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Francis’ trip to Iraq aims to build peace and unity

DESPITE the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing security concerns, Pope Francis is determined to visit Iraq to pay homage to Christian and other minorities persecuted for their faith and to strengthen the commitment of the overwhelming majority of Iraqi Muslims to creating a future of peace and harmony. During his visit from March 5-8, Francis will visit churches that were destroyed ... Read More »

Amidst ongoing attacks, Francis prepares for Iraq visit

AN Iraqi priest says Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq next week is an act of bravery and also madness. “The country is burning, but he is still going,” Fr Naim Shoshandy told the respected Catholic newspaper CRUX. “It’s an act of bravery, for him to go to Iraq, the land of Abraham, as an apostle.” An act of bravery, Fr ... Read More »

Pope Francis updates Vatican criminal code aimed at rehabilitation and streamlining trials

POPE Francis has updated the Vatican’s legal code to grant reductions in sentences, changes to trials in absentia and streamlining the appeals process. The changes are outlined in Pope Francis’ motu proprio “Introducing modifications in the area of justice”, that was published yesterday. The changes come as Vatican officials have been under increased scrutiny over the way they handled finances ... Read More »

Message for Lent encourages Catholics to care for those affected by pandemic

Pope Francis has used his message for Lent 2021 to called on Catholics to “experience Lent with Love” by extending the hand of charity to those affected by coronavirus. “To experience Lent with love means caring for those who suffer or feel abandoned and fearful because of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Francis wrote in the message published ahead of the liturgical season ... Read More »

In the liturgy, you pray with Christ who is next to you, Pope Francis says

THE liturgy is not a spectacle to be observed, but a prayerful event where Christians encounter Christ’s presence in their lives, Pope Francis said. Throughout the Catholic Church’s long history, people have been tempted to practice a private or “intimist Christianity” that failed to recognise the importance of the liturgy in spiritual life, the pope said on February 3 during ... Read More »

Pope Francis establishes World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly

grandchildren talk to grandparents through glass

POPE Francis has announced the establishment of a World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly as a reminder of the important role they play as a link between generations. During his Sunday Angelus address on January 31, the Pope said the day would be celebrated every year on the fourth Sunday of July to coincide with the feast of Sts ... Read More »

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