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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Archbishop Arthur Roche, then secretary of the congregation, left, and Cardinal Robert Sarah, then prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, pray with U.S. bishops at the start of a meeting at the congregation at the Vatican on Jan. 14, 2020. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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Gerard O’Connell
Archbishop Roche has served Pope Francis well under two very different prefects at the congregation for divine worship.
Villagers fleeing the violence in Myanmar are pictured under candlelight at a school in the Thai border village of Mae Sam Laep. Cardinal Charles Bo is asking the people of Myanmar to say the rosary and participate in eucharistic adoration for peace and justice. (CNS photo/Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters)
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Cardinal Charles Maung Bo said “the midnight attack made the hapless people flee to the jungle. Their fate is still not known to the outside world.”
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While May 24 has been celebrated with prayer for and with the church in China every year since 2008, Francis’ message on Sunday comes at the end of a week in which a number of troubling news reports reached the Vatican.
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Pope Francis identified three suggestions that are typical of the Holy Spirit: Live in the present. Look to the whole. Put God before yourself.
Pope Francis attends the final session of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon at the Vatican in this Oct. 26, 2019, file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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The pope‘s aim is to involve the whole church at diocesan, national and continental levels through a process of “listening and discernment” on the important theme of synodality.
Father Arturo Sosa, superior general of the Jesuits, speaks during the presentation of the book, Walking with Ignatius, in Rome May 11, 2021. The book is based on an interview journalist Dario Menor conducted with Father Sosa. (CNS photo/courtesy General Curia of the Society of Jesus)
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St. Ignatius ”was a reformer and a better reformer than Luther,” Father Sosa says in this interview with America for the start of the Ignatian Year, because he “obtained reforms without causing division.”
Stephen Chow, S.J. (photo courtesy the Chinese Province of the Society of Jesus) 
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The diocese has been without a bishop since Jan. 3, 2019, when Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung died after leading the diocese for just 17 months.
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Pope Francis brought consolation and hope to Catholics and countless people of other religions in Myanmar when he celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica this Sunday morning for peace in their troubled homeland, which was robbed of democracy by a military coup on Feb. 1.
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Pope Francis today expressed his “very great concern” at the armed clashes in Gaza and Israel and made an urgent, passionate appeal “to those with the responsibility” to bring a ceasefire and “to walk the path of peace.”
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As the U.S. special presidential envoy for climate, John Kerry met privately with Pope Francis on May 15 to discuss climate initiatives and other issues.