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Pope Francis kisses a foot of a disabled person Our Lady of Providence Center in Rome

Pope Francis bends low to wash the feet of the disabled

April 18th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In the humble act of washing his disciples’ feet, Jesus is showing all Christians how he wants us to serve others with love, Pope Francis said at Holy Thursday Mass last night. During the evening Mass at a rehabilitation facility on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis washed the feet of four women and eight men who are living with disabilities. “This is the legacy that Jesus leaves us,” and he wants it to be passed down through people’s loving service to others, the Pope said. Ranging in ages from 16 to 86, nine of the 12 patients were Italian, one was ... continue reading.

Bishops’ president wants rid of Trident

April 18th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow called for nuclear weapons to be removed from Scotland during an ecumenical act of witness at the Trident nuclear base at Faslane.... continue reading.

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Online help to imagine religious life for women

April 16th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A religious congregation of Catholic sisters and nuns from the US have unveiled a website entitled Imagine a Sister’s Life. ... continue reading.

Pope Francis leads Good Friday Way of the Cross at Colosseum

Papal Way of the Cross mediations on financial crises and social justice

April 15th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Holy Father’s Good Friday address, written by an archbishop who campaigns against the mafia, will examine the failures of our economic and justice systems... continue reading.

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Pope gives prisoners gift of pocket Gospels

April 15th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Holy Father is to send a special Easter gift to a numbers of Italian prisoners.... continue reading.


Who are we before Jesus who suffers?

April 14th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis tells Palm Sunday congregation that the characters in the Passion help us to examine our own consciences... continue reading.


United Nations told not to treat pregnancy as a disease

April 11th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy See’s Permanent Observer advises care for the poor, rather than a focus on fertility reduction, is key to global development... continue reading.

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Order re-pledges support to Rwanda 20 years after genocide

April 10th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Order of Malta has pledged to work to prevent any repeat of the Rwandan genocide, 20 years after it played a key role in saving the victims of violence there.... continue reading.

Pope condemns brutal killing of priest in Syria

April 9th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has condemned the ‘brutal killing’ of the Dutch Jesuit Priest Fr Frans van der Lugt (above) in Syria and called for an end to the conflict there. ... continue reading.

Marian Shrine in Israel vandalised ahead of Pope’s visit

April 7th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem has strongly condemned attacks on a Marian shrine near Jerusalem, believed to have been carried out by Israeli extremists. ... continue reading.

Holy Father prays for priests, nun, kidnapped in Cameroon

April 7th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis is calling for a ‘rapid and positive solution’ to the kidnapping ordeal of two Italian priests and a Canadian nun in Cameroon.... continue reading.

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