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Pope Francis prays for victims of Sierra Leone mudslide

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has expressed his “closeness” to those who have loved ones in the tragic mudslide that struck Sierra Leone. A telegram signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin says the Holy Father is praying for all those who have died; and that he invokes “divine blessings of strength and consolation” on […]

Pope Francis prays Angelus for Solemnity of the Assumption

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis reflected on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Angelus on Tuesday. The feast of the Assumption, also known as Ferragosto, is an important religious and civil holiday in Italy, and thousands of faithful were present in St Peter’s Square to celebrate with the Holy Father. In his remarks, […]

Msgr. Paul Tschang In-Nam, the First Apostolic Nuncio to Myanmar

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The Holy Father on Saturday raised the Holy See’s diplomatic relations with Myanmar to the rank of Apostolic Nunciature, appointing Archbishop Paul Tschang In-Nam, until now the Apostolic delegate to Myanmar, as the first Apostolic Nuncio to the same country. At the same time Archbishop Tschang continues to serve as Apostolic Nuncio to Thailand and […]

Angelus: Listen to the Lord not horoscopes or fortune tellers

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(Vatican Radio)”When you do not cling to the word of the Lord, but have more security in consulting horoscopes and fortune tellers you sink”. Those were Pope Francis’ words during his Angelus address on Sunday in St Peter’s Square. He was referring to the Gospel of the day where Jesus walks on the waters of […]

Centenary of Romero’s birth celebrated in Southwark

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(Vatican Radio) August 15th 2017 marks the centenary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was assassinated for speaking out on behalf of the poor and oppressed during his country’s military dictatorship. There are many events planned to mark the anniversary year, both in his native El Salvador but […]

Pope at Audience: ‘Divine mercy is foundation of Christian hope’

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis continued his catechesis on Christian hope with pilgrims gathered in the Paul VI Hall for the Wednesday General Audience, saying that God’s mercy as embodied by Jesus both transforms us and renews our hope. Listen to Devin Watkins’ report: In his address to pilgrims at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis […]

Pope Francis decries attack on Nigerian churchgoers, violence in CAR

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis appealed on Wednesday for an end to “every form of hatred and violence”, especially those “perpetrated in places of worship, where the faithful gather to pray”. He was referring to an attack on Catholics attending Sunday Mass in southern Nigeria. At his General Audience, Pope Francis said he “remains deeply saddened […]

Pope Francis’ catechesis at General Audience: English Summary

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis continued his catechesis on Christian hope at the Wednesday General Audience in the Paul VI Hall, reflecting on divine forgiveness as the “driving force of hope”. Please find below the official English summary of the Pope’s catechesis: In our continuing catechesis, we now consider God’s mercy as the driving force of […]

Pope Francis sends condolences for Nigeria church attack

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday sent a message of condolences following an attack at a Church in southeastern Nigeria. At least 11 people were killed and 18 others were wounded when gunmen opened fire on worshippers who had gathered early on Sunday at St Philip’s Catholic church in Ozubulu near the city of Onitsha. […]

Pope sends video message to Church in Peru

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a video message to Catholics in Peru, ahead of his planned pastoral visit there next January. The short video message was published on the website of the archdiocese of Lima by Archbishop Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne. Listen to our report: In the message Pope Francis talks about the wealth […]