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How to be a ‘poor Church for the poor’


THE Vatican has announced a July meeting to explore how the Church can reach out to the “peripheries” and fulfil its charitable mission. The Foundation “Populorum Progressio” for Latin America will hold its annual meeting at the Vatican from July 10-14. Intended to offer an opportunity for reflection, the meeting will take as a starting point Pope Francis’ directions on the ... Read More »

Patriarch to join Pope, presidents in prayer for Holy Land

Pope Francis and Patriarch

THE Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, will be in Rome on Sunday, June 8, to take part in the prayer for peace in the Holy Land. During the Mass in Bethlehem on May 25, Pope Francis invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to pray with him at the Vatican for peace in the Holy Land. ... Read More »

Pope would be appalled by Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers

prisoner's hands through fence

POPE Francis would be appalled at the Australian Government’s treatment of asylum seekers, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said in a TV interview on Monday night. Archbishop Coleridge said in an interview on ABC TV’s Four Corners program that the Holy Father would be “appalled” if he visited Manus Island, where asylum seekers were held under a policy he described as “cruel ... Read More »

Bishop welcomes Egyptian election result

Bishop in Egypt

THE leader of Roman Catholics in Egypt has spoken of how Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s recent victory in the presidential elections is a “cause for hope” both for Christians and Muslims in the country. In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Adel Zaky, who is Vicar Apostolic of Alexandria and supreme head of Roman (Latin-rite) ... Read More »

Church opposes moves to allow assisted suicide

THE campaign “Not Dead Yet” has launched an online petition ahead of a bill which would open the door to state-sanctioned assisted suicide in the United Kingdom. The forthcoming Private Members Bill, put forth by Lord Falconer, would give terminally ill elderly patients access to drugs with which to end their lives. This latest initiative of the “Not Dead Yet” ... Read More »

Date set for Israeli-Palestinian prayer for peace

Pope Francis

POPE Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at the Vatican on Pentecost Sunday (June 8) to pray for peace. Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi confirmed the date in a statement on May 29. During his recent visit to the Holy Land, the Pope spontaneously invited Mr Peres and Mr Abbas to come to the ... Read More »

Charities serving in Syria to meet at the Vatican

Syrians flee

CHARITABLE organisations operating in Syria will gather at the Vatican to address how to best operate in the midst of the nation’s crisis, the Vatican has announced. The meeting on May 30, hosted by the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”, aims to evaluate the work carried out so far by Catholic charitable organisations in the Syrian crisis, highlight critical themes that ... Read More »

Stop talking and do something

THE international community should stop posturing and start providing practical support in the struggle against extremist violence in Nigeria, says one of the country’s most senior Church leaders, whose city was rocked on May 20 by attacks that killed more than 100 people. Critical of the headline-grabbing displays of solidarity and statements of support by the United Nations and others, ... Read More »

Pope in Holy Land

POPE Francis’ visit to the Holy Land will be brief, intense and secure, Holy See press office director Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi said at a press briefing. He shared with reporters details of the Pope’s itinerary and confirmed that in the afternoon of Sunday, May 25, the Holy Father would meet Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Bethlehem. “It will be a private ... Read More »

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