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Pope Francis message for first ‘World Day of the Poor’

(At the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy in November last year, Pope Francis in his message ‘Misericordia et Misera‘ instituted a World Day of the Poor to be marked on the 33th Sunday in Ordinary Time, which this year … Continue reading

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Pope to ambassadors: Peace is built on culture of mercy

[What follows is full text of Pope Francis’s speech today to ambassadors accredited to the Holy See. The annual address is considered the most important foreign-policy address by the pope, and offers a state-of-the-world diagnosis. Although his strong words against … Continue reading

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Acknowledging differences, Francis and Welby send out bishops to work for peace and the poor

  [Austen Ivereigh] At a joint prayer service this evening at the church in Rome from where Augustine set forth to evangelize England, Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, marked the 50th anniversary of their predecessors’ historic … Continue reading

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Francis warns journalists against libel and fear-mongering

[Austen Ivereigh] Journalism should never stoke social fears over forced migration nor destroy people’s lives through defamatory claims, Pope Francis said today, as he suggested three points for media to reflect on. “Few professions have as much influence on society … Continue reading

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Pope gathers religious leaders to combat ‘paganism of indifference’

[Austen Ivereigh] The name of God cannot be used to justify violence, while “peace alone, and not war, is holy”, Pope Francis declared at the closing ceremony of yesterday’s gathering of religious leaders in Assisi, held on the 30th anniversary of … Continue reading

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Francis quotes Benedict on gender ideology: ‘This is the era of sin against God the Creator’

The Vatican yesterday released the transcript in Italian and Polish of Pope Francis’s closed-door meeting with the Polish bishops after he arrived in Krakow last week. The four questions and his lengthy answers contain many interesting points, including an insistence on the … 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 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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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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Pope Francis honours victims of Armenian genocide

Pope Francis this morning offered prayers in memory of those died in the 1915 massacre  of a million and a half Armenian Christians by Ottoman forces, in a moving ecumenical ceremony at the Tzitzernakaberd memorial outside the capital, Yerevan. The Armenians refer to the mass killing … Continue reading

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