Pope Video: Respect for the Planet’s Resources
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Pope Video: Respect for the Planet’s Resources

We are squeezing out the planet’s goods. Squeezing them out, as if the earth were an orange. Countries and businesses from the global north have enriched themselves by exploiting the natural resources of the south, creating an “ecological debt.” Who is going to pay this debt? In addition, this “ecological debt” is increased when multinationals…

Pope Appeals for Dialogue in Nile River Dispute
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Pope Appeals for Dialogue in Nile River Dispute

Pope Francis said after the recitation of the Angelus on Saturday that he is “following with particular attention the situation of the difficult negotiations regarding the Nile between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan.” He urged all parties to “continue on the path of dialogue so that the Eternal River might continue to be a source of life”,…

Pope’s August Prayer Intention: Seafarers and the Maritime World
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Pope’s August Prayer Intention: Seafarers and the Maritime World

“The life of sailors or fishermen and their families is very difficult,” Pope Francis notes in the video message in his native Spanish language.  “Sometimes they are victims of forced labor or are left behind in distant ports.” “The competition of industrial fishing and the problem of pollution make their work even more complicated.”  However,…

Lampedusa: Key to Understand Francis Papacy
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Lampedusa: Key to Understand Francis Papacy

What elevated Lampedusa into iconic status wasn’t just its gripping human drama, but the fact that an electric new pope chose the spot for his first trip outside Rome on July 8, 2013. The visit was just four and a half hours long, but rarely has a mere half-day in the life of a papacy…

Our Families: Pope’s Prayer Intention for July
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Our Families: Pope’s Prayer Intention for July

The family ought to be protected. It faces many dangers: the fast pace of life, stress… Sometimes, parents forget to play with their children. The Church needs to encourage families and stay at their side, helping them to discover ways that allow them to overcome all of these difficulties. Let us pray that today’s families may…

Pope Francis on Unity and Prophecy
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Pope Francis on Unity and Prophecy

On the feast of the two Apostles of this City, I would like to share with you two key words: unity and prophecy. Unity. We celebrate together two very different individuals: Peter, a fisherman who spent his days amid boats and nets, and Paul, a learned Pharisee who taught in synagogues. When they went forth on…

Pope Francis: Video  Message to Seafarers
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Pope Francis: Video Message to Seafarers

Pope Francis has sent a video message of encouragement to seafarers recognised the difficulties they face as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. He expresses gratitude for their help in feeding humanity despite the risks involved and prays for those who work at sea and for stranded seafarers who have been unable to go ashore…

Women Deacons: An Exploration
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Women Deacons: An Exploration

In 786 Pope Adrian I had sent a sacramentary to Charlemagne to be used in all dioceses of his vast Frankish-Saxon kingdom. Five copies of this Hadrianum as it is known have been preserved to this day. They were originally used in Paris, Cambray, Tours (all in France), Baden-Württemberg (Germany) and Exeter (England). They contain the ‘prayer…

Pope Francis: Message for World Day of the Poor
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Pope Francis: Message for World Day of the Poor

“We cannot feel ‘alright’ when any member of the human family is left behind and in the shadows,” he says. The Pope laments a frenetic pace of life that leads people into a “whirlwind of indifference”.  He adds that it is only when something happens that upsets the course of our lives do our eyes…

Pope Francis Sends Strong Message to U.S. Catholics
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Pope Francis Sends Strong Message to U.S. Catholics

Last week, Francis denounced the “sin of racism” and twice identified Floyd as the victim of a “tragic” killing. In a message read in Italian and English during his general audience, Francis expressed concerns about violence during the protests, saying it was self-destructive. He also said, “We cannot close our eyes to any form of…

Revolution of Tenderness – Pope Video for June 2020
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Revolution of Tenderness – Pope Video for June 2020

Many people in the world are suffering, and not just due to the pandemic we’ve been experiencing. As Pope Francis said last month, people are also affected by other pandemics, such as “the pandemic of wars, hunger, and many others” (5/14/2020). What can we do? How can we avoid falling into indifference? The Pope shows…

Thy Kingdom Come: Adore
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Thy Kingdom Come: Adore

We expect there must be something that can separate us from the love of God. But God is saying, ‘I don’t care where you are, what you’re doing, how far away you are: my love for you will not change.’ Sometimes we think that God’s love is dependent on the way we act. But God…