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Credible leadership serves others pope tells cardinals at consistory

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “None of us must feel ‘superior’ to anyone. None of us should look down at others from above. The only time we can look at a person in this way is when we are helping them to stand up,” Pope Francis told new and old cardinals during a ceremony in which he elevated 14 bishops and archbishops from 11 different nations to the College of Cardinals on June 28.
 

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German bishops resume inter-Communion debate

WASHINGTON (CNS): The German Bishops’ Conference published the Orientation Guide in the Responsibility of Individual Bishops on June 27 despite Pope Francis asking them this past May not to publish, deeming that the document “has not matured enough to be published (Sunday Examiner, June 10).
 
According to DomRadio, the official news site of the Diocese of Cologne, the guide is the same handout that the bishops’ conference developed in February, but with a different title.
 

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Avoid dirty work of death pope says

VATICAN (CNS): “Evil looks to persuade us that death is the end of all things, that we have come to the world by chance and that we are destined to end in nothingness. By excluding the other from our horizon, life withdraws in itself and becomes just a good to be consumed,” Pope Francis told members of the Pontifical Academy for Life on June 25 at the start of its general assembly running to June 27.
 

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Christian disunity a scandal pope says

GENEVA (CNS): “Our differences must not be excuses,” Pope Francis said, as he addressed a gathering of Christian leaders at headquarters of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva, Switzerland on June 21, noting that as Christ’s disciples, Christians can still pray together, evangelise and serve others.
 
He said that not only God, but today’s broken, divided world is begging for unity among Christians.
 

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New draft of document on Roman Curia finalised

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis will review the finalised draft of the apostolic constitution that would govern the Roman Curia, Greg Burke, the Vatican spokesman, said on June 13.
 

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Dictatorships usurp media to spread lies pope says

VATICAN (CNS): “All dictatorships, all of them, began like this, by adulterating communication, by putting communications in the hands of people without scruples, of governments without scruples,” Pope Francis said in his homily during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae on June 18.
 
Typical standards, norms and laws in regard to communications are first eliminated, the pope said. 
 

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Never think you know everything pope says

VATICAN (CNS): Speaking to dozens of young astronomy students who were taking part in a month-long summer school sponsored by the Vatican Observatory, Pope Francis said on June 14 that scientists and people of faith must always admit they don’t know everything and they must never be afraid to explore and discover more.
 

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Space station crew give pope custom-made flight suit

VATICAN (CNS): Should Pope Francis ever make an apostolic trip to the International Space Station, he will be all set having received a custom-made blue flight suit on June 8.
 
The outfit has patches of the Argentine flag, the papal coat of arms and a pair of angel wings with his crew name, Jorge M. Bergoglio, and also comes with an add-on white mantle, just so there would be no mistaking that the wearer is the pope.
 

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Pope accepts resignations of three Chilean bishops

VATICAN (CNS): After an in-depth Vatican-led investigation into clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 61-year-old Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Chile, along with those of Archbishop Cristian Caro Cordero of Puerto Montt, and Bishop Gonzalo Duarte Garcia de Cortazar of Valparaiso, both at the customary retirement age of 75.
 

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Pope prays for victims of Volcano of Fire

VATICAN (Agencies): “People here in Escuintla have lost everything, family members, homes, crops, their animals,” Luis Rolando Sanchez, Catholic Relief Services’ emergency coordinator for Latin America, said, afer the horrific eruption of Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) in Guatemala on June 3 left more than 60 people dead.
 
Pope Francis sent his condolences in a June 5 telegramme addressed to Archbishop Nicolas Thevenin, apostolic nuncio of Guatemala, CNS reported.
 

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