South Sudan: Pope’s Planned Ecumenical Visit Unique
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South Sudan: Pope’s Planned Ecumenical Visit Unique

n a Thursday, May 19 interview with ACI Africa, Fr. Jim Greene who is the Executive Director of Solidarity with South Sudan (SSS) said the coming of Pope Francis to South Sudan is “a huge occasion” for the people of God in the country.  “It’s a huge occasion for the rejoicing of Bishops, Priests, and Laity. The ecumenical approach…

Pope’s DR Congo Visit to Go Ahead as Planned – Cardinal Ambongo
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Pope’s DR Congo Visit to Go Ahead as Planned – Cardinal Ambongo

Pope Francis is expected to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in July despite his health challenges, especially the pain in his knee, the Cardinal in the Central African nation has said. In a Friday, May 20 report, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo speaks about his encounter with the Holy Father during last month’s meeting of the Council of Cardinals in Rome.  “Pope Francis…

Authorisation for Non-Clerics to be Major Superiors in Certain Cases – Pope Francis
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Authorisation for Non-Clerics to be Major Superiors in Certain Cases – Pope Francis

Pope Francis has authorised the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated and Societies of Apostolic Life to grant dispensations that would allow non-clerics to hold the office of Major Superior in some cases. The Holy Father did so in a rescript promulgated on Wednesday, concerning the possibility of a dispensation from Canon 588 §2 of the…

Pope Francis on Saint Charles de Foucauld: ‘Focus on his Joy’
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Pope Francis on Saint Charles de Foucauld: ‘Focus on his Joy’

Speaking off-the-cuff, the Pope said Charles de Foucauld’s spirituality helped him personally when he was studying theology. “He helped me overcome my crises and find a more simple, less Pelagian path of Christian life which is closer to the Lord.” The Pope concluded his speech by inviting the group to focus on St. Charles’ joy,…

Pope Francis to Mission Societies Gathered in Lyon: Proclaim with your Lives  the Gratuitous Love of God
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Pope Francis to Mission Societies Gathered in Lyon: Proclaim with your Lives the Gratuitous Love of God

“In this special year you have gathered in Lyon, the city where the Pontifical Missionary Societies originated and where the beatification of Pauline Jaricot, will be celebrated,” writes Pope Francis in a message to members of the Pontifical Mission Societies who are marking a series of anniversaries including the 200 years from the foundation of…

Good Shepherd Sunday – Pope Francis on Vocation
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Good Shepherd Sunday – Pope Francis on Vocation

The word “vocation” should not be understood restrictively, as referring simply to those who follow the Lord through a life of special consecration. All of us are called to share in Christ’s mission to reunite a fragmented humanity and to reconcile it with God. Each man and woman, even before encountering Christ and embracing the…

For Faith-Filled Young People: Pope’s May Prayer Intention
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For Faith-Filled Young People: Pope’s May Prayer Intention

Speaking about the family, I would like to begin by addressing the young people first. When I think of a model with whom young people can identify with, our Mother, Mary, always comes to mind: her courage, the way she knew how to listen, and her dedication to service. She was courageous and determined to…

Pope Video April 2022: For Health Care Workers
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Pope Video April 2022: For Health Care Workers

It is going to take us a long time to forget the pandemic. May we not forget some of the things it has taught us, either. On one hand, there is “the self-giving and generosity of health care workers, volunteers, support staff, priests, and religious men and women.” On the other, there’s the importance of…

‘The Joy of the Church is to Evangelize’ – Pope Francis
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‘The Joy of the Church is to Evangelize’ – Pope Francis

The concern of the Church cannot and should not be that of the prestige of the community and its ministers. It cannot and should not be its social influence, that is, a desire to “matter”, to be “relevant” on the world stage, in society, or in places of power. It cannot and should not be…

DR Congo: Logo and Motto of Prospective Papal Visit – ‘All Reconciled in Jesus Christ’
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DR Congo: Logo and Motto of Prospective Papal Visit – ‘All Reconciled in Jesus Christ’

Vatican officials explain the symbolism of the logo that “features a map of the African country with the contours in the design displaying the colors of the flag.” “The map also has graphics showing the earth’s biodiversity and has an open border to the west as a sign of the warm welcome given to this…

DR Congo: Setting up Shrine to Blessed Isidore Bakanja ahead of Papal Visit
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DR Congo: Setting up Shrine to Blessed Isidore Bakanja ahead of Papal Visit

Plans are underway for Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to partner with the government of the Central African nation to construct a shrine in memory of Blessed Isidore Bakanja ahead of the planned Papal visit in July. On Tuesday, March 8, representatives of the Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) had a meeting with DRC’s…

Pope Video March 2022: For a Christian Response to Bioethical Challenges
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Pope Video March 2022: For a Christian Response to Bioethical Challenges

The progress of bioethics presents us with challenges, and we Christians, Pope Francis tells us, “must respond” with “an even more profound and subtle discernment,” without “hiding our head like an ostrich.” This Christian response has an essential starting point: “Applications of biotechnological must always be used based on respect for human dignity.” It’s no…