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Better Catholics than the Pope?

A month to go and the Church will enter into the sixth year of the papacy of Pope Francis. But has he earned more critics than friends in the past five years? 
 








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Pope sets day of prayer for peace in Africa

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis marked Italy’s Pro-Life Sunday during his Sunday Angelus on February 4, and also called for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Africa.
Some 20,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square with many carrying the pro-life movement’s green balloons with the message, Yes to life.
 
Thanking all the “different Church realities that promote and support life in many ways,” Pope Francis said he was surprised there were not more people involved.
 

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Support families and human dignity pope tells Davos meeting

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “If we want a more secure future, one that encourages the prosperity of all, then it is necessary to keep the compass continually oriented toward ‘true north,’ represented by authentic values,” Pope Francis told people attending the World Economic Forum in Davos,
 

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Theology must accompany cultural and social processes

VATICAN (CNS): The study of theology “is fruitful only if it is done with an open mind and on one’s knees,” so it must be based both on sound academic investigation and a deep faith, Pope Francis wrote, In the apostolic constitution, Veritatis Gaudium (The Joy of Truth).
 

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Pope warns of the snake-tactics of the fake media

VATICAN (Agencies): Fake news grabs people’s attention “by appealing to stereotypes and common social prejudices and exploiting instantaneous emotions like anxiety, contempt, anger and frustration,” Pope Francis writes in his message for World Communications Day 2018 which was released at the Vatican on January 24, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists.
 

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In Chile and Peru pope tackles tough issues urges compassion and unity

LIMA (CNS): A weeklong pastoral visit to Chile and Peru saw Pope Francis tackling many a politically charged issue. Addressing large audiences that included political leaders, he denounced human trafficking, decried environmental destruction, corruption and organised crime.
 

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Pope laments the painful evil of sexual abuse

SANTIAGO (CNS): The evil of sexual abuse committed by members of the clergy has betrayed the trust of the faithful and caused suffering to those in priesthood and religious life who bear the consequences of their brethren’s sins, Pope Francis said on January 16.
 

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Pope begins visit to Chile and Peru

SANTIAGO (Agencies):  On his fourth trip to South America, Pope Francis touched down in Santiago, Chile, on January 15, the first stop on a seven-day, six-city visit to Chile and Peru, where he will take his message of hope to people on the margins of society, CNS reported.
 

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Disarmament and right to life keys to world peace

VATICAN (CNS): A culture of peace “calls for unremitting efforts in favour of disarmament and the reduction of recourse to the use of armed force in the handling of international affairs,” Pope Francis said in his annual address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican on January 8. 
 

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Respect and serve life and peace

VATICAN (CNS): “All life, from life in the mother’s womb to that of the elderly, the suffering and the sick, and to that of the troublesome and even repellent, is to be welcomed, loved and helped,” Pope Francis said during a Mass celebrating the feast of Mary, Mother of God, and marking World Peace Day at St. Peter’s Basilica, on January 1.
 

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