South Sudan: Pope Sends Aid to Victims Flood Hit Diocese of Malakal
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South Sudan: Pope Sends Aid to Victims Flood Hit Diocese of Malakal

VATICAN, OCTOBER 5, 2021 (CISA)-The Holy Father is sending financial aid to the populations that have been affected by flooding in the Catholic Diocese of Malakal, South Sudan, the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development announced on October 4. “Following the heavy rains and devastating floods that hit South Sudan last August, displacing over…

Pope’s Prayer Intention for Extraordinary Mission Month: Missionary Disciples
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Pope’s Prayer Intention for Extraordinary Mission Month: Missionary Disciples

“Jesus asks us all, and you as well, to be missionary disciples. Are you ready?” Pope Francis opened The Pope Video—containing his prayer intention for the month of October—with that invitation to all Christians. The Pope said we are all invited to be open to Jesus’ call and to live united to Him in the…

World Day of Migrants and Refugees: ‘Don’t be Afraid to Dream’ – Pope Francis
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World Day of Migrants and Refugees: ‘Don’t be Afraid to Dream’ – Pope Francis

World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on Sunday #26September. In his new video, #PopeFrancis tells us not to be afraid to dream – rather, we should dream together as a single human family – and two Venezuelan #migrants relate how integration has allowed them to fulfill themselves and dream of a better…

Pope Francis: ‘Old Age is not a Disease, but a Privilege’.
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Pope Francis: ‘Old Age is not a Disease, but a Privilege’.

Pope Francis told elderly priests from northern Italy that aging is a privilege because they have the chance to suffer like Jesus Christ. “You are experiencing a season, old age, which is not a disease but a privilege,” he said in a Sept. 16 letter to priests from the Lombardy region. “And even those of you who…

‘You Cannot Separate Mission from Contemplation’ – Pope Francis to Missionaries
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‘You Cannot Separate Mission from Contemplation’ – Pope Francis to Missionaries

“You are missionaries: if you want your mission to be truly fruitful, you cannot separate your mission from contemplation and a life of intimacy with the Lord. If you want to be witnesses, you cannot cease being adorers,” he said, in a Spanish written text provided by the Holy See press office. The XXVI General…

Synodality – A Recipe for Radical Reform
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Synodality – A Recipe for Radical Reform

Synodality sets out to renew the power structures that have characterized the Catholic Church for centuries, but to do so it must achieve a far more ambitious goal: teaching faithful, lay and religious, to come together in dialogue at a time when entrenchment and polarization have turned Pope Francis’ “culture of encounter” into a quasi-utopian…

Pope Video September: An Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle
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Pope Video September: An Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle

Pope Francis says: We pray that we all will make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, rejoicing in our young people who are resolutely committed to this. It makes me very happy to see that young people have the courage to undertake projects for environmental and social improvement, since the two go together….

Wide-Ranging Interview Pope Francis
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Wide-Ranging Interview Pope Francis

Francis, speaking about the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, said: “I was touched by something that Chancellor [Angela] Merkel, who is one of the great figures of world politics, said in Moscow. I hope the wording is correct, but she said: ‘It is necessary to put an end to the irresponsible policy of intervening from outside…

Pope Francis: Letter to Priests
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Pope Francis: Letter to Priests

Some time ago, I shared with the Italian bishops my worry that, in more than a few places, our priests feel themselves attacked and blamed for crimes they did not commit. I mentioned that priests need to find in their bishop an older brother and a father who reassures them in these difficult times, encouraging…

Papal Prayer Intention for August: Church Reform ‘in the Light of the Gospel’
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Papal Prayer Intention for August: Church Reform ‘in the Light of the Gospel’

“The specific vocation of the Church is evangelization, which isn’t proselytism, no. Its vocation is evangelization; even more, the Church’s identity is evangelization. We can only renew the Church by discerning God’s will in our daily life and embarking on a transformation guided by the Holy Spirit. Our own reform as persons is that transformation….

Famed Nigerian Author’s Critical Reflections upon Reading Fratelli Tutti
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Famed Nigerian Author’s Critical Reflections upon Reading Fratelli Tutti

True social friendship is impossible in the absence of dignity, both among the church’s leaders, and between them and the faithful. My family’s experiences during my parents’ funerals served to reaffirm, if not renew, my reservations about the Nigerian church. So much could have been handled with compassion for the grieving but was not. So…

Pope Francis to Elderly: “There is no ‘Retirement’ from Spreading the Faith”
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Pope Francis to Elderly: “There is no ‘Retirement’ from Spreading the Faith”

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly: Papal Message “‘The prayer of the elderly can protect the world, helping it perhaps more effectively than the frenetic activity of many others.’ [Benedict] spoke those words in 2012, towards the end of his pontificate,” Francis said. “There is something beautiful here. Your prayer is a very precious…