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Pope Francis: It is time for humanity to change course

Sun, 09/18/2022 - 06:01

In an interview published Sunday by “Il Mattino” for the 130th anniversary of the Neapolitan newspaper, Pope Francis addresses a wide-range of topics, from war to the difficulties of the Italian south to those of the world; from politics as the highest form of charity to the scourge of organised crime and the devastation of the environment, with a particular reference to the Terra dei fuochi and the floods in the Marche region of Italy.

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Pope at Angelus: Be creative and clever in doing good always

Sun, 09/18/2022 - 05:07

Pope Francis calls on the faithful to use creativity, prudence, and even cleverness, in living out the Gospel in our daily lives, and to be generous in using the goods of this world for those who need them most, showing fraternal love and social fellowship.

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The Lord’s Day Reflection: ‘The world needs honesty’

Sat, 09/17/2022 - 13:00

As the Church marks the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Fr Marion Nguyen, OSB offers his thoughts on the day’s liturgical readings under the theme: “The world needs honesty.”

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Cardinal Krajewski under fire near Ukraine's frontlines: ‘Jesus, I trust in you’

Sat, 09/17/2022 - 11:54

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Service of Charity, gets shot at as he delivers humanitarian aid in Pope Francis’ name near the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, emerging unscathed and continuing his mission.

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Banks raids increase as Lebanon suffers economic woes

Sat, 09/17/2022 - 09:54

Banks in Lebanon will close next week for three days after a series of raids by members of the public demanding access to their savings.

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Earth reveals horrors behind graves in Ukraine

Sat, 09/17/2022 - 09:24

The European Union has expressed deep shock at the mass graves discovered by Ukrainian officials in territories recaptured from Russia in eastern Ukraine. On Saturday, recovery operations continued after at least two civilians were reportedly killed in a new round of Russian shelling.

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US Catholic Church to observe National Migration Week

Sat, 09/17/2022 - 08:52

The Catholic Church in the United States marks National Migration Week from September 19-25 to encourage the faithful to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, refugees, and victims of human trafficking. The celebration takes place amid an increasingly heated political debate over immigration policies in the country ahead of the mid-term elections in November.

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Pope: May Church in world be 'permanently in a state of mission’

Sat, 09/17/2022 - 07:28

Pope Francis welcomes 1,500 faithful from the Italian dioceses of Alessandria and Spoleto-Norcia and speaks to them about the importance of the Eucharist in Christian life: a pastoral and missionary conversion is necessary, which cannot leave things as they are. He recalls the ongoing synodal journey, the need to grow in fraternal communion, and the call to be witnesses of Jesus in daily life.

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Competition for Jubilee 2025 Hymn kicks off

Sat, 09/17/2022 - 02:00

The Dicastery for Evangelization invites entries for the Hymn for the Holy Year 2025, encouraging interested persons to set to music a provided text which expresses the essence of the Jubilee event.

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The Seven Churches Pilgrimage: Basilica of Saint Sebastian

Sat, 09/17/2022 - 00:00

In this third episode of a special seven-part series, we take you on a spiritual journey through the Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome to learn more about the history, art, architecture, and spiritual wealth of each of these storied places of worship, continuing with the Basilica of St. Sebastian.

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Ukraine to exhume mass graves in recaptured territory

Fri, 09/16/2022 - 09:17

Ukrainian authorities are starting to exhume mass graves discovered outside the city of Izyum in eastern Ukraine, in a territory recaptured from Russia.

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Pope encourages Trappists to pursue quest inspired by Jesus’ “dreams"

Fri, 09/16/2022 - 06:31

Addressing participants in the General Chapter of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance Pope Francis encourages them to pursue four “dreams” in order to edify and improve oneself and one’s community.

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Pope suppresses Populorum Progressio Foundation, but mission continues

Fri, 09/16/2022 - 04:43

Pope Francis establishes the Populorum Progressio Fund, and tells members of the former Foundation that the Synodal journey must help the Church become more “Samaritan,” comforting, and engaging in order to “touch the wounds of Christ’s suffering flesh in His people.”

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Death toll rises in Azerbaijan-Armenia clashes

Fri, 09/16/2022 - 04:38

After reports of more than 200 soldiers killed on both sides of the latest round of clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the international community and the UN welcome a ceasefire, while Pope Francis reiterates his appeals for peace amid many conflicts hotspots in the world.

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Pope thanks Our Lady for protection on Kazakhstan visit

Fri, 09/16/2022 - 04:17

Pope Francis returns to the Basilica of St. Mary Major to thank the Blessed Virgin Mary for her maternal protection during his just-concluded Apostolic Journey to Kazakhstan.

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Sr. Maria's experience of running a center for migrants and the homeless

Fri, 09/16/2022 - 03:55

Sister Maria Giovanna Titone, CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph of Chambèry, runs a parish dormitory in northern Italy, and tells of how she was able to "touch so many stories" and learn to face challenges so much bigger than herself.

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Pope: ‘Difficult to dialogue with those who started a war, but it must be done’

Thu, 09/15/2022 - 14:00

On the flight back to Rome from Kazakhstan on Thursday, Pope Francis tells reporters that "the decadent West breeds populism; in politics we must start again from values.... With China, we need the patience of dialogue."

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Muslim family of 23 plays for Pope Francis in Kazakhstan

Thu, 09/15/2022 - 08:58

As Pope Francis arrived to meet with clergy, he was greeted by a family of 21 children playing traditional Kazakh music, who told Vatican News that all faiths are united despite different beliefs.

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Vatican official: 'Pope's Kazakhstan visit will foster hope and interreligious dialogue'

Thu, 09/15/2022 - 08:51

In an interview at the end of Pope Francis' Apostolic Journey to Kazakhstan, Msgr. Khaled Boutros Akasheh insists that the Pope's presence in Nur-Sultan has offered a meaningful contribution to the efforts of interreligious dialogue, which offer hope as war in Ukraine and elsewhere continue to afflict humanity.

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Kazakhstan: Anglican Bishop urges joint responsibility for peacebuilding

Thu, 09/15/2022 - 08:46

Bishop Jo Bailey Wells of the Anglican diocese of Dorking invites the interfaith leaders at the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions to a shared responsibility of working together towards promoting peace in the world following the adoption of a declaration at the end of the event.

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