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Letter From Iraqi Refugees to Pope Francis
Here is the letter to Pope Francis from Iraqi Christians living in Jordan who have escaped violence and persecution from the Islamic State. The letter was given to the Holy Father yesterday by Fr. Rif'at Bader, director of the Catholic Center for Media and Studies of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem (www.aboun...
Syrian Christians Grateful to Pope Francis
The city of Damascus is in the hands of the Assad government, the suburbs in the hands of the rebels, while in Aleppo the situation is decisively tipped in favor of the jihadist forces. This is the scene described by Maronite Archbishop Nassar Samir of Damascus, who intervened today at a press conference held at th...
Pope Receives President of Azerbaijan
This morning, the Pope met with President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, who was accompanied by his wife, Mehriban, in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.  The talks between the Pope and president, a statement released by the Holy See noted, were "cordial," and the parties "expressed satisfaction with t...
New Bishops in Mexico and Brazil
March 4, 2015. The Pope has accepted the resignation of Francisco Ramirez Navarro, the Auxiliary Bishop of Tlalnepantla (Mexico). He has appointed in his place Cuapio Jorge Bautista, of the diocese of Texcoco.In Brazil, Francisco Joaquim Wladimir was appointed Bishop of Colatina Lopes.
Worldliness Numbs the Soul
"Worldliness is a sinful state of soul." These were the words of Pope Francis during his homily at Casa Santa Marta this morning. According to Vatican Radio, the Holy Father reflected on today's Gospel from St. Luke, which recalled the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, a poor man who would eat the scraps that ...
Medical Science Cannot Replace Family's Affection
Pope Francis says abandonment is the gravest sickness of the elderly, and also the greatest injustice they can suffer. The 78-year-old Pope expressed this today to participants of the 21st Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life, whose theme this year is: “Assistance to the Elderly and Palliative Care...
Pope Francis' Address to the Pontifical Academy for Life
Pope Francis received in audience -- in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Vatican Palace --, the participants in the 21st Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life, whose theme this year is: “Assistance to the Elderly and Palliative Care” (New Hall of the Synod, March 5-7, 2015). Here is a translatio...
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