Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

Our right to clean water needs defending Comments 0

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Access to clean, fresh water is a fundamental human right that must be defended. This is especially so in poor areas where people are suffering the deadly effects of climate change, Pope Francis said on World Water Day last week. Commemorated annually on 22 March, the day provides a way of concentrating efforts to resolve Read more

Pope replaces cardinal during worsening sex abuse cover-up Comments 0

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Pope Francis has accepted Chilean Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati’s resignation and immediately named a temporary replacement. Ezzati’s resignation came after he was placed under criminal investigation in the country’s spiralling church sex abuse and cover-up scandal. Spanish-born Capuchin friar and current bishop of Copiapo, Chile, Monsignor Celestino Aos Braco will replace Ezzati in the interim. Ezzati, Read more

Missionaries in Timor-Leste honoured by Vatican Comments 0

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Pope Francis has honoured four priests and a nun for their distinguished service to the Catholic Church in Timor-Leste. Holy See representative, Monsignor Marco Sprizzi, presented the missionaries with the Decoration of Honor. This honour is given by the pope to laypeople and clergy for outstanding contributions to the Church. Read more Related Posts:Church centre Read more

Jewish charity and pope extend multi-cultural, multi-religious youth event Comments 0

Monday, March 25th, 2019

An international Jewish education charity has signed a deal with Pope Francis to extend a programme that brings children from different societies, cultures and religions together. World ORT announced that it had shook hands on an extension to the pontiff’s Scholas World Youth Encounter, which will allow a huge “youth encounter” to take place in Read more

Pope rejects Cardinal Barbarin’s resignation Comments 0

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Pope Francis rejected Cardinal Philippe Barbarin’s offer to resign after they met in the papal office on Monday. Barbarin (68) offered his resignation as the archbishop of Lyon after receiving a six-month suspended prison sentence for the non-disclosure of sexual abuse against minors. He is appealing the sentence. He immediately offered his resignation for the Read more

Vatican says China should not fear Church Comments 0

Monday, March 18th, 2019

A Vatican official says China’s government should not fear “distrust or hostility” from the Roman Catholic Church, amid speculation over whether President Xi Jinping will meet Pope Francis this week. Read more Related Posts:Vatican mishandling ChinaChina’s five year plan to develop Catholic ChurchBeijing deal silences Vatican on repression for nowChinese bishops praise Pope and Vatican-China Read more

The good, the bad and the merciful: Pope Francis after six years Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2019
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Six years ago, on March 13, the College of Cardinals surprised the world with the election of the Argentine Jesuit Jorge Bergoglio as pope. Taking the name Francis, he won the admiration and respect of Catholics and non-Catholics alike with his simplicity and concern for the poor and marginalized. With each passing year, however, criticism Read more

Lent, a time for a little less hypocrisy Comments 0

Monday, March 11th, 2019
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Lent is a time to ask for God’s grace to chip away at hypocrisy, which is seen in the natural human attempt to appear “worthier than we are,” Pope Francis said. “I must appear to be what I am, and that is our work in Lent,” the pope said March 8 during his early morning Read more

Historic meeting between prophet and pope Comments 0

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Last Saturday’s meeting between Pope Francis and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Latter Day Saints) president Russell M. Nelson was the the first such meeting between leaders of the two churches. The historic meeting was held the evening before the Latter Day Saints dedicated a new temple in Rome. Although the Vatican Read more

Female leaders speak positively of pope and church Comments 0

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Female leaders from the secular world and some of the highest-ranking women in the Vatican spoke positively of the pope and the church at International Women’s Day events in Rome last week. One of those women, Australian journalist Geraldine Doogue, lent her support to major institutions including the Catholic Church. Speaking at an event organised Read more