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Get out and support the pope

ROME (SE): Pope Francis has been criticised for some time now by a small group of people, including a handful of bishops and even some red-hatted cardinals, who got the ball rolling earlier this year when they served a please explain or else note called a dubia on the pope.
 

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The pope’s day with the poor

ROME (SE): Pope Francis once said that he has learned two things in life; to speak simply and to use symbols.
 
In unearthing World Day of the Poor he picked a potent symbol for the whole of the Church as a sign that Christians should be serious about their commitment to promoting human welfare, not just leaving it to others, but in their own person.
 
“On this day, I invite the entire Church to keep its gaze fixed on those who hold out their hands asking for our solidarity,” Pope Francis said in a tweet.

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Respect dignity and rights of all pope says

Hong Kong (SE): At end of his four-day visit to Myanmar on November 30, Pope Francis had met with the country’s president, Htin Kyaw; state counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi; its senior military general and army chief, Min Aung Hlaing; as well as leaders of the Buddhist, Muslim, Baptist and Jewish faiths.
 
To the dismay of some observers and rights advocates, not once while in Myanmar did he publicly use the word, Rohingya.
 

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Bangladesh visit fills pope with joy and hope

HOng Kong (SE): When Pope Francis flew Myanmar to Dhaka, Bangladesh, on the afternoon of November 30, he was welcomed by the president, Abdul Hamid, eight local bishops and a number of government leaders. The Dhaka Tribune reported that he was also accorded a 21-gun salute. 
 

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Much hated but loved pope

HONG KONG (SE): A popular pope is one thing and Pope Francis enjoys a high popularity rating on a much wider front than members of his own flock, but he also has enemies, many of them powerful, articulate and with loud voices.
 

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Plenty of advice for pope on Rohingya

HONG KONG (SE): One thing about being a well-known person of influence, or what the Japanese would call having a wide face, is that there are always plenty of people around ready to give you advice, even though much of it may be conflicting.
 

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What grace to ask for

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): Pointing to the need to bring the Holy See back from the brink of selling out the Catholic people of China to the government in Beijing, the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, said that the plight of people like 41-year-old Father Wei Heping, who died mysteriously two years ago in Shanxi, must be kept squarely in our consciousness.
 

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Communication of elegance

HONG KONG (SE): Pope Francis has promulgated an apostolic letter which in part focusses on the manner of the translations of the liturgy, but it also implies a strengthening of the role of bishops’ conferences as decision-making bodies in their own areas.
 
Released in September as a motu proprio, which literally translates as on his own impulse, the document has legal effect and applies in all areas to which it is addressed.
 

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The community of communion

Pope Francis referred to All Saints’ Day as a celebration of a family. A priest in Hong Kong echoed a similar sentiment at a Mass on the feast day, calling it a community.
 








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Of ambassadors, war, peace and politics

ROME (SE): Pope Francis has put together two seemingly disconnected issues in the past weeks.
 
He has agreed to accredit the least approved of any ambassador the United States of America (US) has ever offered to the Holy See and chosen the Sicily-Rome American War Memorial Cemetery near Rome, a memorial to some 7,861 US military service personnel who died during World War II, as the site for his Mass for the Faithful Departed on All Souls Day.
 

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