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Access to water is a basic human right, concerns ‘the common good’

Access to water is a basic human right, concerns ‘the common good’

VATICAN, Feb. 24, 2017-– A Vatican seminar on water held this week highlighted the complex challenges faced around the world in making the basic human right to water a reality for all people. Reliable access to safe and clean water for everyone is an issue close to the heart of the Church, Cardinal Peter Turkson […]

Gratitude is central, Pope Francis tells Spanish footballers

VATICAN, Feb. 24, 2017-– Meeting with the members of the Spanish football team Villarreal CF on Thursday, Pope Francis stressed the importance of gratitude in the life of an athlete. “One of the characteristics of the good sportsman is gratitude. If we think of our own life, we can call to memory the many people […]

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Pope meets families of victims from deadly Bangladesh attack

VATICAN, Feb. 22, 2017-– Pope Francis met Wednesday morning with the families of nine of the victims of a terrorist attack which took place in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, last summer. The attack was carried out July 1, 2016 during a hostage scenario in the Hotel Artisan Bakery café in Dhaka. Twenty-eight people […]

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Vatican to crack down on illegal sale of papal symbols, coat of arms

VATICAN, Feb. 22, 2017-– On Wednesday the Vatican announced plans to monitor with a more careful eye those who print official images of the Pope or the Holy See and sell them for profit, intervening with “appropriate action” when necessary. A Feb. 22 communique issued by the Secretariat of State said pointed out that among […]

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Pope Francis: Protecting migrants is a ‘moral imperative’

VATICAN, Feb. 21, 2017-– On Tuesday Pope Francis said that it is our duty to defend the dignity of migrants, particularly by enacting just laws that offer protection to those forced to flee from dangerous or inhumane situations. “Defending (migrants’) inalienable rights, ensuring their fundamental freedoms and respecting their dignity are duties from which no […]

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Vatican, Al-Azhar team up to counter religious justification for violence

VATICAN, Feb. 21, 2017-– The Vatican and one of Islam’s most renowned schools of Sunni thought are joining forces to discuss how they can work together in combating religious extremism that uses God’s name to justify violence. On Feb. 21 the Vatican announced that Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, […]

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Pope Francis: To love your enemies, prayer is a game-changer

VATICAN, Feb. 19, 2017-– The path to holiness and sainthood, Pope Francis said, requires imitating Christ by loving our enemies and praying for those who wrong us even when it is difficult. “It’s true, God the Father is merciful,” he said Feb. 19. “And you? Are you merciful, are you merciful with the people who […]

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Pope prays for victims of terrorist attacks in Iraq and Pakistan

VATICAN, Feb. 19, 2017-– After leading the Angelus Sunday, Pope Francis prayed for all those affected by violence and war around the world, particularly the victims of recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Iraq, asking pilgrims to offer a moment of silence before leading them in praying the ‘Hail Mary.’ “I think, in particular, of […]

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Want to reach humanity? Be open to God’s grace, Pope says

VATICAN, Feb. 18, 2017-– The Christian mission today means facing new challenges with simplicity, holiness, and openness to God, Pope Francis told an audience with the Marian Fathers on Saturday. “Many still await knowledge of Jesus, the sole Redeemer of man, and many situations of injustice and moral and material hardship challenge believers,” the Pope […]

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Muslim refugee hails Pope Francis as the example of religion

VATICAN, Feb. 17, 2017-– Nur Essa, a Muslim Syrian woman whose family was brought to Rome from Lesbos by Pope Francis last April, said that the openness he has shown to those of different faiths has deeply impressed her. “For me, I was surprised,” she told CNA. “(He is) very open to all of the […]

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Integration key to quelling fear of migrants, Pope Francis says

VATICAN, Feb. 17, 2017-– On Friday Pope Francis paid a visit to Rome’s “Roma Tre” university, stressing to students the importance of dialogue, listening and integration in putting an end to the fear that can at times be generated in the face of welcoming new migrants. “Migrations are not a danger, they are a challenge […]

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Why Pope Francis cheers for the Special Olympics

VATICAN, Feb. 17, 2017-– Pope Francis received a delegation from the Special Olympics on Thursday, reflecting on the power of the event to spread joy and hope. The Pope suggested that joy is at the heart of all sports: “the joy of exercising, of being together, of being alive and rejoicing in the gifts the […]

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Cardinal Burke sent to Guam to oversee sex abuse trial

VATICAN, Feb. 16, 2017– The Vatican has sent Cardinal Raymond Burke to Guam to act as presiding judge at the trial of Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who was removed from office in June 2016 following allegations of child sex abuse. Cardinal Burke is a canon lawyer and former prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic […]

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In latest round of meetings, papal advisors cover court, bishop selection

VATICAN, Feb. 15, 2017-– Pope Francis and his Council of Cardinals met for the 18th time this week to continue discussion on reforming the Roman Curia, focusing on how new bishops are chosen and the streamlining of several offices, including the Vatican tribunals. According to a Feb. 15 Vatican communique, after opening their meetings with […]

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Vatican’s top legal aide says divorced-and-remarried may receive Communion

VATICAN, Feb. 14, 2017-– The head of the Vatican office charged with interpreting Church law has said that divorced-and-remarried persons who want to change their situation but cannot, may be admitted to Communion without living in continence. “The Church could admit to Penance and to the Eucharist faithful who find themselves in an illegitimate union […]

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Pope lauds ‘courageous’ witness of abuse victim who chose to forgive

VATICAN, Feb. 14, 2017– In his preface for a book written by a survivor of clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis once again lamented the “monstrosity” of the act, calling the author, Daniel Pittet, courageous for his willingness to forgive his abuser and to share his story with the world. “For those who have been victims […]

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