Pope Francis: Current Crisis Reminds us that Humanity is a Single Community
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Pope Francis: Current Crisis Reminds us that Humanity is a Single Community

In the interview with “La Stampa”, published on Friday, Pope Francis speaks of the sorrow and pain that “everyone” is experiencing due to the coronavirus. The only way to survive this situation, he says, is by sticking together. The Pope invites us to live this moment “with penance, compassion and hope”. We need “humility”, he…

Coronavirus, Iranian Ayatollah to the Pope: “Help us to revoke the sanctions, especially for medical assistance”
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Coronavirus, Iranian Ayatollah to the Pope: “Help us to revoke the sanctions, especially for medical assistance”

In a message released through Agenzia Fides, Fr. Mallon reports that Ayatollah Seyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad, a man for decades committed to bridging the distance between Iran and other countries in the world, wrote a heartfelt letter to Pope Francis, asking him to intervene to ensure that sanctions against Iran, in particular that relating to…

DR Congo: Cardinal Tagle to Represent Pope at Eucharistic Congress
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DR Congo: Cardinal Tagle to Represent Pope at Eucharistic Congress

The appointment of Cardinal Tagle to represent Pope Francis at the Congress was made public Wednesday, March 18 at the Vatican and published by the Holy See Press Office. Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Tagle, while serving the Archbishop of Manila, Philippines, as the head of Propaganda Fide Prefect in December 2019, taking over from Fernando Cardinal…

Pope Francis Walks Alone through Rome’s Deserted Streets to Pray for End of Pandemic
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Pope Francis Walks Alone through Rome’s Deserted Streets to Pray for End of Pandemic

Pope Francis walked through Rome’s deserted streets to pray for an end to the coronavirus as the Vatican said his Easter services will be held without the public for the first time. He left the Vatican unannounced on March 15 to pray at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and then walked along one of…

Pope Francis: Livestreaming Mass from Casa Santa Maria
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Pope Francis: Livestreaming Mass from Casa Santa Maria

Yesterday, the Director of the Holy See Press Office announced that Pope Francis had decided that his 7:00 morning Mass would be broadcast in these days. This morning, Pope Francis introduced the liturgy saying “In these days, I will offer Mass for those who are sick from the coronavirus epidemic, for the doctors, nurses, volunteers…

South Sudan: Appointment of Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Confirmed
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South Sudan: Appointment of Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Confirmed

Sr. Jecinter Antoinette Okoth, FSSA AMECEA 6th March 2020 Following the earlier appointment of Bishop Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla of South Sudan’s Torit Diocese as the new Archbishop of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese, the Holy Father has on Friday, March 6, reconfirmed the appointment. “I am here on behalf of the Holy See, being delegated…

Young People with Roots – A Reflection Sparked by Pope Francis’ Exhortation ‘Christus Vivit’
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Young People with Roots – A Reflection Sparked by Pope Francis’ Exhortation ‘Christus Vivit’

An insight from the Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit After reflecting and meditating on the exhortation Christus Vivit, I would like  to make a reflection on Chapter Six, Young People with Roots. Before making this reflection, I would like to start with an analogy of a tree. Every tree has roots and it is through the…

Our Common Home: ‘Laudato Si’ in a Nutshell
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Our Common Home: ‘Laudato Si’ in a Nutshell

South Sudan: New Peace Deal Opens Way for Papal Visit
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South Sudan: New Peace Deal Opens Way for Papal Visit

According to Paolo Impagliazzo, who was present at the ceremony in his capacity as secretary general and South Sudan delegate for the Rome-based Sant’Egidio community, Catholics in the country “are really waiting for the visit of Pope Francis.” The pope has taken a keen interest in South Sudan, appealing often for peace and organizing days…

Pope Francis’ Love Letter to the Peoples of the Amazon: A Moving Reflection
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Pope Francis’ Love Letter to the Peoples of the Amazon: A Moving Reflection

As we are on the road, I start reading a good number of articles, previews and reflections about this, and most of them come from elsewhere, from all around the world. This is good in a way, but then I start sensing again and again the lack of understanding in commentaries that are not truly…

Vatican: Training for Diplomatic Service to Include a Year of Mission
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Vatican: Training for Diplomatic Service to Include a Year of Mission

There is no doubt that the decision, now formalized by the Successor of Peter, represents a truly significant change in the course of studies for those who will serve in the Nunciatures and who will, in many cases, be made bishops at a relatively young age. A fundamental piece of the curriculum now becomes the…

Querida Amazonia: Antonio Spadaro SJ’s Commentary on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhoration
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Querida Amazonia: Antonio Spadaro SJ’s Commentary on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhoration

Let me say straightaway that Querida Amazonia is a unique text. I will try to highlight why. This is the first time that a document of such magisterial importance explicitly presents itself as a text that “accompanies” another one, namely, the synod’s Final Document, The Amazon: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology. The pope immediately wishes to…