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Cardinal: Pope is ‘friend, brother’; working with him ‘really beautiful’

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POPE Francis evangelises with “encyclicals of gestures”, which speak louder than words and texts, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa said. One of nine members of the Council of Cardinals advising the Pope, the cardinal reflected on the reorganisation of the Roman Curia, his advisory role to the Pope, and Catholic response to climate change. The cardinal made the ... Read More »

Pope: Albania proves to world that diverse religions can live in peace

Pope Francis

PEOPLE of different religious beliefs can and must live together in peace, Pope Francis said. The Muslim majority and Christian minorities in Albania co-operate beautifully for the common good and prove to the world that it can be done, he said. “I could see, with great satisfaction, that the peaceful and fruitful co-existence between people and communities belonging to different ... Read More »

Pope calls for ‘globalisation of charity’ to protect migrants

Sub-Saharan refugees

POPE Francis called for the “globalisation of charity” through an international network to fight human trafficking and ensure the rights of migrants and refugees. The Pope’s words appeared in his annual message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which in 2015 will be observed on January 18. The Vatican released the Pope’s message, “Church Without Frontiers, Mother to ... Read More »

Pope: No ‘magic wand’; evangelising takes hard work, trust in God

Pope Francis blesses family

BRING the Gospel to those who need it most: the poor, the frazzled and the lost, who wander the world without any guidance or protection, Pope Francis told pastoral workers. Remember the Church’s ministry was like working a field hospital, where the attitude was helping the wounded and holding those who were hurt more than guarding laws that only kept ... Read More »

Survivors of Albania’s dictatorship give witness, move Pope to tears

Pope Francis in Albania

TWO survivors of Albania’s communist crackdown against the Church brought Pope Francis to tears with their stories during a vespers service in Tirana’s cathedral on September 21. “To hear a martyr talk about his own martyrdom is intense,” the Pope told journalists on the papal plane back to Rome the same evening. “I think all of us there were moved, ... Read More »

Pope to bishops: Guard the faith, build hope, love sinners as they are

Pope Francis with bishops

TODAY’S bishops must be as vigilant and courageous as sentinels keeping watch over the faith, and as forgiving and patient as Moses, leading a sinning people across harsh deserts to God, Pope Francis said. Their vocation was not to be wardens of a failed estate, “but custodians of ‘Evangelii gaudium’ (the joy of the Gospel); therefore, you cannot be without ... Read More »

Don’t use God as ‘armour’ for waging violence, Pope says in Albania

Pope Francis in Albania

IN a world “where an authentic religious spirit is being perverted and where religious differences are being distorted and exploited”, Albania is an “aspiring example” to everyone that peaceful co-existence is possible, Pope Francis said during a one-day visit to the country on September 21. The people of this Balkan nation withstood centuries of Ottoman rule followed by an independence ... Read More »

Pope: Don’t leave home without it; take Gospel on the go, to the world

Pope Francis

TUCK the Gospel in your pocket and put on your walking shoes to share Christ’s love, peace and joy with the world, Pope Francis said. It is the Holy Spirit who inspired Christians to “overcome every obstacle, to conquer the temptation of being closed up in oneself – among a chosen few” and to prevent people from believing they were ... Read More »

Pope says without closeness and compassion, excellent preaching is useless

Pope Francis

BEAUTIFUL homilies are useless and mere vanity if you are not close to the people, if you do not suffer with the people and do not give hope. This was Pope Francis’ reflection on September 16 during morning Mass in Santa Marta, the day on which the Church remembers the Sts Cornelius and Cyprian, who were martyrs. The Gospel of ... Read More »

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