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Church rediscovers its role as mother by welcoming, loving, Pope says

Pope Francis with people

“I LIKE to dream of a Church that lives the compassion of Jesus,” Pope Francis told more than 7000 priests, religious, catechists and parish council members from the Diocese of Rome. If every parish embodied the virtues of compassion, tenderness, patience and welcoming, the Catholic Church would be the mother she claimed to be and would continue to generate numerous ... Read More »

Pope to visit Albania

POPE Francis has announced he will visit Albania in September, and has implored faithful worldwide to pray for those suffering in Iraq. Following the midday Angelus prayer on June 15, the Pontiff announced that on September 21, he will visit the Albanian city of Tirana. “With this brief trip I wish to confirm in the faith the Church in Albania, ... Read More »

Pope, Anglican archbishop urge joint action to share God’s love

Anglican meeting

ALTHOUGH they have not yet reached full unity, Roman Catholics and Anglicans continue their dialogue, come together in prayer and work side by side, including on a new project to combat human trafficking around the world. “I thank God that, as disciples sent to heal a wounded world, we stand together with perseverance and determination in opposing this grave evil,” ... Read More »

Focus on prayer, the poor, peace, Pope says

Pope Francis with people

IN a historic square in the centre of Rome, Pope Francis urged Catholics to gather strength in prayer and then set out for the margins of society, bringing the Gospel and material aid to the poor, the elderly, the young and the excluded. “Prayer saves the anonymous city dweller from a temptation that we, too, face: activism that believes everything ... Read More »

Pope says world economic system inevitably leads to war

Pope Francis in crowd

POPE Francis says the world economic system inevitably promotes military conflict as a way to enrich the most powerful nations. He also condemned religious fundamentalism, defended the controversial record of Pope Pius XII and said he did not worry about his personal security because, “at my age I don’t have much to lose”. Pope Francis’ words appeared in a wide-ranging ... Read More »

Let World Cup be a celebration of solidarity and peace, Pope says

World Cup

AS the World Cup was about to kick off, Pope Francis called on fans and competitors to celebrate the event as an opportunity to promote dialogue, respect and peace. He also warned against all forms of discrimination on the sidelines, in the stands and on the field: “Let no one become isolated and feel excluded! Watch out! ‘No’ to segregation, ... Read More »

Pope urges priests, bishops to keep their love for Jesus alive

Pope Francis and child

CELEBRATING an early-morning Mass with a congregation made up of priests and bishops, Pope Francis said they regularly need to ask themselves if they love Jesus as much as when they first encountered him, and whether ministry, not administration, is still their priority. “This is the question I ask myself, my brother bishops and priests: ‘How is your love today?’ ... Read More »

Pope says being Christian demands concrete actions

Pope Francis

BEING a good Christian demands concrete action and deeds, Pope Francis said. And, he said, the “how-to” manual was found in the beatitudes and the Last Judgment, which spelt out the consequences awaiting those who failed to help others in need. Jesus offered a guide to life that was “so simple, but very difficult”, the Pope said on June 9 ... Read More »

Pope gathers Holy Land leaders in name of peace

Holy Land presidents

PRAYING for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where human efforts had failed, to end what he described as violence inspired by the devil. “More than once we have been on the verge of peace, but the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it,” ... Read More »

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