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POPE FRANCIS VISITS PARAGUAY

Barbara J Fraser, Catholic News Service| July 13, 2015

 ASUNCION, PARAGUAY

Pope Francis returned to his roots July 12 when he visited Banado Norte, a poor neighborhood near the Paraguay River where residents battle seasonal flooding and face possible eviction.

“I couldn’t be in Paraguay without being with you, in your land,” he told the crowd gathered outside St. John the Baptist chapel, one of 13 chapels in the huge Holy Family Parish. As archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis ministered in similar neighborhoods.

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INTERNING AT THE VATICAN

Posted May 4, 2015 by Administrator!-Catholic News Service

The Pope up Close by Elliot Williams,Intern
VATICAN CITY — Since arriving at the Vatican to begin my internship at Catholic News Service many a friend from home has asked the same question sarcastically, “So, did you meet the pope yet?”

I play along, and respond with something along the lines of, “Oh, of course! We grabbed cappuccinos at his favorite coffee bar just yesterday.

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HOLY YEAR OF MERCY

Elliot Williams| Catholic News Service

 VATICAN CITY — Saturday evening, in front of the Holy Door in the atrium of St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis’ will give the archpriests of the major basilicas of Rome copies of his “bull of indiction,” or formal proclamation, of the Holy Year of Mercy.  An aide will read portions of it at the door before participants process into St. Peter’s for evening prayer.

The site chosen for the brief rite was not made casually; the door symbolizes a passage or transition into a special year of evangelization and prayer.

Pope Francis will be back at the door Dec. 8 to formally open it and the Year of Mercy.

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THE POPES SPECIAL GUESTS

march 27, 2015

Pope joins homeless people for private tour of Sistine Chapel

Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While enjoying a private visit to the Sistine Chapel, a group of VIP guests — homeless people who live around the Vatican — were surprised by a visit from Pope Francis.

The 150 visitors had just reached the Sistine Chapel at about 5 p.m. March 26, when Pope Francis walked through the door.

“Welcome,” the pope said. “This is everyone’s house, this is your home. The doors are always open for all.”

 

 

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OUR FORGIVING GOD

March 3, 2015
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When the Bible says, “though your sins be like scarlet” God will make them “white as snow,” it exaggerates, just like God exaggerates in his willingness to forgive people, Pope Francis said.

“The Lord forgives generously,” the pope said March 3 during his early morning Mass. God never says, “‘I will forgive you just this much, then we’ll see about the rest.’ No. The Lord always forgives everything.”

“The Lord exaggerates. But it is the truth,” the pope said at the Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1500928.htm

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POPE FRANCIS RESPONDS WITH COMPASSION

January 18, 2015
Cindy Woodman, Catholic News Service

MANILA, Philippines — The realities of life described by young people, especially the tearful question of a 12-year-old girl about why God allows suffering, led Pope Francis to set aside the text he had prepared for a meeting Jan. 18 with the young people of the Philippines. Certain realities in life can only be seen through eyes cleansed by tears,” the pope said Jan. 19 after listening to Glyzelle Palomar, who used to live on the streets but now has a home thanks to the foundation for street children Pope Francis had visited in Manila Jan. 16.

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Closing Mass for Sixth Asian Youth Day

Credit: flickr.com/photos/catholicism/

Pope Francis’ message to the young people of Korea provides encouragement for people around the world. Reflecting on the story of Jesus and the Canaanite woman (Mt 15:21-28), Pope Francis challenges today’s youth to hear the cry of the poor and respond with the compassion of Christ:

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