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

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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

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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

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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 »

Pope says Christians’ only bragging rights are being a sinner, being saved

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POPE Francis said Christians should boast about only two things: that they are sinners and they have been saved by Jesus Christ. It’s useless to brag about formal education and degrees because they did not have the power to transform people into credible Christian witnesses, the Pope said; only a personal experience of God’s saving grace can do that. In ... Read More »

Pope Francis is only leader respected enough to end today’s wars, Shimon Peres says

Pope Francis and Shimon Peres

FORMER Israeli President Shimon Peres asked Pope Francis to head a parallel United Nations called the “United Religions” to counter religious extremism in the world today. “In the past, most wars were motivated by the idea of nationhood. Today, however, wars are incited above all using religion as an excuse,” Mr Peres told the Catholic magazine, Famiglia Cristiana, ahead of ... Read More »

Iraq’s persecuted Christians are true, bold witnesses of Christ, Pope says

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IRAQI Christians are true and courageous witnesses of Christ’s message of hope, forgiveness and love, Pope Francis said. “The Church suffers with you and is proud of you, proud to have children like you,” he said on September 3, in a greeting to Arabic-speaking pilgrims, especially those from Iraq. The Pope spoke in Italian, with Arabic translation, at the end ... Read More »

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