April Pope Video:  For Fundamental Human  Rights
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April Pope Video: For Fundamental Human Rights

“Defending fundamental human rights demands courage and determination. I’m referring to actively combatting poverty, inequality, the lack of work, land and housing, and the denial of social and labor rights. Often, in practice, fundamental human rights are not equal for all. There are first-, second-, and third-class people, and those who are disposable. No. They…

Francesco: A Pope Francis Documentary
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Francesco: A Pope Francis Documentary

“Francesco”, the documentary film directed by Evgeny Afineevsky dedicated to Pope Francis, is to be streamed globally from Sunday, 28 March. Speaking about his experience with the film, Afineevsky says: “What I admire most about the Pope is the way he brings people together”

Recap of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Iraq
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Recap of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Iraq

Pope Francis on St Joseph
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Pope Francis on St Joseph

If the first stage of all true interior healing is to accept our personal history and embrace even the things in life that we did not choose, we must now add another important element: creative courage. This emerges especially in the way we deal with difficulties. In the face of difficulty, we can either give…

John Allen Analyses Papal Trip to Iraq and 8 years at the Helm
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John Allen Analyses Papal Trip to Iraq and 8 years at the Helm

Ireland: Pope Gives Special Status to Knock Shrine
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Ireland: Pope Gives Special Status to Knock Shrine

Pope Francis will formally designate Knock as an International Marian and Eucharistic Shrine on the Feast of Saint Joseph, Friday 19 March, in a homily which will be transmitted via video link at the Mass in the Shrine Chapel. Welcoming the news, Archbishop Michael Neary said: “This is a hugely significant milestone in the history…

Novena to St. Joseph Day 1: Extracts from Pope Francis’ Patris Corde
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Novena to St. Joseph Day 1: Extracts from Pope Francis’ Patris Corde

Pope Francis: Patris Corde (extract 1) A beloved father The greatness of Saint Joseph is that he was the spouse of Mary and the father of Jesus. In thisway, he placed himself, in the words of Saint John Chrysostom, “at the service of the entire plan of2 salvation”.[7] Saint Paul VI pointed out that Joseph…

Pope Francis in Iraq: An Emblematic Synthesis of this Papacy
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Pope Francis in Iraq: An Emblematic Synthesis of this Papacy

Every papal trip is, in a sense, an exercise in storytelling. A pope chooses to travel to a given destination in part because he believes it has a story the world needs to hear, and, for a few days, he lends it his spotlight, so the global media pay attention. Pope Francis’s March 5-8 trip…

Pope Francis in Iraq: Prayer of the Sons and Daughters of Abraham
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Pope Francis in Iraq: Prayer of the Sons and Daughters of Abraham

Almighty God, our Creator, you love our human family and every work of your hands:           As children of Abraham, Jews, Christians and Muslims, together with other believers and all persons of good will, we thank you for having given us Abraham, a distinguished son of this noble and beloved country, to be our common…

Pope Francis in Iraq: Unique Historic Meeting with Ayatollah al-Sistani
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Pope Francis in Iraq: Unique Historic Meeting with Ayatollah al-Sistani

Ayatollah al-Sistani is the most important, revered and followed Ayatollah in the Shi’a world. Now 90 years of age, he has exercised this leading role since becoming the successor of Ayatollah al-Khoei in 1992. He does so through his teaching and his jurisprudence, which guides every aspect of Shi’a living. He has done so throughout…

Papal Visit to Iraq: Parallels between Shi’a Islam and Catholicism
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Papal Visit to Iraq: Parallels between Shi’a Islam and Catholicism

In October 2005, Benedictine Father Mark Serna, a veteran of Catholic/Shi’ite exchange, wrote: “In distinction to Muslims in the Sunni tradition, Shi’ite Muslims are very natural dialogue partners with Roman Catholics and monastics. There are many areas of mutuality: a profound contemplative and mystical tradition; veneration of saints, especially of Mary, the Mother of Jesus;…

Pope Video March 2021: Sacrament of Reconciliation
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Pope Video March 2021: Sacrament of Reconciliation

When I go to confession, it is in order to be healed, to heal my soul.To leave with greater spiritual health. To pass from misery to mercy.The centre of confession is not the sins we declare, but the divine love we receive, of which we are always in need. The centre of confession is Jesus…