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Spiritual triage: Help wounded, drop theoretical baggage, Pope says

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WITH so much spiritual, social and moral suffering in the world, the Church has “no right” to stay locked up in an ivory tower, engaging in “byzantine” philosophical reflection, Pope Francis told members of the Focolare movement. “We have to go out! So that – I’ve said this before – the Church seems like a field hospital”, where the first ... Read More »

Pope reminds elderly that old age is time of grace

Pope Francis

POPE Francis has reminded the elderly that old age was a particular time of grace and cautioned that a society that did not properly care for its seniors was one with “no future”. The Pope made the comments at a special celebration of the elderly in St Peter’s Square on September 28, with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI attending as a ... Read More »

Pope compares vain Christians to soap bubbles, peacocks

Pope Francis in dark

AS fleeting as soap bubbles, showy as peacocks and shallow as an over-primped star, conceited Christians are building their lives on lies and their faith on shifting sands, Pope Francis said. Everyone was vulnerable to vanity, even Christians, the Pope said in a morning homily on September 25. However, boastfulness “is a very serious spiritual disease” for Christians because it ... Read More »

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

Pope Francis catch

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 »

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