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Disarmament and right to life keys to world peace

VATICAN (CNS): A culture of peace “calls for unremitting efforts in favour of disarmament and the reduction of recourse to the use of armed force in the handling of international affairs,” Pope Francis said in his annual address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican on January 8. 
 

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Respect and serve life and peace

VATICAN (CNS): “All life, from life in the mother’s womb to that of the elderly, the suffering and the sick, and to that of the troublesome and even repellent, is to be welcomed, loved and helped,” Pope Francis said during a Mass celebrating the feast of Mary, Mother of God, and marking World Peace Day at St. Peter’s Basilica, on January 1.
 

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Pope reads riot act to the Curia again

VATICAN (SE): For the third time since he ascended to the Chair of Peter, Pope Francis has read the riot act to Vatican officials in his Christmas message to the Roman Curia on December 21.
 
Although officially listed as an exchange of Christmas greetings, as well as an opportunity for the pope to thank staff for the work they have done during the year, Pope Francis moved away from the customary format of reviewing  the previous 12 months and outlining a few priorities for the upcoming year.
 

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Pope reads riot act to the Curia again

VATICAN (SE): For the third time since he ascended to the Chair of Peter, Pope Francis has read the riot act to Vatican officials in his Christmas message to the Roman Curia on December 21.
 
Although officially listed as an exchange of Christmas greetings, as well as an opportunity for the pope to thank staff for the work they have done during the year, Pope Francis moved away from the customary format of reviewing  the previous 12 months and outlining a few priorities for the upcoming year.
 

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Fruit of war pope’s message for World Day of Peace

VATICAN (CNS): As 2017 receded and drew to a close, the horrors of war and people’s yearnings for peace were on Pope Francis’ mind and in his prayers.
 
In an unusual move, late on December 30 the pope requested that the Vatican Press Office and Vatican media distribute a copy of a famous photograph from the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.
 
The photo depicts a young boy, about 10-years-old, carrying his dead little brother on his back. 
 

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Testament to a dream that is no utopia

VATICAN (SE): “All indicators available to the international community suggest that global migration will continue into the future. For my part, I ask you to view it with confidence as an opportunity to build peace,” Pope Francis says in his Message for the 51st World Day of Peace, which is marked on 1 January 2108.
 

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Cost of trauma delayed

HONG KONG (SE): A gunfight resulting in three brutal deaths took place in the Barangay Mansangaban Playground of Bais City, Negros Occidental, on 25 April 1993, in full view of around 100 people, including the children and families of the dead and the daughter of a barangay captain, who was later to be found guilty of the multiple murder.
 

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New social imagination

HONG KONG (SE): “So many other footsteps are hidden in the footsteps of Joseph and Mary,” Pope Francis said in his Urbi et Orbi (To the City of Rome and the World) in his message for Christmas.
 
“We see the tracks of entire families forced to set out in our own day. We see the tracks of millions of persons who do not choose to go away, but driven from their land, leave behind their dear ones,” the pope said in making a strong call for what he termed a new social imagination in today’s world.
 

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Church weighs in on Trump’s Jerusalem

HONG KONG (SE): Pope Francis was quick to weigh in on the debate over the announcement from the president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, expressing his intention to move his embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, thus giving recognition to the controversial claim that the biblical city can be declared as the capital and territory of Israel.
 

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Pope asks forgivness from Rohingya

HONG KONG (SE): “The presence of God today is also called Rohingya,” Pope Francis said on December 1. The BBC reported that the pope’s unscripted comment was made during an interfaith meeting in Dhaka during his visit to Bangladesh when he also met with a group of Rohingya refugees and listened to their stories.
 
“In the name of all of those who have persecuted you, hurt you, I ask forgiveness,” the pope asked the refugees. “I appeal to your large hearts to give us the forgiveness that we are asking.”

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