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Querida Amazonia: The Pope’s Exhortation for A Church With an Amazonian Face

By Alessandro Gisotti The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Amazon Region has been published. The document traces new paths of evangelization and care for the environment and the poor. Pope Francis hopes for a new missionary thrust, and encourages the role of the laity within the ecclesial community. “The beloved Amazon Region stands before the world in all its splendour, ...

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‘Never Again’: Pope Francis Calls for Prayer on Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Courtney Mares Pope Francis has asked for people to spend a moment in prayer and recollection on Monday for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. January 27 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Between 1940 and 1945, the Nazi regime murdered 1.1 million people in Auschwitz, many killed in the gas chambers immediately upon arrival ...

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Pope Francis Prays for Coronavirus Victims in China

By Courtney Mares Pope Francis prayed Sunday for people infected by the coronavirus, which has killed 56 people in China. “May the Lord welcome the deceased in his peace, comfort families and support the great commitment of the Chinese community, already put in place to fight the epidemic,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Jan. 26. Originating in the ...

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Pope Francis: Christians Can Unite in Welcoming Migrants, each other

By Hannah Brockhaus Welcoming other Christians and showing hospitality to strangers, especially migrants, is an opportunity for unity and for sharing Christ’s love, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday. “Hospitality is important; it is also an important ecumenical virtue,” the pope said in the Pope Paul VI hall Jan. 22. “First of all, it means recognizing that other ...

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Pope Francis Condemns Clerics Who Engage in Simony

By Hannah Brockhaus In a homily Tuesday, Pope Francis condemned priests and bishops who use money to advance their careers. To be a priest or bishop, like being a Christian, is a free and undeserved gift of God, not something to be bought, he said Jan. 21 during Mass in the chapel of the Vatican’s Santa Marta guesthouse. “We have ...

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Good Politics is at the Service of Peace

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the Celebration of The 52nd World Day of Peace 1 January 2019 1. “Peace be to this house!” In sending his disciples forth on mission, Jesus told them: “Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; ...

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