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Shadows over the World Meeting of Families

“We showed no care for the little ones, we abandoned them,” Pope Francis says in a letter to the entire Catholic Church in which he condemned the clericalism, the arrogance, abuse of power and position of bishops and religious superiors in the Church who allow and cover up and thus perpetuate sexual crimes against children (Sunday Examiner, September 26).  
 








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Outcry of the abused cannot be silenced pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “The heart-wrenching pain of these victims, which cries out to heaven, was long ignored, kept quiet or silenced,” Pope Francis said in an August 20 letter addressed “to the people of God.” 
 
“But their outcry was more powerful than all the measures meant to silence them,” he said.
 

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Pope sees continuity not rupture in Amoris Laetitia author writes

VATICAN (CNS): Everything in the document, Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love), on marriage and family life is based on Catholic Church teaching “always in continuity—without ruptures—yet always maturing,” Pope Francis wrote in a letter to Stephen Walford, author of the new book, Pope Francis, the Family and Divorce.
 
In addition, when referring to specific ethical situations, “the exhortation follows the classical doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas,” the pope wrote. 
 

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Pope to meet abuse survivors in Ireland

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis will meet survivors of sexual abuse during his August 25 to 26 trip to Ireland, but it will be up to the survivors to decide whether any information about the meeting will be released, said the director of the Vatican press office.
 

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The challenges to family today

What is family to each one of us and how important is it to belong to a family? We all greatly desire and long for a secure happy family whose members love and trust each other, share solidarity, give mutual help and care and are faithful to shared values and goals. They live and work together to meet the basic human needs of all. This is the ideal and beautiful to behold, but sadly and tragically, the reality is frequently far different. So what is the modern family?
 








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World needs leaders who build bridges pope says

VATICAN (CNS): The world needs leaders who can “put into practice a more just way for all of us to live in this world as sharers in a common destiny,” Pope Francis said in a letter to the international conference of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, which met in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, from July 26 to 29.
 

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Teenager to be declared a saint during Synod on Youth

VATICAN (CNS): During an ordinary public consistory July 19, Pope Francis added Italian teenager, Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio, to the list of people who will be formally recognised as saints on October 14. An ordinary public consistory is a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.
 

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Credible leadership serves others pope tells cardinals at consistory

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “None of us must feel ‘superior’ to anyone. None of us should look down at others from above. The only time we can look at a person in this way is when we are helping them to stand up,” Pope Francis told new and old cardinals during a ceremony in which he elevated 14 bishops and archbishops from 11 different nations to the College of Cardinals on June 28.
 

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German bishops resume inter-Communion debate

WASHINGTON (CNS): The German Bishops’ Conference published the Orientation Guide in the Responsibility of Individual Bishops on June 27 despite Pope Francis asking them this past May not to publish, deeming that the document “has not matured enough to be published (Sunday Examiner, June 10).
 
According to DomRadio, the official news site of the Diocese of Cologne, the guide is the same handout that the bishops’ conference developed in February, but with a different title.
 

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Avoid dirty work of death pope says

VATICAN (CNS): “Evil looks to persuade us that death is the end of all things, that we have come to the world by chance and that we are destined to end in nothingness. By excluding the other from our horizon, life withdraws in itself and becomes just a good to be consumed,” Pope Francis told members of the Pontifical Academy for Life on June 25 at the start of its general assembly running to June 27.
 

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