Pope gives priests 30 days to accept bishop or face suspension

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Pope Francis has given priests in the Nigerian Diocese of Ahiara 30 days to write a letter promising obedience to him and accepting the bishop appointed for their diocese. Priests who do not write the letter will be suspended, according to Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. The papal

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Pope Francis: many young people in the Church have fallen into the ‘temptation of rigidity’

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Pray that those who are too rigid learn to follow the way of Christ and his meekness, Pope Francis said on May 5 during his early morning Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae. With the day’s first reading dedicated to the conversion of Saul — who went from fiercely persecuting Christians

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Egypt bombings won’t stop Pope’s visit for peace, says Vatican

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Despite recent and repeated terrorist attacks against Egypt’s minority Christian communities, Pope Francis will not cancel his visit to Egypt. “The Pope’s trip to Egypt proceeds as scheduled,” Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, told Catholic News Service by email on April 10. The Pope is scheduled to meet governmental and interfaith leaders during an April 28-29

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Pope to wash feet of inmates at mafia ‘turncoat’ prison on Holy Thursday

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Pope Francis will wash the feet of inmates at a prison known for housing mafia turncoats on Holy Thursday. The Paliano prison, located in a huge fortress outside Rome, houses many of Italy’s “collaborators of justice,” who can shave time off their sentences by cooperating with anti-mafia investigators. Given the security concerns involved, the Vatican

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The cross is a sign of God’s love, not a piece of jewellery to show off, says Pope Francis

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The cross is a sign of God’s love for humankind and not just an emblem of Christianity or a piece of jewellery to display, Pope Francis said. The cross is a symbol of “the power of God who made himself sin to heal us,” and its significance can be lost due to a lack of

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World peace cannot be achieved by maintaining nuclear weapons, Pope tells UN

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Today’s threats to global peace and security must be countered through dialogue and development, not nuclear weapons, Pope Francis told the United Nations. “How sustainable is a stability based on fear, when it actually increases fear and undermines relationships of trust between peoples,” the Pope asked in a letter sent to a UN meeting on

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Christian hope is based on patiently enduring what life brings, says Pope

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Christian hope is built on patiently enduring everything life brings and knowing how to see God’s presence and love everywhere, Pope Francis has said. God “never tires of loving us” as he “takes care of us, dressing our wounds with the caress of his goodness and his mercy, meaning, he consoles us and he never

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Pope Francis: Listening to each other can make the world a better place

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People need to listen more if they want there to be peace in the world, Pope Francis said. Open “ears are missing, there’s a lack of people who know how to listen,” which is essential before there can be dialogue, he said during an audience on March 11 with volunteers for a national help hotline,

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Pope Francis says the Church should reflect on married priests

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Pope Francis has said the Church should reflect on whether the “Holy Spirit” is demanding married priests. In an interview with the German newspaper Die Zeit, the Pope was asked about the shortage of vocations in some dioceses. He referred to the idea of “viri probati”, in which married or unmarried laymen recognised as potential

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Pope seeks to set example for world leaders as he accepts electric car

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Pope Francis has accepted a 100 per cent electric car in a pilot project to help the Vatican become an “emission-free mobility” state. The Vatican seeking to become one of the world’s first states to be 100 per cent powered by renewable energy. The project is helping to align the Vatican with the goals laid

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