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Pope open to visiting North Korea

VATICAN (CNS): “Welcome! It is nice to see you,” Pope Francis said, greeting visisting South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, at the entrance to the library of the Apostolic Palace on October 18. 
 
“I come here as the (South) Korean head of state but I am also Catholic and my baptismal name is Timothy. And for me it is an honour to meet you,” Moon replied.
 

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Saints risk all for love of Jesus pope says at canonisation Mass

VATICAN (CNS): Carrying Pope Paul VI’s pastoral staff and wearing the blood-stained belt of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, Pope Francis formally recognised them, along with five others, as saints of the Catholic Church.
 
Thousands of pilgrims from the new saints’ home countries—Italy, El Salvador, Spain and Germany—were joined by tens of thousands of others on October 14 in St. Peter’s Square to celebrate the universal recognition of the holiness of men and women they already knew were saints.
 

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Making sense of the scandals in the Church today - Pt 2

A time to hold fast to Christ, our Lord, and to the Church, his bride 
 
 
A call to flow from the centre








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Pope calls for a synod ‘anointed by hope’

VATICAN (Agencies): The Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Young People,  Faith and Vocations opened on October 3 with Pope Francis praying for the Holy Spirit to renew hope and dynamism in the Church. 
 
Hope can “broaden our horizons, expand our hearts and transform those frames of mind that today paralyse, separate and alienate us from young people,” said Pope Francis.
 

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Making sense of the scandals in the Church today

A time to hold fast to Christ, our Lord, and to the Church, his bride Part 1
 
The wave of scandals








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Church’s problems are caused by its own members pope says

VATICAN (CNS): The barque of the Church is being buffeted by strong winds of scandal created by its own members, Pope Francis told a group of priests from France.
 
When the Church is “hit by opposing and violent winds, especially because of grave sins committed by some of its members,” the pope said October 1, Catholics should not forget “the humble daily fidelity” of “the vast majority of those who have given their lives to the Church as priests.”
 

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Pope calls meeting with world’s bishops on abuse prevention

VATICAN (CNS): Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, who is president of a board of review handling abuse cases within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said on September 14 that Pope Francis’ convoking a meeing of the heads of every Catholic bishops’ conference in the world sends “a very strong signal of a hearty commitment to defend dignity, to safeguard minors in the Church.”
 

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Pope expels Chilean priest guilty of sex abuse

VATICAN (CNS): Cristian Precht, once hailed as a champion of human rights in Chile, was expelled from the priesthood by Pope Francis after being found guilty of sexual abuse. The Archdiocese of Santiago announced his dismissal from the clerical state on September 15 with “no possibility of appeal.”
 
The decree, sent by Luis Cardinal Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, confirmed “the dispensation from all obligations united to the sacred ordination of Father Cristian Precht Banados.”

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United States bishops meet with pope

VATICAN (CNS): The leaders of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) met with Pope Francis on September 13 and shared how the Church in their country has been “lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse.”
 

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Only the merciful resemble God the father pope says

VATICAN (CNS): Christians are not defined by their baptism but by whether they live their lives according to God’s command to love their enemies, Pope Francis said during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae on September 13.
 
While it may seem easier to speak ill of an enemy, Christian logic goes in the opposite direction and follows “the folly of the cross,” the pope said in his homily.
 

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