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image001.jpgThe Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International will convene an international conference on Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence, to be held in Rome, Italy, 11-13 April, 2016. Please join us in prayer for the success of the convening!

In recognition of the Year of Mercy declared by the Holy Father, this carefully planned Catholic conference on nonviolence and just peace will take place in Rome — the invited participants represent a broad spectrum of Church experiences in peace-building and creative nonviolence in the face of violence and war. Read the concept note for the conference here. Continue reading

Controversial Swiss theologian pleads with Pope Francis to solve problem of infallibility

The Tablet

Hans Küng believes that the future well-being of the church is wrapped up in question of infallibility

by Hans Küng
kungEXCLUSIVE: Controversial Swiss theologian pleads with Pope Francis to solve problem of infallibility EXCLUSIVE: Controversial Swiss theologian pleads with Pope Francis to solve problem of infallibility.

Next week, Hans Küng, the Catholic priest and Swiss theologian, will celebrate his 88th birthday. The fifth volume of his complete works, titled Infallibility, has just become available from the German publishing house Herder & Herder. In connection with the release of Infallibility, Küng has written the following “urgent appeal to Pope Francis to permit an open and impartial discussion on infallibility of pope and bishops.” The text of this appeal is being release simultaneously by National Catholic Reporter and The Tablet. Continue reading Controversial Swiss theologian pleads with Pope Francis to solve problem of infallibility

Pope tells corrupt benefactors that church doesn’t need ‘dirty money’

Catholic News Service

By Carol Glatz

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Speaking out against exploitation and unfair wages for workers, Pope Francis told benefactors to forget about donating money to the church if their earnings came from mistreating others.

“Please, take your check back and burn it,” he said to applause.

“The people of God — that is, the church — don’t need dirty money. They need hearts that are open to God’s mercy,” the pope said March 2 during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square.
God wants people to turn away from evil and do what is just, not cover up their sins with gestures of sacrifice, he said. Continue reading Pope tells corrupt benefactors that church doesn’t need ‘dirty money’

Pope’s Via Crucis meditations will look at crosses humanity bears today

Catholic News Service

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

VIA CRUCIS FOURTH STATION

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — By reflecting on the Passion of Christ, the author of the Way of the Cross meditations for Pope Francis’ Good Friday service said he will focus on the suffering unfolding in the world today and how “the martyrs of the 21st century are undoubtedly the apostles of today.”

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia-Citta della Pieve told Vatican Radio that his reflections on the traditional 14 stations will blend in “references to the present day, which unfortunately is not lacking in crosses” people are forced to bear. Continue reading Pope’s Via Crucis meditations will look at crosses humanity bears today

As pope winds up Mexico trip, thoughts on the big picture

Crux
By John L. Allen Jr.
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EL PASO — Pope Francis’ Feb. 12-17 swing through Mexico reaches a crescendo on Wednesday in Ciudad Juárez, just across the US border from El Paso. So far history’s first Latin American pontiff has been a sensation, drawing rapturous crowds and saturation media coverage.

In the United States, Wednesday’s border stop is likely to be viewed through the prism of the politics of 2016 and debates over immigration reform, but Mexicans value the gesture for another reason, too: Ciudad Juárez is also associated with their country’s epidemic of gang- and drug-related violence. Continue reading As pope winds up Mexico trip, thoughts on the big picture

‘We have the same God’: A priest helps Syrian refugees

Al Jajeera

In a Greek village at the heart of the refugee crisis, Father Schuff calls on priests and monasteries to do more.
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Matthew Vickery, Kelly Lynn Lunde

Boats of refugees have been coming to Skala Sikamineas, a village on the coast of Lesbos that was originally founded by those fleeing the 1919-1922 Greco-Turkish war, for almost two decades.

The secluded village of fewer than 200 people is a gateway to Europe that has brought joy, but also grief as death blights the waters around this Greek island.

The fishermen and other residents of the village have been saving their passengers for that long too. But these days the numbers are hard to cope with. A few years ago a boat arrived every week, carrying mostly refugees from Afghanistan. Now 40 boats packed with Iraqis, Syrians, Somalis, Afghans and other nationalities can come in a single day. Continue reading ‘We have the same God’: A priest helps Syrian refugees

Pope Francis: Abolish the death penalty worldwide

Religious News Service

Pope Francis leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday called for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty, saying the commandment “You shall not kill” was absolute and equally valid for the guilty as for the innocent.

Using some of his strongest words ever against capital punishment, he also called on Catholic politicians worldwide to make “a courageous and exemplary gesture” by seeking a moratorium on executions during the Church’s current Holy Year, which ends in November. Continue reading Pope Francis: Abolish the death penalty worldwide