Print Version    Email to Friend
All are brothers and sisters pope says in Christmas message

VATICAN (CNS): “May all of us receive peace and consolation from the birth of the Saviour and, in the knowledge that we are loved by the one heavenly Father, realise anew that we are brothers and sisters and come to live as such!”  Pope Francis said in his Christmas Urbi et Orbi (To the City and to the World) message and blessing on December 25. 
 

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Expectations and frustrations for summit on abuse

VATICAN (Agencies): “We want to see how we also can put on the table the question of bishops’ responsibility, so there would be greater clarity about who must do something and who checks if the things the Holy Father and the Church—the dicasteries—have ordered be done are, in effect, done,” Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, a member of the committee organising the upcoming February 21 to 24 meeting of heads of bishops’ conferences and representatives of religious orders to address the abuse and protection of minors, said on December 27.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
A busy year for Pope Francis in 2019

VATICAN (CNS):  Many people have big expectations that Pope Francis will take major steps in 2019 to address the clerical sexual abuse crisis.
 
He has called the presidents of the world’s bishops’ conferences and the heads of the Eastern Catholic Churches to Rome from February 21 to 24 to discuss abuse and child protection.
 

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
World Day of Peace message: Good politics serves peace pope says

VATICAN (CNS): “One thing is certain: good politics is at the service of peace,” Pope Francis wrote in his annual message for the World Day of Peace, which is on January 1.
 

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Death penalty is inhumane and ignores mercy pope says

VATICAN (CNS): The death penalty is an inhumane form of punishment that ignores the primacy of mercy in the name of justice, Pope Francis told a delegation from the International Commission against the Death Penalty on December 17. The pope set aside his prepared remarks and spoke off the cuff, the Vatican said.
 

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Convert and turn yourselves in pope tells clerical sex abusers

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “Let it be clear that before these abominations, the Church will spare no effort to do all that is necessary to bring to justice whosoever has committed such crimes,” Pope Francis said in reference to the clerical sexual abuse crisis, during his annual pre-Christmas meeting with officials of the Roman Curia on December 21.
 
The pope told members of the Curia that the Church’s strength does not depend on its members’ perfection, but on the willingness to recognise its failings and correct them.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Happy Birthday to a pope of compassion

Pope Francis turns 82 on December 17 and is just three months shy of completing the sixth year of his pontificate. He has strenuously advocated the virtues of mercy and compassion—in fact it has become the slogan of his papacy. His apostolic visit to the Philippines in 2015 was on the theme: Mercy and Compassion. 
 








Print Version    Email to Friend
Pope to make historic visit to United Arab Emirates

VATICAN (CNS): statement Pope Francis will visit the United Arab Emirates next year, becoming the first pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula, the Vatican announced on December 6.
 
The statement said the pope will “participate in the International Interfaith Meeting on ‘Human Fraternity’” after receiving an invitation by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
 

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Pope revamps Vatican City State structures

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis approved a new set of laws concerning the structure and governance of Vatican City State in an effort to simplify the many offices and activities of the world’s smallest nation and to boost oversight, transparency and budgetary controls.
 
The measures, issued motu proprio—on the pope’s own accord—were published on December 6.
 

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Illegal drug makers, dealers are traffickers of death pope says

VATICAN (CNS): “We are all called to tackle the production, expansion and distribution of drugs in the world,” Pope Francis told participants at an international conference on drugs and addictions organised by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, on December 1.
 
“It is the duty and task of governments to face with courage this fight against traffickers of death,” he said, adding that “we must not be afraid to give this title” to those behind the drug trade.
 

More from this section