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Sunday 18 October: Anti-Slavery Day

Pope Francis, within the first few paragraphs of his newly published encyclical ‘Fratelli Tutti’, informs us that “millions of people today…are deprived of freedom and forced to live in conditions akin to slavery” #24. With over 27 million people currently in slavery worldwide, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the…

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Season of Creation: Our Moral Imperative to Act on Climate Change – Pope Francis

The global climate crisis will require us to transform the way we act, says His Holiness Pope Francis. Delivering a visionary TED Talk from Vatican City yesterday, the Holy Father proposes three courses of action to address the world’s growing environmental problems and economic inequalities, illustrating how all of us can work together, across faiths…

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Pope Video for October: Women in Leaderships Roles in the Church

No one has been baptized a priest or a bishop. We have all been baptized as lay people. Lay people are protagonists of the Church. Today, it is especially necessary to create broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church. And we must emphasize the feminine lay presence because women tend to…

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People with Mental Health Issues Forced to Live in Chains

Hundreds of thousands of people with mental health conditions are shackled around the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Men, women, and children, some as young as 10, are chained or locked in confined spaces for weeks, months, and even years, in about 60 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle…

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American Catholicism’s Contradictions

If I am disappointed that American Catholicism is not bringing to our politics what Pope Francis has called “the joy of the Gospel,” it is an impatience born of gratitude, not bitterness. Perhaps that’s why I have used the restrained word “underperforming” to describe what others might fairly see as the scandalous failure of its leadership…

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Extraordinary Mission Month: Mission and Missionary Sentiments

(October 2019 Extraordinary Month of Mission remembered and replayed) This time last year I rolled out this amateur audio and sentiments: CHRIST’S MISSION: MISSION TO THE EAST, MISSION TO THE SOUTH, MISSION WEST, MISSION TO THE NORTH. We are putting together our resources to send out to the missions! We are behind the Holy Father…

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Assisi: Pope Francis Signs ‘Fratelli Tutti’ Encyclical

Pope Francis visited Assisi on Saturday, the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi, where he celebrated Mass before the Saint’s tomb, before signing his new Encyclical: ‘Fratelli tutti.’ The Holy Father traveled to Assisi by car. On the way, he visited the Monastery of Vallegloria in Spello, and called in to the…

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St Francis of Assisi

“Sermon to the birds: ‘Esteemed friends, birds of noble lineage, I have no message to you except this: be what you are: be birds. Thus you will be your own sermon to yourselves!’ Reply: ‘Even this is one sermon too many!’” — Thomas Merton (Day of a Stranger, p.51)   Francis and the Wolf Carlo Carretto (1910–1988)…