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Confession renews grace of baptism, pope says at audience

Confession renews grace of baptism, pope says at audience

| Cindy Wooden | November 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

With baptism, Christians are cleansed of sin, but the sacrament doesn’t wash away human weakness nor the obligation to ask forgiveness when they make mistakes, Pope Francis said.

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Saints aren’t superheroes, they just never strayed from God, pope says

Saints aren’t superheroes, they just never strayed from God, pope says

| Carol Glatz | November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Saints aren’t superheroes, they are regular people who just never left God’s side after encountering him and his love, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints.

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Bishops asked to assess marriage, family life to prepare for synod

Bishops asked to assess marriage, family life to prepare for synod

| Cindy Wooden | November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Bishops around the world are being asked to take a realistic look at the situation of families under their care and at how effective pastoral and educational programs have been at promoting church teaching on sexuality, marriage and family life.

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In times of trouble, pope says, call on the communion of saints

In times of trouble, pope says, call on the communion of saints

| Cindy Wooden | October 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Trials and doubts are part of everyone’s faith journey, “even mine,” Pope Francis said, but Christians know they can get through the hard times with help from God, other Christians and those in heaven.

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Pope says hope is not mere optimism but a link to eternal life

Pope says hope is not mere optimism but a link to eternal life

| Francis X. Rocca | October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Christian hope is not mere optimism or a “positive attitude” toward the world but a vital link to eternal salvation, Pope Francis said.

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Pope calls synod to discuss families, divorce and remarriage

Pope calls synod to discuss families, divorce and remarriage

| Francis X. Rocca | October 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

The predicament of divorced and remarried Catholics will be a major topic of discussion when bishops from around the world meet at the Vatican in October 2014.

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The pope’s top 8 saints

The pope’s top 8 saints

| Carol Glatz | October 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

While a top-eight list does emerge from the interviews, the pope rejected one interviewer’s attempts at giving them a ranking.

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Church welcomes sinners, shows them path to holiness, pope says

Church welcomes sinners, shows them path to holiness, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | October 2, 2013 | 1 Comment

If the church excluded sinners, it would pretty much be empty, Pope Francis told thousands of people gathered for his weekly general audience.

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Pope to canonize Blessed John XXIII, John Paul II April 27

Pope to canonize Blessed John XXIII, John Paul II April 27

| Cindy Wooden | September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis announced he would declare Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II saints at a single ceremony April 27.

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Pope says church should face wayward members like a merciful mother

Pope says church should face wayward members like a merciful mother

| Francis X. Rocca | September 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis said the church should approach its members with the face of a patient, merciful and understanding mother, who always forgives her erring children and never ceases to pray that they resume the path of Christian living.

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Praying for peace in Syria, pope calls selfishness the cause of war

Praying for peace in Syria, pope calls selfishness the cause of war

| September 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis had called for the prayer vigil less than a week earlier, as the central event of a worldwide day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East and the world.

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Pope: Sanctity of marriage rooted in Christ’s union with church

Pope: Sanctity of marriage rooted in Christ’s union with church

| Carol Glatz | September 6, 2013 | 1 Comment

The Catholic Church closely safeguards the sanctity of marriage because it is a reflection of Christ’s union with his bride, the church, Pope Francis said.

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