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Christians killed for Christmas in Iraq

Iraqi officials say bombings targeting Christians in southern Baghdad have killed at least 38 people on Christmas day. Pope Francis appealed on Thursday for Christians who suffer violence, discrimination and all way of injustice because of their faithfulness to Christ and His Gospel.

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Family day at Rome

The pilgrimage of families to Rome as part of the Year of Faith concluded on Sunday with the Holy Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square, which was crowded with participants as were Via della Conciliazione and the adjacent streets. Up to 150,000 people. The Pope challenged Christian families to pray together even when life is a race against time and called for “a patient love”.

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Pope Francis: demand and hope

I miss the World Youth Day in Brazil. My blog was full of messages of hope and smiling faces. Pope Francis was surprising the world with his way of approaching people and speaking to them. More than three million in Copacabana beach praying, something never seen before in such a place.

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Pope Francis on Muslims and Christians: "Promote mutual respect through education"

The Vatican has published a message from Pope Francis to the world’s Muslims for Ramadan’s conclusion in which he calls muslims and christians to “promoting mutual respect through education”. Saying respect is a mutual “process” of kindness, Pope Francis invited Muslims and Christians to respect each person “first of all his life, his physical integrity, his dignity and the rights deriving from that dignity, his reputation, his property, his ethnic and cultural identity, his ideas and his political choices.”

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Pope Francis in Rio: My advice is always dialogue, dialogue, dialogue

Pope Francis: My advice is always “dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with leading members of Brazilian society on Saturday and stressed the importance of constructive dialogue, saying this was essential at the present moment. “Between selfish indifference and violent protest,” he said, “there is always another possible option, that of dialogue.” The […]

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Pope Francis to the young: don't build your lives on possessions, money, or power

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis greeted young pilgrims taking part in World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday. The sprawling sands of Rio’s famous Copacabana beach was the scene of the gathering, which was the first official encounter of pilgrims with the Holy Father during the week of events leading to the 28th World […]

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Pope Francis leaves for Rio (Brazil) "full of joy" with a busy program of events

The Alitalia Airbus A330 carrying the Pope departed punctually for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where it is scheduled to land in Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport at 4.00 p.m. local time, 9.00 p.m. Italian time. The Argentine Pope’s first apostolic trip has begun, VIS reports. Francis travelled carrying his hand luggage, and stood in […]

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Quotes to think about: The Pope against "the globalization of indifference"

This morning Pope Francis visited the Italian island of Lampedusa, for some years now an entry point for many immigrants, a significant number of whom have lost their lives in the surrounding seas, reports the Vatican Information Service (VIS). The pope left Rome’s Ciampino military airport at 8 a.m. arriving at the island at 9.15 […]

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The Pope tho the G8: The goal of economics and politics is to serve Humanity

A letter from the Holy Father to Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron was made public lat Sunday. It was sent in response to the message he had received on 5 June regarding the British presidency of the G8 and the meeting in North Ireland, with the theme of “A G8 Meeting that […]

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Quotes to think about: "War is the suicide of humanity"

“War is the suicide of humanity because it kills the heart and kills love,” Pope Francis said in his homily at Mass this morning at the Casa Santa Marta, reports Vatican Radio. In attendance at the Mass was a group of about 80 people, consisting of relatives of Italian soldiers killed in peacekeeping missions. “Today […]

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