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There are signs of life amidst suffering pope tells Rome and the world

ROME (SE): “Today, throughout the world, the Church echoes once more the astonishing message of the first disciples, ‘Jesus is risen! He is truly risen, as he said!’” Pope Francis proclaimed in introducing his traditional To the City of Rome and the World (Urbi et Orbi) greeting of Easter Sunday on April 16.

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Synod not just about Catholic voices

HONG KONG (SE): In preparation for the Synod on Family Life that met in two sessions in 2015 and 2016 an attempt was made for the first time to carry out an extensive canvassing of opinion from Catholic people more or less the world over.

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Egypt looks to the pope with hope

HONG KONG (SE): “In this Holy Week, the Christian community (in Egypt) is experiencing the passion of Jesus Christ with a mixture of fear and sadness,” Father Rafic Greiche, the spokesperson for the Church in the country, said after two bombs, one in Tanta and one in Alexandria exploded in churches on Palm Sunday, April 9, leaving dozens dead and more injured, Catholics are now looking to the visit of Pope Francis to give them hope.

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Call from pope to nuke the nukes

HONG KONG (SE): “Not being married, I don’t have children of my own, but my four sisters have given me 17 nieces and nephews and there are now 48 in the next generation,” the former auxiliary of Canberra and Goulburn, Bishop Pat Power, told a rally outside parliament house in Canberra on March 28, as the United Nations (UN) was sitting down in New York to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons.

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Look for rebirth in original ideals pope counsels European Union

ROME (SE): “It is a way of life, a way of understanding man based on his transcendence and inalienable dignity, as something more than simply a sum of rights to defend or claims to advance,” Pope Francis said in addressing representatives of all 27 members of the European Union on the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome which led to the establishment of the Union on 1 November 1993.
 

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Women with plenty to tell the Vatican

VATICAN (SE): The Vatican sponsored its first Women Consultation Group to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8. The first gathering was made up of 37 women from a variety of fields including medicine, journalism, theology and politics, among others.

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Pope suggests tiny window for married clergy

VATICAN (SE): Despite expectations that Pope Francis may have put forward the topic of priesthood as the theme for the next Synod of Bishops, he has named young people as the theme for research and discussion.

In an interview published by the German newspaper, Die Zeit, on March 8, he gave a strong hint as to why, when he admitted that ordaining married men in some special circumstances could well evolve as a possibility in the future.

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Pope makes it on Beijing television

ROME (SE): In prime viewing time on February 26, a programme on the authority of the pope over his Catholic flock was aired on state television in Beijing.

The 7.30pm programme dealt with the question of the authority of the pope and how it relates to the people of the Church, relations between China and the Vatican, as well as the importance of religion in China and around the world.

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Pope on rights of indigenous peoples

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis held an audience with the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum convened by the International Fund for Agricultural Development, which was being held in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican on February 15.

Pope Francis stressed that indigenous peoples have the right to be correctly informed about the any development that changes the nature of their tribal lands, as well as probable economic and environmental consequences when their consent for projects is being sought.

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First-ever Anglican evensong in Catholic heartland

ROME (SE): For the first time in history an Anglican Choral Evensong will be celebrated at the Altar of the Chair of St. Peter in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on March 13.

This date has been chosen as it is the nearest available day to the historic feast of St. Gregory the Great, who has become an unofficial patron of relations between the two Churches.

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