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Amid the darkness, hold fast to light of hope, pope says

Amid the darkness, hold fast to light of hope, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Christian hope is not the same as being optimistic about the future, but is knowing that whatever dark or frightening things are going on in one’s life, God is there offering protection and light, Pope Francis said.

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Beyond expectations: Pope sees God of surprises at work in 2016

Beyond expectations: Pope sees God of surprises at work in 2016

| Cindy Wooden | December 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis described 2016 as a “packed year,” one full of initiatives that helped Catholics “see and touch with their hands the fruits of the mercy of God.”

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Pope: Resistance to God is normal, but you must be honest about it

Pope: Resistance to God is normal, but you must be honest about it

| Carol Glatz | December 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Struggling against God is normal because following his way toward redemption always comes with some kind of cross to bear, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.

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Pope calls new cardinals to be agents of unity in divided world

Pope calls new cardinals to be agents of unity in divided world

| Cindy Wooden | November 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Church’s 17 new cardinals must dedicate their lives to being ministers of forgiveness and reconciliation in a world — and sometimes a church — often marked by hostility and division, Pope Francis said.

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Year of Mercy affirmed dignity, sacredness of human life, pope says

Year of Mercy affirmed dignity, sacredness of human life, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | November 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Visiting young women rescued from forced prostitution and meeting with a mother inconsolable over the loss of one of her newborn triplets are images from the Year of Mercy that Pope Francis said remain impressed on his heart.

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Power struggle in Syria is ‘workshop of cruelty,’ pope says

Power struggle in Syria is ‘workshop of cruelty,’ pope says

| Carol Glatz | November 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Where there is no tenderness, there is cruelty and what is unfolding in Syria is a veritable “workshop of cruelty,” Pope Francis told governing members of Caritas Internationalis.

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Admonish sin without putting on airs or being hypocrite, pope says

Admonish sin without putting on airs or being hypocrite, pope says

| Carol Glatz | November 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Offering counsel and admonishing sinners are works of mercy, but they are not a license to pretend to be better than others, Pope Francis said.

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God’s kingdom gives hope, not flashy entertainment, pope says

God’s kingdom gives hope, not flashy entertainment, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | November 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

The kingdom of God grows through hope and not by reducing it to a form of entertainment that produces a joy that appears and disappears in an instant, Pope Francis said.

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Pope calls out apathy, greed preventing the end of human trafficking

Pope calls out apathy, greed preventing the end of human trafficking

| Carol Glatz | November 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Indifference, criminal networks and powerful economic interests still pose a challenge to those fighting against human trafficking, Pope Francis said.

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Rigid attachment to ideology saddens the Holy Spirit, pope says

Rigid attachment to ideology saddens the Holy Spirit, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | October 6, 2016 | 2 Comments

Christians can fall prey to the enchantments of ideology that adhere to rigid requirements yet ignore and sadden the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis said.

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Pope: Church’s mission is to attract people to Christ, not proselytize

Pope: Church’s mission is to attract people to Christ, not proselytize

| Junno Arocho Esteves | October 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Christians are called to follow the example of St. Therese of Lisieux, who helped draw people to Jesus by way of attraction, not by proselytizing, Pope Francis said.

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Pope to sports world: Don’t cheat people out of joy, benefits of game

Pope to sports world: Don’t cheat people out of joy, benefits of game

| Carol Glatz | October 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis challenged the sports world to fend off corrupt and manipulative practices and to uphold the values of honesty, fairness and transparency.

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