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Imitate Jesus’ humility and service, Pope says at Palm Sunday Mass

Palm Sunday

FROM modern-day martyrs to those who quietly care for the sick or elderly, Pope Francis remembered all those who “sacrifice themselves daily”, following Jesus in serving others and giving witness to the Gospel. In overcoming the daily temptations of power and pride, the Pope said at Palm Sunday Mass, Christians can look to those who, “in silence and hiddenness, sacrifice ... Read More »

Welcome children, learn from them, Pope says

Pope Francis

CHILDREN are a blessing for humanity and for the Church, bringing new life and energy to families and society, Pope Francis said. Unfortunately, he said, too often children were society’s “great rejected ones, because they aren’t even allowed to be born!” Continuing a series of general audience talks about the family yesterday (March 18), Pope Francis said it was troubling ... Read More »

The church ‘is the house of Jesus’ and must always be open, says Pope

Pope Francis

THE church “is the house of Jesus”, and Christians must welcome everyone, even bringing those who were unable to make their way on their own, Pope Francis said at morning Mass on March 17. People who were sad or “sick in their soul” or who had “made many mistakes in their lives” may, at a certain point, feel the Holy ... Read More »

Pope: Kids need values, hope from teachers; teachers need better pay

Teacher

TEACHING is about giving young people, especially troublemakers, values and hope, and it is “an injustice” that today’s educators are paid so poorly, Pope Francis said. In a world where it is already difficult for kids to find a decent point of reference, they must find positive guidance from teachers, who “are able to give meaning to school, studying and ... Read More »

Government reps say Christian survival in Middle East ‘in question’

Christians protest in Beirut

IN a joint statement, representatives of more than 50 countries have recognised that Christians are particularly endangered in the Middle East, and they called on the international community to reaffirm the human right to freedom of religion. The violence carried out by terrorist groups “creates the risk of complete disappearance for the Christians” in the region, they said. Catholic News ... Read More »

At Lenten penance service, Pope announces Holy Year of Mercy

Pope Francis

POPE Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church’s “mission to be a witness of mercy.” “No one can be excluded from God’s mercy,” the Pope said yesterday  (March 13), marking the second anniversary of his pontificate by leading a Lenten penance service in St Peter’s Basilica. “I frequently have thought about how ... Read More »

Don’t be bitter or give up; offer world your wisdom, Pope tells seniors

Pope Francis

DON’T pack it in or shift into cruise control, Pope Francis told his fellow seniors. Today’s frenetic world, especially young people and families, needed the older generation’s prayers, wisdom and gifts to give them the encouragement, hope and faith they often lacked, he said at his weekly general audience on Wednesday (March 11). “We, older people, can remind ambitious young ... Read More »

Hearing confession is source of grace, conversion for a priest, Pope says

Pope Francis hears confession

HEARING a Catholic’s confession should be awe-inspiring for a priest, an experience that makes him look at his own life and willingness to convert, Pope Francis told a group of seminarians, new priests and priests who hear confessions in the major basilicas of Rome. “Let yourselves be educated by the sacrament of Reconciliation,” he told them yesterday (March 12). Hearing ... Read More »

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