Monthly Archives: March 2016

Francis deplores ‘cowardly and senseless’ massacre of Lahore Christians

Deploring what he called yesterday “a cowardly and senseless crime”, Pope Francis yesterday appealed to the civil authorities in Pakistan to protect vulnerable religious minorities following the deaths of 72 mostly Christians in an Easter Day suicide attack on a park … Continue reading

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Pope’s Easter messages locate salvation in God’s mercy

Pope Francis’s Easter messages have focussed on hope in time in trial, a hope that does not come from any claim to banish problems or suffering, but “the certainty of being loved and always forgiven by Christ, who for us … Continue reading

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Pope laments how seas have become ‘insatiable cemeteries’ for refugees

Last night, in a prayer concluding the traditional Stations of the Cross at Rome’s Coliseum, Pope Francis spoke of the Cross of Christ being visible both in situations of sin and suffering in today’s world, as well as in the response to those … Continue reading

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At Chrism Mass, Pope Francis asks priests to ‘incarnate mercy’

Priests have “the rewarding and consoling task of incarnating mercy, as Jesus did”, Pope Francis said this morning in his homily at the Chrism Mass, attended by thousands of clergy. At the Chrism Mass in dioceses throughout the world, bishops bless the … Continue reading

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It’s official: Pope is popular – more than world leaders

[Austen Ivereigh] Most people in the world have a very favourable view of Pope Francis, who is considerably more popular than the world’s leading politicians, according to a new poll. Citizens in 64 countries were asked: “Irrespective of your own … Continue reading

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Abuse scandal in Lyon: the truth will set everyone free

[Amicie Pelissie Du Rausas in Paris] While the French Church does not always live harmoniously with its anticlerical state and culture, it has been mostly spared the accusations of financial mismanagement and sexual abuse that the Church in other European countries has known. Our régime … Continue reading

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Bishops on Brussels bombings

Belgian bishops: The bishops of Belgium are appalled to learn of the attack at Zaventem airport and in the center of Brussels. They share the anguish of thousands of travelers and their families, aviation professionals and the first responders who … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Palm Sunday homily likens refugees’ suffering to Christ’s

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (cf. Lk 19:38), the crowd of Jerusalem exclaimed joyfully as they welcomed Jesus. We have made that enthusiasm our own: by waving our olive and palm branches we have … Continue reading

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Pope calls on nations to ‘open hearts and doors’ to refugees

[Austen Ivereigh] In a direct appeal to the compassion of wealthy nations, Pope Francis yesterday described how hungry and cold migrants were being shut out from nations which had closed their hearts to their plight, likening them to exiled Israelites who … Continue reading

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Pope Francis clamps down on costs of saint-making to ensure fairness

[Austen Ivereigh] In a move designed to ensure that the costs of canonisation are transparent and fair and do not favour the wealthy, Pope Francis has imposed new accountability rules on the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Now an … Continue reading

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