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Cyclone menaces Pope's trip to Philippines, Catholics join in prayer

Jan 14, 2015 - 05:18 pm .- With Pope Francis arriving in the Philippines on Thursday, the Archbishop of Manila is asking that the faithful pray for favorable weather, as a tropical storm is heading for Tacloban, where the Pope will visit on Saturday.

Pope's visit prompts release of more than 600 Sri Lankan prisoners

Jan 14, 2015 - 05:02 pm .- Prompted by Pope Francis' visit and in keeping with the ongoing theme of reconciliation, more than 600 men and women were released from prisons throughout the island nation of Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

Francis makes impromptu visit to Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka

Jan 14, 2015 - 02:31 pm .- On Wednesday evening following his scheduled events, Pope Francis made a brief, unplanned visit to a Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka in a gesture of interreligious dialogue, the Holy See press officer has said.

'Mary forgave her son's killers': The Pope on healing in Sri Lanka

Jan 14, 2015 - 03:33 am .- At a Marian shine during his three-day trip to Sri Lanka, Pope Francis touched on the country's brutal decades-long civil war and pointed to the Mother of God as the ultimate witness of forgiveness.

At papal Mass in Sri Lanka, disabled man seeks 'big blessing'

Jan 13, 2015 - 11:16 pm .- Among the attendees at the papal Mass in Sri Lanka on Wednesday was Romello Dias, a 20-year-old man who has been suffering major health problems for five years.

Pope Francis' full homily on Joseph Vaz, Sri Lanka's first saint

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:28 pm .- In Saint Joseph we see a powerful sign of God's goodness and love for the people of Sri Lanka. But we also see in him a challenge to persevere in the paths of the Gospel, to grow in holiness ourselves, and to testify to the Gospel message of reconciliation to which he dedicated his life.

Sri Lankan cardinal credits papal trip for post-election peace

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:05 am .- After tense elections yielded a new president just days before Pope Francis' arrival in Sri Lanka, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said that the “miracle” of a smooth transition is due in large part to the Pope's visit.

Don't use religion as a weapon of war, Pope Francis insists

Jan 13, 2015 - 06:38 am .- In an oft-repeated message to interreligious groups, Pope Francis stressed again that believers must unite in condemning violence and insist that religion never be used to justify warfare.

A warm Sri Lanka welcome – Pope greeted by 40 elephants

Jan 13, 2015 - 02:49 am .- In all, there were 40 elephants that the Sri Lankan authorities decided to include in Pope Francis’ welcome ceremony upon his first visit to the Asian nation.  

Amid schedule delays, Pope cancels meeting with Sri Lanka bishops

Jan 13, 2015 - 02:04 am .- Pope Francis decided to forego a scheduled meeting with the bishops of Sri Lanka Jan. 13 after delays in arriving at the apostolic nunciature in the country.  

Pope Francis: Sri Lankans can learn to live as one family

Jan 12, 2015 - 09:32 pm .- Pope Francis has begun his visit to Sri Lanka, voicing hopes for “days of friendship, dialogue and solidarity.”

Divine Word Missionaries contemplate 'The Joy of the Gospel' in peripheries

Jan 9, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Observing the Year of Consecrated Life convoked by Pope Francis, the members of the Society of the Divine Word serving in Papua New Guinea are gathered to study the Pope's 2013 apostolic exhortation on the proclamation of the Gospel in today's world.

Mercy and compassion at heart of papal visit to the Philippines

Jan 7, 2015 - 04:12 pm .- “Mercy and compassion” will be the theme of Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines, where devastation from Typhoon Haiyan is still being felt more than a year later, along with the earthquake that hit the region of Visayas one month earlier.  

Preparing for Francis, Sri Lanka Church considers roadmap for peace

Jan 6, 2015 - 02:57 am .- Deep wounds have barely begun healing. Only few years have passed since Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in May 2009. It is estimated that more than 100,000 people died in the conflict, most of them in the final months of the war.

Pope Francis casts into the deep to find two cardinals for Oceania

Jan 5, 2015 - 05:01 pm .- At his Angelus address on Jan. 4 Pope Francis announced the appointment of 20 cardinals, among whom are two representatives from Oceania: Archbishop John Dew of Wellington, and Bishop Soane Mafi of Tonga.

In Pakistan, 'living the faith is a new challenge every day'

Dec 28, 2014 - 06:03 am .- The brutality of the act can hardly be surpassed: in early November, a Christian couple was beaten and burned to death in the Pakistani province of Punjab.

Thai bishops declare Holy Year of prayer for a New Pentecost

Dec 27, 2014 - 10:31 am .- The Thai Catholic bishops have declared a “Holy Year” aimed at restoring the fervor of a New Evangelization and commemorating the 350th anniversary of the first Synod of Ayutthaya in Thailand.

Australians celebrate episcopal consecration of two Melbourne bishops

Dec 23, 2014 - 03:07 pm .- Jubilation marked the episcopal concration of Terence Curtin and Mark Edwards as auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, which took place on Wednesday.

Typhoon can't budge faith of Catholics in the Philippines

Dec 22, 2014 - 03:07 pm .- The Church in the Philippines has stepped up round the clock rehabilitation and relief measures for the  population affected by the country's most recent typhoon, Hagupit, which struck earlier this month.

Papuan bishop makes emergency appeal amid severe food shortage

Dec 21, 2014 - 01:30 pm .- A Catholic bishop of Alotau, Papua New Guinea, has launched an appeal during a severe food shortage following a cyclone engulfing the Catholic diocese.

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