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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 »

To heart of Europe: Pope expected to talk dignity, jobs, family life

Pope Francis

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service POPE Francis, who has called the Catholic Church to go out to the peripheries and who described himself as coming from “the end of the earth”, will visit the heart of European secular and economic power: the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. For the Polish St John Paul II and the German ... Read More »

Pope: Don’t be afraid of critics; seek out, share Gospel with sinners

Pope Francis

GOD isn’t afraid of getting his hands dirty, being inconvenienced or even scorned because he will do whatever it takes to save everyone from sin, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. “A true priest, a true Christian, have this zeal inside that no one should be lost. And for this reason they aren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty. ... Read More »

Pope will visit Shroud of Turin, commemorate birth of St John Bosco

Shroud of Turin

POPE Francis will visit the Shroud of Turin during its public display in Turin’s cathedral from April 19-June 24, 2015, as well as commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of St John Bosco. “I am happy to announce that, God willing, on June 21, I will go on pilgrimage to Turin to venerate the Holy Shroud and to honour ... Read More »

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