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Pope asks young people to write meditations for Way of Cross

VATICAN (CNS): In light of this year’s Synod of Bishops on Young People, Pope Francis has asked that the meditations for Way of the Cross on Good Friday be written by a group of students Vatican News reported on March 8.
 
The pope wants today’s younger generation to reflect on the Passion of Christ. 
 
Each year, the pope asks a different person or group of people to write the meditations for the nighttime Holy Week event at Rome’s Colosseum which this year falls on March 30.

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Five years on: Pope Francis keeps reaching for the peripheries

HONG KONG (Agencies): “I have the sense that my pontificate will be brief: four or five years.” Pope Francis madd this startling observation during an interview with the Mexican media company, Televisa on the second anniversary of his election to the papacy in 2015. Now, on March 13, as his pontificate reaches its fifth year, the Sunday Examiner wishes him many more! 
 

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No heresy in showing mercy to divorced and remarried

VATICAN (CNS): “A heresy is a tenacious disagreement with formal dogma. The doctrine of the indissolubility of marriage has not been called into question on Pope Francis’ part,” Walter Cardinal Kasper, a theologian, told Vatican News on March 5.
 

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Mercy at the centre of five years of papacy

The 13th of March will mark the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ pontificate. Over the past five years, he has brought the Catholic Church new life. In particular, his concern for the poor and the disadvantaged in words and deeds, and his commitment to the promotion of peace have greatly impressed people within and outside the Church.
 
What is most impressive is that he stresses on the Church to “go out” to care for the poor and to practise social teaching.
 








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Pope adds Marian feast to Church calendar

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis has decreed that the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church is to be observed by Latin-rite Catholics on the Monday after Pentecost each year.
 
The decree announcing the addition to the Church calendar was released on March 3 by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.
 

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Take up World Youth Day challenge pope urges young people

VATICAN (CNS): “Do not allow the spark of youth to be extinguished in the darkness of a closed room in which the only window to the outside world is a computer and smartphone,” the pope told young people in his annual message for local celebrations of World Youth Day. Many dioceses will have their own celebrations on Palm Sunday, March 25.
 
The pope encouraged them to break free from fear, fake online personas and looking at the world through a digital screen display.
 

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Pope renews membership of child protection commission

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis has named nine new members to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and reappointed seven, including abuse survivors or the parents of survivors, the Vatican announced on February 17.
 
However, in respecting “the right of each person to disclose their experiences of abuse publicly or not to do so the members appointed today have chosen not do so publicly, but solely within the commission.” the commission said.
 

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Lenten message from Pope Francis

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
 
Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in his providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion” [1]. Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.
 

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Pope sends condolences to Taiwan after earthquakes

VATICAN  (CNS): Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with the people of Taiwan after high-magnitude earthquakes on February 6 and 7 devastated the island nation, killing at least nine people and injuring hundreds more.
In a telegramme sent by the Vatican, the pope offered “the assurance of his prayers for those who have lost their lives and for those who have been injured.” 
 

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Unresolved issues that plague an extraordinary pontificate

by Robert Mickens
 
One of the most remarkable characteristics of Pope Francis is his capacity—demonstrated throughout his lifetime—to carefully listen to viewpoints different from his own and, in the end, be willing to change his mind and even his entire way of thinking about a particular issue.