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Death penalty deprives victims of justice

HONG KONG (SE): In the wake of an announcement by the government in Indonesia that it plans to execute a further 16 convicted drug traffickers after the celebration of Eid’l Fitr, the end of the holy fast of Ramadan, Pope Francis has come out strongly against the death penalty.

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Hong Kong prisoners send greetings to pope

HONG KONG (SE): A familiar figure around the prisons of Hong Kong, Reverend Edwin Ng Wing-hung was in Rome at the end of May for a conference on the permanent diaconate and had the honour of a private audience with Pope Francis.

Father Pat Colgan, from the Columban central administration and a Spanish speaker, does voluntary work with the prison ministry. He took advantage of the opportunity and invited men in the prisons that he spends time with to write letters to Pope Francis.

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Opening windows onto a closed Church

Pope John XIII is famous for opening the windows to let fresh air into the Church at the beginning of Vatican II, but in his own way, Pope Francis is also opening windows to the breath of the Spirit to blow through the musty corridors that describe and define life at the top of Church authority.








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Pope wants more Running Priests

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis told the general chapter of a community most popularly known as The Running Priests that their reputation for moving quickly to help those in need is something that the Church could use much, much more of.

The Congregation of the Little Work of Divine Providence was founded in Italy by St. Liugi Orione, who died in 1940.

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Some priests stay mum on meeting with pope

HONG KONG (UCAN): Some of the priests from China who met with Pope Francis in Rome on April 27 have been reluctant to discuss their experience since they returned home, fearing repercussions from the government.

“It is inconvenient for me to talk, given the situation in China,” one priest said.

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Poverty caused by an economy of exclusion and inequality pope says

VATICAN (CNS): “The fight against poverty is not merely a technical economic problem, but above all a moral one, calling for global solidarity and the development of more equitable approaches to the concrete needs and aspirations of individuals and peoples worldwide,” Pope Francis said on May 13.

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Right to conscientious objection must be recognised pope says

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis told the French Catholic newspaper La Croix that national governments “must be secular. Confessional states end badly.” He added, however, that a truly secular democracy fully respects the religious freedom of its citizens, including their right to publicly express their faith. 

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I have a dream pope tells struggling Europe

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “I dream of a Europe where being a migrant is not a crime, but a summons to greater commitment” to help those in need Pope Francis said as he received the prestigious Charlemagne Prize on May 6 in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.

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Parish priests from China meet with pope

Vatican (SE): Following his general audience on April 27 at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis received a group of 23 parish priests from different dioceses in People’s Republic of China. They came away from their encounter deeply impressed by the cordial, kind and simple way of the pope to spoke with them like a brother.

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Truth and bridges

This day (May 8) marks the 50th World Communications Day, which is being marked under the theme Communication and Marcy: A Fruitful Encounter.