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Cooperate with God and break the wall of indifference cardinal urges

HONG KONG (SE): On January 1, the World Day of Peace, John Cardinal Tong Hon urged people to be concerned with the various issues affecting the world and break the wall of indifference.

The bishop of Hong Kong concelebrated the Mass of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, with Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing and other priests of the diocese, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Caine Road. 

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Mercy can make us artisans of peace pope tells diplomats

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Cold indifference to migrants, the poor, the hungry and the persecuted must be overcome through the warmth of mercy, which can transform people into artisans of peace, Pope Francis said in a January 11 speech to ambassadors to the Holy See. 

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Pope Francis stamp a best seller

MANILA (Agencies): The postage stamps minted for the occasion of the visit of Pope Francis to The Philippines have proven to be the biggest seller in recent years.

The former postmaster general, Josefina Dela Cruz, said the stamps, featuring images of the Argentine pope, enjoyed record sales and far outsold other commemorative stamps of recent times.

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Pope condemns killings in Southern Philippines

MANILA (Agencies): Pope Francis has decried the Christmas Eve attacks in Southern Philippines by the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters killed (BIFF) in which at least seven farmers and two other civilians were killed. 

Pope Francis said he was saddened by the attacks and asked all believers “to reject violence in the name of God”.

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Modern-day popes braving the lion’s den

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Before he became Pope Francis, Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio had a reputation for disliking interviews.

Aboard his first papal flight to Brazil for World Youth Day in July 2013, he told more than 70 journalists from around the world, “Really, I don’t give interviews. But I don’t know why. I can’t, that’s just how it is. I find it a bit tiresome, but I’m grateful for your company.” 








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Christmas refugees and fair trade

 

Christmas is much more than Santa Claus and consumerism. It is about compassion, love for the poor and seeking justice. Jesus was sent to help change the world. We must carry on this mission but we also have to understand what that challenge is.








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Ecological conversion and mercy

During the Jubilee of Mercy, seven churches have been designated in Hong Kong as places of pilgrimage where people can prepare themselves to receive God’s mercy.

In a document declaring the Jubilee, entitled The Face of Mercy, Pope Francis stresses that the Church should care for the welfare of the underprivileged and future generations.








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A year of tightening screws on freedom

HONG KONG (SE): The year 2015 opened with an appeal from Pope Francis to use shopping habits to help make peace. He pointed out that a modern form of slavery exists in the sweatshop, which sows the seeds of tension across the world and discerning shopping is part of addressing this.

While the topic of climate change and protection of the natural environment has been on the world agenda for years, it had never raised much more than a ripple in the Church.

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Indifference is the big enemy of peace

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis leaves no doubt as to what he is addressing in his January 1 Message for Peace, which begins with the words, “God is not indifferent! God cares about mankind! God does not abandon us!”

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A prize for the pope

BERLIN (Agencies): Pope Francis has been named the 2016 recipient of the International Charlemagne Prize for bringing a message of hope and encouragement to Europe at a time of uncertainty, The Associated Press reported.

The Charlemagne Prize has been awarded annually since 1950 by donors in Aachen, Germany, and is given for distinguished service on behalf of European unification.

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