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Pope’s mercy brigade

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis is looking for missionaries of mercy, priests who are known for their preaching, dedication to hearing confession and giving absolution.

Priests interested in becoming one of the special communicators of God’s mercy are invited to apply online, providing that they have the support of their bishop or superior.

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A just simplification of the annulment process

Hong Kong (SE): With two Apostolic Letters issued motu proprio (on his own initiative) on September 8, Pope Francis introduced reforms to streamline the Church’s legal process for obtaining a declaration of nullity of marriage, News.va reported.

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Pope puts stress on mercy for Jubilee Year

VATICAN (SE): “I have asked the Church in this Jubilee Year to rediscover the richness encompassed by spiritual and corporate works of mercy,” Pope Francis says in a letter to the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, on September 1.

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Church needs women’s voices pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “Women should be promoted,” said Pope Francis on May 16 during an audience with an international group of men and women religious working in the Diocese of Rome.

He said women can be appointed heads of some offices of the Roman Curia, but that will not be enough to “recover the role” women should have in the Catholic Church, pointing out that assigning a certain number of women to leadership positions is “simply functionalism.” 

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Pope puts a freeze on monsignors

VATICAN (CWNews.com): Pope Francis announced on September 13 that he will stop conferring the title monsignor on priests. 

The Italian daily, Il Messagero, reported that shortly after his election, the pope instructed the Secretariat of State to stop approving requests for priests to be given the rank of monsignor.

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Interesting appointments at the Roman Curia

VATICAN (CWNews.com): The Vatican announced a series of key appointments in the Roman Curia on September 21, as Pope Francis began assembling his own Vatican leadership team.

The pope confirmed incumbent prefects of two Vatican congregations in their positions; Archbishop Gerhard Müller, in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; and Fernando Cardinal Filoni, head of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.

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Who is this Jorge Mario Bergoglio?

HONG KONG (SE): For a self-confessed interview-shy man, Pope Francis certainly gives his all when he does submit to the journalist’s questions.

He stood for 80 minutes on the plane coming back from World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro at the end of July fielding impromptu queries and then, during August, spoke with the editor of La Civittá Cattolica, Father Antonio Spadaro sj, no less than three times.

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A state of emergency for the human person

VATICAN (SE): The 34th Meeting for Friendship Among the Peoples, commonly known as the Rimini Conference, was held on the theme of, The Human Person: A state of emergency, between August 18 and 24, which Pope Francis described as capturing the urgency of evangelisation in today’s world.

He quoted his late predecessor, Pope John Paul II, as saying, “Man is the way for the Church,” a truth which he said is still valid, because man is the road that God himself walks.

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Sri Lanka pope’s first Asian stop

COLOMBO (SE): The first Asian visit by Pope Francis will be Sri Lanka, according to an announcement made by Father Benedict Joseph in Colombo on September 7.

News LK reported that Father Joseph, who is a spokesperson for the archdiocese, as saying that the pope has accepted an invitation to visit the country and that dates would be set soon.

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Pope pushes mooncake drive

HONG KONG (UCAN): An initiative of the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, to give mooncakes to everyone in prison in Hong Kong at the mid-autumn festival has been taken up by Pope Francis.

The pope’s announcement has generated a flood of cash donations since it was published last week.

Cardinal Zen said that he guessed he would also be interested in donating mooncakes to prisoners as he is known as a man of generosity to the poor.

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