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Prayer has the power to change lives, hearts, pope says Prayer has the power to change lives, hearts, pope says

Prayer has the power to change lives, hearts, pope says

Thursday 10 January 2019

Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service

God is a father who never ignores his children when they call to him in times of suffering, loneliness and despair, Pope Francis said.

Although at times it seems that ‘so many of our prayers seem to have no result,’ Christians are called by Christ to ‘insist and not give up,’ the pope said 9 January during his weekly general audience.

Indonesian archbishop urges Catholics to ditch use of plastic bags

Wednesday 9 January 2019

Catholic News Service  
 
Months after Indonesia's military was summoned to unclog Jakarta Bay, Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo has joined a chorus of disapproval of the nation's growing plastic waste problem by calling parishioners to action.

Ucanews.com reported that, through a video messaged shown across all parishes nationwide 5-6 January, the prelate appealed to all Catholics to reduce their use of plastic and plastic bags due to their harmful impact on the environment.

'Nationalistic tendencies' threaten world peace, pope tells diplomats

Tuesday 8 January 2019

Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service
 
As it did prior to the Second World War, the rise of nationalism in the world poses a threat to peace and constructive dialogue among nations, Pope Francis said.

During his annual address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, the pope said that the establishment of the League of Nations nearly 100 years ago ushered a new era of multilateral diplomacy based on goodwill, readiness among nations to deal fairly and honestly with each other and openness to compromise.

Any ordinary day: Reflection for November

Friday 16 November 2018

Cathy Jenkins, Archbishop's Office for Evangelisation  
 
I have a container of joy sitting on my table. A vase of peony roses. The head of each rose is a wonder to behold: layers of tiny, delicate petals, each coloured with a slightly different blush of pink. They are held up by an impossibly thin stem, surrounded with shoots of green leaves. They carry a slight scent and, even though their days in the vase are numbered, I appreciate the wonder of them. They are a reminder to me of the blessing of God in the ordinariness of life.
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