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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

Pope blesses child

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 »

Pope, religious leaders pledge to work together to end slavery by 2020

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AS Pope Francis and leaders of other churches and religions signed a declaration pledging to work together to help end modern slavery in the world by 2020, he urged governments, businesses and all people of good will to join forces against this “crime against humanity”. Tens of millions of people were “in chains” because of human trafficking and forced labour, ... Read More »

Pope urges Muslim leaders to condemn violence done in name of Islam

Pope Francis prays with grand mufti

POPE Francis called on political and religious leaders across the Muslim world to condemn violence done in the name of Islam. The Pope said he told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on November 28 that “it would be beautiful if all Islamic leaders – whether they be political leaders, religious leaders, academic leaders – would say clearly that they condemn ... Read More »

Prominent Muslims hope Pope’s Turkey trip can show Islam’s peaceful side

Blue Mosque

TWO prominent Muslim religious figures in Turkey welcomed the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to their country, saying they hoped it could shed light on the “peace” of Islam and help change bad images associated with that religion. At Istanbul’s famed Sultan Ahmed Mosque – often referred to as the Blue Mosque because of the turquoise tiles that adorn the ... Read More »

Pope urges Europe to nurture religious roots, sow peace in its borders

Pope Francis at Council of Europe

THE project of European unity and co-operation, ensuring peace on the continent and helping others find peace as well, requires a real commitment to dialogue and respect for others, Pope Francis said. While the Pope did not specifically mention the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia, both members of the Council of Europe, he told council members a “great toll ... Read More »

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