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Consecrated life with a hopeful realism

HONG KONG (SE): “In our societies it even seems that homosexuality is fashionable and this mindset, somehow, also affects the life of the Church,” Pope Francis said during a four-hour-long interview for a book on August 9 at Casa Santa Marta with Claretian Father Fernando Prado, director of the Claretian Publications, Madrid. 
 
The pope expressed grave concern over the issue of homosexuality among the clergy and stressed on the need to “discern adequately” the candidates for priesthood. 
 

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No one has right to demand a pope’s resignation cardinal says

VATICAN (CNS): “I am personally convinced that Pope Francis is doing everything possible to oppose the phenomenon of abuse against minors and to foster a new spirituality among priests who must act with the heart of Christ and do what is good for all people, above all for children and young people,” Gerhard Cardinal Muller of Germany said in an interview published by the Vatican Insider on November 27.
 

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Pope praises young people following peace pilgrimage

SEOUL (UCAN): In letters sent to Andrew Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul, South Korea, and to 100 young pilgrims from Laos, Mexico, Malta, the United States, India, China, Pakistan and South Korea, who wrote to Pope Francis expressing their desire to become workers for peace after joining the 2018 Wind of Peace pilgrimage along the demilitarised zone dividing the two Koreas in August.
 

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Pope praises young people following peace pilgrimage

SEOUL (UCAN): In letters sent to Andrew Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul, South Korea, and to 100 young pilgrims from Laos, Mexico, Malta, the United States, India, China, Pakistan and South Korea, who wrote to Pope Francis expressing their desire to become workers for peace after joining the 2018 Wind of Peace pilgrimage along the demilitarised zone dividing the two Koreas in August.
 

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Provoke an uprising of change pope urges young people

VATICAN (CNS): “Dear young people, take courage, enter within yourselves and ask God: ‘What do you want from me?’ Allow God to answer you. Then you will see how your life is transformed and filled with joy,” Pope Francis said in a video message for the upcoming World Youth Day, released by the Vatican on November 21.
 

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World Youth Day officials release pope’s Panama itinerary

VATICAN (CNS): When Pope Francis visits Panama for World Youth Day from January 23 to 27, he will meet with young people unable to attend the festivities: some in jail and with some living with HIV.
 
He also will dedicate the altar of Panama’s newly renovated 400-year-old cathedral, meet with bishops from Central America and have lunch with some of the young people attending the youth day gathering, according to the schedule released by the Vatican November 20.
 

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Leave your comforts behind and reach out to the poor pope says

VATICAN (CNS): “We Christians cannot stand with arms folded in indifference” or thrown up in the air in helpless resignation, Pope Francis said in his homily on November 18, the World Day of the Poor, noting that as the rich get richer, the increasing misery and cries of the poor are ignored every day.
 

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World has not learned lessons of World War I

VATICAN (CNS): The brutality of the First World War is a lesson that the world has yet to learn, Pope Francis said on November 11, Armistice Day.
 
World War I is a chapter in history that serves as a dire warning and a call for world leaders “to reject the culture of war and to seek every legitimate means to put an end to the conflicts that still stain many regions of the world with blood,” the pope said after praying the Angelus with people gathered in St. Peter’s Square.
 

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Scientists must help health of planet and its people

VATICAN (CNS): Speaking on November 12 to members and experts invited to the plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis called on scientists worldwide to serve humanity and the health of the planet, which means they must also propose viable solutions to problems and persuade government leaders and policy makers to implement them.
 

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The Church and the world need you synod tells young people

VATICAN (CNS): At the end of the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment, the synod fathers writing to the world’s young people, said, “Our frailties and sins must not be an obstacle for your trust. The Church is your mother; she does not abandon you; she is ready to accompany you on new roads, on higher paths where the winds of the Spirit blow stronger—sweeping away the mists of indifference, superficiality and discouragement.”
 

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