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Updated 1 p.m. Central Time: The story is in Francis lambasts international aid, suggests Catholics should limit children
Via text and Twitter, NCR Vatican correspondent Josh McElwee reports that Pope Francis has landed safely in Rome after his pastoral visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines.
Over on the CNS Blog, Cindy Wooden has a great story that answers all kinds of questions (some you probably didn't even think to ask) from behind the scenes of Pope Francis' trip to the Philippines, like:
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St. Paul glorified Jesus by pointing out that Jesus didn't glorify himself. He did not treat "equality with God as a thing to be grasped," Paul said, so by implication, how could His followers ever pretend to be better than anyone else? In Jesus' words, the greatest are the humblest; in his ministry, he opened himself to the pains of those he encountered on the road.
Addressing a record-setting millions of Filipinos under pouring rain in his last public appearance during his four-day trip to the country, Pope Francis called on them to be "outstanding missionaries of the faith" to Asia.
Speaking Sunday during a homily at an open-air Mass in Manila's Rizal Park, Francis also asked them to protect the family against what he called "insidious attacks."
Philippines: Priest was one of 10 chosen to celebrate Mass with Pope Francis in the Manila Cathedral.
Catholic Relief Services has released the following statement regarding the death of one of their employees at the end of a papal Mass in Tacloban, Philippines Saturday:
Today Catholic Relief Services grieves the loss of our staff, 27-year-old Kristel Padasas of Manila. Kristel passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015, when she was struck by scaffolding at the site of the papal mass in Tacloban shortly after Pope Francis departed.
NCR Today: The climate crisis especially calls us all to look at contraception through a new lens.