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God upholds his law, but he forgives us all

WHEN Jesus forgave the adulteress, he was not questioning the sanctity of marriage; rather, he helped her recognise her sin and commanded she go in peace and sin no more, Pope Francis said. “God forgives, not with a decree, but with a caress, caressing our wounds of sin,” he said in his homily on April 7 during an early morning ... Read More »

Pope honours Jesuit killed in Syria, pleads for end to violence

Pope Francis said the assassination of “my confrere,” a 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit in Syria, “filled me with deep sadness and made me think again of all the people who suffer and are dying in that martyred country.” Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt “arrived in Syria about 50 years ago” and “always did his best for everyone with graciousness and ... Read More »

Witnesses to Jesus

ONLY those who recognise their own limits can accept the great gift of salvation in Jesus Christ, which is why Catholics with disabilities are such important and powerful witnesses of faith, Pope Francis said. Meeting on March 29 with close to 7000 members, staff and volunteers of the Apostolic Movement for the Blind and the Little Mission for the Deaf, ... Read More »

Anderson delivers another gem

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTELStarring: Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton and Tony Revolori.Directed by Wes Anderson. 100 minsRating: M (Violence, sexual references, coarse language). By Kurt JensenCatholic News Service THE Grand Budapest Hotel is writer-director Wes Anderson’s triumph of smug artifice over substance and storytelling. As a collection of deadpan segments, it’s likely to please Anderson’s fans. However, this saga of a ... Read More »

Prayer changes your heart

DON’T hold back when praying to God – tell him exactly what’s wrong and insist on holding him to his promises, Pope Francis said. Prayer should be like speaking face-to-face with a friend: “without fear, freely and also with insistence,” the pope said in his homily on April 3 during an early morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus ... Read More »

Pope urges reconciliation on 20th anniversary of Rwandan genocide

JUST days before Rwanda was to begin a weeklong period of official mourning to mark the 20th anniversary of its genocide, Pope Francis urged the country’s bishops to be resolute in continuing the work of healing and reconciliation. “Twenty years after those tragic events,” when as many as one million people were murdered in savage acts of ethnic violence, Pope ... Read More »

Noah not a model of faith but unbalanced zealotry

NOAH: Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. 138 minutes. Rated M. (Mature themes and violence) Reviewed by John Mulderig NOAH, which begins as a fairly straightforward recounting of the biblical story of the flood, eventually veers off into a grim, scripturally unfounded drama about a family dispute. This clan conflict is driven by the titular ... Read More »

Leaders talk freedom, life and immigration

IN their first encounter, Pope Francis received US President Barack Obama at the Vatican on March 27 for a discussion that touched on several areas of tension between the Catholic Church and the White House, including religious freedom and medical ethics. During an unusually long 50-minute meeting, the two leaders discussed “questions of particular relevance for the Church in (the ... Read More »

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