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posted Aug 29, 2018, 9:43 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Aug 29, 2018, 9:43 AM ]

Ireland
Pope at final Mass of WMOF

The Pope was received with much enthusiasm by thousands of families gathered in Dublin's Phoenix Park, one of the largest in Europe. At the beginning of the Mass, in Spanish, the Pope wanted to ask forgiveness once again for victims who suffered from the sexual abuse committed by members of the Church in Ireland.

"In a special way, we ask pardon for all of the abuses committed in various types of institutions run by male or female religious, and by other members of the Church. We ask forgiveness for the times that, as a Church, we did not show the survivors of whatever kind of abuse compassion and the seeking of justice and truth through concrete actions. We ask forgiveness for some members of the Church's hierarchy that did not take charge of these painful situations and kept quiet. We ask for forgiveness."

Then, in his homily, Pope Francis reflected on the mission of families as bearers of the Good News.

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Pope visits homeless families at Capuchin Day Centre

Pope Francis visited the Capuchin Day Centre in the heart of the city of Dublin, where he met with the Capuchin Fathers, employees, volunteers and homeless persons.

Greeting the Pope on his arrival was Capuchin Friar, Brother Kevin Crowley, founder of the Day Centre, and his team.

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Pope: Marriage is Unique

'It is about a love that gives rise to new life.'

"Of all the kinds of human fruitfulness, marriage is unique," Pope Francis said on August 25, 2018. "It is about a love that gives rise to new life."

His remarks came in an address to 350 married and engaged couples in Dublin's historic Pro-Cathedral of Saint Mary. It was a gathering he requested as part of his participation in the World Meeting of Families.

Referring to "the culture of the provisional", he said we live in a world in which it seems nothing lasts for long. It seems as if nothing "precious" lasts for long.

"If I feel hungry or thirsty, I can eat; but my feeling of being full does not last even a day," the Holy Father said. "If I have a job, I know that I might lose it against my will, or I may have to choose a different career.

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Bangkok
Southeast Asian journalists unite to fight fake news

Amid global concerns over the rise of so-called fake news, journalists from across Southeast Asia have called for joint efforts to battle the menace during a regional meeting in Bangkok.

In a joint statement, members of the Confederation of ASEAN Journalists (CAJ) stressed the need for sharing experiences and best practices "in coping with ... the scourge of fake news."

The organisation noted that fake news has already created "chaos, feelings of animosity and even violence in many societies."

The journalists, however, cautioned against any legal measures or legislation that might be initiated to combat fake news, but would also have reverse effects on media freedom.

The group emphasised that mainstream media must take the lead in the battle against fake news, as it affects all aspects and layers of society.

In Singapore, media representatives noted that people have been duped by false information about food and health. In more serious cases, many were swindled through the systematic spread of fake news.

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Ivory Coast
Bishops praise amnesty

An amnesty granted to 800 political prisoners by President Alassane Ouattara of the Ivory Coast has been welcomed by the bishops of the West African country.

Among those released on Aug. 6 was Simone Gbagbo, the wife of former Ivorian leader, Laurent Gbagbo, whose refusal to leave office after the 2010 elections led to a civil conflict that left over 3,000 people dead and the eventual arrest of Gbagbo, who is currently in the custody of the International Criminal Court facing charges of crimes against humanity.

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