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Politics for peace is a way of being

VATICAN (SE): “For Christians, nonviolence is not merely tactical behaviour, but a person’s way of being, the attitude of one who is so convinced of God’s love and power that he or she is not afraid to tackle the evil one with the weapons of love and truth alone,” Pope Francis says in his Message for World Day of Peace, under the theme, Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace.

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Politics for Peace

POPE FRANCIS HAS offered his Message for the World Day of Peace for New Year’s Day under the theme Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace, in which he reminds the world that rejecting violence in the midst of turmoil and turbulence is the imperative of the truth of humanity.








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Hong Kong celebrates pope’s birthday

HONG KONG (SE): “I thank each one of you for your presence, which reflects your appreciation of the important work that Pope Francis is carrying out to unite us all under the cross of Jesus,” the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, said in welcoming guests to a gala concert at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to mark the 80th birthday of the pope on December 18.

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Jesus is source of hope for world

VATICAN (SE): “The birth of Christ is a reminder for Christians to take a moment and reflect on the hope of salvation given by God to the world,” Pope Francis said in the run up to Christmas at his weekly general audience on December 21.

He said that those who are humble and poor, like the shepherds who were the first to visit the baby Jesus, come to realise that the promise of hope is fulfilled by trusting in God and not from personal securities or especially material goods.

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To the City of Rome and the World

ROME (SE): In sending his Christmas greeting to the people of The City of Rome and the World (Ubi et Orbi) at his midday audience on December 25, Pope Francis described the wonder of the occasion as being the power of the child born of God and Our Lady, not with the power of this world, based on might and wealth, but with the power of love.

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Vatican breaks its silence on China

HONG KONG (SE): The Vatican has broken its silence on two much discussed topics amongst Catholics in China and in the international media; the convening of the Ninth Congress of Catholic Representatives, which was slated to take place in Beijing from December 26 to 29, and the presence of an illicitly ordained bishop at two ordinations, one in Chengdu and the other in Xichang on November 30 and December 2.

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Pope moving Church away from the static

BRISBANE (SE): “The pope is bringing out into a very public setting of the papacy what any pastor does in his parish or diocese,” Archbishop Mark Coleridge, from Brisbane in Australia, told America magazine in early December.

Archbishop Coleridge was present at the Synod on Family Life that was held at the Vatican over the past two years and says that he witnessed a lot of disagreement among the bishops present.

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Pope on preparing for Christmas

VATICAN (SE): As the Church set about preparing to celebrate Christmas at the beginning of Advent, Pope Francis emphasised in his homily at the morning Mass in his home in Domus Sanctae Marthae (St. Martha’s House) on November 27 that living Christmas is not a theory or philosophy, but sheer hard work.

He pointed out that it is not always about the things we do, but often what we refrain from doing, especially in irritating times.

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Gratitude for pope’s message to Assad

DAMASCUS (AsiaNews): Local media gave wide and enthusiastic support to a message from Pope Francis to the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, which was delivered by the nuncio to Syria, Mario Cardinal Zenari, on December 12.

Archbishop Georges Abou Khazen, the Latin rite vicar of Aleppo, described the papal gesture as being an historic act, a sign of hope for everyone and a confirmation of the attention the pope is paying to Syria and its people.

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This is not a top down Church

HONG KONG (SE): In a wide-ranging conversation about secularism, war, fundamentalism and his latest apostolic exhortation, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), Pope Francis spoke about the role and purpose of synodality in the Church, saying that he is not there to dictate, but to listen to local Churches, harmonise them and to discern.

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