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Pope condemns attack on Jerusalem synagogue, urges end to violence

Jerusalem synagogue

POPE Francis condemned the “unacceptable episodes of violence” in Jerusalem, episodes that “do not spare even places of worship”, after an attack in a synagogue left four worshippers, a policeman and the two attackers dead. At the end of his general audience on November 19, the day after the attack on the synagogue, Pope Francis said he was following “with ... Read More »

Pope confirms he will visit Philadelphia in September

Pope Francis

POPE Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September next year, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America. The Pope made the announcement on November 17 in a speech opening an inter-religious conference on traditional marriage. “I would like to confirm ... Read More »

Pope says defending traditional marriage is matter of ‘human ecology’


POPE Francis called for preserving the family as an institution based on marriage between a man and a woman, which he said is not a political cause but a matter of “human ecology”. “The complementarity of man and woman … is at the root of marriage and the family,” the Pope said on November 17, opening a three-day inter-religious conference ... Read More »

Give your children the best: your faith, Pope says

Pope greets children

FAITH always has been transmitted best through example, but with young people constantly bombarded by images of all kinds, living models of a commitment to truth and love are more important than ever, Pope Francis said. Welcoming dozens of school children on November 14 to his morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives, Pope ... Read More »

Pope calls abortion, euthanasia, IVF sins ‘against God the creator’

Pope Francis kisses baby

POPE Francis denounced a “false compassion” that would justify abortion, euthanasia, artificial reproduction technologies and medical research violating human dignity. And he urged medical doctors to “go against the current” and assert “conscientious objection” to such practices, which he called sins “against God the creator”. The Pope made his remarks on November 15 in a meeting with members of the ... Read More »

Pope focuses on qualities necessary in Church’s ministers

Pope Francis and people

POPE Francis has recommended the Church’s ministers adopt an attitude “marked by sharing, co-responsibility and communion”. He made the comments during his main talk at a general audience on November 12, with an estimated 15,000 people attending in St Peter’s Square. Pope Francis was continuing his series on the Church and its structure, focusing on the qualities necessary in its ... Read More »

Pope calls for global defence of Christians facing persecution

Displaced Iraqi Christians

POPE Francis condemned the “absurd violence” being used against Christians in several countries and called on people of good will everywhere to take up the cause of religious freedom. At the end of his general audience on November 12, Pope Francis asked the estimated 15,000 people in St Peter’s Square to join him in reciting the Lord’s Prayer for Christians ... Read More »

Pope sends letter to Tony Abbott ahead of G20 summit

Pope Francis

POPE Francis in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned that a “mindset in which individuals are ultimately discarded will never achieve peace or justice”. The letter was sent on the occasion of the upcoming G20 summit, which will be held this weekend in Brisbane. The Holy Father said the meeting would provide an opportunity for the world ... Read More »

‘Pagan Christians’ go to church, but don’t put God first, Pope says

Pope Francis

PEOPLE who go to church on Sundays, but spend the rest of the week cultivating their attachment to money, power and pride are “pagan Christians”, Pope Francis said. When St Paul wrote his Letter to the Philippians, the Christian community was composed of two groups, real Christians and those who were “enemies of the cross of Christ”, the Pope said ... Read More »

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