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The pope is faithful to the watch

In his encyclical, Praise Be: On Care for our common home (Laudato Si’), Pope Francis applauds current efforts to “substitute fossil fuel and develop sources of renewable energy… and to develop adequate storage capacity” (No.26).








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The Holy Door is open

In China

The Jubilee Year of Mercy has been taken up with enthusiasm in the Church in China. 

Several bishops have addressed the subject in pastoral letters to their people and in individual communities there has been an up in the number of pilgrimages and prayer gatherings to reflect on the reality of the way mercy is practiced among their numbers.

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Mayor goes one expletive too far

DAVAO (SE): Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that the gun-slinging mayor of Davao City and currently presidential candidate, Rodrigo Duterte, went one expletive too far when he cursed the figure of Pope Francis during a November 30 rant over traffic congestion during the pope’s visit to The Philippines in January this year.

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Simple yet profound message from the pope

Give love, justice and compassion to the poor and the needy, and for the most part you will get the same in return. 

Treat others as you yourself want to be treated. This was the bottom line of the message of Pope Francis to the world on his missionary journey to Cuba and the United States of America (US).








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The Pope Francis Effect on climate negotiations

HONG KONG (SE): Although world leaders gathered in Paris for the United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change say that the eyes of the world are on them, judging by the scant coverage in some newspapers most eyes are probably looking elsewhere.

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Aquino meets pope

VATICAN (SE) : The president of The Philippines, Noynoy Aquino, met in private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on December 4 for what diplomatic protocol described as a cordial discussion.

Subsequent to the meeting with the pope, Aquino then had discussions with the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, who was accompanied by the undersecretary for relations with states, Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, where talk centred on the peace process in Mindanao.

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Pope proclaims Jubilee of Mercy in Africa

BANGUI (SE): Pope Francis jumped the gun in opening the Jubilee Year of Mercy, when he opened the Holy Door of the cathedral in the capital city of the Central African Republic, Bangui, on November 29, ten days before the official opening scheduled for December 8 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Pope Francis spoke to the people of the war-torn nation about the Christian vocation to love our enemies, saying that it protects us from the temptation to seek revenge and from the spiral of retaliation.

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Four arrested for threats against pope

BRESCIA (Agencies): Following a tip from the United States of America (US) Federal Bureau of Investigation, four people were arrested by police in Brescia, northern Italy, and in the Balkan state of Kosovo on suspicion of being terrorist risks and making threats on social media against Pope Francis. 

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Paris is a call for transformation

VATICAN (Agencies): Pope Francis called for a global and transformational agreement from the United Nations (UN) Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP21) in an address at the UN offices in Nairobi during his visit to Kenya on November 26.

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Pope meets president of South Sudan

KAMPALA (SE): Pope Francis met with the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, at the statehouse of the president of Uganda in Kampala on November 27.

Vatican Radio reported that the pope and the president held a 15-minute private meeting.

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