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Pope thanks 14-year-old Irish girl for supporting her abused mother

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POPE Francis has sent a thank-you note to a 14-year-old girl in Ireland. The Holy Father wrote Nicole Kane, of County Carlow, Ireland, a personal letter thanking her for being “such a support” to her mother, who was sexually abused, reported the Irish Times on Wednesday. “Thank you for writing to me,” the Pope’s letter read, “I am grateful that ... Read More »

In latest interview, Pope Francis reveals top 10 secrets to happiness

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SLOWING down, being generous and fighting for peace are part of Pope Francis’ secret recipe for happiness. In an interview published in part in the Argentine weekly “Viva” on July 27, the Pope listed his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to one’s life: 1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which ... Read More »

Leading by example: Pope offers abuse victims open ear, open heart

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By Carol Glatz MORE than a meeting and homily, Pope Francis laid out a clear road map for the Church when he celebrated Mass and welcomed abuse survivors to the Vatican. The morning he dedicated to six men and women who had been abused by clergy was a powerful combination of upholding the importance of having the letter of the ... Read More »

Pope speaks openly of ways his pontificate may end

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By Cindy Wooden SYMPATHISING with all the unknowns facing young people today, Pope Francis – half joking – said it is easier for a pope because he knows where his earthly life will end. “I think the pope’s definitive path is more certain. Where will the pope end up? There, in that tomb”, in St Peter’s Basilica where most popes ... Read More »

Pope urges complete ban on producing, using land mines

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LANDMINES wound innocent civilians, “prolong war and nurture fear” long after conflicts have ended, Pope Francis told delegates working on the full implementation of an international treaty banning the production and use of anti-personnel mines. “Reduce the stockpile of weapons! Ban weapons that have no reason for existing in human society and instead invest in education, healthcare, saving our planet ... Read More »

Cardinals discuss structure of Vatican Bank ‘in depth’

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THE Vatican has said the council of eight cardinals tasked with reforming the Roman Curia met on the morning of July 1 at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, as planned. It said Pope Francis is participating in all the meetings; on the morning of July 2, he participated in the entire meeting, as the general audiences have been suspended. Secretary of ... Read More »

Pope phones rabbi, offers condolences over murder Israeli teens’ murder

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POPE Francis telephoned Rome’s chief rabbi to personally express his sadness over the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teens whose bodies were found on June 30 in Hebron, West Bank. Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni said the Pope phoned him at home late in the afternoon on July 1 and said: “Good evening. This is Pope Francis. I wanted to personally ... Read More »

Social ills are result of political, not just moral failures, Pope says

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MANY of today’s social ills are driven by a lack of adequate social policies and government support, not just selfishness and moral degradation, Pope Francis said. And, he added, standing up for the poor and disenfranchised was not a sign of being a communist, but was the mark of a true Christian. “The communists stole our cause. Rallying for the ... Read More »

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