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Vatican lauds wide reach of #PAUSEforPeace campaign

Vatican lauds wide reach of #PAUSEforPeace campaign

VATICAN CITY, July 16, 2014–In wake of the Vatican’s viral campaign urging faithful worldwide to pause for a moment of silence during the World Cup final, officials have expressed their hope that the fruits will continue to grow. “For me it has been a true surprise to see how a tweet launched with such a [...]

Pope denounces ‘racist, xenophobic’ attitudes toward immigrants

VATICAN CITY, July 15, 2014–In his message for the Mexico-Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development Pope Francis called for a change in the way migrants are viewed, giving particular emphasis to unaccompanied children. “Many people forced to emigrate suffer, and often, die tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate [...]

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VATICAN CITY, July 14, 2014–Organizers for the first-ever audience to be held between a pope and the elderly population have revealed that a central reflection will be the active vocation of the aged in the Church and in society. “We have given 20 years of life to old people now (in Western countries), but 20 [...]

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VATICAN CITY, JulY 13, 2014–The Vatican spokesperson said that the Pope’s words as reported in the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica” cannot be considered with certainty to be Pope Francis’ actual words. Fr. Federico Lombardi of the Holy See Press Office questioned whether there is an “explicit acknowledgment” in the interview of “a manipulation of naive [...]

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Vatican’s new UN observer to face key challenges

VATICAN CITY, JulY 11, 2014–Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza, the new head of the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, served on the front lines in response to Haiti’s disastrous 2010 earthquake. Now he will have to tackle key international issues like restricting the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Archbishop Auza, 55, hails from [...]

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Vatican Vatican backs a ‘Pause for Peace’ during World Cup final

VATICAN CITY, Jul 10, 2014–The Pontifical Council for Culture launched an effort designed to unite the world in asking for peace in warring countries by observing a moment of silence during the final game of the World Cup. “Sports were born around religious festivities. Sporting events were moments of peace when wars ceased, as for [...]

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Vatican bank releases balance sheet, continues reform

VATICAN, July 8, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- The Institute for the Works of Religion, or “Vatican bank”, published its 2013 financial statement Tuesday, concluding the first step of an ongoing reform to improve financial transparency at the Vatican. “As set out in May 2013, we have focused on making the IOR compliant with financial regulation, safer [...]

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ROME, July 8, 2014 (CNS) — The crisis of child abuse by clergy is not a thing of the past — it will linger until the church humbly and courageously reaches out to all people still suffering in silence, said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin. “To some it might seem less than prudent to think [...]

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Pope Francis begs forgiveness from clergy abuse victims

VATICAN, July 7, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis, in his first Vatican meeting with sex abuse victims, asked forgiveness for the Church’s sins of omissions in sex abuse scandals and denounced sex abuse by clergy as “execrable acts.” The meeting took place July 7 at the Pope’s Casa Santa Marta residence. Six sex abuse victims [...]

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VATICAN, July 7, 2014 (CNS) — Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that “despicable actions” caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been “camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained.” “There is no place in the church’s ministry for those who commit these abuses, and I commit myself [...]

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Pope: Christ’s call, ‘come to me’, addressed to each person

VATICAN, July 6, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- At his Angelus address Sunday, Pope Francis noted that Christ’s invitation, “come unto me, all you who are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest,” is given to each and every person, through all time. “When Jesus says this, he has before his eyes the people he encountered [...]

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Pope Francis lauds testimony of working mothers

VATICAN CITY, July 5, 2014–During his one-day trip to Molise Pope Francis met with personnel of the region’s university, urging them to find creative solutions to unemployment, and thanked working mothers for their example. “Another challenge was voiced by this good working mother, who also spoke on behalf of her family: her husband, her young [...]

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ISERNIA, Italy, July 5, 2014–At a visit Saturday with the imprisoned in the Italian city of Isernia, Pope Francis stated the need of every human person for rehabilitation, and conversion to God. “To walk the way of rehabilitation, this is something we all need to do. All. We all make mistakes in life. And all [...]

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Cardinals’ council focused on Pontifical Councils for laity, family

VATICAN CITY, Jul 4, 2014–On Friday, the final day of the meeting of the Council of Cardinals, the group set their sights on the Pontifical Councils for the laity and the family, with a special mention of the potential inclusion of laity in those councils’ tasks. According to Fr. Lombardi, director of the Holy See [...]

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VATICAN CITY, July 03, 2014–Here is the text of the official prayer for World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow. “God, merciful Father, in your Son, Jesus Christ, you have revealed your love and poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, We entrust to you today the destiny of the world and [...]

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VATICAN CITY, July 2, 2014–In wake of escalating tensions between Israel and Palestine following the murder of three Israeli teens, Bishop William Shomali has encouraged leaders to work for reconciliation rather than retaliation. “We are against the killing of these three young Israeli men. It’s a homicide, it’s a crime against humanity,” the bishop said [...]

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