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Pope’s Scholas Occurrentes Foundation Coming to Nigeria

. . Obi Calls for Christmas Reflection The globally-acclaimed Foundation created and promoted by Pope Francis, the Scholas Ocurrentes Foundation, is working to come to Nigeria. The Foundation which focuses on transforming the youth through education and sports, and which was initiated by Pope Francis as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Bueno Aires, Argentina, is today working all over ...

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In A De-Christianized World, Priests Should Be Pillars of Faith, Pope Francis Says

By Hannah Brockhaus Priests should strive after a strong relationship with Christ, beginning in seminary, in order to be the guides in faith the de-Christianized society needs, Pope Francis said Monday. To seminarians and priests from northern Italy Dec. 9, he said: “You are called to be evangelizers in your region, also marked by de-Christianization.” “Those who are more exposed ...

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Pope Francis Blesses 100 Nativity Scenes near the Vatican

Pope Francis Monday stopped by the “100 Nativities in the Vatican” display to bless Christmas scenes from all over the world. The unscheduled visit took place in the afternoon Dec. 9, with the pope spending about 40 minutes meeting the staff and artists of the exhibition and viewing the nearly 130 nativities from 30 different countries. He also recited a ...

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Vatican to Welcome Asylum Seekers to Italy

By Hannah Brockhaus On Thursday, the Holy See will welcome 33 refugees to Italy as they arrive from the Greek Island of Lesbos with papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski. Another 10 refugees will come later in December. The asylum seekers are from Afghanistan, Togo, and Cameroon. The humanitarian corridor was organized at the request of Pope Francis, who in May ...

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Pope Francis: Disabled People Are Not In Humanity’s Minor ‘Leagues’

By Hannah Brockhaus Pope Francis said Tuesday that disabled people make important contributions to humanity, and called discrimination against them a sin. The pope added that disabled people are not members of humanity’s minor “leagues.” “We are called to recognize in every person with a disability, even with complex and serious disabilities, a unique contribution to the common good through ...

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Pope Francis Voices Commitment to Full Communion with Orthodox

Marking the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, Pope Francis sent a message to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople on Saturday, voicing his desire for full communion between the Catholic and Orthodox. “It is with great spiritual joy and in profound communion of faith and charity that I join the prayer of the Church of Constantinople in celebrating the feast of ...

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