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Time for ‘all-out battle’ against abuse

VATICAN (SE): “I make a heartfelt appeal for an all-out battle against the abuse of minors both sexually and in other areas, on the part of all authorities and individuals, for we are dealing with abominable crimes that must be erased from the face of the earth,” Pope Francis said in closing the February 21 to 24 Vatican summit on The Protection of Minors in the Church.
 

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After the summit on abuse the stakes are clear

Greg Erlandson
 
The long-awaited meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church, nicknamed the abuse summit, was an extraordinary and historic gathering that surpassed many expectations while perhaps disappointing others.
 








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Origin of slavery and dictatorship is fear pope says

VATICAN (CNS): “Fear is the origin of slavery,” just as it was for the ancient Israelites, Pope Francis said during a Mass celebrated at the conference, Welcoming Communities: Free of Fear, on February 15. 
 
“It is also the origin of every dictatorship because, on the fear of the people, the violence of the dictator grows,” he said.
 

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Witness to Christ with love pope tells Catholics in UAE

ABU DHABI (CNS): Meeting with tens of thousands of Catholics living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Pope Francis urged them to be meek, peaceful and express their Christian identity by loving others.
 
The Catholic community in the UAE, which numbers close to a million, includes foreign workers from roughly 100 nations, but particularly India and the Philippines. They filled the stadium at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City and the open spaces around the complex for the pope’s February 5 Mass.
 

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Pope updates role and authority of auditor’s office

VATICAN (CNS): As part of ongoing financial reform efforts, Pope Francis updated the role and authority of the auditor general’s office, calling it the Vatican’s “anti-corruption authority.”
 
The Vatican announced on February 9 that the new statutes go into effect on February 16 and replace those first promulgated on an experimental basis by the pope in 2015.
 

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True belief leads to respect, peace, pope says at interreligious meeting

ABU DHABI (CNS): Addressing the interreligious Human Fraternity Meeting in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on February 4, Pope Francis said all those who believe in one God also must believe that all people are their brothers and sisters and demonstrate that belief in the way they treat others, especially minorities and the poor.
 

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Be a part of God’s love story for this world pope tells young people

PANAMA CITY (CNS): “Are you willing to be an influencer like Mary, who dared to say, ‘Let it be done’?” Pope Francis asked the hundreds of thousands of young men and women who had made their way to St. John Paul II Park, for the evening prayer vigil on January 26, preceding the penultimate, closing Mass at 8.00am the next morning.
 

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Pope reflects on using social media to form and promote community

VATICAN (CNS): Social media is anti-social, anti-human and anti-Christian when it is used to increase differences, fuel suspicion, spread lies and vent prejudice, Pope Francis said in his message for World Communications Day, which most dioceses will celebrate on June 2.
 
The Catholic Church and all people of goodwill see great potential in social media when the “net” and “networks” bring people together, help them share useful information and educate one another, he said.
 

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Japan to welcome Pope Francis in November

TOKYO (UCAN): Pope Francis confirmed that he is to visit Japan in November when speaking to the press on the flight taking him to the World Youth Day gathering in Panama on January 23. “I will go to Japan in November. Get ready!” he told them.
 
“The pope will come to Japan in the second half of November and will visit Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” Thomas Aquinas Manyo Cardinal Maeda of Osaka, confirmed on January 24.
 

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Build culture of encounter pope exhorts at World Youth Day

PANAMA CITY (CNS): “By your actions and your approach, your way of looking at things, your desires and above all your sensitivity, you discredit and defuse the kind of talk that is intent on sowing division, on excluding or rejecting those who are not ‘like us’,” Pope Francis told the throng of young people on January 24 during the official ceremony welcoming him to World Youth Day in Panama.
 

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