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Pope: During Holy Week, ask which Gospel character you resemble

Pope: During Holy Week, ask which Gospel character you resemble

| Cindy Wooden | April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Preceded by young people and clergy waving tall palm branches, Pope Francis began his Holy Week liturgies by encouraging people to ask themselves which personality in the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection they resemble most.

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Bless me, Father: Pope leads by example, goes to confession

Bless me, Father: Pope leads by example, goes to confession

| Carol Glatz | April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Leading a penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis surprised his liturgical adviser by going to confession during the service.

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Pope to young: Be honest, discover what you hold dear to your heart

Pope to young: Be honest, discover what you hold dear to your heart

| Carol Glatz | April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis told a group of young people to be honest with themselves and others and figure out what they hold dear: money and pride or the desire to do good.

He also told them he has made plenty of mistakes in life, being guilty of being too bossy and stubborn.

“They say mankind is the only animal that falls in the same well twice,” he said.

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Pope says married couples called to be icons of God’s love

Pope says married couples called to be icons of God’s love

| Cindy Wooden | April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Through the sacrament of matrimony, married couples are called to be living icons of God’s love in the world, Pope Francis said; and when they fight — and all couples do — they don’t have “to call the United Nations,” but find simple words and gestures to say they are sorry.

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Pope to fathers: Teach your children well, always be by their side

Pope to fathers: Teach your children well, always be by their side

| Carol Glatz | March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

On the feast of St. Joseph, patron saint of the universal church and Jesus’ earthly father, Pope Francis urged all dads in the world to stick by their children’s side, teaching them, guiding them and loving them.

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Pope: Professing the faith without good works is just spouting hot air

Pope: Professing the faith without good works is just spouting hot air

| Carol Glatz | February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Understanding God’s commandments and church doctrine is useless if those truths aren’t put into practice, Pope Francis said.

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Go directly to confession, don’t wait, pope says at audience

Go directly to confession, don’t wait, pope says at audience

| Cindy Wooden | February 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you haven’t been to confession recently, don’t wait, Pope Francis told people at his weekly general audience. One may walk into the confessional with a heavy heart, but forgiveness brings freedom and lightness.

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Blessed are the losers, at least by worldly standards, pope says

Blessed are the losers, at least by worldly standards, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | February 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

The “poor in spirit,” the pure and the merciful, whom Jesus described as “blessed,” are the same people the world considers to be “losers,” Pope Francis told Catholic young people.

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Pope: Don’t skip Sunday Mass; people need communion with God, church

Pope: Don’t skip Sunday Mass; people need communion with God, church

| Carol Glatz | February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s so important to go to Mass every Sunday because that’s where people receive Christ who saves, forgives and unites everyone to his father, church and each other, Pope Francis said.

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Pope calls for the promotion of life at every stage

Pope calls for the promotion of life at every stage

| Carol Glatz | February 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis called on all Catholics to welcome, serve and respect life, whether still unborn or approaching its natural end.

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Unity will come as divided Christians pray, work together, pope says

Unity will come as divided Christians pray, work together, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

While Christian unity will be a gift from God, it won’t drop miraculously from the sky but will be given to the followers of Christ step by step as they walk together and work together, Pope Francis said.

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Pope says judgments on annulments must be impartial and pastoral

Pope says judgments on annulments must be impartial and pastoral

| Francis X. Rocca | January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Addressing the Vatican court primarily responsible for hearing requests for marriage annulments, Pope Francis said judges on church tribunals should show “imperturbable and impartial balance” as well as the “delicacy and humanity proper to a pastor of souls.”

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