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Pope invites priest friend into popemobile

Pope meets old friend

  VATICAN CITY: When Fr Fabian Baez booked his trip to Rome, he didn’t have an appointment to meet with the Pope, so he gave himself ample time in the Eternal City to be able to arrange some way to see him. A week and a half in Rome seemed like plenty of time to meet up with the Pope ... Read More »

Guard faith with ‘spiritual cunning’, says Pope

Three Kings

VATICAN CITY: Christians should go out into the world to follow God but use “holy cunning” to guard against the snares of temptation, Pope Francis said. The Pope made the remarks at a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on January 6 on the feast of the Epiphany, which marks the manifestation of Jesus as saviour to the world. In his ... Read More »

Pope to visit Holy Land

Western Wall

AMMAN, Jordan: Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem welcomed the announcement of Pope Francis’ May visit to the Holy Land and said he hopes the pilgrimage will be a “cry for peace”, particularly for Palestinians, Israelis, Syrians and others beset by conflict. Pope Francis announced his first trip as pontiff to the Holy Land, May 24-26, during his weekly blessing ... Read More »

In new year, step outside your comfort zone, get involved, Pope says

Pope visits Nativity scene after leading evening prayer service in St. Peter's Basilica at Vatican

VATICAN CITY: The new year will be brighter only if everyone steps outside their safe havens, gets involved and works together to solve local problems with generosity and love, Pope Francis said. As 2013 comes to a close, let everyone ask God for forgiveness and thank him for his patience and love, the Pope said as he presided over an ... Read More »

The Hobbit carries Gospel-aligned messages

The Hobbit2

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG: Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly. Directed by Peter Jackson. Rated M (Fantasy violence). 161 min. Reviewed by John Mulderig, of Catholic News Service IT seems unlikely that Pope Francis will decide to shatter yet another papal precedent by visiting a multiplex anytime soon. Should he do so, ... Read More »

Beautiful but with ‘a defect’

The Book Thief movie

THE BOOK THIEF: Starring Sophie Nelisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson. Directed by Brian Percival. Rated PG (Mild themes and violence). 131 min. Reviewed by Kurt Jensen, for Catholic News Service THE Book Thief, a film about how the power of reading can transcend the vilest bigotry, is so beautifully crafted and performed, it makes you want to embrace and celebrate ... Read More »

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 »

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