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A bit more focus on programs for the poor

A bit more focus on programs for the poor

ON the fifth anniversary of his papacy last March 19, Pope Francis issued a new document entitled “Rejoice and Be Glad” in which he reaffirmed the centrality to his papacy of God’s love for the poor, the meek, and the merciful, as declared in the Beatitudes which Jesus proclaimed in his Sermon on the Mount.

Announcement  of the birth of Jesus

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace!

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Pope baptizes Italy ‘migrant  hero’ in Easter eve service

Pope Francis on Saturday led an Easter vigil service, baptizing eight adults, including a formerly undocumented Nigerian migrant beggar who became a hero when he disarmed an Italian thief wielding a cleaver

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Pope presides over Good Friday

Pope Francis presided over solemn Good Friday services amid heightened security at Rome’s Colosseum for the Via Crucis procession and a new communications controversy at home over the existence of hell.

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Pope Francis washes the feet of prisoners

Pope Francis urged inmates at a Rome prison on Thursday to never let their hopes be clouded like cataracts cloud the eyes – and revealed that he suffers from the condition and has to have surgery for it next year.

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Cardinal faces abuse hearing

Lawyers for Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell asked an Australian court on Monday to allow a support person to sit with him through a four-week pre-trial hearing into charges of historical sexual offences because of his age and ill health.

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