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

Pope Francis giving homily

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

family

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 »

Pope condemns mafia, says members are excommunicated

Pope Francis greets people

IN the stronghold of an Italian crime syndicate believed to be richer and more powerful than the Sicilian Mafia, Pope Francis said, “Those who follow the path of evil, like the mafiosi do, are not in communion with God; they are excommunicated!” During a Mass on June 21 in the southern region of Calabria, Pope Francis made clear that even ... Read More »

Vatican publishes reflection on discerning essentials of faith

Cardinal Muller

WHEN a significant portion of the Catholic faithful ignore or reject a Church teaching, it is often – but not always – a sign that social and cultural pressures are weakening their faith or that Church leaders simply have not found a way to explain the teaching, members of the International Theological Commission said. The commission published the document “‘Sensus ... Read More »

Bishop and Pax Christi USA call for diplomacy to resolve Iraq crisis

Iraq conflict

SAYING the United States has a special responsibility to the people of Iraq, the chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace called for diplomatic measures rather than a military response to the crisis facing the country. In a letter to US national security advisor Susan Rice, Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, called upon the ... Read More »

Could Pope Francis go to China?

WHEN Pope Francis visits South Korea, on August 14-18, he will take part in Asian Youth Day with delegates from some 30 countries, preside over the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs and meet with President Park Geun-hye. South Korea is one of Asia’s major economies, with a small but growing Catholic Church. It is also half of a divided peninsula, ... Read More »

Pope on Corpus Christi: Jesus in the Eucharist gives life, love

Pope Francis elevates Eucharist

JESUS is the living bread that can satisfy a person’s deepest yearnings, Pope Francis said on the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. “Besides physical hunger, people have another hunger, one that cannot be satisfied with ordinary food,” the Pope said on June 19. “It is the hunger for life, hunger for love (and) hunger for eternity.” Although ... Read More »

Pope asks prayers, dignified welcome for refugees

Myanmar refugee camp

ADDRESSING Mary as “mother of refugees”, Pope Francis offered prayers for the millions of people in the world forced to flee their homelands, and he asked Catholics to reach out to them with assistance and a real welcome. “Remember, Jesus was a refugee; he and Mary and Joseph had to go to Egypt to save his life,” the Pope said ... Read More »

Pope lightens his summer schedule, as he did in 2013

Pope Francis greets crowd

POPE Francis’ schedule for summer 2014 is almost an exact duplicate of the schedule he kept in 2013, except he will be making an August trip to South Korea for Asian Youth Day. Last year, he travelled to Brazil in July for World Youth Day. Publishing information about the Pope’s summer plans on June 14, the Vatican said that as ... Read More »

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