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Pope Francis: The Church is a mother, not an entrepreneur
Pope Francis: The Church is a mother, not an entrepreneur

Pope Francis said yesterday, that there is much sterility within the Church and the people of God, a sterility that comes from power and egoism. The Church, he stressed, is a mother and not an entrepreneur. His remarks came during his homily at morning Mass celebrated at chapel in Casa Santa Marta. The Pope’s reflections on the themes of sterility and motherhood were taken from the biblical account of two miraculous births, those of Samson and John the Baptist, both born to women who had been unable to have children.

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Pope receives Lutheran delegation
Pope receives Lutheran delegation

Official dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics has been in place for almost 50 years and the progress made in this half century “constitutes a solid foundation for sincere friendship lived in faith and spirituality,” Pope Francis said yesterday morning on receiving a delegation from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany on an ecumenical visit to Rome. Despite theological differences that persist in various issues of the faith, collaboration and fraternal coexistence characterize the life of our churches and ecclesial communities,

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Holy Land: Christmas Message of His Beatitude Fouad Twal 2014
Holy Land: Christmas Message of His Beatitude Fouad Twal 2014

His Beatitude Fouad Twal gave his Christmas message through his Vicar in Jerusalem and Palestine, Bishop William Shomali, during a press conference held on Thursday  at Terra Santa College. The day also marked the inaugurate of  the new Christian Media Center (CMC)....'The celebration of the Birth of Jesus promises mercy, love, and peace to countless people in their suffering and tribulation; to people who see their lives shattered and their efforts broken in the tumultuous strife and hatred of our stormy days.

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Jerusalem: Patriarch voices concern over Cremisan  case
Jerusalem: Patriarch voices concern over Cremisan case

His Beatitude Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, expressed in a Christmas message sent out through his Vicar in Jerusalem and Palestine, Bishop William Shomali, his concern over a possible Israeli court decision regarding the Cremisan case,  in which land belonging to 58 Palestinian Christian families from the city of Beit Jala, north west of Bethlehem, might be separated by the Israeli Apartheid Wall. Shomali said, during a press conference on  Thursday, 18 December, 

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US Bishops welcome change in policy towards Cuba
US Bishops welcome change in policy towards Cuba

Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has welcomed the announcement by President Barack Obama of the release of Alan Gross and other prisoners, and of the administration’s action to normalize relations with Cuba, on 17 December...We share the joy of the family of Alan Gross and of all Americans upon hearing the news of his release from over five years of custody in Cuba, as well as

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Give us your views says Vatican
Give us your views says Vatican

You may recall that earlier this year the Bishops met in Rome for an Extraordinary Synod on "Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the context of Evangelisation." Prior to that meeting, Catholics worldwide were all invited to give input by responding to a questionnaire about issues relating to our faith and family life. In October next year the 2015 Synod will follow on from that meeting. The theme will be "The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World." 

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 Pope: God walks with us through history  - even in the darkest times
Pope: God walks with us through history - even in the darkest times

God walks with us through history - even in the darkest times - Pope Francis said at morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta today, during his homily. "God’s will has been to save us in history," the Pope said. Our salvation "is not sterile, as in a laboratory. No! It’s history. He has walked through history with his people. "Therefore there is no salvation without history. And to get to the point: history goes back a long time."

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Sierre Leone: Catholic Church on front line fighting  Ebola
Sierre Leone: Catholic Church on front line fighting Ebola

The Catholic Church in Sierra Leone remains on the front line in providing food and hygiene necessities to people living with the effects of the deadly Ebola virus. Bishop Henry Aruna, National Director of Missio in Sierra Leone, is grateful for the support of the Catholic community in England and Wales. Despite widespread help from around the globe, there has been a 66% increase of new cases each day during the last three weeks.

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Cardinal Parolin: Pope played 'significant role' in US/Cuba agreement
Cardinal Parolin: Pope played 'significant role' in US/Cuba agreement

This morning Pope Francis spoke about his joy over the thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba, saying this was a result of diplomacy. Speaking off-the-cuff with a group of non-resident Ambassadors to the Holy See the Holy Father said the work of an Ambassador is to take small steps aimed at building peace, bringing the hearts of people closer together and sowing brotherhood between peoples and nations. Later, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said Pope Francis had played a very significant role

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Pope welcomes new chapter in US-Cuba relations
Pope welcomes new chapter in US-Cuba relations

Pope Francis today offered his congratulations to the governments of the United States and Cuba, as they announced the two countries will start talks on resuming diplomatic relations. A statement from the Vatican Secretariat of State said that in recent months the Pope had written to both Cuban President Raul Castro and US President Barack Obama, inviting them to “resolve humanitarian questions of common interest”. The Holy See also met with delegations from both countries last October, 

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Pakistan: Catholic Church condemns school massacre in Peshawar
Pakistan: Catholic Church condemns school massacre in Peshawar

The Catholic Church has condemned the attack on a school in Peshawar that killed at least 132 children and nine staff yesterday.  “This is a barbaric, inhuman and cowardly act,” Cecil Chaudhry, executive director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference, said. “It is beyond imagination how innocent children of army personnel could be targeted like this. The only path, the only answer to the terrible massacre

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Happy Birthday Pope Francis! - Tango & tea in St Peter's Square
Happy Birthday Pope Francis! - Tango & tea in St Peter's Square

There was a festive atmosphere at the weekly General Audience today, as Pope Francis celebrated his 78th birthday. As he made his way through the crowds, Pope Francis stopped by a group of seminarians from the Legionnaires of Christ, who offered him a birthday cake, complete with lighted candles. The Holy Father also took the opportunity to take a sip of maté tea, the traditional Argentinian drink, offered by pilgrims. On the Via della Conciliazione... tango enthusiasts danced in the street  

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Australia: Church leaders offer prayers for all affected by Sydney seige
Australia: Church leaders offer prayers for all affected by Sydney seige

Australia's Catholic bishops have joined with people throughout the nation in prayer and sympathy for all those affected by the Martin Place cafe siege in Sydney that ended today with the deaths of three people. Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said in a statement: “We pray for all who were held hostage during the siege, especially those who tragically lost their lives. May the surviving hostages quickly heal and find new peace in their lives.

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'Silent War' on religious minorities discussed in European  Parliament
'Silent War' on religious minorities discussed in European Parliament

The Religious Freedom in the World Report 2014, published by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has been presented to the European Parliament in Brussels. Speaking to an audience of 110 invited MEPs and NGO representatives, the report’s Chairman of the Editorial Committee, Peter Sefton-Williams, invited the European policy-makers “to call on religious leaders to speak together against religiously-inspired violence.”

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Pope Francis: God saves a humble heart
Pope Francis: God saves a humble heart

Reflecting on the day's readings during Mass at Casa Santa Marta, today, (Tuesday) Pope Francis spoke on the need for humility. God saves "a repentant heart" while he who does not trust in Him draws "condemnation" upon himself. Humility saves man in God’s eyes, while pride is a loser. The key lies in the heart. The heart of a humble person is open, knows repentance, accepts correction and trusts in God. The heart of the proud person is the exact opposite: it is arrogant, closed, knows no shame, 

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New Canadian ambassador to Holy See
New Canadian ambassador to Holy See

Pope Francis received the new Canadian Ambassador to the Holy See, Dennis Savoie, yesterday. During the meeting Ambassador Savoie presented the Pope with his credentials, which marked the start of the diplomat’s four-year term. Ambassador Savoie said: “It was a very humbling experience. I felt very privileged to have been received by the Holy Father. I met a man who is very simple, very personable, makes you feel at ease right away. It was a very, very good meeting.”

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Final Vatican Report on  US Institutes of Women Religious
Final Vatican Report on US Institutes of Women Religious

At the conclusion of the Apostolic Visitation of Institutes of Women Religious in the United States of America, conducted " to look into the quality of the life of religious women in the United States" , this Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) presents this report to the women religious themselves as well as to the Church’s Pastors and faithful. In addition to this general report, it is foreseen that individual reports will be sent to those Institutes which hosted

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Meeting held between US and Vatican Secretaries of State
Meeting held between US and Vatican Secretaries of State

A meeting was held in the Vatican on Monday between the Holy See’s Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and US Secretary of State John Kerry. Vatican Press Office spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, said in a statement that the American delegation included the US Ambassador to the Holy See, Kenneth Hackett and two members of the State Department staff. The Holy See was represented by three Curia officials responsible for the topics covered. According to Fr Lombardi, the main topics discussed were the situation in the Middle East,

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St Lucy, patron of the blind  teaches us the secret of true happiness
St Lucy, patron of the blind teaches us the secret of true happiness

Pope Francis met members of the National Council of the Italian Union of the Blind and Visually-Impaired, on the feast day of St Lucy. During the audience he spoke about the human qualities St Lucy represents - the first of which was courage. “We all need courage in order to face the challenges of life. … In particular, the blind and visually-impaired need courage in order not to close themselves up, not to assume a victim mentality, but rather to open themselves to reality,

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 Pope Francis: Rigidity is a sign of a weak heart
Pope Francis: Rigidity is a sign of a weak heart

At Mass in Casa Santa Marta on Monday, Pope Francis reflected on the day's Gospel reading, in which the chief priests asked Jesus by what authority He did His works. This was a demand that demonstrates the “hypocritical heart” of those people, Pope Francis said. They were people who were not interested in the truth, who sought only their own interests, and went where the wind blew: you should go this way, you should go that way…” They were weathervanes, all of them! All of them! Without consistency. A heart without consistency."

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Pope writes Christmas letter to prisoners
Pope writes Christmas letter to prisoners

Pope Francis has written a letter to prisoners at a correctional facility in the Italian district of Latina, assuring them of his spiritual closeness and his prayers during the Christmas season. In his letter, addressed to the Chaplain Don Nicola Cupaiolo, Pope Francis said that he hoped that the time spent in the facility would not be seen as “time lost,” but rather “as a further occasion for genuine growth in order to find peace of heart and the strength to be reborn, a return to living the hope in the Lord who never disappoints.”

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Pope Francis: Prayer is the breath of the soul
Pope Francis: Prayer is the breath of the soul

At the Angelus today, with thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis welcomed the children of Rome for the traditional 'Bambinelli Blessing'. On Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, Roman boys and girls bring the baby Jesus from their Nativity sets to Saint Peter’s Square to be blessed by the Pope. Speaking after the Angelus, the Holy Father thanked the children for coming, and wished them a happy Christmas.

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Holy Shroud of Turin on view in 2015
Holy Shroud of Turin on view in 2015

It has been announced that next year, 2015, there will be an extraordinary showing of the Holy Shroud of Turin, between 19 April and 24 June. The last display took place in 2010. There is no charge to view the 14-foot cloth, which is kept in a climate-controlled case in Turin’s cathedral, but visitors must reserve places in advance. Pope Francis plans to visit the northern Italian city on 21 June to view the Shroud. Glasgow is the twin city of Turin. Since the Shroud is only exposed on very rare occasions,

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Pope Francis meets Syriac Catholic community
Pope Francis meets Syriac Catholic community

Pope Francis met with the Patriarch, bishops and faithful of the Syriac Catholic Church on Friday. The Patriarch, His Beatitude Ignace Youssif III Younan, was accompanied by the bishops of the Syriac Catholic Church, who held their annual Synod in Rome this week. “Through you, I greet your communities throughout the world, and express my encouragement in particular to those in Iraq and Syria, who are living through a time of great suffering and fear in the face of violence”, Pope Francis said in his address.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Pope Francis celebrates Mass of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Pope Francis delivered the homily at Mass in St Peter's Basilica on Friday evening, to mark the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe....  On this feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we gratefully remember her visitation to us and her maternal closeness. We sing with her the “Magnificat”, we entrust to her the lives of our people and the continental mission of the Church.When she appeared to Saint Juan Diego in Tepeyac, she introduced herself as the “ever perfect Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of the True God” (Nican Mopohua), 

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