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Pope Francis mourns retired Archbishop Odongo

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT | The Head of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Francis has mourned the passing of the retired Archbishop of Tororo Archdiocese, James Odongo. Archbishop Odongo, 89, who was the first Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tororo died on Friday morning at Nsambya Hospital in Kampala. …

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Pope Francis and gays

  What did he really say about civil unions? The Catholic News Agency (CAN) editor-in-chief, author, and canon lawyer JD Flynn explains. “Francesco,” a newly released documentary on the life and ministry of Pope Francis, has made global headlines, because the film contains a scene in which Pope Francis calls …

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Catholic church seeks clarity on Pope same sex statement

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  The Catholic Church in Uganda is seeking clarification on the reported declaration by Pope Francis in support of civil unions for same-sex couples. The clarification will help the Church guide the congregation in Uganda, Rev. Fr. Philip Odii, the Episcopal Conference Secretariat Spokesperson said. The …

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Pope fights corruption with new Vatican tenders law

Rome, Italy | AFP | Pope Francis stepped up his battle against corruption in the Vatican Monday with a new law aimed at boosting transparency in tenders and cutting costs as a post-coronavirus recession hits. Convicted mobsters and those guilty of tax fraud are among a list of undesirables now unable to pocket contracts. The …

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Pope Francis begs in Milan street, his cassock in tatters

Milan, Italy | AFP | On a street in Milan, the capital of Italy’s Lombardy region, which has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis begs for alms, his cassock in tatters. In another, the Argentine pontiff lies on a cardboard mattress, his famous black briefcase under his head as a pillow. …

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Virus fears keep Orthodox Easter worshippers at home

Moscow, Russia | AFP |  More than 260 million Orthodox Christians celebrated Easter Sunday, with church leaders asking worshippers to stay at home to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus. Orthodox Christians, the world’s third largest group of Christian believers, this year celebrate Easter a week after Catholics and Protestants because they …

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Pope prays for lockdown victims of domestic abuse

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP | Pope Francis prayed Monday for the growing number of women subjected to domestic abuse while living under coronavirus lockdown. The Argentine pontiff livestreamed an Easter Monday prayer from his private library as the Vatican and Italy entered a second month of restrictions on most outdoor activities. Worries about …

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Pope marks ‘Easter of solitude’ in virus lockdown

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP |  Pope Francis offered a prayer for coronavirus victims in an unprecedented livestream Easter Sunday message delivered from a hauntingly empty Vatican to a world under lockdown. The 83-year-old pontiff spoke softly at a solemn ceremony attended by just a handful of priests and a …

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Pope to livestream Easter mass to locked down world

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP | Pope Francis will break with centuries of tradition and livestream Easter Sunday mass to allow the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics celebrate their holiest holiday under a coronavirus lockdown. Fear and confusion in the face of a disease whose official death toll has soared past …

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