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Pope Francis used a traditional Christmas address to emphasize the plight of children in areas of conflict, pointing out their “impotent silence” that “cries out under the spade of many Herods,” a reference to the ancient king who slaughtered all the young boys of Bethlehem, according to the New Testament, reports Elisabetha Poveledo in The New York Times.
Vast numbers of children today are victims of violence, objects of trade and trafficking, or forced to become soldiers, and they need to be saved, he said.
The pope spoke of ‘children displaced due to war and persecution, abused and taken advantage of before our very eyes and our complicit silence.’
Catholic Charities is lead provider of humanitarian help including legal, social and financial support for the abused children Pope Francis spoke about who flee their native lands and seek protection in the United States.
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We have Thanksgiving, a day for giving thanks. We have Black Friday and Cyber Monday, days for getting deals.
And today, we have #Giving Tuesday, a global day for giving back.
“Poverty calls us to sow hope,” Pope Francis tells us. “Poverty is the flesh of the poor Jesus, in that child who is hungry, in the one who is sick.”
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Pope Francis shared his ten tips to happiness, summarized just for you below.
- Let everyone be themselves.
- Give yourself tirelessly to others.
- Walk softly.
- Be available to your kids and family.
- Spend Sundays (or a day of rest) with family.
- Work toward empowering young people.
- Care for the environment.
- Move on.
- Respect others’ opinions.
- Actively strive for peace.
Be yourself. Give tirelessly to others. Walk softly. Empower others and actively strive for peace.
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By Alice Kenny
Catholic Charities celebrates the uniting yesterday, April 27, 2014, of three of the best-loved leaders in the history of the Roman Catholic Church when Pope Francis canonized his predecessors, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, in a special ceremony in St. Peter’s Square.
The two popes, now recognized as saints, both rose from very humble beginnings to lead the Roman Catholic Church, reports CNN.
John XXIII (1881-1963) — known as Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli before he became Pope — was one of 13 children born into a family of Italian peasants, farmers from a tiny village in the country’s north, before being sent away to study for the priesthood at the age of 11.
John Paul II (1920-2005), born Karol Jozef Wojtyla, was brought up in a grimy industrial town in Poland first controlled by Germany and later by the U.S.S.R. His soldier father raised him after his mother died when he was just eight.
Huge crowds – nearly one million people – witnessed the unprecedented ceremony at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. Millions more around the world watched as two former pontiffs were for the first time installed as saints in a dual canonization.
In another first on this historic day, two living popes were present for the ceremony. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who resigned from the papacy a year ago citing health reasons, was not at the altar but was greeted warmly by Francis both before and after the event.
Pope John Paul II, now beatified, advised us to “not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach peace, to live peace.”
Just as these men showed peace to others, we invite you to join us and take a chance on peace.
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