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Christ relives his passion in humanity

VATICAN (SE): The Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) of Jesus Christ, like that of all humanity of our age, is a thread uniting the meditations that will accompany the 14 stations at the world famous Good Friday observance at the Colosseum in Rome on March 25.

Vatican Radio reported that the text of the meditations for this year has been prepared by Gualtiero Cardinal Bassetti, the archbishop of Perugia-Città della Pieve, Italy.

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Keep your dirty money pope says

VATICAN (CNS): “The people of God—that is, the Church—don’t need dirty money. They need hearts that are open to God’s mercy,” Pope Francis said during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square on March 2.

Speaking out against exploitation and unfair wages for workers, the pope told would-be benefactors to forget about donating money to the Church if their earnings came from mistreating others.

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Papal gesture towards China

Pope Francis has said several times in recent months that China is close to his heart, on each occasion capturing the attention of the international media. During his visit to Mexico in February, the pope made two references to China within a space of six days.

After meeting with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow on February 12 at Havana airport in Cuba on his way to Mexico, he pointed to his heart and said to journalists, “China and Russia, I have them here.”








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Go help them understand…

MEXICO CITY (SE): Papal tours tend to have a sameness about them, with the regular round of visits to government, bishops and leaders of other faiths, as well as Masses celebrated for huge adoring crowds, but each one also has at least one unique event to focus the attention and leave a memorable impression.

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Pope commissions his Missionaries of Mercy

VATICAN (SE): At a commissioning ceremony on February 9 held at the Vatican for a team of priests from around the world to whom Pope Francis has given the authority to absolve most sins normally reserved to the Holy See, they were told to cover those who come to them with a blanket of mercy.

Known as Missionaries of Mercy, the priests are just one initiative for the Jubilee of Mercy.

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Next Eucharistic Congress in Budapest

CEBU (Agencies): Pope Francis announced on January 31, the last day of the Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, The Philippines, that the next gathering will be hosted by Budapest in Hungary in 2020.

The pope made the announcement in a taped video shown to the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the closing Mass of the congress at the South Road Properties in Cebu City, CBCP News reported.

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Coming up trumps

The visit of Pope Francis to Ciudad Juárez to stand with people fleeing violence and poverty and gaze through the wire fence from the Mexican side of the border into the United States of America (US) has got right up the nose of the flamboyant American presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

Trump was quoted on February 11 as describing the pope as a highly political person who does not understand the dangerous implications of the compassion he shows for migrants and people of the move.








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Reactions to pope’s New Year overture reflect its complexity

HONG KONG (SE): There was a quick response from China to an overture from Pope Francis when he sent greetings for the Lunar New Year to the president, Xi Jinping, and the people of China in an interview published in the Hong Kong-based Internet news outlet, Asia Times, on February 2.

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Pope gets up Trump’s nose

WASHINGTON (SE): An age of derivative journalism has ensured that even the craziest kites flown by the Republican presidential candidate in the United States of America, Donald Trump, receive wide exposure in the skies of the whole world.

The latest tells how Pope Francis has got right up the nose of the flamboyant demagogue.

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Papal sympathies to earthquake victims

Vatican (SE): In the wake of the tragic 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Tainan, Taiwan, on the weekend of February 6, a telegramme of condolence was sent on behalf of Pope Francis by Pietro Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state.

It said the pope was saddened at the suffering caused and sent his prayerful condolences to the families of the dead and the injured, as well as the rescue workers and civil authorities.

 

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