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March 18, 2018

Reformist Pope Paul VI, murdered Archbishop to be made Saints�

Reformist Pope Paul VI and murdered Archbishop to be made Saints

  Pope Paul VI, who oversaw sweeping reforms of the Catholic Church in the l960s, will be made a saint along with a Salvadoran archbishop who was shot dead while celebrating Mass, the Vatican said on Wednesday. Pope Francis signed decrees giving the go-ahead for the honours on the basis of miracles attributed to each candidate, the Holy See said in a statement. The pope put Paul VI on the path to sainthood by beatifying him in October 2014, while Oscar Romero was likewise elevated to the status of “blessed” in May 2015. Paul VI completed the reforms of the…

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Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace

2018 new year message by pope francis

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS – JANUARY 1, 2018 1. Heartfelt good wishes for peace Peace to all people and to all nations on earth! Peace, which the angels proclaimed to the shepherds on Christmas night, is a profound aspiration for everyone, for each individual and all peoples, and especially for those who most keenly suffer its absence. Among these whom I constantly keep in my thoughts and prayers, I would once again mention the over 250 million migrants worldwide, of whom 22.5 million are refugees. Pope Benedict XVI, my beloved predecessor, spoke of them as “men and women, children,…

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Defiant Trump confirms US will recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel …Pope calls for caution

Pope Francis warns Donald Trump

  US President Donald Trump has defied overwhelming global opposition by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but insisted that the highly controversial move would not derail his own administration’s bid to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a short speech delivered at the White House, Trump directed the state department to start making arrangements to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – a process that officials say will take at least three years. “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said. “While previous presidents have made…

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Pope Francis: The Poor are Our ‘Passport’ to Paradise

Pope Francis on World Day for the Poor

  On the first World Day for the Poor, Pope Francis said caring for the needy has a saving power, because in them we see the face of Christ, and urged Christians to overcome indifference and seek ways to actively love the poor that they meet. “In the poor, we find the presence of Jesus, who, though rich, became poor,” the Pope said Nov. 19. Because of this, “in their weakness, a saving power is present. And if in the eyes of the world they have little value, they are the ones who open to us the way to heaven.”…

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Pope donates N76m car gift to charity … Africa benefits

Pope donates N76m car gift to charity ... Africa benefits

On Wednesday, Pope Francis became the new owner of a papal-themed Lamborghini Huracán, which was given to him by company executives at the Vatican and will be auctioned off for charity. The sleek white Huracán with gold lines running along the hood and angles of the car’s body was presented to Francis in front of his residence at the Vatican’s Saint Martha Guesthouse Nov. 15. He blessed and autographed it in the presence of top executives from the luxury Italian sports car brand. The car will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in London, and the Pope has decided to give the…

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Pope warns against use of mobile phones in church

Says Mass is for the Eucharist, not pictures Pope Francis on Wednesday chastised those who spend Mass talking to others, looking at their phone or even taking pictures during papal liturgies, saying these are distractions that take focus away from the “heart of the Church,” which is the Eucharist. “The Mass is not a show: it is to go to meet the passion and resurrection of the Lord,” the Pope said Nov. 8. “The Lord is here with us, present. Many times we go there, we look at things and chat among ourselves while the priest celebrates the Eucharist… But…

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Despite reports, Pope Francis isn’t opening the door to all married priests

Pope Francis has reportedly said he will allow for debate as to whether married men could be ordained to the priesthood in the region during a 2019 Synod of Bishops focusing on the Church in the Amazon basin. His comments came in response to a question on the matter from Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the president of the Episcopal Commission for the Amazon, according to the newspaper Il Messaggero. The comments have been broadly interpreted in media outlets to mean that Pope Francis is considering opening the door for priests throughout the Roman Catholic Church to get married. However, the Pope’s…

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Gunman attacks First Baptist Church, kills 27 worshipers

Pope Francis condemns Texas-church-shooting

…Pope grieved by the ‘senseless violence’ On Tuesday Pope Francis voiced his sorrow after 27 people were killed at a Baptist Church in Texas over the weekend, offering his support and praying that such acts of meaningless violence would come to an end. In a Nov. 7 telegram signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis said he was “deeply grieved by news of the loss of life and grave injuries” caused in Sunday’s shooting at a Baptist church in Texas. Francis condemned the “senseless violence” and offered his “heartfelt condolences” to the families of the victims…

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Pope: The Saints Weren’t Perfect, But They Allowed God To Touch Their Lives

Pope Francis marked All Saints’ Day Wednesday saying the saints are honored not because they were perfect or did everything right, but because they allowed God to touch their lives and fought hard against sin. “The Solemnity of All Saints is ‘our’ feast: not because we are good, but because the holiness of God has touched our lives,” the Pope said Nov. 1. Saints, he said, “are not perfect models, but are people whose lives God has crossed,” and can be compared with the stained glass windows of a church, “which allow light to enter in different shades of color.”…

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Pope calls for ‘constructive dialogue’ in Kenya

Pope Francis last Sunday called for constructive dialogue in Kenya where he said he was following the situation with “close attention” over disputed elections. “I am paying close attention in these days to Kenya, which I visited in 2015,” Francis told pilgrims and tourists gathered for the Angelus prayer. Francis said he was praying “that the whole country might be able to face the current difficulties in a climate of constructive dialogue, having at heart the search for the common good.” In a shock decision, Kenya’s Supreme Court overturned the August election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta over his opposition…

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You can’t change politics watching from a balcony

You can't change politics watching from a balcony

Pope Francis said that we can’t improve our political landscape by observing and judging from afar, but that it involves personal involvement, which should always be done in a spirit of charity and helpfulness. “Try to act personally instead of just looking and criticizing the work of others from the balcony,” the Pope said Oct. 1. But make your advice constructive, he continued. “If the politician is wrong, go tell him, there are so many ways to say it, through the press, the radio… But say it constructively.” “And do not look out from the balcony, look at her from…

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Pope Francis demands obedience from Priests of Ahiara Diocese

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2017 / 11:55 am (EWTN News/CNA) Pope Francis met on Thursday with a delegation from a Nigerian diocese which for the last four and a half years has refused to recognize the bishop who was appointed as its shepherd. He demanded that the clerics of the Diocese of Ahiara accept the bishop appointment that has been made, or face suspension and loss of office. Fr. Peter Okpaleke was appointed Bishop of Ahiara in December 2012 by Benedict XVI. But the Ahiara diocese is dominated by the Mbaise ethnic group. As an outsider from the nearby Diocese…

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VATICAN – The Pope receives in audience the Delegation of the Diocese of Ahiara

On June 8, the Holy Father received a Delegation of the Diocese of Ahiara in a private Audience, accompanied by the Archbishop of Abuja and Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara, His Emminence Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Metropolitan Archbishop of Owerri, His Exc. Mgr. Anthony Obinna, Archbishop of Jos and President of the Episcopal Conference of Nigeria, His Exc. Mgr. Ignatius Kaigama, and by the Bishop of Ahiara, His Exc. Mgr. Peter Okpaleke.   Priests: Clement O. Ebii, Jude N. Uwalaka, Uhuegbu Innocent Olekamma, Sister Bernadette O. Ezeyi and S.A. Stanley Pius Iwu, Traditional Chief, were also part of the Delegation.   The…

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Access to the media – thanks to technological progress that makes it possible for countless people to share news instantly and spread it widely. That news may be good or bad, true or false. The early Christians compared the human mind to a constantly grinding millstone; it is up to the miller to determine what it will grind: good wheat or worthless weeds. Our minds are always “grinding”, but it is up to us to choose what to feed them (cf. SAINT JOHN CASSIAN, Epistle to Leontius).   I wish to address this message to all those who, whether in…

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Pope plans Pentecost celebrations with Charismatics and Pentecostals

Pope Francis has invited thousands of Catholic charismatics and members of Pentecostal and Evangelical churches to Rome to celebrate Pentecost and mark the 50th anniversary of what became the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. The pope will lead a prayer vigil June 3, the eve of Pentecost, at Rome’s Circus Maximus, an open field that was the site of an ancient Roman stadium used for chariot races. Participants will join the pope the next morning for Pentecost Mass in St. Peter’s Square. In 2014, Pope Francis had invited charismatics and Pentecostals to Rome in 2017 to mark the 50th anniversary of the…

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U.S., North Korea need diplomatic solution – Pope Francis

A diplomatic solution must be found to the escalating tension between North Korea and the United States, Pope Francis told journalists. “The path (to take) is the path of negotiation, the path of a diplomatic solution,” he said when asked about U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to send Navy warships to the region in response to North Korea’s continued missile tests and threats to launch nuclear strikes against South Korea, Japan and the United States. “What do you say to these leaders who hold responsibility for the future of humanity,” the pope was asked, during a Q-and-A with journalists on…

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Pope Francis refuses bullet-proof car during Egypt trip

Pope Francis refused to use bulletproof vehicle during his trip to Egypt last weekend, despite recent terror attacks against Christians in the country, according to Reuters. The Pope rather used a closed car to move around, but not an armoured one,” Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed. “That’s how he wanted it.” This is not the first time Pope Francis has done so – he typically prefers to travel in more open vehicles, or ones that are not bulletproof, because he feels that allows him to better interact with the people on the streets. Pope Francis traveled to Cairo, Egypt, April…

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Our only ‘fanaticism’ should be love – Pope tells Egypt’s Catholics

Last week Saturday Pope Francis told Egyptian Catholics that truly living the faith means ridding ourselves of hypocritical attitudes and focusing on the only obsession that counts: loving others, no matter how hard it is. “God is pleased only by a faith that is proclaimed by our lives, for the only fanaticism believers can have is that of charity! Any other fanaticism does not come from God and is not pleasing to him!” the Pope said April 29. True faith, he said, “is one that makes us more charitable, more merciful, more honest and more humane. It moves our hearts…

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Teen pleads guilty over plot to kill Pope during US visit

17 year-old Santos Colon of Lindenwold, New Jersey has pleaded guilty to charges related to a plot to kill the Pope. The teen had reportedly devised a plot to kill Pope Francis and detonate explosives during the Holy Father’s visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in 2015. The event was the last stop on Pope Francis’ six-day trip to the United States, during which he also visited New York City and Washington, D.C. Hundreds of thousands of people were gathered at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the final papal Mass on Sunday, September 27th, 2015. Colon was…

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Pope appoints new bishop for Nigeria

His Holiness Pope Francis on, Sunday April 9, appointed as bishop of Ogoja diocese, Rev Fr Donatus Edet Akpan. He is at present parish priest of Holy Rosary Church, Wuse Abuja Archdiocese. Born on 7th August 1952 at Ikot Ada Utor, Essien Udim Local Govt Area of Akwa Ibom State, he studied Philosophy and Theology at Bigard Memorial Seminary in 1975. He was ordained priest on 12th October 1985 at St Anne’s Cathedral Ifuho, Ikot Ekpene by Most Rev Fitzgibon of Port Harcourt Diocese at the instance of His Eminence, Dominic Cardinal Ekandem.    He did his higher studies at the…

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