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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 »

Couples with kids, co-habitating are among those marrying at papal Mass

Bride and groom

AMONG the men and women Pope Francis was set to unite in marriage were Catholics who have been living together as well as couples who already have children. The Pope, who is the Bishop of Rome, will preside over his first wedding ceremony as pontiff during a nuptial Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on September 14. The event, which will see ... Read More »

Pope says Christians are to love even though they may not be loved in return

Pope Francis greets child

CHRISTIANS are called to help those who have nothing to give and love those who don’t love back, Pope Francis said. Salvation and changing the world for the better require “doing good to those who aren’t able to repay us, just like the Father did with us, giving us Jesus”, the Pope said at his weekly general audience in St ... Read More »

Pope cites three lessons from Mary: Be joyful, help others, never give up

Pope Francis

MARY has three very important lessons for today’s Christians, Pope Francis said in a written message to Cuban bishops marking September 8 as the feast of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, patroness of Cuba. He said Mary taught people to experience the joy of Christ and share it with others; to never let adversity beat you down; and ... Read More »

Pope says war is senseless slaughter, can always be avoided

Pope Francis

WAR is just “senseless slaughter” and should never be seen as inevitable or a done deal, Pope Francis said. “War drags people into a spiral of violence which then proves difficult to control; it tears down what generations have laboured to build up, and it sets the scene for even greater injustices and conflicts,” he said in a written message ... Read More »

In Google Hangout, Pope helps launch worldwide social network with teenagers

Pope Francis video chat

THE wisdom of “It takes a village to raise a child” has been lost as kids are either over-protected by permissive parents or neglected, Pope Francis said. “The educational partnership has been broken” as families, schools and society are “no longer united together for the child”, he said on September 4 after holding his first Google Hangout – a live ... Read More »

Pope praying for Sam today

Pope prays for DMD sufferers

POPE Francis offered prayerful support for the “humanitarian fight” of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in the lead-up to its first international awareness day today (September 7).  Pope Francis’ acknowledgement of sufferers and their families who live with the challenges of the degenerative muscle condition of one in about 3600 males has “humbled” Brisbane’s Kelly Uchytil, mother of DMD sufferer Sam, 14. ... Read More »

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