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Be fatherly not overbearing pope tells bishops

PANAMA (CNS): Bishops should follow the example of St. Oscar Romero, who cared for his flock with the heart of a father rather than become authoritarians lording over those in their care, Pope Francis said at a meeting with Central American bishops in Panama on January 24.
 

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Panama opens its doors to young people

VATICAN (CNS): As World Youth Day (WYD) in Panama draws near, organisers said they are prepared to make young people from around the globe feel right at home.
 
While warm temperatures will greet thousands of young people in Panama, Father Romero Aguilar, WYD general coordinator, said he hopes that the warmth of hospitality also will make them feel welcome.
 

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World Youth Day officials release pope’s Panama itinerary

VATICAN (CNS): When Pope Francis visits Panama for World Youth Day from January 23 to 27, he will meet with young people unable to attend the festivities: some in jail and with some living with HIV.
 
He also will dedicate the altar of Panama’s newly renovated 400-year-old cathedral, meet with bishops from Central America and have lunch with some of the young people attending the youth day gathering, according to the schedule released by the Vatican November 20.
 

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Singing in Spanish for World Youth Day

PANAMA CITY (SE): For anyone thinking of attending World Youth Day in 2019 in the Central American country of Panama and wondering what language they need to brush up on before arriving in January of that year the best one to pick would be Spanish.
 

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China removes cash stash reports quickly

HONG KONG (SE): An Internet post containing information from the massive offshore tax haven leak that named some high-ranking Chinese officials was speedily removed by censors, Radio Free Asia reported on April 4.

It claims that at least eight current or former members of the all-powerful Politburo standing committee are among the more than 140 political figures worldwide linked with the investigation into Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, for promoting offshore tax havens.

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