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Vatican-sponsored refugees arrive in Rome

ROME (Agencies): The 12 refugees who were at risk of deportation from the Greek island of Lesvos that returned to Italy with Pope Francis got straight down to work, beginning classes in Italian just a few days after their arrival.

The three Syrian families spent their first day with their host community, the lay peace group of Sant’Egidio. On the following evening, a celebratory dinner was held in the Trastevere neighbourhood for the six adults, four children and two adolescents.

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Frustration with annulment

HONG KONG (UCAN): Despite finding comfort in the latest apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), a divorced and remarried Catholic in Hong Kong said she has lost faith in the Church hierarchy and would not seek its help anymore in resolving the issue of her divorce after two failed attempts.








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Shifty money and suspended audits at Vatican

VATICAN (SE): Described as a major blow to plans for the reform of Vatican financial affairs, the Secretariat of State informed all Vatican offices on April 20 that an outside audit being conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers has been suspended.

Nevertheless, Vatican officials insist that they are continuing their investigation in shifty money moves.

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Root causes of people’s flight must be addressed

PORT MYTILENE (SE): Pope Francis fulfilled a long held ambition when he landed on the Greek island of Lesvos on the morning of April 16 to pay a 12-hour visit to the thousands of refugees who have sought shelter in trying conditions that are only lightened by the generosity of those who have welcomed them.

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Three refugee families return with pope

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis flew out of Port Mytilene with three refugee families that the Vatican will give hospitality and shelter to in Rome, Italy.

The Vatican Press Office reported, “The pope has desired to make a gesture of welcome regarding refugees, accompanying him on his plane to Rome three families of refugees from Syria, 12 people in all, including six children.”

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It has something for everyone

Pope Francis has produced a basic pastoral document in his reflection on the two-part Synod on Marriage and Family Life that took place during 2014 and 2015.

It is not one that belabours doctrine or particularly addresses the problems of broken or dysfunctional families, but contents itself with a description of family life within the context of love.








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Pope speaks on family life

VATICAN (SE): The long awaited apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis following the Synod on Marriage and the Family that ran over two sessions in 2014 and 2015 was released on April 8 at the Vatican.

Titled, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), the text has been described as poetic and eloquent, with some even saying that it has the qualities of a hymn.

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Call to pope for a Synod on Creation

BOSTON (SE): The Global Catholic Climate Movement sent a letter to Pope Francis at the beginning of Lent suggesting that a Synod on Creation would be a constructive move in inviting all people to an ecological conversion.

The movement, which points out that it represents around one million voices from all around the world, thanks the pope for his pastoral concern for all of God’s creation and especially for his leadership in promoting an understanding of it among people.

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Duterte uses pope’s reply to intrigue

VATICAN (CWN): The expletive babbling mayor of Davao City and presidential candidate, Rodrigo Duterte, sent an apology to Pope Francis for his unpublishable tirade against him for holding up traffic when he visited Manila in January last year.

And to his apparent delight, he has received a response from Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the under-secretary of state at the Vatican, which says the pope appreciates the sentiments of his apology.

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The Vatican at the dawn of a new era of geopolitics

HONG KONG (SE): Pope Francis surprised the world when he published a Lunar New Year greeting addressed to the president of China, Xi Jinping, whom he mentioned by name, and all Chinese people, on the Hong Kong-based Internet news site, Asia Times, on February 2 this year.