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Witness to Christ with love pope tells Catholics in UAE

ABU DHABI (CNS): Meeting with tens of thousands of Catholics living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Pope Francis urged them to be meek, peaceful and express their Christian identity by loving others.
 
The Catholic community in the UAE, which numbers close to a million, includes foreign workers from roughly 100 nations, but particularly India and the Philippines. They filled the stadium at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City and the open spaces around the complex for the pope’s February 5 Mass.
 

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Pope updates role and authority of auditor’s office

VATICAN (CNS): As part of ongoing financial reform efforts, Pope Francis updated the role and authority of the auditor general’s office, calling it the Vatican’s “anti-corruption authority.”
 
The Vatican announced on February 9 that the new statutes go into effect on February 16 and replace those first promulgated on an experimental basis by the pope in 2015.
 

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True belief leads to respect, peace, pope says at interreligious meeting

ABU DHABI (CNS): Addressing the interreligious Human Fraternity Meeting in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on February 4, Pope Francis said all those who believe in one God also must believe that all people are their brothers and sisters and demonstrate that belief in the way they treat others, especially minorities and the poor.
 

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Be a part of God’s love story for this world pope tells young people

PANAMA CITY (CNS): “Are you willing to be an influencer like Mary, who dared to say, ‘Let it be done’?” Pope Francis asked the hundreds of thousands of young men and women who had made their way to St. John Paul II Park, for the evening prayer vigil on January 26, preceding the penultimate, closing Mass at 8.00am the next morning.
 

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Pope reflects on using social media to form and promote community

VATICAN (CNS): Social media is anti-social, anti-human and anti-Christian when it is used to increase differences, fuel suspicion, spread lies and vent prejudice, Pope Francis said in his message for World Communications Day, which most dioceses will celebrate on June 2.
 
The Catholic Church and all people of goodwill see great potential in social media when the “net” and “networks” bring people together, help them share useful information and educate one another, he said.
 

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Japan to welcome Pope Francis in November

TOKYO (UCAN): Pope Francis confirmed that he is to visit Japan in November when speaking to the press on the flight taking him to the World Youth Day gathering in Panama on January 23. “I will go to Japan in November. Get ready!” he told them.
 
“The pope will come to Japan in the second half of November and will visit Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” Thomas Aquinas Manyo Cardinal Maeda of Osaka, confirmed on January 24.
 

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Build culture of encounter pope exhorts at World Youth Day

PANAMA CITY (CNS): “By your actions and your approach, your way of looking at things, your desires and above all your sensitivity, you discredit and defuse the kind of talk that is intent on sowing division, on excluding or rejecting those who are not ‘like us’,” Pope Francis told the throng of young people on January 24 during the official ceremony welcoming him to World Youth Day in Panama.
 

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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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Christian unity begins when blessings are shared pope says

ROME (CNS): “It is easy to forget the fundamental equality existing among us: that once we were all slaves to sin, that the Lord saved us in baptism and called us his children,” Pope Francis said at an ecumenical prayer service at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, Italy, to mark the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on January 18. 
 

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Guidelines for fight against human trafficking released

VATICAN (CNS): “The more difficult you make it for people to move, the more likely they are to be trafficked so that is a very important consideration if we are really concerned about human rights and human dignity,” Jesuit Father Michael Czerny, an undersecretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development said at a press conference for the release of Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking, on January 17.
 

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