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The pope’s paradigm

Two issues that Pope Francis has prioritised in his papacy are climate change and the sustainability of the global economy. In fact, he sees the two as being so intricately linked as to be inseparable. This is illustrated in his encyclical, Praise Be: On care for our common home (Laudato Si’).








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Pope talks forgiveness at Assisi

ASSISI (CWN): “The world needs forgiveness,” Pope Francis said during a visit to Assisi on August 4. “Too many people are caught up in resentment and harbour hatred, because they are incapable of forgiving.”

The pope made forgiveness the main theme of his remarks during a personal pilgrimage to mark the 800th anniversary of the Pardon of Assisi, the feast which commemorates the establishment of a plenary indulgence for all who pass through the chapel where the Franciscans were founded.

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Don’t identify Islam with terrorism

VATICAN (SE): “It is not right to identify Islam with violence. It is not right and it is not true,” Pope Francis told reporters during his return flight from World Youth Day in Poland on July 31.

The pope also stressed that he would not identify Islam with terrorism, because that would be unfair and not true.

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Beware paralysis of shame

KRAKÓW (SE): As over one million people pressed around the altar set up at Campus Misericordiae (Field of Mercy) for the closing Mass of World Youth Day on July 31, in stark contrast to the opening Mass on July 26 the sun shone its warmth on the grassy field and the heavens smiled on the cherished memories held in each heart.

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Blood on the sanctuary

Paris (SE): “The world is at war,” Pope Francis said on his flight from Rome to Krakow en route to World Youth Day after hearing of the death of Father Jaques Hamel as he was celebrating Mass in the village of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, France, on July 26.

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Pope’s message to Youth Day

VATICAN (SE): In greeting the estimated two million delegates to the 31st World Youth Day as they were gathering in Poland, Pope Francis said he is praying that their trip may be safe and that the hopes and expectations that they bring with them will be fulfilled.

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Pope set for World Youth Day

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis is set for his visit to Poland during the upcoming World Youth Day that is to take place in Krakow from July 25 to 31.

He will fly into Krakow on July 27 and, after the usual round of meetings with civic authorities and the diplomatic corps, visit the president of Poland and the bishops.

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Turkey quick to react to genocide reference

VATICAN (SE): Although diplomatic in timing, Ankara was on the war path early on the day after Pope Francis returned to the Vatican from his visit to Armenia, saying that Turkey is disappointed with the language he used when describing the massacre of over one million people in Armenia.

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A mission to promote truth and healing of splits

YEREVAN (SE): Although the main text of Pope Francis during his June 24 to 26 visit to Armenia was Christian unity and peace, his visit will be mostly remembered for his explosive description of the deaths of over one million people in the country at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in April 1915 as genocide.

Speaking in the Armenian capital of Yerevan on the day of his arrival, Pope Francis departed from his prepared text and referred to the massacre of just over 100 years ago as genocide.

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Words are the new bullets in Battle of the Dardanelles

VATICAN (SE): Turkey recalled its ambassador to the Vatican last year in protest against the use of the word genocide by Pope Francis on April 24 to describe the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire.

Quoting Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis said, “It is generally referred to as the first genocide of the 20th century.”

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