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Those who build walls will become prisoners pope says

PAPAL FLIGHT (CNS): During the inflight news conference following the conclusion of his visit to Morocco on March 31, Pope Francis responded to questions about interreligious dialogue, religious freedom and migration.
 
He remarked that his February trip to the United Arab Emirates and his trip to Morocco were opportunities to demonstrate the Catholic Church’s commitment to interreligious dialogue. 
 

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No more lord of the ring?

HONG KONG (SE): There has been much angst and hand-wringing in the media and the Internet over a short video clip showing Pope Francis withdrawing his hand as people tried to kiss the papal ring on March 25, during a trip to Loreto, Italy.
 
The video, which went viral, did not present the whole picture. The pope spent 30 minutes greeting a long line of faithful, some of whom shook his hand, while others kissed his hand or bowed down in a gesture of reverence, but mostly without pomp and circumstance, Catholic News Service reported. 

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Pope to beatify martyrs during visit to Romania

VATICAN (CNS): During his May 31 to June 2 visit to Romania, Pope Francis will beatify seven bishops of the Eastern-rite Romanian Catholic Church, who were martyred during a fierce anti-religious campaign waged under the communist regime, and stop at six destinations, including a popular Marian shrine in the Transylvanian region.
 
His visit to the predominately Orthodox country will be his 30th foreign trip after visiting Morocco in late March and Bulgaria and Macedonia in early May.
 

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Pope accepts resignation of embattled Chilean cardinal

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of 77-year-old Ricardo Cardinal Ezzati of Santiago, Chile, the Vatican announced on March 23. While the Vatican did not give a reason for the cardinal stepping down, however, the cardinal has faced widespread criticism for his handling of cases of clerical sexual abuse in the country. All bishops are required to offer their resignations when they turn 75. The pope chose Bishop Celestino Aos Braco of Copiapo, who will turn 74-years-old on April 6, as diocesan administrator.
 

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Defend right to access clean water pope says

VATICAN (CNS): In a message marking World Water Day on March 22, Pope Francis said that water “is an essential asset for the equilibrium of ecosystems and human survival and it must be managed and cared for so that it is not polluted or lost.”
 

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Pope sends aid to cyclone devastated southeast Africa

VATICAN (Agencies): As an immediate sign of his concern and an encouragement to other donors, Pope Francis has sent US$50,000 ($392,000) each to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi to assist with initial emergenacy relief efforts after Cyclone Idai hit the region and caused massive flooding, Catholic News Service reported on March 22.
 
In Mozambique, more than 700 people were feared dead and more casualties expected as of March 23, africanews.com reported.
 

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Pope amends canon law on religious who abandon community

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis has made it easier for a religious congregation to dismiss a member who leaves the community without permission, stays away and does not communicate with their superior.
 
In a document titled, Communis Vita (Community Life), the pope amended the Code of Canon Law to include an almost automatic dismissal of religious who are absent without authorisation from their community for at least 12 months.
 

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Prayers, grief and solidarity after mosque attacks in New Zealand

AUCKLAND (CNS): New Zealand’s Catholic bishops expressed horror and distress at a March 15 terrorist attack targeting two mosques in Christchurch, in which at least 50 people died and at least as many injured. 
 
The attacks took place at or near the Al Noor Mosque, most of the victims were killed, and at the Linwood Mosque as  people gathered for Friday prayers.
 
Muslims had gathered at the mosques for Friday prayers. Some of those killed were children, it has been reported.
 

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Corruption is a devastating cancer to society pope says

VATICAN (CNS): The constant temptation and cancer of corruption is one of the most devastating illnesses to befall society, Pope Francis said during an audience on March 18 with judges, administrators and staff from Italy’s court of audit, a kind of government accountability office with judicial powers.
 
Corruption causes considerable damage both ethically and economically, he said. 
 

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Pope Francis’ sixth year marked by scourge of abuse and internal attacks

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis’ past year in office “was characterised by the scourge of abuse and by suffering from internal attacks. His response was a call to return to the heart of faith,” said Andrea Tornielli, the editorial director of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication.
 

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