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Opening series of talks on the family, Pope extols Mary and St Joseph

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AT his last weekly public audience of 2014, Pope Francis started a series of talks on the family with a reflection on the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and St Joseph as a model for all Christian families. The Pope spoke on December 17 after getting cheers, balloons and even a birthday cake as he arrived for the audience that ... Read More »

Count down to Christmas by counting your blessings, Pope says

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NO saint was ever known for having a “funeral face”, Pope Francis said; the joy of knowing one is loved by God and saved by Christ must be seen at least in a sense of peace, if not a smile. Celebrating the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, on December 14, Pope Francis paid an evening visit to Rome’s St ... Read More »

Pope to create new cardinals in February

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POPE Francis will create new cardinals on February 14, following a two-day meeting of the world’s cardinals that will discuss reform of the Vatican bureaucracy, among other issues. The Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi made the announcement on yesterday (December 11). The names of the new cardinals were likely to be announced in mid-January, he said. If Pope Francis ... Read More »

Time running out to tackle global warming, Pope tells climate summit

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TACKLING the problem of climate change is a serious ethical and moral responsibility, Pope Francis told negotiators from around the world meeting for a climate summit in Lima, Peru. “The time to find global solutions is running out. We can find adequate solutions only if we act together and unanimously,” he said in a written message to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, who ... Read More »

Help fight modern-day slavery while we shop, Pope says

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WHEN shopping and when interacting with people on city streets, everyone can help fight the evil of modern-day slavery, Pope Francis said in his annual message for the World Day of Peace on January 1. “Together with the social responsibility of businesses, there is also the social responsibility of consumers,” the Pope said. “Every person ought to have the awareness ... Read More »

Spend time in silence and service before Christmas, Pope suggests

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IN the heart of Rome’s high-end shopping district, sparkling with Christmas lights and shiny baubles in the windows of famous designers, Pope Francis prayed that people would spend time in silence and in service as they prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Celebrating the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, Pope Francis prayed for Mary’s intercession so that, “in ... Read More »

Pope calls for more ‘integration’ of divorced Catholics, gays

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POPE Francis said the Catholic Church must consider various ways to integrate the divorced and civilly remarried in the life of the Church – not merely allowing them to receive Communion, but letting them serve as eucharistic ministers and godparents – and to make it easier for Catholic families to accept their homosexual members. The Pope also said he would ... Read More »

Preparing for Christmas with the Pope

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By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service AS Advent got underway, Pope Francis included in his morning Mass homilies specific graces Catholics should pray for as they prepare for Christmas. In the chapel of his residence on December 2, Pope Francis ended his homily by telling the small congregation, “Let us ask the Lord during this Advent time to draw us ... Read More »

God reveals himself to humble hearts, says Pope

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GOD reveals himself to humble and meek hearts, Pope Francis said at a morning Mass. “Many can know science, theology as well. But if they do not do this theology on their knees, that is, humbly, like the little ones, they will not understand anything. They will tell us many things, but they will not understand anything,” he said on ... Read More »

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