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Read encyclical on care for creation with ‘open heart,’ pope asks world

APPEALING to the entire world, Pope Francis urged everyone to read his upcoming encyclical on the care of creation and to better protect a damaged earth. “This common ‘home’ is being ruined and that harms everyone, especially the poorest,” he said on June 17, the day before the Vatican was releasing his encyclical letter, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our ... 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 »

Listening not speaking

Synod family

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge THE Synod next October has been much on my mind.  What time I’ve been able to gouge out of the diary I’ve spent boning up on the many complex issues that will be on the table at the Synod.  The more you look at them, the more complex they become.  But the Synod has been on ... Read More »

Pope says a ‘good Easter’ requires making Jesus’ passion one’s own

Pope Francis

FOR a “good Easter”, Christians must do more than simply recall the passion of Jesus during Holy Week; they must “enter into the mystery” of the Easter Triduum and make Jesus’ feelings and attitudes their own, Pope Francis said. During his general audience yesterday (April 1), he also recalled the “true martyrs” of today, men and women who “offer their ... Read More »

Imitate Jesus’ humility and service, Pope says at Palm Sunday Mass

Palm Sunday

FROM modern-day martyrs to those who quietly care for the sick or elderly, Pope Francis remembered all those who “sacrifice themselves daily”, following Jesus in serving others and giving witness to the Gospel. In overcoming the daily temptations of power and pride, the Pope said at Palm Sunday Mass, Christians can look to those who, “in silence and hiddenness, sacrifice ... Read More »

Welcome children, learn from them, Pope says

Pope Francis

CHILDREN are a blessing for humanity and for the Church, bringing new life and energy to families and society, Pope Francis said. Unfortunately, he said, too often children were society’s “great rejected ones, because they aren’t even allowed to be born!” Continuing a series of general audience talks about the family yesterday (March 18), Pope Francis said it was troubling ... Read More »

The church ‘is the house of Jesus’ and must always be open, says Pope

Pope Francis

THE church “is the house of Jesus”, and Christians must welcome everyone, even bringing those who were unable to make their way on their own, Pope Francis said at morning Mass on March 17. People who were sad or “sick in their soul” or who had “made many mistakes in their lives” may, at a certain point, feel the Holy ... Read More »

Pope: Kids need values, hope from teachers; teachers need better pay

Teacher

TEACHING is about giving young people, especially troublemakers, values and hope, and it is “an injustice” that today’s educators are paid so poorly, Pope Francis said. In a world where it is already difficult for kids to find a decent point of reference, they must find positive guidance from teachers, who “are able to give meaning to school, studying and ... Read More »

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