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Lord, forgive us such cruelty. Pope Francis at the Auschwitz Memorial

On July 29th Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, visited the former German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. As desired by the Holy Father, the visit took place in an atmosphere of prayerful silence and focus.  The Pope met among others former prisoners of the camp as well as Poles recognized as Righteous […]

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Pope calls for worldwide abolition of death penalty

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has said that “all Christians and people of good will are called today to work not only for the abolition of the death penalty,” but also to improve conditions in prisons, out of respect for the human dignity of prisoners. In particular, the Holy Father appealed “to the consciences of government […]

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Combat ‘torrent’ of misery in world, pope says in New Year message

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis renewed his calls for peace and goodwill throughout the Earth on Friday, New Year’s Day, the Solemnity of the Mother of God and the World Day of Peace. The Holy Father’s appeal came at the Angelus prayer with pilgrims and visitors gathered in St. Peter’s Square after Mass in St. Peter’s […]

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Radio Vatican: Pope delivers Christmas Urbi et Orbi message

Pope Francis this Christmas day delivered his Urbi et Orbi message, (to the city and the world) from the central loggia of St Peter’s Basilica. In it he prayed that recent U.N.-backed peace agreements for Syria and Libya would quickly end the suffering of their people. He also spoke about the “brutal acts of terrorism” that struck […]

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Pope Francis: appeals for Syria, Libya, Nicaragua and Costa Rica

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis appealed for peace in Syria on Sunday, calling on the international community to realize in concrete action and genuine fact the endorsement of a UN-sponsored roadmap toward peace in the war-torn nation. Addressing pilgrims and tourists gathered beneath the window of the Papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace to pray the […]

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