Don’t let Paris attacks stop COP21 climate change deal, pleads Obama

US president seeks to shore up attendance at COP21 climate summit by saying world leaders had to show murderers ‘that we’re not afraid’ by Fiona Harvey in London, Sunday 22 November 2015 18.00 GMT Barack Obama has moved to ensure that the Paris attacks do not sabotage a crucial climate change summit in the city next … Continue reading Don’t let Paris attacks stop COP21 climate change deal, pleads Obama

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Pope Francis: educate openness to transcendence, practice of mercy

21/11/2015 14:48 (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received the participants in a major international congress under the sponsorship of the Congregation for Catholic Education on Saturday morning. For four days this week, more than 2 thousand educators, administrators, students and teachers from around the world have been examining the challenges facing the mission of Catholic education … Continue reading Pope Francis: educate openness to transcendence, practice of mercy

Pope Francis: Priests should not often be sad or nervous

20/11/2015 14:47 (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday said a good priest “creates serenity,” and a priest “that is often sad, nervous, or has a hard character” is not good for himself or his people. The Holy Father was addressing a Conference sponsored by the Congregation for the Clergy marking the fiftieth anniversary of the … Continue reading Pope Francis: Priests should not often be sad or nervous

Pope Francis to German Bishops: Use Jubilee to revive Church

2015-11-20 11:07 (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday told the bishops of Germany the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy offers the opportunity to “rediscover the sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist.” The bishops were meeting with the Holy Father during their ad limina visit to Rome. In a speech handed to the bishops at the meeting, … Continue reading Pope Francis to German Bishops: Use Jubilee to revive Church

Pope Francis: the Lord weeps for the sins of a world at war

19/11/2015 13:08 (Vatican Radio) “The whole world is at war,” and the rejection of the “path of peace” means that God Himself, that Jesus Himself, weeps. This was the message of Pope Francis to the faithful following the readings of the day at Mass on Thursday morning in the Casa Santa Marta. “Jesus wept.” These … Continue reading Pope Francis: the Lord weeps for the sins of a world at war

Climate

“Since I am no longer affiliated with any organization nor receiving any funding, I can speak quite frankly….As a scientist I remain skeptical.” -Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Joanne Simpson, the first woman in the world to receive a PhD in meteorology and formerly of NASA who has authored more than 190 studies and has been called … Continue reading Climate

‘Truly alarming’: Sydney archbishop decries gvmt investigation of bishop for defending marriage

November 17, 2015 Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney has decried as “astonishing and truly alarming” the threat of legal action being brought against a brother bishop for distributing a pamphlet to local Catholic schools that supported Catholic teaching on marriage being between a man and woman. "Australia is party to treaties guaranteeing freedoms of religion … Continue reading ‘Truly alarming’: Sydney archbishop decries gvmt investigation of bishop for defending marriage

Pope warns against temptations of leading a double life

17/11/2015 12:59 (Vatican Radio) The importance of safeguarding our Christian identity and not living double lives: that was the theme at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily at the Santa Marta Mass on Tuesday morning. The Pope based his words on the daily readings which focus on the need for coherence between our spiritual and … Continue reading Pope warns against temptations of leading a double life

Papal confidant signals Pope Francis will allow Communion for the ‘remarried’

November 16, 2015 Two European bishops’ conferences and prominent Vatican observers are highlighting the significance of a recent article by one of Pope Francis’ closest confidants interpreting the Synod’s final report to allow Communion to “remarried” divorcees. They say the author’s interpretation signals the path Pope Francis will adopt himself. In a recent article, papal … Continue reading Papal confidant signals Pope Francis will allow Communion for the ‘remarried’

Israeli punitive demolitions of Palestinian homes violates international law

16 November 2015 While recognizing Israel’s “serious security challenges,” a senior United Nations official today called its punitive demolition of the homes of alleged attackers “inherently unjust” and against international law, noting that 20 Palestinians, eight of them children, were made homeless in the past three days. “I am distressed by reports of punitive demolitions … Continue reading Israeli punitive demolitions of Palestinian homes violates international law