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Special prayer vigil for the family on eve of Synod of Bishops

20140912-FamilyPope Francis will address a special prayer vigil for the family being held in St. Peter’s Square on Saturday October 4th, the eve of the opening of the two week Synod of Bishops. The Synod’s theme is “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization” and the prayer vigil is being organized by the Italian Catholic Bishops conference to highlight the importance placed by the Church on the role of the family in today’s society.  The prayer vigil is scheduled to begin at 6pm local time and last one and a half hours.

Last Updated on Friday, September 12, 2014

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Pope Francis announces plans to visit Philippines, Sri Lanka

20140528-PF-SEATOn his return flight from the Holy Land, Pope Francis announced that he will visit Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January 2015.

“There are two Asian trips planned: one to South Korea and then next January, a two-day trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, to the area affected by the tsunami,” Pope Francis said during an in-flight press conference May 26, according to the Italian newspaper La Stampa.

Last Updated on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Pope receives Italian school children


20140513-popefrancisschoolsOn Saturday, hundreds of thousands school children, along with their teachers and families, filled St. Peter’s Square and Via della Conciliazione to take part in a festive encounter with Pope Francis.
The meeting was part of a national campaign organized by the Italian Bishops Conference in support of schools, called “La Chiesa per la scuola” or The Church for Schools.

Last Updated on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Religious leaders can help counter Boko Haram, US bishops say

20140513-BokoHaramDenouncing the “heinous” kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria, the U.S. bishops have urged their government to partner with both Christians and Muslims in the country to counter Boko Haram.

“Building unity among all Nigerians will help build peace and prosperity for all,” Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines told National Security Adviser Susan Rice in a May 9 letter.

Pope Francis: The most difficult charity (or fasting) is to bend over and hug a wounded person

12967044835 9c571b5617_zAre we ashamed to touch the flesh of our wounded or suffering brothers and sisters? This was one of the key questions posed by Pope Francis during his homily at the morning Mass on Friday at the Santa Marta residence. The Pope stressed that our life of faith is closely linked to a life of charity and Christians who do not practice the latter are hypocrites.

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