Pope Francis invites 250 poor for lunch

Pope Francis celebrated Sts Peter and Paul feast doing what he loves doing best. His freshly-minted Cardinal-Almoner Krajewski asked by Pope Francis to invite 250 of Rome’s poor to have lunch with him at the Vatican canteen.

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Earlier  in his homily on Friday, Pope Francis urged Christians not to be a stumbling block in the path of Christ, the Anointed One, whose glory cannot be separated from his cross.… Be Informed

Defend the dignity of the poor – Pope Francis to new cardinals

AP: Pope Francis gave the Catholic Church 14 new cardinals Thursday, exhorting them to resist any temptation toward haughtiness and instead embrace “the greatest promotion” they could hope to obtain: tending to those neglected or cast aside by society.

Among those receiving the cardinals’ biretta — a crimson-red square cap with three ridges — was his point man for helping Rome’s homeless and poor.… Be Informed

Pope Francis meeting the world’s largest ecumenical community of Protestant and Orthodox churches


Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis will seek deeper relations between the Catholic Church and other Christian faiths on Thursday while meeting the world’s largest ecumenical community of Protestant and Orthodox churches amid waning influence in Europe and indiscriminate attacks on worshippers elsewhere.… Be Informed

Pope Francis criticised Trump’s administration policy of separating migrant families – “Populism is not the solution”.

Pope Francis has criticised the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the Mexican border, saying populism is not the answer to the world’s immigration problems.

In an exclusive interview with Reuters  the Pope said he supported recent statements by U.S.… Be Informed

Matteo Salvini meets Cardinal Raymond Burke, the Pope’s fiercest critic in the Vatican

The Guardian: Matteo Salvini, the far-right Italian interior minister who once questioned Pope Francis’s legitimacy, has met Raymond Burke, the Argentinian pontiff’s fiercest critic in the Vatican, signalling an unprecedented gulf between the leader of the Catholic church and a key figure in the new populist government.… Be Informed

Pope Francis says oil companies should convert to clean fuel

Meeting the energy needs of everyone on Earth, must be done in ways that avoid creating environmental imbalances resulting in deterioration and pollution gravely harmful to our human family, both now and in the future.

Vatican News reports while addressing participants in a Vatican conference dedicated to “Energy Transition and Care for our Common Home”,  Pope Francis said “civiliazation requires energy but energy use must not destroy civilization”.… Be Informed

Pope Francis denounces culture of abuse and coverup in the Catholic Church

The Guardian reports that through comments made in a pastoral letter to the Chilean faithful on the eve of another weekend he will spend listening to victims of Chile’s ‘most notorious predator pries’, Pope Francis has become the first pope to publicly denounce a “culture of abuse and cover-up” in the Catholic church.… Be Informed

Pope Francis sends Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Father Jordi Bertomeu on a new mission in Chile

Pope Francis is sending his two top sexual abuse investigators back to Chile to gather more information about the crisis that has hit the Catholic Church there, the Vatican said on Thursday.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta and Father Jordi Bertomeu, a Vatican official, will concentrate on the diocese of Osorno in southern Chile, seat of a bishop who has been most caught up in the scandal.… Be Informed

All Chilean Bishops offer resignation to Vatican


All of Chile’s 34 Roman Catholic bishops have offered Pope Francis their resignations in the wake of a child sex scandal and cover-up. They asked forgiveness from victims and the Church for their “grave errors and omissions”.

The case evolves around Bishop Juan Barros, who is accused of using his position in the Catholic Church to try to block an investigation into his mentor, Catholic priest Fernando Karadima.… Be Informed

We have to make young people ‘land’ in the real world. – Pope Francis

Pope_Francis_at_the_general_audience_in_St_Peters_Square_on_April_18_2018_Credit_Daniel_Ibanez_3_CNA.jpegPope Francis said he is worried that youth are too enmeshed in a virtual world of cell phones and other technology, separated, in particular, from the real human contact experienced by performing works of mercy. Answering a question about youth during a visit with the people of the Diocese of Rome, the pope said that the works of mercy “help young people so much,” because they them to be grounded in “concreteness” and to “enter into a social relationship.”

“It worries me that they communicate and live in the virtual world,” he said, noting that on a recent visit with youth, instead of extending their hands when they saw him, they “greeted” him with their phones held up, taking photos and selfies.… Be Informed

“Don’t tweet too much” – Vatican says that cloistered nuns should use social media with sobriety and discretion


The Vatican has issued new guidelines for cloistered nuns, reminding them that they’re supposed to live separated from the world and in silence — and therefore shouldn’t be tweeting too much or downloading too much news.

The instructions from the Vatican’s office for religious orders cover a host of administrative and financial issues.… Be Informed

On health care: What are our limits, who should enforce them?


Rome Reports covers the fourth edition of the Unite To Cure Conference, which joins health care professionals from around the world for discussions on the future of medicine.

Throughout the three-day event, key topics from Pope Francis’ vision were addressed, such as preserving the environment, preventative medicine and health care for the most vulnerable.… Be Informed

Pope Francis tells Chilean survivors “I was part of the problem. I apologise”


Three survivors of clerical sex abuse urged Pope Francis to turn his words into action against the “networks of abuse” in the Catholic Church. At a news conference in Rome, Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton Sanchez and Jose Andres Murillo, all from Chile, spoke of the five days they spent with Pope Francis as his guests at Casa Santa Marta in Vatican City.

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Pope Francis consoles a boy who asked if his non-believing father is in Heaven


Rome Reports: Those participating in the pope’s encounter with children from the parish of St. Paul of the Cross in Corviale were undoubtedly moved.

One of the children appeared embarrassed and afraid to ask the pope his question. However, shortly after,many understood it was because his question was very difficult to answer, “My father has been gone for a short time.… Be Informed

Air Strikes on Syria – Pope Francis urges common action


In his first comments since the missile attacks on Syria by the United States, Britain and France, Pope Francis said on Sunday, April 15, that he is deeply disturbed by the present world situation, in which notwithstanding the instruments at the disposition of the international community, it struggles to agree on a common action in favour of peace in Syria and in other regions of the world.… Be Informed