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Pope Francis profoundly saddened by death of three relatives in traffic accident


Pope Francis


(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has learnt of the tragic death of three of his relatives in a traffic accident in Argentina and is “profoundly saddened.”  The Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi said the Pope had received news of the tragic accident and asks that “all those who share in his grief join with him in prayer.”  The victims were  the wife of the Pope’s nephew and her two young children aged 2 years and eight months.  32 more words


Ebola: Catholic Bishops in Nigeria make pastoral directives

Newspaper headlines in Nigeria about Ebola


(Vatican Radio) In the face of the Ebola epidemic, the Catholic Bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Ibadan in Nigeria have collectively made some pastoral recommendations with regard to liturgical practices and the administration of sacraments. 410 more words


Statement from the Migrants Bishop, Rt Reverend Patrick Lynch, on the discovery of migrants in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks.

“It is becoming increasingly apparent that vulnerable men, women and children are being exploited by criminals all over the world,” says Bishop Patrick Lynch on the discovery of migrants in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks.  175 more words


Dutchman returns holocaust medal in protest at Israeli/Jewish action in Gaza

n 1943, Henk Zanoli took a dangerous train trip, slipping past Nazi guards and checkpoints to smuggle a Jewish boy from Amsterdam to the Dutch village of Eemnes. 428 more words


Full text of Pope's homily at Beatification Mass in Korea : the example of the martyrs says much to society today

Beatification Mass Seoul


 (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass for the Beatification of the Korean Martyrs pointing to their example that – he said – has much to say to societies today where alongside immense wealth, dire poverty is silently growing and where the cry of the poor is seldom heeded. 1,323 more words


Pope urges Jesuits in Korea to act like pastors, not state altar boys

(Vatican Radio) During the second day of his visit to Korea, Pope Francis made an unscheduled stop at Seoul’s prestigious Sogang University, founded by the Jesuits in 1960. 175 more words


Pope asks young Koreans to pray for unity


(Vatican Radio) On the second day of his visit to South Korea, Pope Francis asked young people from across the Asian Continent to pray for the unity of the Korean family. 1,452 more words