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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

Pope Francis

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 »

Pope: Being envious, mean-spirited may be human, but it’s not Christian

Pope Francis

ENVY, jealousy and meanness are human instincts, but they are not Christian, since the division they cause among believers is the work of the devil, Pope Francis said. “Instead, God wants us to grow in the ability to come together, forgive each other and love each other in order to be ever more like him,” he said at his weekly ... Read More »

Pope thanks people for prayers for his family after deadly crash

Pope Francis embrace

POPE Francis, in mourning for the deaths of his nephew’s wife and two small children, thanked people at his weekly general audience on August 20 for their prayers. After each of the priests who translate the Pope’s words offered him condolences for the tragedy that struck his family, Pope Francis explained to the people: “The pope has a family, too. ... Read More »

Former sex slave still feels impact of meeting with Pope

Former sex slave

A DAY after Pope Francis left South Korea, a former sex slave who spent a few minutes with the pontiff said she still felt the impact of their meeting. In an interview with Catholic News Service, Kim Bok-dong, 88, said through an interpreter she told Pope Francis she wished for “a world without war”. And then she asked him to ... Read More »

Pope asks prayers after great-nephews, their mother die in car crash

Car crash

POPE Francis asked people to join him in prayer on August 19 after he learned that two of his little great-nephews and their mother had died in a car crash in Argentina and his nephew was in critical condition. The dead were identified as the wife and two young sons of Pope Francis’ nephew Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio: Valeria Carmona, 39, ... Read More »

Pope talks airstrikes in Iraq, his health, possible US visit

Pope Francis flight

POPE Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop “unjust aggressors” such as Islamic State militants in north-eastern Iraq, but he declined to endorse United States military airstrikes against the militants and said such humanitarian interventions should not be decided on by any single country. The Pope also said he was willing to travel to the war ... Read More »

Pope tells youth forgiveness key to reconciling divided Korea

Pope Francis in South Korea

ADDRESSING young people from Korea and other Asian countries on their concerns about the future, Pope Francis said the best hope for reunification of the divided Korean peninsula lay in brotherly love and a spirit of forgiveness. “You are brothers who speak the same language,” the Pope said on August 15. “When you speak the same language in a family, ... Read More »

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