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Pope says speaking with Benedict XVI gives him strength and encouragement

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM ROMANIA (CNS): “I take his hand and let him speak. He speaks little, at his own pace, but with the same profoundness as always. Benedict’s problems are his knees, not his mind. He has a great lucidity,” Pope Francis told journalists June 2 on his return flight to Rome following his three-day visit to Romania.
 

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Care for the poor make no room for anger and remember your roots pope says in Romania

BUCHAREST (CNS): “Only to the extent that a society is concerned for its most disadvantaged members, can it be considered truly civil,” Pope Francis told Romanian leaders as he arrived for his three day visit on May 31.
 

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Confirmed by Peter’s embrace

Pablo Virgilio David
 
I was surprised when the prefect of the Papal Household, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, instructed me to sit right next to the Holy Father, on his left. He was just an arm’s length away. The rest of us were seated in a circle around him. I did not see the logic of the sitting arrangement. No hierarchy. 
 








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Prioritising profit over people a cause of climate change crisis

VATICAN (CNS): Addressing a Vatican climate change conference titled, Climate Change and New Evidence from Science, Engineering and Policy, for finance ministers from around the world on May 27, the pope said that the current crisis is “caused by a confusion of our moral ledger with our financial ledger.”
 
“We live at a time when profits and losses seem to be more highly valued than lives and deaths, and when a company’s net worth is given precedence over the infinite worth of our human family,” he said.

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Prenatal diagnosis of illness not excuse for abortion pope says

VATICAN (CNS): “Abortion is never the answer” to couples seeking a way to deal with a prenatal diagnosis of serious illness or disability, Pope Francis said at a Vatican conference on medical care for “extremely fragile” babies and on the pastoral care of their parents, sponsored by the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, on May 25.
 
The pope explained that the Catholic Church’s total opposition to abortion is not primarily a religious position, but a human one.
 

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Fight fake news and seek for truth pope tells journalists

VATICAN (CNS): “At a time when many spread fake news, humility keeps you from peddling food spoiled by disinformation and invites you to offer the good bread of truth. The humble journalist is a free journalist: free from pressures, free from biases,” Pope Francis told members of the Foreign Press Association in Italy during an audience at the Vatican on May 18. He added that that such freedom also required courage.
 

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Be wary of the temptation of functionalism

Robert Mickens, Rome
 
Most people who follow the happenings of the Catholic Church will vividly remember this date: 13 March 2013.
 
It was on that evening in Rome that a Jesuit cardinal from Argentina named Jorge Mario Bergoglio appeared on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica dressed in white. He was the newly elected pope and had taken the name Francis.
 








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Pilgrimages to Medjugorje allowed but no ruling on apparitions

VATICAN (CNS): Polish Archbishop Henryk Hoser, the pope’s apostolic visitor to Medjugorje, and Archbishop Luigi Pezzuto, the nuncio to Bosnia-Herzegovina, announced on May 12 that Pope Francis has decided to allow official pilgrimages to Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
 

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New norms on mandatory abuse reporting and accountability

VATICAN (CNS): “The crimes of sexual abuse offend Our Lord, cause physical, psychological and spiritual damage to the victims and harm the community of the faithful,” Pope Francis said in a new document motu proprio (on the pope’s own initiative) with revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable in protecting minors as well as in protecting members of religious orders and seminarians from abuse.
 

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Women religious called to service not servitude pope says

VATICAN (CNS): “You did not become a religious in order to become the maid of a priest,” Pope Francis told some 850 superiors general of women’s religious orders from around the world taking part in the May 6 to 10 plenary of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) in Rome. The union represents more than 450,000 sisters in more than 100 countries around the world. 
 

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