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Pope blasts clericalism

Vatican (SE): Pope Francis had strong words for the Church hierarchy of his home continent of South America as he warned, “we’ve generated a ‘laical elite,’ believing that commitment is working on priestly things and have forgotten, neglected the believers often burning their hope in the daily struggle of living the faith.”

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Vatican finance watchdog notes jump in reports of suspicious activity

VATICAN (CNS): The Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority, which monitors Vatican financial operations to ensure they meet international norms, reported a huge jump in the number of financial transactions flagged as suspicious and in the value of assets it has blocked or frozen.

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Pope to meet thousands of homeless at end of Jubilee of Mercy

Vatican (SE): Six thousand homeless people from all over Europe will be met by Pope Francis at the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy when they make a pilgrimage to Rome from November 11 to 13 as part of the 2016 European Festival of Joy and Mercy, according to a Vatican Radio report on May 2.

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Pope reflects on his own message

PORT MYTILENE (CWN): In a question-and-answer session with reporters who accompanied the pope on his April 16 visit to the Greek island of Lesvos, Pope Francis acknowledged that his apostolic exhortation, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia) has changed the Church’s approach to the reception of communion by Catholics who are divorced and remarried.

But he stressed that the question is by no means the most important issue covered in his letter to the world.

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Vatican-sponsored refugees arrive in Rome

ROME (Agencies): The 12 refugees who were at risk of deportation from the Greek island of Lesvos that returned to Italy with Pope Francis got straight down to work, beginning classes in Italian just a few days after their arrival.

The three Syrian families spent their first day with their host community, the lay peace group of Sant’Egidio. On the following evening, a celebratory dinner was held in the Trastevere neighbourhood for the six adults, four children and two adolescents.

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Frustration with annulment

HONG KONG (UCAN): Despite finding comfort in the latest apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), a divorced and remarried Catholic in Hong Kong said she has lost faith in the Church hierarchy and would not seek its help anymore in resolving the issue of her divorce after two failed attempts.








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Shifty money and suspended audits at Vatican

VATICAN (SE): Described as a major blow to plans for the reform of Vatican financial affairs, the Secretariat of State informed all Vatican offices on April 20 that an outside audit being conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers has been suspended.

Nevertheless, Vatican officials insist that they are continuing their investigation in shifty money moves.

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Root causes of people’s flight must be addressed

PORT MYTILENE (SE): Pope Francis fulfilled a long held ambition when he landed on the Greek island of Lesvos on the morning of April 16 to pay a 12-hour visit to the thousands of refugees who have sought shelter in trying conditions that are only lightened by the generosity of those who have welcomed them.

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Three refugee families return with pope

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis flew out of Port Mytilene with three refugee families that the Vatican will give hospitality and shelter to in Rome, Italy.

The Vatican Press Office reported, “The pope has desired to make a gesture of welcome regarding refugees, accompanying him on his plane to Rome three families of refugees from Syria, 12 people in all, including six children.”

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It has something for everyone

Pope Francis has produced a basic pastoral document in his reflection on the two-part Synod on Marriage and Family Life that took place during 2014 and 2015.

It is not one that belabours doctrine or particularly addresses the problems of broken or dysfunctional families, but contents itself with a description of family life within the context of love.