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- 6 June, 2023
Pope asks world leaders for Christmas clemency for prisoners
Pope Francis has written a letter to all heads of state, asking for a “gesture of clemency” for prison inmates in the run-up to Christmas. Source: Vatican News.
Pray for children of the world this Advent: Pope
The season of Advent is a time for people to be surprised by God’s mercy and compassion, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNA.
Nothing is impossible for God, not even peace in Ukraine: Pope
Pope Francis has asked Catholics around the world to join him in entrusting to Mary “the universal desire for peace, especially for the martyred Ukraine, which is suffering so much”. Source: CNS.
Council of Cardinals discusses Synod, safeguarding and climate change
Pope Francis met with his international Council of Cardinals at the Vatican this week, discussing the Synod on Synodality, safeguarding and the United Nations climate change summit. Source: NCR Online.
Freedom found in offering God what is hardest to give up, Pope says
Pope Francis spoke yesterday about how freeing it can be for people to let go of the things that they are most attached to in life and place them in God’s “benevolent hands”. Source: CNA.
Pope asks faithful to pray for ‘artisans of mercy’
In the final Pope Video of the year, Pope Francis asks the faithful to pray for volunteer organisations and all those who work in them. Source: Vatican News.
Churches need more than wheelchair ramps to be inclusive: Pope
Making churches accessible and services understandable is important but having wheelchair ramps and sign-language interpreters is not enough for a parish to call itself “inclusive”, Pope Francis said at the weekend. Source: CNS.
Daily examination of conscience helps to avoid repeating mistakes: Pope
Pope Francis has recommended a daily examination of conscience as an “indispensable” practice in spiritual life. Source: CNA.
Pope discusses Church division, women, abortion
In a new interview, Pope Francis decried Church polarisation, ruled out women priests and emphasised the importance of the ministry of individual bishops over the role of a bishops conference. Source: CNS.