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« Reply #7820 on: September 15, 2019, 07:21:13 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-09/pope-francis-sunday-angelus.html

Pope at Angelus: With God, sin does not have the last word
15 September 2019, 12:25

Pope Francis during the Sunday Angelus  (Vatican Media)
At the Angelus in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis says that we must never be afraid, as God has “infinite love for us sinners” and that through His forgiveness, evil can be defeated.
By Francesca Merlo

Before the recitation of the Marian prayer, the Pope recalled the Sunday Gospel, in which Jesus is criticized for being “in the company of tax collectors and sinners”, with the phrase “He welcomes sinners and eats with them”.

The Pontiff commented that this is actually a “great announcement”, because Jesus does exactly that: he “welcomes sinners and eats with them”. This is a phrase, said the Pope, that could be written on the doors of our Churches, as he explained that “at every Mass, in every Church: Jesus is happy to welcome us at his table, where he offers himself to us”.

The parables

Faced with those who criticize him, said the Pope, “the Lord recounts three parables which show his predilection for those who feel far from him”.
 
https://zenit.org/articles/angelus-address-on-gods-infinite-love-for-sinners/
Angelus Address: On God’s Infinite Love for Sinners 
September 15, 2019 16:25•Virginia Forrester

Video, with English commentary, at the link below--
Pope's Angelus of 15 September 2019
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope-francis/angelus/2019-09/pope-francis-angelus-15-09-19.html#play
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Pope Francis - Angelus prayer 2019-09-15
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPumqfl-5iQ
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« Reply #7821 on: September 16, 2019, 05:15:28 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-09/pope-francis-message-participants-world-meeting-for-peace.html

Pope Francis: Do not waste God's gift of peace
15 September 2019, 18:00

Logo of this year's Prayer for Peace meeting: peace with no borders
Pope Francis sends a message to participants of the 33rd Prayer for Peace Meeting: "Peace with no borders", and urges unity and respect, for all peoples and for our common home.
By Francesca Merlo

“It is a source of joy to see that this pilgrimage of peace … has never been interrupted and continues to grow” said Pope Francis. His words came in a message addressed to Cardinal Carlos Osoro Sierra, Archbishop of Madrid, and to the participants of the Prayer for Peace Meeting.

Organised by the Community of Sant’Egidio, the prayer for Peace Meeting was founded 33 years ago and this year takes place in Madrid,  from 15 - 17 September, reflecting on the theme "Peace with no borders".
 
https://zenit.org/articles/exclusive-interview-marco-impagliazzo-on-spirit-of-assisi-that-is-alive-in-madrid/
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: President of the Community of Sant’Egidio, Marco Impagliazzo, on the ‘Spirit of Assisi’ Alive in Madrid 
Tells ZENIT, on the Ground in Spanish Capital, Why “Peace Without Borders” Is Appeal of 300 Religious Leaders Worldwide
September 16, 2019 01:51•Deborah Castellano Lubov

https://zenit.org/articles/interview-metropolitan-hilarion-on-papal-visit-to-russia-we-continue-to-build-on-the-spirit-of-havana-2/
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Metropolitan Hilarion to ZENIT: We Will Continue to Work in the Spirit of Historic Encounter in Havana 
Top Official of Russian Orthodox Church Speaks to ZENIT at Community of Sant’Egidio ‘Spirit of Assisi’ Encounter in Madrid
September 16, 2019 12:22•Deborah Castellano Lubov
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« Reply #7822 on: September 16, 2019, 05:26:17 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope-francis/mass-casa-santa-marta/2019-09/pope-francis-santa-marta-mass-pray-for-political-leaders.html

Pope at Mass: Pray for people in government and political leaders
16 September 2019, 12:39

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Monday  (Vatican Media)
Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Monday, for the first time after the summer break, and invites everyone to pray for people in government and political leaders, rather than insulting them.
By Vatican News

Pray for people in government and for politicians, that they “may work for the common good.”

Pope Francis issued that appeal in his homily at Mass on Monday in the Casa Santa Marta.

Prayer

The Pope said St Paul, in his letter to Timothy (1 Tm 2:1-8), calls us to pray for everyone, “for kings and for all in authority” and that it should be done “without anger or argument”. St Paul adds that we do this so “that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity.”

“Paul emphasizes the environment surrounding the believer: prayer. Here he focuses on intercessory prayer: ‘Everyone should pray, for all, so that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life, in dignity and devotion to God.’ Prayer helps make this possible. But there is an emphasis I would like to talk about: ‘For everyone’ and then he adds ‘for kings and for all in authority’. So, he is talking about prayer for people in government, for politicians, and for the people responsible for political institutions, nations, and regions.”

Pray for those with different opinions

Pope Francis went on to say that politicians often receive either “praise from their supporters or insults”.

He added that priests and bishops receive the same treatment. Some people say they will pray for their priest or bishop “only if they are worthy”, and go on to list a litany of “insults and curse words”, said the Pope.

But, he noted, people in authority “have the responsibility to guide their nation”. “How can we leave them alone, without asking God to bless them?” he asked. The Pope said that few people pray for those in government, spending most of their time “insulting them.”

St Paul, said Pope Francis, makes it clear that we must “pray for all of them”.
 
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« Reply #7823 on: September 16, 2019, 05:46:53 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-09/pope-francis-italian-rai-local-journalists-staff-audience.html

Pope to TV journalists: Local news no less important than national news
16 September 2019, 12:31

Pope Francis receives journalists from Italian RAI television's local news channel 
Pope Francis addresses journalists and technical staff from Italian RAI Television’s local news channel to mark 40 years of its activity. Regional information, he tells them, communicates “the voice of the people”.
By Vatican News

Pope Francis overturned a frequent cliché in the world of journalism when he told local Italian television journalists, producers and technical staff, during an audience in the Vatican, that “local news is no less important than national news”.

The importance of local news

Local news and information, said the Pope, is actually more genuine and authentic because it communicates “the voice of the people”, in all aspects of peoples’ social, cultural and spiritual life.

Local information gives space to local realities and cultures, he said, to news that would not be broadcast otherwise. More than ever, said the Pope, we need news to be communicated completely and thoughtfully, “so as to encourage reflection”.
 
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« Reply #7824 on: September 16, 2019, 06:16:11 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-09/pope-malta-president-audience-migration.html

Pope and Malta President discuss migration
16 September 2019, 15:02

Pope Francis receives President George Vella on Malta  (Vatican Media)
Pope Francis receives the President of Malta in audience in the Vatican.
By Linda Bordoni

Pope Francis and Maltese President George Vella engaged in “cordial talks and discussed the phenomenon of migration to Europe” during an audience on Monday morning in the Vatican.

According to the Holy See Press Office, the two leaders expressed satisfaction for the good state of relations between Malta and the Holy See, highlighted the importance of religious values in the culture and life of the Maltese people and discussed the contribution of the Catholic Church in the field of education.
 
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« Reply #7825 on: September 16, 2019, 06:26:07 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-09/protection-minors-church-pontifical-commission-plenary.html

Safeguarding must be imbedded into Church life across the globe
16 September 2019, 17:11

The 11th Ordinary Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors concludes in Rome, stressing the need to incorporate the safeguarding of minors into the life of the Church on a global level.
By Vatican News

The Plenary Assembly began its session by listening to a powerful testimony from a Brazilian man, who suffered both clerical abuse and abuse in his family.

Building relations

Before beginning the work of the Plenary Assembly, Commission members participated in meetings aimed at building relations with the various Vatican departments and offices, to facilitate the work of Safeguarding at all levels within the Church.

According to a press release issued at the conclusion of the Assembly, there is a continuing need for the culture and mission of Safeguarding to be systemically embedded into the life of the Church across the globe.

In this regard, the Pontifical Commission is engaged in three specific Working Groups: Working with Survivors, Formation and Education, and Safeguarding Guidelines and Norms.
 
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« Reply #7826 on: September 16, 2019, 06:41:16 PM »

Cardinal Marx, German bishops’ conference...

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/marx-says-german-synod-will-proceed-despite-vatican-objections-8221
Marx says German 'synod' will proceed despite Vatican objections

Cardinal Reinhard Marx at the Vatican Press Office on Oct. 17, 2014. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA
By Ed Condon

Munich, Germany, Sep 16, 2019 / 11:45 am (CNA).- The head of the German bishops’ conference told Vatican officials last week that addressing controversial theological topics during the German bishops’ proposed “binding synodal path” will be a service to the universal Church.

“We hope that the results of forming an opinion [on these matters] in our country will also be helpful for the guidance of the Universal Church and for other episcopal conferences on a case-by-case basis. In any case, I cannot see why questions about which the Magisterium has made determinations should be withdrawn from any debate, as your writings suggest,” Cardinal Reinhard Marx wrote in a Sept. 12 letter to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who is head of the Vatican’ Congregation for Bishops.

“Countless believers in Germany consider [these issues] to be in need of discussion,” Marx added.

Marx’s letter informed the Vatican that the German synodal process will continue as planned, despite recent instructions from the Vatican curia and pope, and will treat matters of universal teaching and discipline.

The letter followed a week of coverage concerning plans by the German bishops to create a Synodal Assembly with “deliberative power” to address issues including the separation of power in the Church, priestly life, women’s access to ministry and office in the Church, and sexual morality.

The letter was a response to the Vatican’s most recent intervention in German preparations for a synodal process, in which Ouellet sent Marx a four-page legal assessment of the German plans, which concluded that the Synodal Assembly is contrary to instructions from Pope Francis and “not ecclesiologically valid.”
 
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« Reply #7827 on: September 17, 2019, 10:47:22 AM »

Update:  Cardinal Pell

https://cruxnow.com/church-in-oceania/2019/09/17/cardinal-pell-appeals-abuse-convictions-to-australian-high-court/
Cardinal Pell appeals abuse convictions to Australian High Court
Catholic News Service   Sep 17, 2019

Cardinal George Pell. (Credit: Catholic News Service.)
SYDNEY - Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of child sexual abuse offenses, has lodged an application with Australia’s High Court to appeal his guilty verdict.

The application to the country’s highest court is Pell’s last avenue of appeal, and comes 27 days after the Supreme Court of the Australian state of Victoria decided, in a 2-1 decision, not to overturn his conviction on one count of child rape and four counts of indecently assaulting minors. The crimes involved two 13-year-old boys, in 1986 and 1987.

Pell was largely convicted on the testimony of one victim. The second victim died of an accidental heroin overdose in 2014 when he was 31 years old without complaining that he had been abused.

According to The Australian newspaper, in the application for special leave to appeal, Pell’s legal team said the believability of the single witness was not sufficient “beyond reasonable doubt.” If the case is heard, it will have widespread ramifications for trials concerning sexual abuse.

Unlike his first appeal, which had a high chance of being heard, this last appeal has less certainty. The Australian High Court will decide to hear a case only if it is of national importance on a point of law or is in the interests of “the administration of justice” or concerns a dispute between courts.
 
A High Court justice, and possibly a panel of up to three, will be chosen from the court’s seven justices to consider the application. The justice may decide whether the court will hear the cases purely on written pleadings, or she or he may call for a short verbal hearing. If an appeal is to be heard, it is unlikely to be until 2020, said lawyers in Australia.
 
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« Reply #7828 on: September 17, 2019, 06:59:17 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope-francis/mass-casa-santa-marta/2019-09/pope-francis-homily-casa-santa-marta-compassion.html

Pope at Mass: compassion is the language of God
17 September 2019, 13:44

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Casa Santa Marta  (ANSA)
At the heart of Pope Francis’ reflection during morning Mass on Tuesday is the virtue of compassion which, he says, is the language of God, whilst often the language of man is that of indifference.
By Linda Bordoni

Pope Francis on Tuesday invited the faithful to open their hearts to compassion. Speaking during the homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta, he urged those present not to “close themselves” in indifference.

He reflected on the Gospel reading of the day which tells of Jesus’ encounter with a widow in the city of Nain who is mourning the death of her only son as he taken to the grave. The evangelist does not say that Jesus had compassion, the Pope said, but that "the Lord was moved with compassion,”  as if he had been overwhelmed with the sentiment.
 
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