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…

Pope Francis: A Faith without Doubts cannot Advance
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Pope Francis: A Faith without Doubts cannot Advance

“The devil puts doubts in us, then life happens along with its tragedies: ‘Why does God allow this?’ But a faith without doubts cannot advance. (…) The thought of being abandoned by God is an experience of faith which many saints have experienced, along with many people today who feel abandoned by God, but do…

Pope Francis Upcoming Visit to Iraq – Song to Fortify Hearts
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Pope Francis Upcoming Visit to Iraq – Song to Fortify Hearts

As part of his visit to Iraq in March 2021, Pope Francis will visit the vacated towns of Mosul and Quaraqosh in Western Iraq, and celebrate Mass in Erbil’s ‘Franso Hariri’ stadium. His purpose: to give voice to the anxieties of the traumatised and to encourage them to remain in their ancient homelands. To commemorate…

Coptic Martyrs ‘Saints of All Christians’ – Pope Francis
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Coptic Martyrs ‘Saints of All Christians’ – Pope Francis

Pope Francis has praised the courageous witness of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians killed by ISIS in 2015, calling them “saints of all Christians.” In a video message for the “Day of Contemporary Martyrs” Feb. 15, the pope said, “I hold in my heart that baptism of blood, those twenty-one men baptized as Christians with…

Pope Video February 2021:
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Pope Video February 2021:

Today, there continue to be women who suffer violence. Psychological violence, verbal violence, physical violence, sexual violence. It’s shocking how many women are beaten, insulted, and raped. The various forms of ill-treatment that many women suffer are acts of cowardice and a degradation of all humanity. Of men and of all humanity. The testimonies of…

‘Mission of Compassion’ – Pope Francis Message for World Mission Day
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‘Mission of Compassion’ – Pope Francis Message for World Mission Day

Amid this pandemic, underlines the Pope, “when there is a temptation to disguise and justify indifference and apathy in the name of healthy social distancing, there is urgent need for the mission of compassion, which can make that necessary distancing an opportunity for encounter, care and promotion.” In our present circumstances, he continues, “there is…

Pope Francis: Mission Is……
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Pope Francis: Mission Is……

Pope Francis has included in his public discourses insistent references to the specific nature of the Church’s mission in the world. For example, the Holy Father has repeated numerous times that evangelization is not “proselytism”, and that the Church grows “by attraction” and by “witness” – a host of expressions all of which are oriented…

Pope Video January: At the Service of Human Fraternity
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Pope Video January: At the Service of Human Fraternity

“When we pray to God following Jesus, we come together as brothers and sisters with those who pray according to other cultures, other traditions and other beliefs. We are brothers and sisters who pray. Fraternity leads us to open ourselves to the Father of all and to see in the other a brother or sister,…