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Three men, a rudder, and our Christmas

Three migrants survived eleven days hiding on the rudder blade of an oil tanker

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Australian synod organiser: Sea levels an existential threat in Oceania

Professor Sandie Cornish, a professor at Australian Catholic University and a member of the Oceania synod task force, talks about the experience of synodality in the region, and the serious problems posed by climate change.

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Pope to Bartholomew: Only dialogue and encounter can overcome conflicts

A Vatican Delegation led by Cardinal Sandri visits Istanbul for the occasion of the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle and conveys Pope Francis’ “fraternal affection” to the Ecumenic Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew. In his message the Pope says that one of the most fruitful areas of cooperation between the Patriarchate and the Catholic Church is interreligious dialogue to promote peace.

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Fr. Guerrero steps down, Mr. Maximino Caballero is the new Prefect of SpE

After three years as Prefect, the Spanish Jesuit resigns from his post for personal reasons related to his health, as he writes in a letter to the collaborators of the Secretariat for the Economy. Pope Francis has appointed the current Secretary in his place. He is another layman chosen to head an organism of the Holy See. Pope Francis has thanked Fr. Guerrero for his service.

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Covid: the Elderly and 'the Right to Frailty'

The Pandemic and the Magisterium of Francis: a series of videos in collaboration with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the Vatican's Covid-19 Commission re-propose the Pope's teachings on the global health crisis, reaffirming that one does not come out of the crisis the same, but either better or worse. And "one does not come out alone" but "taking the other by the hand".

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Pope: Genuine consolation confirms we are doing God’s will

In his catechesis at Wednesday’s General Audience, Pope Francis says genuine consolation in discernment is “a sort of confirmation that we are doing what God wants of us.”

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COMECE welcomes EU plan to support the social economy

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) releases its contribution to the EU Consultation on defining the framework conditions of the social economy. The Bishops’ document presents a series of proposals based on the Catholic Social Teaching to realize the full potential of the social economy, which it says, offers a positive alternative to the profit-led market economy creating "relational wealth" and social friendship.

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Archbishop Broglio: Synod an opportunity to combat polarisation

The newly elected head of the US Bishops’ Conference discusses the synodal process in the country, its potential to combat polarisation in the Church, and strategies for including the voices of the marginalised.

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Cardinal Grech: Synodal path is to walk together

A two-day meeting with the Presidents and Coordinators of the Continental Assemblies of the Synod on preparations for the Continental Assemblies concluded today. The Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Mario Grech, said listening to everyone and excluding no one is part of the synodal journey.

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Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli Forces

Officials in Ramallah say four Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in two separate incidents in the occupied West Bank.

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