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There is a storm brewing here in Canada, a political storm of sorts, that involves a grave violation of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The main offender in this case, is none other the Canadian Federal Government. ...read more
To commemorate the 52nd World Day of Social Communications, the Pope made his own adaptation of the "Prayer of St. Francis". The Pope reaffirms the urgent need for widespread reflection on the fake-news phenomenon and how we all have the responsibility to ensure that we don’t spread prejudices or increase fear through our use of social media. ...read more
'The truth will set you free. Fake news and journalism for peace." The Pope has asked that media professions promote "a journalism of peace," which does not mean ignoring problems, but rather, "a journalism that is truthful and opposed to falsehoods, rhetorical slogans, and sensational headlines."  ...read more
Let’s begin in Rome today where the Pope sent a personal message and greeting for the opening of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In his message to the participants of the internationally acclaimed World forum, Pope Francis noted that the theme of this year’s conference: “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”, ...read more
On the flight back to Rome, Pope Francis spoke to journalists and apologized to victims of clergy sex abuse, saying that he unknowingly wounded them by the way he defended a Chilean bishop accused of covering up abuse. ...read more
On today’s special edition we continue our summary coverage of the Pope’s apostolic journey, as he embarks on the second-leg of his two nation trip. Today, he begins his first full day Peru. The Holy Father arrived at the International Airport in Lima yesterday evening, where he was officially welcomed by the Peruvian president and ...read more
 Aboard the papal flight to Iquique today, something rather unique happened. The Pope performed an impromptu wedding ceremony in the plane at 36,000 feet. ...read more
That was the message the Pope gave to the peoples during Mass in Temuco during his last day in Chile. He called on the people of southern Chile to work toward building unity and resist attempts at uniformity. ...read more
There was a round of applause when Pope Francis asked forgiveness from those who were sexually abused by priests. He expressed his “pain and shame" at the irreparable damage caused to children by some ministers of the Church. “I am one with my brother bishops”, he said, “for it is right to ask for forgiveness and make every effort to support the victims, even as we commit to ensuring that such things never happen again.” ...read more
Aboard the papal flight, the Pope spoke to journalists, about his fear of a return to the use of nuclear weapons.  He shared with everyone on the plane a photo taken in 1945, of a Japanese boy in Nagasaki waiting at a crematorium to bury his baby brother, with the words: ‘the fruits of war’ printed on the back, alongside his signature.   The Holy Father said he was very moved by the image and wanted to share it, because of his fears that the world is moving once again, towards the use of nuclear weapons. His comments come two days after residents of Hawaii received false warnings of an imminent ballistic missile attack.   ...read more