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  • Cover penitents with a blanket of mercy, Pope tells Missionaries of Mercy : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    000 769 to go Catholic World News Cover penitents with a blanket of mercy Pope tells Missionaries of Mercy February 10 2016 Pope Francis has called upon priests who will serve as Missionaries of Mercy to cover their penitents with a blanket of mercy as two of the sons of Noah covered the nakedness of their father In his apostolic bull on the extraordinary jubilee of mercy Pope Francis called upon bishops to nominate priests to serve as Missionaries of Mercy These missionaries according to the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of New Evangelization will give missions or facilitate specific initiatives organized for the Jubilee with a particular attention given to the Sacrament of Reconciliation The Holy Father will grant these Missionaries the authority to pardon even those sins reserved to the Holy See Meeting with the Missionaries of Mercy in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace on the evening of February 9 Pope Francis called upon them to express the maternal nature of the Church to recognize the grace at work in the heart of the penitents who approach them and to cover sinners with a blanket of mercy We are not called to judge with a sense of superiority as if we were immune from sin on the contrary we are called to act as Shem and Japheth the sons of Noah who took a blanket and put it over their father and hid his shame said Pope Francis It is therefore not with the club of judgment that we will bring back the lost sheep to the fold but with the holiness of life which is the principle of renewal and reform in the Church References Audience to the Missionaries of Mercy 2016 02 09 YouTube Vatican Incontro con i Missionari della Misericordia 09 02 2016

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  • Russian Patriarch responded to Pope's open invitation, says Cardinal Koch : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Connect Home On Facebook On Twitter eNewsletters Site Tour Web Widgets Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate News Home Important Popular Week Month Archives About CWN Catholic World News Russian Patriarch responded to Pope s open invitation says Cardinal Koch February 10 2016 Pope Francis opened the door for a meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in November 2014 when he said that he would meet with the Russian prelate any time the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity told Vatican Radio Cardinal Kurt Koch said that the Pope s statement made to reporters on board a flight from Istanbul to Rome gave new impetus to negotiations to arrange for the unprecedented summit meeting between the two religious leaders The cardinal also remarked that Patriarch Kirill was very courageous to arrange the meeting with Pope Francis in Cuba since many powerful Russian prelates would oppose the meeting References Card Koch Pope s comments opened door for encounter with Russian Orthodox leader Vatican Radio Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are moderated To lighten our editing burden only current donors are allowed to Sound Off If you are a donor

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  • Pope reflects on Old Testament jubilee year : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    in the Old Testament We learn from Scripture that the Jubilee Year is an ancient institution a heightened moment of religious and social life for the people of Israel who are instructed by God in the Book of Leviticus for the jubilee year to cancel debts and release slaves he said to the crowds gathered in St Peter s Square in the words of the official English language synthesis of his remarks A jubilee is a year of general pardon for all people to return to their original state the freedom proper to the holy people of God he continued We should practice this pardon to combat poverty and inequality by promoting an equitable distribution of the earth s goods for all The Pope added The earth belongs to God and has been entrusted to us who are but strangers and sojourners on the road to eternity As stewards of the Lord we are called to render habitable and human the world we have received In this jubilee year we are also challenged by the ancient prescription of tithing offering God the first fruits of our work This wisdom calls us to be generous with those in need to help

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  • Pope meets with Iraq’s prime minster : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catholic World News Pope meets with Iraq s prime minster February 10 2016 Pope Francis met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi at the Vatican on February 10 and discussed the importance of protecting the rights of Christians and other minorities During the cordial discussions reference was made to the good state of bilateral relations to the life of the Church in the country and to the situation of Christians and ethnic and religious minorities living in Iraq with particular reference to the importance of their presence and the need to protect their rights the Holy See Press Office said in a statement Emphasis was placed on the role of interreligious dialogue and the responsibility of religious communities in promoting tolerance and peace the statement added In this context mention was made of the importance of the reconciliation process between the various social sectors within the country and the national humanitarian and regional situation Following his meeting with the Pontiff Al Abadi met with the Vatican s Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher the Secretary for Relations with States References

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  • Colombian president disputes link between Zika and microcephaly : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    Zika virus is responsible for severe fetal defects Colombia s President Juan Manuel Santos has reported that his government has studied over 3 000 cases of pregnant women with the Zika virus without discovering a single case of microcephaly A finding by Brazilian doctors who saw a possible connection between Zika and microcephaly has prompted urgent calls for an end to legal restrictions on abortion and suggestions that women in

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  • Live in relationship with God the Father, Pope tells Pompei’s youth : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    Site Tour Web Widgets Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate News Home Important Popular Week Month Archives About CWN Catholic World News Live in relationship with God the Father Pope tells Pompei s youth February 10 2016 Pope Francis has sent an audio message to the Territorial Prelature of Pompei in support of its Lenten youth initiative Jesus asks us to do good for the sake of good he said He asks us to feel we are under the watchful gaze of our heavenly Father at all times and to live in relationship with Him not in relationship with the opinion of others Living in the presence of the Father gives us a much deeper joy than worldly glory can give us he continued May our attitude this Lent be one of living in secret where the Father sees us loves us and waits for us References Audiomessaggio di Papa Francesco per l iniziativa KeepLent del Servizio per la Pastorale Giovanile della Prelatura di Pompei 10 02 2016 Holy See Press Office Pope Francis sends first Keep Lent message to Pompeii Vatican Radio Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are moderated To lighten our editing burden

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  • Bishop reports terror attacks in Central African Republic, and 'nothing is said' : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    Central African Republic and nothing is said February 10 2016 A Catholic bishop in the Central African Republic has told the Fides news service that the Lord s Resistance Army LRA terrorist group has attacked six villages in his diocese in recent weeks Since the beginning of 2016 my diocese has been continuously under LRA attack and nobody talks about it reported Bishop Juan José Aguirre Munos of Bangassou The bishop added that he suspects the LRA is now working in concert with the Seleka rebels who are seeking control of the Central African Republic What hurts me the most is that nothing is said about the attacks he remarked In December another bishop in the Central African Republic Bishop Nestor Desire Nongo Aziagbia of Bossangoa complained that the country s government has not demonstrated a commitment to end the attacks by the LRA The LRA a fighting force that was established in Uganda in the 1980s relies heavily on child soldiers and drug use The group specializes in raiding villages and kidnapping children it has been active in Uganda South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as the Central African Republic Its founder Joseph Kony is

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  • Two appointed to head sections of new Vatican Secretariat for Communications : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    eBooks Connect Home On Facebook On Twitter eNewsletters Site Tour Web Widgets Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate News Home Important Popular Week Month Archives About CWN Catholic World News Two appointed to head sections of new Vatican Secretariat for Communications February 10 2016 Pope Francis has appointed directors for two sections of the newly created Secretariat for Communications Natas Govekar a Slovenian theologian who now works at the Centro Aletti in Rome will head the pastoral theology department of the Secretariat Msgr Dario Vigano the prefect of the Secretariat remarked that the appointment of a lay woman is an affirmation that attention to the pastoral is not exclusive to pastors but involves the practices and ways of being Church today Francesco Masci who works in the Vatican s internet office will be director of the technical department for the Secretariat with responsibilities for coordinating the Vatican s handling of the new media References Other Pontifical Acts VIS Woman to lead theological pastoral aspect of Vatican communications CNS Woman to head pastoral theology dept ANSA Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are moderated To lighten our editing burden only current donors are allowed to Sound Off

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