Print Version    Email to Friend
To the city of Rome and the world

VATICAN (SE): “Let us open our hearts to receive the grace of this day, which is Christ himself,” Pope Francis said in the traditional Urbi et Orbi (To the City and the World) papal Christmas blessing, delivered from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome at midday on Christmas Day.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Pope talks of a practical Christian humanism

FLORENCE (SE): Pope Francis received a meal coupon and a plastic plate from the staff at the Caritas St. Francis Soup Kitchen in Florence, Italy, as he left the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore after speaking to 2,500 delegates at a gathering sponsored by the Italian Bishops’ Conference on what he called practical Christian humanism on November 10 last year.








Print Version    Email to Friend
Truly a grass roots Catholic movement

On December 10, we met the French president, François Hollande, to deliver the 900,000 signatures of our Catholic Climate Petition in coalition with other faith groups.

Collectively, we delivered a total of 1,833,973 signatures. An impressive amount of faith-inspired people demanding climate justice.








Print Version    Email to Friend
Paris may cool the air but freeze ambition

HONG KONG (SE): Reflecting on the agreement made by world leaders at the Conference of Parties on Climate Change on December 12 at his midday talk on December 13, Pope Francis drew a connection between the Ministerial Conference on World Trade that was scheduled to be held in Nairobi on December 15, as well as with the opening of the Holy Door to inaugurate the Jubilee of Mercy in cathedrals around the world.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Eucharistic Congress is for the whole world

manila (SE): The International Eucharistic Congress scheduled to be held in Cebu from January 24 to 31 is an activity of the worldwide Church, not just The Philippines.

Luis Cardinal Tagle described it as being a search to find ways to address modern problems in the world, which can make a real difference, especially in the areas of violence and climate change.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
The pope is faithful to the watch

In his encyclical, Praise Be: On Care for our common home (Laudato Si’), Pope Francis applauds current efforts to “substitute fossil fuel and develop sources of renewable energy… and to develop adequate storage capacity” (No.26).








Print Version    Email to Friend
The Holy Door is open

In China

The Jubilee Year of Mercy has been taken up with enthusiasm in the Church in China. 

Several bishops have addressed the subject in pastoral letters to their people and in individual communities there has been an up in the number of pilgrimages and prayer gatherings to reflect on the reality of the way mercy is practiced among their numbers.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Mayor goes one expletive too far

DAVAO (SE): Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that the gun-slinging mayor of Davao City and currently presidential candidate, Rodrigo Duterte, went one expletive too far when he cursed the figure of Pope Francis during a November 30 rant over traffic congestion during the pope’s visit to The Philippines in January this year.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Simple yet profound message from the pope

Give love, justice and compassion to the poor and the needy, and for the most part you will get the same in return. 

Treat others as you yourself want to be treated. This was the bottom line of the message of Pope Francis to the world on his missionary journey to Cuba and the United States of America (US).








Print Version    Email to Friend
The Pope Francis Effect on climate negotiations

HONG KONG (SE): Although world leaders gathered in Paris for the United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change say that the eyes of the world are on them, judging by the scant coverage in some newspapers most eyes are probably looking elsewhere.

More from this section