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DR Congo: Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu Appointed Member of Council of Cardinals

Cardinal Ambongo Besungu of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is the most recent addition to the group of Cardinal Advisors tasked with assisting the Pope in the government of the Universal Church and in the drafting and revision of the new Apostolic Constitution that will replace the Constitution Pastor Bonus promulgated by Pope Saint John…

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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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Fratelli Tutti: ‘Call to Avoid Ethnocentrism and Excessive Particularism’ – African Bishops

In the communique to the people of God in Africa and Madagascar, the President of SECAM reiterates Pope Francis’ message as a reminder for the Church in Africa “to encourage reconciliation and true communion between different ethnic groups.” “For us in Africa and Madagascar,” the President of SECAM, Philippe Cardinal Ouédraogo says in his message…

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Fratelli Tutti: A Thought Provoking Analysis

In Fratelli tutti, the very liberal-sounding idea of universal fraternity is put into dialogue with the gospel message which points so strikingly in the direction of the brother- and sisterhood of every human being. A more triumphalistic pontiff would have insisted that the gospel was the ultimate source of all that is good in the Enlightenment,…

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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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World Day of Migrants and Refugees: Message of Pope Francis

The 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) will be celebrated on Sunday 27th September 2020. With the title “Like Jesus Christ, forced to flee”, Pope Francis urges us this year to discover the reality of internally displaced people more deeply. Every month, a new video of Pope Francis and other multimedia materials delve…

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Pope Francis: The Driving Force of his Pontificate

Referring to the Synod for the Amazon, regarding the priestly ordination of viri probati, Francis wrote: “There was a discussion… a rich discussion… a well-founded discussion, but no discernment, which is something different from arriving at a good and justified consensus or relative majority.” He continued: “We must understand that the Synod is more than a  …

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Pope Francis: The Difficult Art of Discernment

On of the proposals that was most heatedly debated, both inside and outside the synod hall, was the possibility of ordaining married men into the priesthood to try to address the shortage of priests in the region. In the note published by Spadaro, Francis writes that sometimes the “bad spirit” ends up “conditioning discernment, favoring…

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Pope Francis: Applying Gospel Message to Big Questions of our Age

Over the last four Wednesdays in August, Francis has focussed his audiences on the pandemic, peppering his reflections with economic messages designed to make world leaders sit up and think. And he’ll be continuing in this vein over the coming weeks.  His reflections are not designed to offer policy proposals or support any political program….