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Pope: People drawn to caring shepherd, not moralists, the power-hungry

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PEOPLE were drawn to Jesus because he was a good shepherd – not a moralist, not power-hungry, not a revolutionary and not a hermit, Pope Francis said. Jesus “wasn’t embarrassed about talking to sinners, he went to find them” and he felt joy going out, getting close to the people, listening to their problems and offering them healing, the Pope ... Read More »

Synod document cites cultural and economic threats to family

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By Francis X. Rocca for Catholic News Service THE working document for the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops offers a picture of the Catholic Church today struggling to preach the Gospel and transmit moral teachings amid a “widespread cultural, social and spiritual crisis” of the family. The 75-page “instrumentum laboris”, published by the Vatican on June 26, is supposed ... Read More »

Synod to review state of family to be followed by another next year

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REPRESENTATIVES of the world’s Catholic bishops, meeting together in a synod, are not expected to make any formal proposals about the Church’s pastoral care of families until after a second, larger gathering in 2015. The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will meet at the Vatican from October 5-19, bringing together the presidents of national bishops’ conferences, the heads ... Read More »

Pope says it’s important for Christians to stick together

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CHRISTIANS are not made in a laboratory, but in a community called the Church, Pope Francis said. At his weekly general audience on June 25, Pope Francis continued his series of audience talks about the Church, telling an estimated 33,000 people that there is no such thing as “do-it-yourself” Christians or “free agents” when it comes to faith. Every Christian, ... Read More »

Bishop condemns kidnappings, asks Israel to keep response proportionate

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THE chancellor of the Latin Patriarchate asked anyone with information about the kidnapping of three Israeli teens to come forward and help return the youths to their families. At the same time, he called on the Israeli army to keep its reaction and its search methods proportionate.  “Kidnapping three Israeli young people is not fair, and is against human rights ... Read More »

Community prays for murdered priest’s soul

CLERGY, religious and laity jammed into St Catherine of Sienna Parish, Phoenix, for a standing-room-only funeral Mass for Fr Kenneth Walker on June 16. The 28-year-old priest was fatally injured on June 11 in an attack at a different church, one that stands in the shadows of the state Capitol buildings.  A second priest, Fr Joseph Terra, 56, was critically ... Read More »

Pope points to St John the Baptist as model for evangelising

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IN sharing the Gospel with others, Christians must be like St John the Baptist, preparing the way for the Lord, pointing him out to others, then stepping aside, Pope Francis said. Celebrating the feast of the birth of St John the Baptist on June 24, Pope Francis called him “the greatest among the prophets”, because he knew how to prepare ... Read More »

Religious liberty includes being able to live faith’s values, Pope says

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REAL religious liberty includes the freedom to live according to the values taught by one’s faith, Pope Francis said. “Religious freedom is not just a matter of thought or private devotion,” the Pope said on June 20. “It is the freedom to live – both privately and publicly – according to the ethical principles that are a consequence of the ... Read More »

Even under attack, family shows its importance, Vatican official says

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THE continuing strength of many traditional families around the world and the longing of many people to have such a family demonstrate that “despite past or even current challenges, the family, in fact, is the fundamental unit of human society”, the Vatican observer to United Nations agencies in Geneva said. Addressing the UN Human Rights Council on June 24, Archbishop ... Read More »

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