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Pastoral ministry means never leaving people to suffer alone, pope says

January 28th, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags: ,

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VATICAN CITY — A truly pastoral minister never leaves people to suffer on their own or to become a victim to their own errors and confusion, Pope Francis told members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

An authentically pastoral approach is any effort that seeks to take people by the hand, “when they have lost a sense of their dignity and destiny, so as to lead them with confidence to rediscover God’s loving paternity, their good destiny and ways to build a more humane world. This is the great task awaiting your congregation and every other pastoral institution in the church,” he said.

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Pope Francis decries ‘fake news’ and stresses personal responsibility

January 24th, 2018 Posted in Featured, Vatican News

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VATICAN CITY — People have a responsibility to check the source of what they share on social media to ensure it is not “fake news” designed to further prejudices or increase fear, Pope Francis said.

Fake news grabs people’s attention “by appealing to stereotypes and common social prejudices, and exploiting instantaneous emotions like anxiety, contempt, anger and frustration,” Pope Francis wrote in his message for World Communications Day 2018.

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Pope answers questions about couple’s in-flight convalidation

January 23rd, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags: ,

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ decision to convalidate the marriage of two flight attendants in the air sent waves of turbulence through the Catholic blogosphere, where respected canon lawyers and pastors raised serious questions about the pope sending a message that marriage wasn’t so serious.

But three days later, the pope gave reporters more of the background, demonstrating that he did not make the decision on the fly and neither did the couple.

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Serving isolated parishes may mean ordaining married men, cardinal says

January 22nd, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags: ,

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VATICAN CITY — The idea of exceptionally ordaining older married men of proven virtue to celebrate the Eucharist in isolated Catholic communities is something that should be discussed, said Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy.

“It is not about being in favor of or against something, but about attentively evaluating various possibilities without being closed or rigid,” the cardinal said in a new book in Italian, “Tutti gli Uomini di Francesco” (“All Francis’ Men”) released Jan. 22 by Edizioni San Paolo.

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Pope apologizes to sex abuse victims, defends accused Chilean bishop

January 22nd, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags: ,

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ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM PERU — Pope Francis apologized to victims of clergy sex abuse, saying he unknowingly wounded them by the way he defended a Chilean bishop accused of covering up abuse by his mentor.

Speaking with journalists on his flight to Rome from Lima, Peru, Jan. 21, the pope said he only realized later that his words erroneously implied that victims’ accusations are credible only with concrete proof.

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Jerusalem’s ‘universal value’ must be protected, Pope Francis writes to grand imam

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VATICAN CITY — Christians, Muslims and Jews who are sincere about their faith must be committed to protecting the special character of Jerusalem and to praying and working for peace in the Holy Land, Pope Francis wrote in a letter to the grand imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar University.

Only a special, internationally guaranteed statute on the status of Jerusalem “can preserve its identity and unique vocation as a place of peace,” the pope wrote. And only when the city’s “universal value” is recognized and protected can there be “a future of reconciliation and hope for the entire region.”

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Cardinal Josef Beran of Prague to get wish of homeland burial 50 years after death

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VATICAN CITY — In his last will and testament, a cardinal exiled to Rome, who survived the Nazis’ Dachau prison camp and 17 years of communist persecution, requested to be allowed back home to Czechoslovakia for burial.

But as Cardinal Josef Beran — ill with cancer — wrote down his wishes, it never occurred to him that the hostility against him by communist officials was so great; they not only denied him the right to return while alive, they would not even want him back dead.

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Vatican media notes Trump’s ‘harsh and offensive words’

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

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In its continuing coverage of the U.S. immigration debate, the Vatican newspaper noted media reports that President Donald Trump “used particularly harsh and offensive words about immigrants” from several countries.

“No agreement on Dreamers” was the headline on the lead story for L’Osservatore Romano’s edition dated Jan. 13 and published late Jan. 12.

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Pope praises Peru, Chile for serving those ‘discarded by society’

January 9th, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags: , ,

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VATICAN CITY — Less than a week before embarking on a seven-day visit to South America, Pope Francis said he would go to Chile and Peru as a pilgrim and share the Gospel’s message of hope and joy.

“I want to meet with you, look into your eyes, see your faces and experience God’s closeness, his tenderness and mercy that embraces and consoles us,” the pope said in a video message released by the Vatican Jan. 9.

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Pope to diplomats: It’s painful to see rights violated

January 8th, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags:

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VATICAN CITY — Because everyone has a right to life, liberty and personal security, nations must find nonviolent solutions to conflict and difficulties, Pope Francis said.

A culture of peace “calls for unremitting efforts in favor of disarmament and the reduction of recourse to the use of armed force in the handling of international affairs,” he said Jan. 8 in his annual address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican.

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