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French cardinal to represent Pope Francis in ‘mercy’ confab

MANILA — No less than a direct envoy of Pope Francis will visit the Philippines this month for the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (Wacom 4). The pope has appointed French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin as his representative throughout the Congress from Jan. 16 to 20. Fr. Prospero Tenorio, Wacom Asia Secretary General, said the the papal legate is also expected to deliver the pope’s message to the participants of the international church event. Barbarin, 66, has been the archbishop of Lyon since 2002. He was made a cardinal in 2003 and joined the conclaves that elected Pope Benedict...

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Pope shakes up monthly prayers, adds new ‘urgent’ intention

VATICAN, Jan. 4, 2017– After launching the first video series on his monthly prayer intentions last year, Pope Francis has decided to make some changes for 2017 by going back to an older system focusing on just one intention rather than two. However, true to form, he has also added a novelty: in addition to the one monthly intention, Francis will also issue an “urgent” prayer intention himself each month in order to garner rapid support for the cause. According to a recent blog post by Fr. James Kubicki, national director of the U.S. branch of the Apostleship of...

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Terminally ill Army sergeant, who used military grit to meet pope, dies

VATICAN, Jan. 3, 2016– Cheryl Tobin, a former master sergeant with the Army who used her military might to flag down the pope for a blessing, died in her sleep New Year’s Eve. She was 48. Terminally ill with a rare form of cancer, Tobin went on a pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in May thanks to the generosity, prayers and assistance of many people who wanted to help her fulfill her dream. Despite the fatigue that came from radiation treatments, chemotherapy and surgery, Tobin was able to climb the Holy Stairs on her knees, climb to the top...

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Pope to bishops: Defend children from abuse, protect their dignity, joy

VATICAN, Jan. 3, 2016– Stand up and protect children from exploitation, slaughter and abuse, which includes committing to a policy of “zero tolerance” of sexual abuse by clergy, Pope Francis told the world’s bishops. Wake up to what is happening to so many of today’s innocents and be moved by their plight and the cries of their mothers to do everything to protect life, helping it “be born and grow,” he said in a letter sent to bishops commemorating the feast of the Holy Innocents, Dec. 28. The Vatican press office published the letter and translations from the original...

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New Year calls for courage, hope; no more hatred, selfishness, pope says

VATICAN, Jan. 1, 2016– Whether the new year will be good or not depends on us choosing to do good each day, Pope Francis said. “That is how one builds peace, saying ‘no’  to hatred and violence — with action — and ‘yes’ to fraternity and reconciliation,” he said Jan. 1, which the church marks as the feast of Mary, Mother of God and as World Peace Day. Speaking to the some 50,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the first noon Angelus of 2017, the pope referred to his peace day message in which he asked people...

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