When a mother loses a child, reach out with tears, not words, pope says


Pope Francis Jan. 4 general audience: When people are hurting, "it is necessary to share in their desperation. In order to dry the tears from the face of those who suffer, we must join our weeping with theirs. This is the only way our words may truly be able to offer a bit of hope," Pope Francis said.

Church in Kerala state forms support group for transgender people


Transgender rights in India: The church in India's Kerala state has formed a group of priests, nuns and laypeople to respond to the pastoral needs of transgender people, reported "The whole church has a big role to play," said Father Paul Madassery, who is in charge of pro-life support for the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council. He noted Pope Francis had talked about the need to give "pastoral care to the LGBT community."



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