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Church called to keep hope alive, live in joyful expectation, pope says

Church called to keep hope alive, live in joyful expectation, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

The church of Christ is called to keep the light of hope alive in the world, showing all humanity the path leading to “the merciful face of God” and salvation in Christ, Pope Francis said.

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Be in a ‘holy hurry’ to share Gospel, love others, pope says

Be in a ‘holy hurry’ to share Gospel, love others, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

On the feast of St. Teresa of Avila, Pope Francis said he wished the whole church would follow her example and be in a “holy hurry” to bring the Gospel and God’s love to the world.

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If laws don’t lead people to Jesus, they are obsolete, pope says

If laws don’t lead people to Jesus, they are obsolete, pope says

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jesus did “strange things,” like “walk with sinners, eat with tax collectors” — things the scholars of the law “did not like; doctrine was in danger, that doctrine of the law” that they and the “theologians had created over the centuries,” he said, according to Vatican Radio.

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Pope recalls another key anniversary in his life: his first Communion

Pope recalls another key anniversary in his life: his first Communion

| Carol Glatz | October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Unable to resist telling the world about a personal event that is dear to his heart, Pope Francis said that 70 years ago to the day, he celebrated his first Communion.

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Pope: Tiny voice in your head? Don’t ignore it; it’s a guardian angel

Pope: Tiny voice in your head? Don’t ignore it; it’s a guardian angel

| Carol Glatz | October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Guardian angels are not the stuff of fantasy; they are really present as wise travel companions helping people navigate life’s journey, Pope Francis said.

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Pope: Use gifts to benefit church, not create division, envy, annoyance

Pope: Use gifts to benefit church, not create division, envy, annoyance

| Carol Glatz | October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Everyone has a special gift to offer the whole church, just make sure it is used to serve everyone and not to puff up one’s own pride or to create division, Pope Francis said.

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Pope: Greed, throwaway culture fuel ‘hidden euthanasia’ of elderly

Pope: Greed, throwaway culture fuel ‘hidden euthanasia’ of elderly

| Carol Glatz | September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis warned against the abandonment and neglect of the elderly, calling it a “hidden euthanasia” rooted in today’s “poisonous” culture of disposal and an economic system of greed.

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In homily, pope compares vain Christians to soap bubbles, peacocks

In homily, pope compares vain Christians to soap bubbles, peacocks

| Carol Glatz | September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

As fleeting as soap bubbles, showy as peacocks and shallow as an over-primped star, conceited Christians are building their lives on lies and their faith on shifting sands, Pope Francis said.

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Pope: Don’t leave home without it; take Gospel on the go, to the world

Pope: Don’t leave home without it; take Gospel on the go, to the world

| Carol Glatz | September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tuck the Gospel in your pocket and put on your walking shoes to share Christ’s love, peace and joy with the world, Pope Francis said.

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Pope: Christians’ only bragging rights are being a sinner, being saved

Pope: Christians’ only bragging rights are being a sinner, being saved

| Carol Glatz | September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis said Christians should boast about only two things: that they are sinners and they have been saved by Jesus Christ.

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Pope: Iraq’s persecuted Christians are true, bold witnesses of Christ

Pope: Iraq’s persecuted Christians are true, bold witnesses of Christ

| Carol Glatz | September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Iraqi Christians are true and courageous witnesses of Christ’s message of hope, forgiveness and love, Pope Francis said.

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Pope thanks people for prayers for his family after deadly crash

Pope thanks people for prayers for his family after deadly crash

| Cindy Wooden | August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis, in mourning for the deaths of his nephew’s wife and two small children, thanked people at his weekly general audience Aug. 20 for their prayers.

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