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Pope Francis at Angelus: special care for migrant children Pope Francis at Angelus: special care for migrant children

Pope Francis at Angelus: special care for migrant children

Wednesday 18 January 2017

By Vatican Radio
Pope Francis appealed for better treatment of child-migrants on Sunday. Speaking to pilgrims and tourists gathered in St Peter’s Square to pray the Angelus with him, the Holy Father renewed his call for prayerful and concrete solidarity with minors forced to flee their homelands – especially for the children and adolescents forced to flee on their own, without the company of parents or older relatives.

Iowa ministry celebrates decade of helping women transition from prison

Wednesday 18 January 2016

By Joanne Fox, Catholic News Service
Franciscan Sister Gwen Hennessey, director of Clare Guest House, puts a different spin on the ‘What would Jesus do?’ slogan. ‘I think what we provide is what Jesus would do,’ said Sister Gwen, who directs the transitional home for women released from prison. Clare Guest House began as an initiative of the Sioux City Multicultural Neighborhood Project, a ministry approved by the Sisters of St Francis of Dubuque, Iowa, in 1998. Its mission was to respond to the needs of poor women and children, collaborate in the development of neighborhood communities and serve as an outreach to Spanish-speaking immigrants.

Video: St Peter's Square becomes a mini zoo for blessing of St. Anthony

Wednesday 18 January 2017

By Rome Reports
On Tuesday morning, the Vatican became a mini zoo as farmers rushed to St Peter's Square with their animals, both large and small, to receive a special blessing on the feast day of St Anthony the Abbott, the patron saint of farmers and the protector of animals. A variety of animals, including cows, donkeys, horses, rabbits, and chickens were present as well as various Italian families who raise the animals on farms near Rome.

Pope: 'Stagnant' and selfish Christians are hopeless and unable to cope

Wednesday 18 January 2017

By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service
Christians who forge ahead with hope in God have the strength to endure life's dark moments, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. However, Christians who refuse to fight for positive changes that benefit everyone are ‘stagnant’ and selfish, he said on 17 January during the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

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