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Indian PM apologises to Christians

Indian protests

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh apologised to Church leaders for the police beating of protesters – including priests and nuns – during a march to Parliament advocating for rights for low-caste Christians. Mr Singh apologised on December 12 when a 10-member delegation, led by Delhi Archbishop Anil Couto, called on him to press for the Christian demand for ... Read More »

God speaks in whispers, so hush before Christmas

Pope Francis Dec22

VATICAN CITY: If silence is not one of the sounds associated with Christmas preparations, chances are people will miss an experience of the love and tenderness that is at the heart of the holiday, Pope Francis said. Celebrating Mass on December 12 in the chapel of his residence, Pope Francis offered a reflection on the tone of voice and the ... Read More »

Ukraine bishops urge prayers, fasting for peace in their nation

Ukraine unrest

OXFORD, England:  Bishops from Ukraine’s minority Latin-rite Catholic Church have called for prayers and fasting in an effort to end the current social unrest in the country. Catholic social teaching recognises the right of citizens to courageously defend their legitimate concerns, said a statement from the bishops’ conference read in parishes on December 15. And, as for the government’s reaction, ... Read More »

Pope Francis is third Pope to win Time’s Person of the Year honour

Cover of Time magazine's Person of the Year issue, featuring Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis is not seeking fame or accolades, but being named Time magazine’s Person of the Year will make him happy if it helps attract people to the hope of the Gospel, said the Holy See spokesman. “It’s a positive sign that one of the most prestigious recognitions in the international press” goes to a person who “proclaims ... Read More »

South African cardinal pays tribute to Mandela

Mandela wall

CAPE TOWN, South Africa: Nelson Mandela, who led the struggle to replace South Africa’s apartheid regime with a multi-racial democracy, died on December 5 at his home in Johannesburg. Mr Mandela, 95, became the country’s first black president in 1994. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. One of the world’s most revered statesmen, Mr Mandela had a ... Read More »

Pope Francis outlays his vision

In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelisation in a positive key, with a focus on society’s poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and the unborn. Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), released by the Holy See on November 26, is an apostolic exhortation, ... Read More »

Tornado-ravaged US community will ‘triumph’

A woman reacts as she looks at what is left of her home after it was destroyed during a tornado in Washington, Illinois.

WASHINGTON, Illinois:  Fr Stephen Willard told parishioners who packed St Patrick Church a week after a powerful tornado devastated the community that “we’ll triumph through our sorrows” and “prove to the world that we are strong in Christ Jesus”. “The Lord will always raise us up,” he said. Prior to beginning the 11am Mass on November 24, Fr Willard exposed ... Read More »

Francis gives his clearest public statement yet on child sex abuse

Pope Francis speaking

VATICAN CITY: In his clearest public reference as pontiff to the subject of sex abuse, Pope Francis urged bishops to support abuse victims while also reaching out to priests who have “fallen short of their commitments”. The Pope made his remarks on December 2 to bishops from the Netherlands making their first visits “ad limina apostolorum” (“to the threshold of ... Read More »

Pope Francis prescribes daily rosary as a spiritual medicine

Pope Francis holds up a box of "spiritual medicine" after praying the Angelus from the window overlooking St Peter's Square on November 17. The box contained a rosary, a Divine Mercy holy card and a medicinal-style instruction sheet.

POPE Francis admitted he wasn’t a pharmacist, but he didn’t hesitate being the spokesman for the heart-healthy benefits of 59 little pills strung together – the rosary. “I want to recommend some medicine for all of you,” the pope said on November 17 at the end of his Sunday Angelus address. “It’s a spiritual medicine.” Holding up a white medicine ... Read More »

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