Monthly Archives: July 2016

At final Mass, Francis urges 2m at WYD not to be afraid of accepting God’s mercy

Pope Francis has concluded the concluding Mass of World Youth Day (WYD with a meditation on the story of a publican who wanted to encounter Jesus despite the hostility and ridicule of those around him. Melding the keynote of his … Continue reading

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Francis to WYD vigil: ‘Our answer to terror is fraternity’

“This is no time for denouncing anyone or fighting”, Pope Francis told a crowd of 1.6m in a field outside Krakow last night, at the World Youth Day prayer vigil, adding: “We do not want to tear down, we do … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’s ‘prayer for protection from terrorism’

This afternoon at 6:00 p.m., en route to Campus Misericordiae for the World Youth Day Prayer Vigil with young people from around the world, Pope Francis made a brief visit to the Church of St. Francis directly opposite the Archbishop’s residence, … Continue reading

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Pope Francis, world leader of the anti-slavery movement

[Christopher White] Today the United Nations and the international community marks modern slavery day – or as it is officially known, the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons – which spotlights the countless ways women, men, and children are exploited for both work and … Continue reading

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Pope Francis in Krakow calls for a mission rooted in mercy

Digging deep into the great theme of mercy, Pope Francis last night led a moving Stations of the Cross and this morning visited the iconic Divine Mercy shrine in the city, forever associated with St Faustina Kowalska. He then went … Continue reading

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Lord Alton deplores BBC’s ‘libel’ in report of Pope’s visit to Auschwitz

Last night, a report on BBC News on Pope Francis’s visit to Auschwitz claimed that it was a visit motivated by reparation for the Church’s silence during the Holocaust. (The full clip is not available on the BBC website). In fact, the visit was … Continue reading

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Voiceless in Auschwitz, Francis spoke loudly of evil and mercy

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis this morning visited the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau to pray silently in a place which has become the icon of human depravity. After passing through the notorious main gate bearing the cynical words “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work … Continue reading

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Francis connects with Poles through their experience of God’s mercy

God chose to manifest his power not by amazing feats of greatness but rather through small acts of humility, choosing to enter the world as a child born of a woman, Pope Francis this morning told a congregation of at … Continue reading

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Fear will not lead us to put bodyguards at our church doors

[Caroline Farrow] The response of the wider world to the abominable murder of Father Jacques Hamel has been in many ways encouraging. As a society, we can still be horrified by the senseless and violent death of a priest. The fact that it … Continue reading

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Francis arrives in Poland, challenges government over immigration

Pope Francis has arrived in Poland at the start of a five-day trip to join the 31st World Youth Day. In the flight from Rome, which touched down just before 4pm local time, the Pope referred to the crisis of violence … Continue reading

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