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Water is a treasure says Pope Francis Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Water is a treasure  and we must protect it, says Pope Francis. During yesterday’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, he especially welcomed visitors participating in the “Watershed” Conference. Timed to take place on 22 March – World Water Day – the conference focus was on “replenishing water values for a thirsty world”. Francis told Read more

Flashmobs, social media, young people and the Pope Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Flashmobs where congregations come together and worship then disappear aren’t what a church experience is about Pope Francis told students at Roma Tre University this week. Nor is social media a reflection of reality, he added. A video recording of  his talk was made for World Youth Day, which takes places on 9 April. Rather Read more

Migrants paying the price in Europe says Caritas Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Migrants are paying a heavy price in Europe because of an agreement made a year ago between the European Union (EU) and Turkey, says Caritas The agreement aimed to stem the flow of migrants and refugees seeking protection in Europe. Caritas says the agreement has left thousands of vulnerable people stranded in degrading conditions in Read more

Pope begged for forgiveness for Rwanda genocide Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The Pope has begged the Rwandan President Paul Kagame  for forgiveness for the Catholic Church’s part in the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Francis said the Vatican acknowledges the church was in part to blame for the genocide, as were some Catholic priests and nuns. He said these priests and nuns had “succumbed to hatred and violence, betraying Read more

Bible mustn’t be used to justify killings warn Bishops Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The Bible mustn’t be used to justify killings, the Filipino Bishops wrote in a pastoral letter. Their concern follows months of killings as Filipino President, Rodrigo Duterte, fights a war against drugs. In their letter, which was read at all Masses on Sunday, the bishops recounted the passage of a House of Representatives bill that Read more

Visitors crowd to see Jesus’s restored tomb Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Visitors from around the world are making pilgrimages to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to see Jesus’s recently restored tomb. The last time the tomb was restored was in 1810. It is considered one of the most sacred sites in Christianity. Inside the tomb is a burial bed made of rock, where Read more

Catholic media strategise to counter fake news Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Catholic media from all over Asia gathered in Kuala Lumpur recently. Their aim – to develop strategies to counter fake news. They noted social media is particularly known for spreading false news stories. The meeting was convened by the World Catholic Association for Communication. Read more  

Australian Anglican Church: 1,100 abuse complaints Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The Australian Anglican Church has had around 1,100 child abuse complaints reported against it in the past 35 years. A Government report says most children were aged around 11 when they were abused. Their publication about the Anglican Church comes a month after the Royal Commission into child abuse was told the Australian Catholic church Read more

Pope Francis explains what a good confessor’s like Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017
Pope Francis confession

Pope Francis explained what a good confessor’s like to hundreds of priests last Friday. There are three particular characteristics Francis highlighted when speaking to the priests at the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Vatican court. The Apostolic Penitentiary deals with issues concerning the sacrament of confession. Francis says the first characteristic is the priest “must be a Read more

Pope Francis making progress in Vatican’s financial clean-up Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Pope Francis is making progress in cleaning up the Vatican’s hidden financial corners. He has invited international financial watchdog, Moneyval, to check the accounts. He has also had the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (AIF) have a look at the Holy See’s finances. The AIF has found 23 cases of suspected financial irregularity. It has sent Read more