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MONDAY 12 MARCH 2018, IN TERRIS

Pope encourages French politicians to create a more human society

Francis met a group of French politicians and their bishops to build bridges

ROBIN GOMES
Pope meeting french politicians
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ope Francis on Monday encouraged French politicians in their commitment to the common good by creating a more just, human and fraternal society, keeping in mind especially the needs of migrants and refugees.    Building bridges between people Meeting some 300 politicians, parliamentarians and their bishops from the Marseilles episcopal province, the Pope urged them to build bridges between people who find themselves in different social, economic, cultural...
MONDAY 12 MARCH 2018, IN TERRIS

Good Friday collection for Holy Land

Congregation for Eastern Churches to support those fleeing from violence in Syria and Iraq

PHILIPPA HITCHEN
Good Friday collection
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he annual Good Friday collection for the Holy Land was launched on Monday, with an appeal for funds to support the people and places in the lands where Jesus lived. Catholic Churches in countries around the globe have traditionally made a special collection in Lent, with the money being used for restoration and upkeep of the holy sites, care of pilgrims, and assistance to needy Christian families throughout the region. Franciscan Custody in charge of holy sites Most of the money from...

MONDAY 12 MARCH 2018, IN TERRIS

"Universal Judgment": a show on Michelangelo and Sistine Chapel

The new production brings Michelangelo's vision to life

EDITORIAL TEAM
A scene from
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he famous Last Judgment by Michelangelo is the centrepiece of a new, fully-immersive “live show” which was presented on Monday at the Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome. A fully immersive spectacle   Entitled “Universal Judgment: Michelangelo and the secrets of the Sistine Chapel,” the immersive spectacle features live-performances, 4k projections, and brilliant special effects. The four-part show was produced by Marco Balich, a director and producer famed for...
MONDAY 12 MARCH 2018, IN TERRIS

Pope calls for a ‘globalization of solidarity’

Francis visited the Sant'Egidio Community on 50th anniversary

LINDA BORDONI
Pope Francis and Andrea Riccardi
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ope Francis has encouraged members of the Sant’Egidio Community to continue courageously in their mission to build bridges, keep dialogue open, stay close to the poor and the discarded, and pray for peace. The Pope’s words came on Sunday afternoon during a visit to the headquarters in Rome of the Community that is celebrating its 50th anniversary. During a celebration of the Liturgy of the Word inside the beautiful Santa Maria in Trastevere Basilica which the...

FRIDAY 09 MARCH 2018, IN TERRIS

Pope Francis in the Baltic countries in September

Pope Francis’ apostolic journey to three Baltic States

EDITORIAL TEAM
Pope Francis
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ope Francis will visit Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in September. The announcement was made on Friday by the Greg Burke, Director of the Holy See Press Office who said: “Welcoming the invitation of the respective heads of state and bishops, His Holiness Pope Francis will make an Apostolic Visit to the Baltic States from 22 to 25 September 2018, visiting the cities of Vilnius and Kaunas in Lithuania; Riga and Aglona in Latvia and Tallinn in Estonia. The...
FRIDAY 09 MARCH 2018, IN TERRIS

International Women's Day: more equality in Church

Hansen, S.J. about the lack of women in leadership roles in the Roman Curia

PHILIPPA HITCHEN
Pope Francis on March 8th
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hursday March 8th marks International Women’s Day, an event marked in countries around the world to celebrate progress in moving towards equality for women in all areas of political, social and economic life. The event is also being marked here in Rome with a number of events, sponsored by embassies and other groups seeking to bring women’s voices to the fore. Fr Luke Hansen is a Jesuit priest and former associate editor of America magazine. As a deacon, he worked at a...

FRIDAY 09 MARCH 2018, IN TERRIS

Pope to Migration Commission: dialogue to end suffering

Francis met the International Catholic Migration Commission

EDITORIAL TEAM
Vatican’s Clementine Hall
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n prepared remarks to members of the Commission in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Pope Francis expressed his thanks to them for their work carried out in the Church’s name to assist migrants and refugees in great need. The multiple projects initiated on five continents, he said represented “exemplary instances of the four verbs – welcome, defend, promote and integrate.” The Pope underlined that “today as in the past, liberating the poor, the oppressed and...
TUESDAY 06 MARCH 2018, IN TERRIS

‘24 Hours for the Lord’: a initiative with Pope Francis

Friday a penitential celebration presided over by Pope Francis

EDITORIAL TEAM
Pope receives the Sacrament of Reconciliation
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ope Francis on Friday is to preside over the opening of the ‘24 Hours for the Lord’ with a penitential celebration in St. Peter’s Basilica. The annual event is organized and promoted by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. The 24 Hours for the Lord initiative is an opportunity for people to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A church in every diocese around the world will be open for 24 consecutive hours as part of the...

TUESDAY 06 MARCH 2018, IN TERRIS

Pope at Mass: God will forgive us only if we forgive others

During Mass on Tuesday, Francis focused on admitting our sinfulness and forgiving others

ROBIN GOMES
Pope Francis at Mass on Tuesday
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od will forgive us only if we forgive others without any rancor. Delivering a homily during Mass Tuesday morning at the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta chapel, Pope Francis once more returned to one of his favourite themes -  forgiveness.  He warned about the danger of allowing ourselves to being enslaved by hatred.  He reminded Christians that the first requisite for being pardoned by God is to recognize ourselves as sinners. I have sinned Reflecting on the First...
TUESDAY 06 MARCH 2018, IN TERRIS

Holy See defends children’s rights

Holy See on the protection of children’s rights before the UN’s Human Rights Council

BERNADETTE MARY REIS
Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič’s
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rchbishop Ivan Jurkovič’s third statement defends the rights of children. This statement follows one consisting in the affirmation of the role of culture in society and a second covering freedom of religion or belief. 25% of children suffer from humanitarian disasters Responding to the High Commissioner’s Report on the protection of children’s rights in humanitarian situations, Archbishop Jurkovič says that the Holy See believes that while there has been some progress,...

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