Tag: Pope Francis

Too many couples do not understand marriage is for life, pope says

Too many couples do not understand marriage is for life, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | June 17, 2016 | 2 Comments

Because most people today do not understand that sacramental marriage really is a bond that binds them to each other for life, many marriages today can be considered invalid, Pope Francis said.

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Vatican, World Youth Day officials release pope’s Poland itinerary

Vatican, World Youth Day officials release pope’s Poland itinerary

| June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

The 2016 WYD celebration will mark the 30th anniversary of when St. John Paul II, the former archbishop of Krakow, invited bishops all over the world to hold an annual event for youth in their dioceses.

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Pope offers prayers for Orlando victims of ‘terrible, absurd violence’

Pope offers prayers for Orlando victims of ‘terrible, absurd violence’

| Cindy Wooden | June 13, 2016 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis offered prayers for the families of the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, and expressed hope that people would find ways to identify and uproot “the causes of such terrible and absurd violence.”

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Pope elevates memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to feast day

Pope elevates memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to feast day

| Junno Arocho Esteves | June 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Drawing a comparison between Eve, who “spread death where there was life,” and St. Mary Magdalene, who “proclaimed life from the tomb, a place of death,” the Archbishop Arthur Roche said her feast day is a lesson for all Christians to trust in Christ who is “alive and risen.”

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Pope: Euthanasia is triumph of selfishness, not act of compassion

Pope: Euthanasia is triumph of selfishness, not act of compassion

| Junno Arocho Esteves | June 12, 2016 | 1 Comment

“Compassion does not mean pity, it means ‘suffering with,'” the pope said. When physicians share in the suffering of their patients, he added, the “sacred value of the life of the patient does not disappear or become obscured.”

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Pope to appoint advisory board for removing negligent bishops

Pope to appoint advisory board for removing negligent bishops

| Carol Glatz | June 8, 2016 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis will set up a panel of legal experts to help him in deciding whether to remove a religious superior or bishop from office for failing to protect minors and vulnerable adults from sex abuse.

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Money, vanity, pride are ‘three steps to perdition,’ pope says

Money, vanity, pride are ‘three steps to perdition,’ pope says

| Cindy Wooden | June 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Beatitudes are a navigational tool that lead people to happiness and holiness, while love of money, vanity and pride are the “three steps leading to perdition,” Pope Francis said.

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Pope calls for gathering to find ways to end, prevent drug abuse

Pope calls for gathering to find ways to end, prevent drug abuse

| Carol Glatz | June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has requested a special study session at the Vatican to look at how to solve the growing problem of drug abuse, especially narcotics.

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Pope calls for prayers for Syria, children gone missing around world

Pope calls for prayers for Syria, children gone missing around world

| Carol Glatz | May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

“It is the duty of everyone to protect children, most of all those exposed to a high risk of exploitation, trafficking and deviant behaviors,” the pope said.

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Prayer is no magic wand; it strengthens faith in tough times, pope says

Prayer is no magic wand; it strengthens faith in tough times, pope says

| Carol Glatz | May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Faced with the judge’s indifference, the widow resorted to her only weapon — to keep incessantly pestering him, presenting him with her appeal for justice,” the pope said.

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Sainthood sometimes includes biting your tongue, pope says

Sainthood sometimes includes biting your tongue, pope says

| Carol Glatz | May 24, 2016 | 1 Comment

Holiness doesn’t depend on superhuman powers, but rather demands a heart filled with courage, hope and grace that strives for conversion each and every day, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

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Those who exploit for cheap labor are bloodsucking leeches, pope says

Those who exploit for cheap labor are bloodsucking leeches, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Human traffickers and unjust business owners who become wealthy by exploiting others for cheap labor commit a mortal sin, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

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