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Pope tells Sri Lankans reconciliation requires repentance

Young Sri Lankan man prays

POPE Francis told Sri Lankans seeking reconciliation after two-and-a-half decades of civil war that, before they can forgive each other, they must repent of their own sins. “Only when we come to understand, in light of the cross, the evil we are capable of, and have even been a part of, can we experience true remorse and true repentance. Only ... Read More »

Markets cannot be the answer to economic inequities, Pope says in book

Philippines girl in poverty

THE world cannot wait for an economic system that will cause poverty to fix itself, Pope Francis said. “Markets and financial speculation cannot enjoy absolute autonomy,” he said. There must be “programs, mechanisms and procedures aimed at a better distribution of resources, job creation and the integral advancement of those who are excluded”, he said in a recently published interview. ... Read More »

Pope to Sri Lankans: Reconciliation means dialogue, ‘pursuit of truth’

Pope Francis in Sri Lanka

ARRIVING in Sri Lanka, a country recovering from two-and-a-half decades of ethnic and religious civil war, Pope Francis said reconciliation would require its people to explore their painful recent history and accept persistent differences within their multicultural society. “The process of healing also needs to include the pursuit of truth, not for the sake of opening old wounds, but rather ... Read More »

Pope to diplomats: Rejecting God, people, nature leads to conflict

Pope Francis

HIGHLIGHTING some of the most urgent conflicts facing the world, Pope Francis said such strife and injustices were rooted in a culture of rejection that refuses to recognise God, to protect nature and to respect other human beings. In a wide-ranging speech yesterday (January 12) to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, the Pope urged the world’s governments and individuals to ... Read More »

Pope’s visit expected to help reconciliation in post-war Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan choir

THE leader of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka is confident Pope Francis’ visit to that country will boost reconciliation as the people emerge from a 30-year war. The Pope arrives in Colombo today (January 13) for a two-day visit before heading for the Philippines. President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo ... Read More »

The Catholic Loop | January 09, 2015

The Catholic Loop – Today’s news headlines for the busy Catholic | January 09, 2015. Pope Francis offered his Thursday morning Mass to victims of the Paris attack and “for the perpetrators of such cruelty, that the Lord will change their hearts”. Meanwhile, Australian Catholic University adjunct professor Julian Burnside, Catholic radio host Patrick Madrid and blogger Matt Walsh shared their ... 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 »

World without mothers would be inhumane, lacking tenderness, Pope says

Pope Francis and baby

MOTHERS are indispensable to society and the Church, not just for giving life, but in showing the world what it means to generously give oneself for others, to respect life and to display tenderness and moral strength even in times of trouble, Pope Francis said. Speaking to about 4000 people gathered indoors for his general audience on January 7, the ... Read More »

God created all people and desires to save them, Pope says

Pope Francis on Epiphany

IN every age and in every culture, people seek God just as the Three Kings did and, in every age, with the help of the Holy Spirit, they find him in the surprising humility of a baby born in a manger, Pope Francis said. “Led by the Spirit, they come to realise that God’s criteria are quite different from those ... Read More »

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