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All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope says

THE earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” All who believe in God and all people of good will have an obligation to take steps to mitigate climate change, ... Read More »

A hymn of praise

“LAUDATO Si’”, the title Pope Francis chose for his encyclical on the environment, comes from a hymn of praise by St Francis of Assisi that emphasises being in harmony with God, with other creatures and with other human beings, said the head of the Franciscan order. Sitting under towering trees, surrounded by potted flowers and herbs in the garden of ... Read More »

Work for peace

WHEN Pope Francis met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vatican City on June 10, the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine was the main topic of their conversation and was a concern for many others as well. Mr Putin arrived more than an hour late, beating the 45-minute tardiness he chalked up in November 2013, the last time he visited the ... Read More »

Love brings redemption

ALOHA: Starring Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Bill Murray, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin. Directed by Cameron Crowe. Rated PG (Mild themes and coarse language) 105 minutes By John McCarthy HAWAII’S allure as a tropical paradise derives from its pristine beaches, fragrant flora, colourful mythology and air of laid-back hospitality. But the islands are also defined by their history as ... Read More »

Hearts must turn toward peace

TO overcome fear, discrimination and conflict, people must have a deep desire to open themselves up to God and his mercy, and work actively for peace every day, Pope Francis said. God’s plan for creation is peace, “which always meets opposition from humanity and the devil,” he said during a one-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 6. The ... Read More »

Family movie with hope

TOMORROWLAND: Starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Judy Greer, Raffey Cassidy. Directed by Brad Bird. Rated PG (Mild science fiction, violence and coarse language) 130 minutes By Joseph McAleer AGAINST all expectations, Walt Disney took a theme park ride, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and turned it into a blockbuster film franchise. Now the studio has similar hopes for an ... Read More »

Monks record sacred music that is ‘part of air we breathe’, says one

By Abbey Jaroma ONCE again the hills are filled with the sound of music, only this time the music soars from Benedictine monks rather than the Von Trapp Family. In Norcia, Italy, about 112km north-east of Rome, there is an international community of monks who operate a craft brewery and spend hours a day chanting the Mass and the Divine ... Read More »

Winds of change

Windmill at sunset

By Cindy Wooden CONSUMERS want products that are environmentally friendly, and businesses that are not on board are already starting to feel the pinch, the chief executive officer of the multinational Unilever said. Paul Polman, CEO of the company that owns brands like Lipton, Rexona and Omo, told a Vatican-sponsored conference that “the cost of inaction (on climate change) is ... Read More »

Holy Fatherly advice

By Laura Ieraci POPE Francis has urged separated parents to “never, never, never take a child hostage” by speaking ill of the other parent. Speaking during his general audience in St Peter’s Square on May 20, the Pope said he recognised that being separated was “a trial” but added that “children must not be the ones to carry the weight ... Read More »

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