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Diverse challenges to families surprise and universal compassion surprise couples

Brazilian couple attend press briefing after session of Synod of Bishops at Vatican

TWO married couples attending the Synod of Bishops on the family said what surprised them most about their first synod in Rome was reading inaccurate media coverage of the closed-door proceedings, the diversity of problems families face around the world and the synod fathers’ great concern and compassion for the family. Read the full story from Catholic News Service. Read More »

Church must reach out to families with untraditional form, Synod members say

CATHOLICS must challenge other faithful members to be better, but not at the exclusion of people who “still have growing to do”,¬†Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, said. Bishop Murry and other members of the Synod of Bishops on the family spoke Oct. 10 about finding a way to affirm Gospel principles and church teaching while accompanying all Catholics ... Read More »

Serve, care for each other, Pope tells families at closing Mass

Pope Francis in US

POPE Francis urged the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, United States, yesterday (September 27) to serve and care for each other as freely as God loved the human family. The Pope called upon the faithful to embrace signs that the Holy Spirit can work through everyone. He ... Read More »

Pope Francis makes historic speech in US

AS Pope Francis spoke to a joint meeting of Congress on September 24, the members of the House and Senate wavered between their usual response to similar addresses and intensely focusing on the pontiff’s accented, carefully pronounced delivery of a text in English. Every seat in the chamber and the galleries above was occupied for the first speech by a ... Read More »

Pope canonises Junipero Serra, says faith is alive only when shared

CANONISING the 18th-century Spanish missionary, Blessed Junipero Serra, Pope Francis insisted a person’s faith is alive only when it is shared. Celebrating a late afternoon Mass outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on September 23, the pope declared the holiness of St Junipero, founder of a string of missions in California. Some people had objected ... Read More »

Jesus’ love changes people, enables them to love others, pope says

CELEBRATING the feast of St Matthew, a day he considers a turning point in his own journey of faith, Pope Francis told thousands of Cubans that Jesus knows who they really are and calls them to walk with him. Arriving in the eastern city of Holguin from Havana on September 21, the pope went directly to the city’s Revolution Square ... Read More »

Serve people, not ideology

AS Cubans finally face the prospects of calmer relationships and greater ease of communication and commerce with the United States, Pope Francis told the Cuban people that love and service, not anyone’s ideology, were the keys to their happiness. “We do not serve ideas, we serve people,” the pope told hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Havana’s Revolution Square ... Read More »

Cardinal urges Communists to end cross removals


CARDINAL John Tong Hon of Hong Kong has issued an “urgent appeal” to Communist Party chiefs in Beijing, calling on them to order a halt to an ongoing cross-removal campaign from Christian churches in Zhejiang province. “I sincerely and urgently appealed to the central government to contact the Zhejiang provincial government and investigate the real situation and stop all illegal ... Read More »

Refugees recall horror

By Oliver Maksan of ACN ON August 6, 2014 the life of the church in Iraq was changed forever. More than 120,000 Christians were forced to flee from jihadists of the terrorist organisation Islamic State. Since then, most have been living as destitute refugees inside or outside of Iraq. One year later, the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in ... Read More »

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