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Pope sends letter to Tony Abbott ahead of G20 summit

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POPE Francis in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned that a “mindset in which individuals are ultimately discarded will never achieve peace or justice”. The letter was sent on the occasion of the upcoming G20 summit, which will be held this weekend in Brisbane. The Holy Father said the meeting would provide an opportunity for the world ... Read More »

‘Pagan Christians’ go to church, but don’t put God first, Pope says

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PEOPLE who go to church on Sundays, but spend the rest of the week cultivating their attachment to money, power and pride are “pagan Christians”, Pope Francis said. When St Paul wrote his Letter to the Philippians, the Christian community was composed of two groups, real Christians and those who were “enemies of the cross of Christ”, the Pope said ... Read More »

To heart of Europe: Pope expected to talk dignity, jobs, family life

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By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service POPE Francis, who has called the Catholic Church to go out to the peripheries and who described himself as coming from “the end of the earth”, will visit the heart of European secular and economic power: the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. For the Polish St John Paul II and the German ... Read More »

Pope: Don’t be afraid of critics; seek out, share Gospel with sinners

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GOD isn’t afraid of getting his hands dirty, being inconvenienced or even scorned because he will do whatever it takes to save everyone from sin, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. “A true priest, a true Christian, have this zeal inside that no one should be lost. And for this reason they aren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty. ... Read More »

Pope will visit Shroud of Turin, commemorate birth of St John Bosco

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POPE Francis will visit the Shroud of Turin during its public display in Turin’s cathedral from April 19-June 24, 2015, as well as commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of St John Bosco. “I am happy to announce that, God willing, on June 21, I will go on pilgrimage to Turin to venerate the Holy Shroud and to honour ... Read More »

Pope says annulment process should be cheaper and more efficient

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POPE Francis said the Church’s marriage annulment process should be more efficient and perhaps even free of charge, and he decried any attempts to exploit it for profit. “Some procedures are so long and so burdensome, they don’t favour (justice), and people give up,” the Pope said. “Mother church should do justice and say: ‘Yes, it’s true, your marriage is ... Read More »

Praise God, proclaim salvation, pray for the persecuted, Pope says

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PRAYER and mission are the very breath of the Christian life, Pope Francis said. “When we inhale, by prayer, we receive the fresh air of the Holy Spirit. When exhaling this air, we announce Jesus Christ risen by the same spirit,” Pope Francis told members of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships. The Pope met on October ... Read More »

Pope urges activists to struggle against ‘structural causes’ of poverty

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POPE Francis urged an international gathering of grassroots social activists to struggle against the “structural causes” of poverty and inequality, with a “revolutionary” program drawn from the Gospels. “The poor no longer wait, they seek to be protagonists, they organise, study, work, demand and, above all, practise that special solidarity that exists among those who suffer, among the poor,” the ... Read More »

Pope urges prayer, international action to fight Ebola virus

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POPE Francis pleaded for the international community to take stronger, co-ordinated steps to “annihilate” the Ebola virus and help the millions of people impacted by the disease. “As the Ebola virus epidemic worsens, I want to express my deep concern for this relentless illness that is spreading particularly on the African continent and especially among populations that are already disadvantaged,” ... Read More »

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