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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.








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Albanian martyrs up for beatification

Vatican (CNA/EWTN News): Pope Francis has given the go ahead for the beatification Archbishop Nikollë Vinçenc Prennush, from Durrës, and his 37 companions, all of whom were killed by Albania’s communist regime between 1945 and 1974.

The pope officially acknowledged their martyrdom during an April 26 meeting with Angelo Cardinal Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

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Pope blasts clericalism

Vatican (SE): Pope Francis had strong words for the Church hierarchy of his home continent of South America as he warned, “we’ve generated a ‘laical elite,’ believing that commitment is working on priestly things and have forgotten, neglected the believers often burning their hope in the daily struggle of living the faith.”

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Vatican finance watchdog notes jump in reports of suspicious activity

VATICAN (CNS): The Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority, which monitors Vatican financial operations to ensure they meet international norms, reported a huge jump in the number of financial transactions flagged as suspicious and in the value of assets it has blocked or frozen.

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Pope to meet thousands of homeless at end of Jubilee of Mercy

Vatican (SE): Six thousand homeless people from all over Europe will be met by Pope Francis at the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy when they make a pilgrimage to Rome from November 11 to 13 as part of the 2016 European Festival of Joy and Mercy, according to a Vatican Radio report on May 2.

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Pope reflects on his own message

PORT MYTILENE (CWN): In a question-and-answer session with reporters who accompanied the pope on his April 16 visit to the Greek island of Lesvos, Pope Francis acknowledged that his apostolic exhortation, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia) has changed the Church’s approach to the reception of communion by Catholics who are divorced and remarried.

But he stressed that the question is by no means the most important issue covered in his letter to the world.

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