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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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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.

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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Pope's Lenten Message 2014 focuses on poverty, sacrifice

PopeFrancisFuoriGliMuriPope Francis' Message for the Lenten season 2014 was released at a Vatican Press conference Tuesday. The theme of the Message is drawn from a Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, "He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich" (cf. 2 Cor 8:9).

Last Updated on Sunday, March 09, 2014

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