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Support for Persecuted Christians

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
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Support for persecuted Christians

Today, more than ever, with the advances in communication we are fully aware of the many violent acts committed against Christians, some of whom are being slaughtered while pronouncing the name of Jesus. Pope Francis asks us ‘not to forget the tragedy of persecution. Open Doors, an international organization that brings awareness of Christian persecution states



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POLITICAL POPULISM

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Saturday, January 28th, 2017
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Pope Francis was asked recently by Spain’s El Pais if he was worried about the rise of populism (in the United States). He cautioned that people should not repeat the mistakes of the 1930′s, when people turned to “saviours” like Adolf Hitler, elected to resolve economic and political crises and give back a proud identity to Germany. “Hitler did not



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Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace, Pope Francis

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Sunday, January 1st, 2017
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MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE
FRANCIS
FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE 
FIFTIETH WORLD DAY OF PEACE

1 JANUARY 2017

Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace

1. At the beginning of this New Year, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious, civic and community leaders. I



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Pope Francis and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

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Monday, October 31st, 2016
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Today (October 31, 2016) Pope Francis showed once again his courage live the Gospel by going to Lund in Sweden to join with leaders of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in a prayer service, marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  He said “The spiritual experience of Martin Luther challenges us to remember that apart from God we can do



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MERCY TOWARDS CREATION

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Thursday, September 1st, 2016
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Pope Francis has suggested that care for the environment should be added to the Church’s traditional list of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. The Pope called upon us to repent of the ecological damage they have caused and to make a “firm purpose of amendment” to act in concrete ways that are “more respectful of creation.”

Pope Francis



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RETURNED WYD PILFRIMS

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Monday, August 1st, 2016
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We are used to using IT language in everyday conversations – none more so than young people. So it was no surprise that Pope Francis used social media metaphors during his Mass with one and a half million young people on the final day of World Youth Day in Kraków. He advised them to “download” a good heart.  He encouraged



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Missionary Courage

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Thursday, July 14th, 2016
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Many of us have contact with Loreto sisters through parishes and schools.  So we remember and pray for the two Irish Loreto religious sisters working in South Sudan.  They have said they will not be leaving the 700 schoolgirls in their care despite the recent violence that erupted in the region.  There has been heavy fighting between rebels and government



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Ramadan 2016

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
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At present more than a billion Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan. There are 70,000 Muslims in Ireland.  I am fortunate to have made several Muslim friends in Adamstown.  Observant  Muslims abstain from food, drink and sex during daylight hours (dawn to sunset).  The purpose is to control these three powerful appetites and so develop self control and deepen



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