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Christian unity requires learning from each other, pope says

VATICAN, Jan. 25, 2017– Divided Christians need to recognize the gifts God has given to other communities and learn from them “without waiting for the others to learn first,” Pope Francis said. Leading an ecumenical evening prayer service Jan. 25 for the close of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis said Christians must overcome the “temptations of self-absorption that prevent us from perceiving how the Holy Spirit is at work outside our familiar surroundings,” including in the lives of other Christian communities. The Vatican’s Sistine Chapel Choir and the Anglican Westminster Abbey Choir sang at the...

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Order of Malta’s grand master resigns at pope’s request

VATICAN, Jan. 25, 2017– After weeks of very public tensions with the Vatican, the head of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta accepted Pope Francis’ request that he submit his resignation. The order’s communications office confirmed Jan. 25 that Fra Matthew Festing, the 67-year-old grand master, met with Pope Francis the day before and agreed to resign. The Vatican said Jan. 25 that Pope Francis intends to appoint a pontifical delegate to govern the order. Festing, who has led the world’s largest chivalric order since 2008, will submit his resignation Jan. 28 to the order’s governing council, according to...

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Don’t gossip, bishop warns Duterte

MANILA, Jan. 26, 2017— A Catholic bishop warned President Duterte against spreading rumors and gossip or accusing people without proof. Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani said spreading gossip is unbecoming of a president of the land. “He is degrading his leadership. A president who is rumormonger turns many people off,” said Bacani Radio Veritas on Thursday. Duterte hurled vulgar, personal tirades against bishops and priests recently for criticizing his war on drugs that claimed more than 7,000 lives since his assumption of the presidency. He also accused Bacani of having two wives like him after the latter on Jan....

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There’s a new leader of Opus Dei. Here’s what he wants to do.

VATICAN, Jan. 24, 2017– The new head of Opus Dei has been confirmed by Pope Francis, and his plan for the prelature is simple. “I have the desire that the prelature of Opus Dei continues to do the good it has done and is increasingly doing in service of the world, which is really the only thing that interests us: the good of the person. The good of the person which, in the final moment, is the encounter with Jesus Christ,” Monsignor Fernando Ocariz Braña told reporters Tuesday. Msgr. Ocariz voiced gratitude to Pope Francis, who formally accepted the...

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Vatican sends team to Aleppo in support of those suffering from the war

VATICAN, Jan. 24, 2017– On behalf of Pope Francis, the secretary of the new Vatican department for Promoting Integral Human Development made a six-day visit to the Syrian city of Aleppo, ravaged by years of conflict between rebels and pro-government forces. Lead by the secretary of the new department, Mons. Giampietro Dal Toso, the delegation visited the Syrian city Jan. 18-23, and marked the first official visit by representatives of the Holy See after the city’s four-year conflict ended Dec. 22. According to a Jan. 24 communique from the Vatican, “the delegation was able to meet the Christian community...

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