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Selfish, ‘armchair’ Christians distance people from Christ, pope says

Selfish, ‘armchair’ Christians distance people from Christ, pope says

| Carol Glatz | May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Christians must ask themselves whether they help people in need of salvation or whether they just keep Jesus for themselves and are deaf or indifferent to others, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

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Families are first victims of violence, poverty, pope tells bishops

Families are first victims of violence, poverty, pope tells bishops

| Carol Glatz | May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Families are the first victims wherever there is conflict or poverty, but they also are the best place for teaching peace and reconciliation, Pope Francis told bishops of the Central African Republic.

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In family relations, good manners are no joke, pope says at audience

In family relations, good manners are no joke, pope says at audience

| Cindy Wooden | May 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

The closer two people are to each other, the more care is required in respecting the other’s freedom and feelings, Pope Francis said.

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Being Christian is service, not ‘makeup’ for a pretty soul, pope says

Being Christian is service, not ‘makeup’ for a pretty soul, pope says

| Carol Glatz | April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

“To be Christian is to do what Jesus did — serve,” he said in a homily April 30 during Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

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Pope says ‘scandal’ of inequality, fear of marriage must be addressed

Pope says ‘scandal’ of inequality, fear of marriage must be addressed

| Laura Ieraci | April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Two millennia after the “Gospel of the family” defeated an abusive social practice that humiliated women, the “radical equality” of spouses in Christian marriage must now bear “new fruit” in society, including “the right to equal pay for equal work,” said Pope Francis.

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Pope marks Earth Day with call to protect, cultivate, share resources

Pope marks Earth Day with call to protect, cultivate, share resources

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

“I urge everyone to see the world with the eyes of God the creator: The earth is an environment to safeguard and a garden to cultivate,” Pope Francis said.

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Gender theory is the problem, not solution, pope says

Gender theory is the problem, not solution, pope says

| Carol Glatz | April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Eradicating male and female identities does nothing to solve the problem of unfair or disrespectful treatment based on people’s gender, Pope Francis said.

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Pope says children are never a mistake, calls adults to responsibility

Pope says children are never a mistake, calls adults to responsibility

| Laura Ieraci | April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

During his weekly general audience in a chilly, but sunny St. Peter’s Square April 8, the pope continued his series of talks about the family, dedicating a second catechesis to children. He described the great suffering and difficulties many children around the world experience as “a Passion.”

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Share Easter joy, defend persecuted Christians, pope says

Share Easter joy, defend persecuted Christians, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | April 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Christians live the joy of the Resurrection when they share a smile with someone, weep with those who mourn and defend the rights of those persecuted for their faith, Pope Francis said.

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Pope says a ‘good Easter’ requires making Jesus’ passion one’s own

Pope says a ‘good Easter’ requires making Jesus’ passion one’s own

| Laura Ieraci | April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

The pope began his catechesis, dedicated to the celebration of Holy Week and Easter, by saying that the death and resurrection of Christ are “the culmination” of the entire liturgical year and of the Christian life.

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Welcome children, learn from them, pope says at audience

Welcome children, learn from them, pope says at audience

| Cindy Wooden | March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Children are a blessing for humanity and for the church, bringing new life and energy to families and society, Pope Francis said.

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God loves us, has dreams for us, pope says

God loves us, has dreams for us, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

God’s dreams for his people are the dreams of a lover for his beloved; they are dreams of building a future together that is filled with joy, Pope Francis said.

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