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Pope praises ‘Land of Dreams’ at final Mass in Chile

January 18th, 2018 Posted in International News

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IQUIQUE, Chile — Christians must be aware of the injustices and exploitation suffered by migrants and those seeking a better life for themselves and their families, Pope Francis said.

On the last leg of his trip in Chile, the pope said the cry of the poor “opens our hearts and teaches us to be attentive.”

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Pope officiates at impromptu wedding aboard flight in Chile

January 18th, 2018 Posted in Featured, International News Tags: ,

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ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO IQUIQUE, Chile — Love was literally in the air as Pope Francis performed an impromptu wedding ceremony at 36,000 feet aboard his flight in Chile.

During his flight to Iquique Jan. 18, the pope was approached by LatAm flight steward Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriaga and asked for a blessing for him and his wife, stewardess Paula Podest Ruiz.

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Pope to Mapuche: No culture better than another

January 17th, 2018 Posted in Featured, International News Tags: , ,

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TEMUCO, Chile — Celebrating Mass in a land steeped in indigenous history and culture, Pope Francis said the greatest threat facing humanity is the stifling of differences driven by the idea that some cultures are better than others.

Greeting members of the Mapuche people and other indigenous peoples living in southern Chile Jan. 17, Pope Francis recognized the suffering and injustice endured by the indigenous population.

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Sea of humanity greets pope at Mass in Santiago

January 16th, 2018 Posted in Featured, International News Tags: ,

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SANTIAGO, Chile — The beatitudes are not cheap words for those who think they know it all yet do not commit to faith; they are the fruit of a hopeful heart that yearns for peace and happiness, Pope Francis said.

Christ’s response to the longings and aspirations of those seeking a life of happiness are not a “product of those prophets of dooms who seek only to spread dismay” or “mirages that promise happiness with a single ‘click,’ in the blink of any eye,” the pope said Jan. 16, celebrating his first public Mass in Chile.

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Pope seeks forgiveness in Chile for ‘irreparable damage’

January 16th, 2018 Posted in International News Tags: , ,

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SANTIAGO, Chile (CNS) — Pope Francis, in his first formal speech in Chile, asked forgiveness from those who were sexually abused by priests.

Addressing government authorities and members of the country’s diplomatic corps Jan. 16, the pope expressed his “pain and shame at the irreparable damage caused to children by some ministers of the church.”

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Argentina airspace is closest pope has come to homecoming

January 16th, 2018 Posted in International News Tags: ,

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MEXICO CITY (CNS) — The papal flight to Chile lasted about 15 hours and flew over the Pope Francis’ native Argentina, where many in the church, politics and chattering classes wondered aloud: When will he arrive here?

After Argentine Cardinal Jose Mario Bergoglio was elected pope in March 2013, many Argentines expected he would put his home country on the top of his list of countries to visit. Nearly five years later, Pope Francis has traveled four times to Latin America, but not Argentina.

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Belgian euthanasia law scrutinized for failure to report abuses

January 12th, 2018 Posted in International News Tags: ,

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OXFORD, England (CNS) — Catholics in Belgium are concerned the country’s euthanasia law is being abused to kill patients without legal checks and safeguards.

Auxiliary Bishop Jean Kockerols of Mechelen-Brussels said “not just the church’s hierarchy, but doctors and medical professionals as well” were concerned.

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‘Spiritual toolkit’ is cell phone app aimed at boosting vocations

January 10th, 2018 Posted in Featured, International News, Vocations Tags: ,

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Catholic News Service

MANCHESTER, England — The Catholic Church in England and Wales has launched a cellphone app designed to help users deepen their faith and discover their vocations.
The “God Calls” app was commissioned by the National Office for Vocation of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales as a “spiritual toolkit.”The app includes daily prayers and meditations on the Gospel and the lives of the saints, as well as a news section and Twitter feed to connect users to the life of the church.

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Salesian-run school prepares for papal visit to Chile

January 8th, 2018 Posted in Featured, International News Tags: ,

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SANTIAGO, Chile (CNS) — The playground at the Salesian-run school is filled with children in brightly colored swimsuits, laughing and screaming as young Catholic volunteers spray them with water in the 100-degree summer sunshine.

The children range in age from 6 to 12. They are participating in a weeklong summer camp, which helps children from vulnerable backgrounds have fun during their summer vacation and brings them closer to the Catholic Church in preparation for Pope Francis’ Jan. 15-18 visit.

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Bishops in Kazakhstan: No Communion for divorced, remarried Catholics

January 4th, 2018 Posted in International News Tags:

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ROME — In Kazakhstan, “divorced people living with someone else would not dare ask for holy Communion because they know they are living in a situation of sin. It would be blasphemy,” said Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana.

Archbishop Tomash Peta of Astana, Bishop Schneider and retired Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga of Karaganda published a statement on “the immutable truths about sacramental marriage” in late December.

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