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The Vatican on Monday released the text of the letter Pope Francis wrote to the 19 men of the Church whom he will be elevating to the College of Cardinals in a February consistory. Pope Francis announced his decision to hold the February 22nd consistory and read out the names of the Cardinals-to-be at the Sunday Angelus in St. Peter’s Square. The letter, dated the…
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South Sudanese government officials and rebel leaders met in the Ethiopian capital on Tuesday to begin brokering a deal aimed at ending three weeks of fighting in South Sudan, which has killed at least 1,000 people and displaced another 200,000. The talks were supposed to begin in Addis Ababa a few days ago but they were held up by the demands of rebel groups that…
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Pope Francis has announced his upcoming trip to the Holy Land just one day after the 50th anniversary of the first ever papal trip to the region. Pope Paul VI began his visit – which included the main holy sites in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Nazareth – on January 4th 1964. This was the first journey outside Italy for a Pope who would eventually visit six…
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Pope Francis has told those in Religious Life to “wake up the world”, according to an article appearing in La Civiltà Cattolica, the Rome-based Jesuit weekly. Editor Antonio Spadaro, SJ, has written an article recounting the private meeting last November between Pope Francis and the Union of Superiors General of religious men at the end of their 82nd General Assembly. The 15-page article (available in…
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The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano is to offer a new series of articles focussing on the theology of women, Vatican Radio reports. The articles will appear in the newspaper’s monthly insert “Women Church World” (Donna Chiesa Mondo) and will begin in its next edition due out January 2-3. The series comes in response to Pope Francis’ calls for a re-examination of the “theology of women”…
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Pope Francis on Sunday turned his attention to the dramatic predicament of migrants and refugees who not always find a welcome, but often become victims of human trafficking and slave labour. Speaking to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, the Pope said that on this first Sunday after Christmas, the liturgy invites us to celebrate the Feast of the Holy…
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