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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 »

Pope Francis reaches out in love

Pope Francis reaches out in love

SAYING, “don’t worry, we aren’t taking up a collection,” Pope Francis asked people at his weekly general audience to perform an act of charity by praying for a seriously ill 18-month-old girl named Noemi. Being part of the Church meant sharing “spiritual goods – the sacraments, charisms and charity” – including by helping someone or praying for those in need, ... Read More »

Laity helping women thinking of abortion

Laity helping women thinking of abortion

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina: Three years ago, Aida Miranda found herself alone and pregnant in the Argentine capital. The young Paraguayan Catholic woman was so desperate that she began to consider abortion, which is illegal in Argentina. “I felt a heavy moral burden, how could this have happened to me, I had a religious formation,” Miranda, now 29, who once considered ... Read More »

Bishops take up corruption fight in Africa

THE bishops of southern Africa said corruption is rampant in the region and called on all Catholics to take a pledge not to pay or offer bribes. “If you experience corruption, report it,” the bishops of South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland urged in a pastoral letter, noting that “bribery, collusion and all other forms of corruption thrive in conditions of ... Read More »

Call for world day of prayer on trafficking

Sisters of the Holy Cross leading the Human Trafficking Awareness Day prayer service, which included the story of St Josephine Bakhita, at the Church of Our Lady of Loretto in Notre Dame, Indiana.

AFTER Pope Francis entrusted two Vatican academies to study the problem of human trafficking, a group of women religious asked the Pope to raise greater awareness in the Church about the issue by establishing a worldwide day of prayer and fasting. “The Pope was very interested in our suggestion and asked us what date we would like the day to ... Read More »

Prayer for the dead

Paulina Montiel prays after placing flowers and statues of saints on her son’s grave at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois, on November 1.

At the end of the feast of All Saints, just before the sunset, Pope Francis celebrated an outdoor Mass at Rome’s Verano cemetery and urged Christians to hang on to hope as they reflect on the promise that earthly life ends with eternal life in heaven. In his homily at the Mass on November 1, Pope Francis set aside his ... Read More »

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