’s bishops have reiterated their call for an end to fighting in their country and warned that people faced a humanitarian disaster. “We can accept no excuses nor conditions from ... Read More »

Pope compares vain Christians to soap bubbles, peacocks

Pope Francis in dark

AS fleeting as soap bubbles, showy as peacocks and shallow as an over-primped star, conceited Christians are building their lives on lies and their faith on shifting sands, Pope Francis said. Everyone was vulnerable to vanity, even Christians, the Pope said in a morning homily on September 25. However, boastfulness “is a very serious spiritual disease” for Christians because it ... Read More »

Dancing with no plot

'Step Up All In'

STEP UP ALL IN: Starring Ryan Guzman, Adam G. Sevani, Briana Evigan, Alyson Stoner, Misha Gabriel Hamilton. Directed by Trish Sie. 112 minutes. Rated PG (Mild coarse language) Reviewed by Kurt Jensen COMPLETISTS of the Step Up franchise may find the fifth outing in the dance-showcasing series, “Step Up All In, enjoyable. Others will wonder where the plot went. Intricate ... Read More »

Cardinal: Pope is ‘friend, brother’; working with him ‘really beautiful’

Pope Francis catch

POPE Francis evangelises with “encyclicals of gestures”, which speak louder than words and texts, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa said. One of nine members of the Council of Cardinals advising the Pope, the cardinal reflected on the reorganisation of the Roman Curia, his advisory role to the Pope, and Catholic response to climate change. The cardinal made the ... Read More »

Vatican official calls for shared responsibility in protecting planet

Cardinal Pietro Parolin

A SENSE of “shared responsibility to protect our planet and the human family” must influence how nations react to the reality of climate change, the Vatican’s secretary of state told the United Nations on September 23. In a statement during the UN Climate Summit, Cardinal Pietro Parolin observed that “warming of the climate system is unequivocal. It is a very ... Read More »

Pope: Albania proves to world that diverse religions can live in peace

Pope Francis

PEOPLE of different religious beliefs can and must live together in peace, Pope Francis said. The Muslim majority and Christian minorities in Albania co-operate beautifully for the common good and prove to the world that it can be done, he said. “I could see, with great satisfaction, that the peaceful and fruitful co-existence between people and communities belonging to different ... Read More »

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 »

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