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God’s watching the Philippines

By Emilie Ng MELANIE Canta couldn’t explain the tears that “just flowed” when she caught a glimpse of Pope Francis waving to millions at the last Mass he celebrated during his recent visit to the Philippines. The Manila-born woman returned to her country for the summer holidays, thrilled that it coincided with the Holy Father’s Philippines visit. Standing with almost ... Read More »

The Catholic Loop | January 20, 2015

The Catholic Loop – Today’s news headlines for the busy Catholic | January 20, 2015 Pope Francis reaffirmed the Church’s teaching on contraception and marriage in interviews, speeches and Homilies from his visit to the Philippines. Thousands marched through Los Angeles to speak up about the dignity of human life, including Hollywood actor and director Eduardo Verastegui. Iraq’s prelate has ... Read More »

Tears often are only correct response to suffering, Pope tells youths

Pope Francis embraces child

THE realities of life described by young people, especially the tearful question of a 12-year-old girl about why God allows suffering, led Pope Francis to set aside the first text he had prepared for a meeting yesterday (January 18) with the young people of the Philippines. “Certain realities in life can only be seen through eyes cleansed by tears,” the ... Read More »

Pope, at Mass with millions, tells Filipinos to protect the family

Pope Francis and Cardinal Tagle

POPE Francis told a crowd of an estimated six million gathered in a Manila park to protect the family “against insidious attacks and programs contrary to all that we hold true and sacred, all that is most beautiful and noble in our culture”. The Pope’s homily at yesterday’s (January 18) Mass also reprised several other themes he had sounded during ... Read More »

The Catholic Loop – January 16, 2015

The Catholic Loop – Today’s news headlines for the busy Catholic | January 16, 2015  Free expression has limits, Pope Francis said aboard the plane to Manila, the Philippines, adding that “to kill in the name of God is an aberration”.  He also confirmed a canonisation for his US visit. “Many hundreds of thousands” of Filipinos lined the streets Manila, ... Read More »

Exuberant crowds greet Pope in unofficial welcome to Philippines

Pope in Philippines

ALTHOUGH it was not called a welcoming ceremony, Pope Francis was greeted by government and Church officials and an exuberant crowd yesterday (January 15) at Manila’s Villamor Air Base. The Pope arrived 13 minutes earlier than scheduled at the base near Manila’s international airport following a six-hour flight from Colombo, Sri Lanka, over Vietnam and the South China Sea. The ... Read More »

The Catholic Loop | January 15, 2015

The Catholic Loop – Today’s news headlines for the busy Catholic | January 15, 2015 Yesterday Pope Francis canonised Sri Lanka’s first saint, St Joseph Vaz, reminded the country about Mary’s forgiveness during a visit to a Marian shrine, and made a quick visit to the local Buddhist temple.  Indian priests in England save a 19th century church that was ... Read More »

Pope Francis heading to Asia to promote reconciliation, recovery

Philippines papal visit

INTER-religious reconciliation and recovery from natural disaster will be major themes of Pope Francis’ January 13-18 visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, the Vatican spokesman said. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi briefed reporters on the trip yesterday (January 7), noting that it would be the Pope’s second time in Asia, following an August visit to South Korea. Pope Francis wanted ... Read More »

The Catholic Loop | January 7, 2015

Today’s news headlines for the busy Catholic | January 7 2015 Catholic youth can start memorising the Polish lyrics to the official World Youth Day Krakow theme song, Błogosławieni miłosierni, which was released yesterday. Papal fever is rising in the Philippines, with Pope Francis’ visit to the southeast Asian country from January 12 – 19 being compared to “Jesus coming ... Read More »

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