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Pope asks people to offer love, tears, prayers for persecuted Christians

Pope asks people to offer love, tears, prayers for persecuted Christians

| Carol Glatz | December 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Despite increased persecution and attacks against Christians, the faithful must strengthen their courage and joyful desire to follow Christ no matter the cost, Pope Francis said.

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Christmas reminds us of hope for the future, pope says

Christmas reminds us of hope for the future, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

The birth of Christ is a reminder for Christians to take a moment and reflect on the hope of salvation given by God to the world, Pope Francis said.

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Corruption is cancer to health industry, pope tells hospital staffers

Corruption is cancer to health industry, pope tells hospital staffers

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 15, 2016 | 3 Comments

Corrupt business practices that seek to profit from the sick and the dying are a cancer to hospitals entrusted with the care of the most vulnerable, especially children, Pope Francis said.

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Open your heart to that small splendor born in Bethlehem, pope says

Open your heart to that small splendor born in Bethlehem, pope says

| Carol Glatz | December 14, 2016 | 1 Comment

Christmas is a time to open your heart to the little and wondrous things found in baby Jesus — born poor and defenseless so he could be near and bring hope to everyone, Pope Francis said.

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Give flesh to the Gospel like Mary did, pope says on Guadalupe feast

Give flesh to the Gospel like Mary did, pope says on Guadalupe feast

| Cindy Wooden | December 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pope Francis described Mary as a strong woman who inspires believers to give “flesh to the Gospel” in societies often marked by distrust and blindness.

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Christmas joy comes from knowing God loves and saves us, pope says

Christmas joy comes from knowing God loves and saves us, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | December 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

As Christmas approached, St. Peter’s Square was filled with balloons, singing and an incredible variety of Baby Jesus figurines — everything from plastic figures that would fit in a walnut shell to those that were larger-than-life sized.

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Amid the darkness, hold fast to light of hope, pope says

Amid the darkness, hold fast to light of hope, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Christian hope is not the same as being optimistic about the future, but is knowing that whatever dark or frightening things are going on in one’s life, God is there offering protection and light, Pope Francis said.

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Beyond expectations: Pope sees God of surprises at work in 2016

Beyond expectations: Pope sees God of surprises at work in 2016

| Cindy Wooden | December 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis described 2016 as a “packed year,” one full of initiatives that helped Catholics “see and touch with their hands the fruits of the mercy of God.”

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Pope: Resistance to God is normal, but you must be honest about it

Pope: Resistance to God is normal, but you must be honest about it

| Carol Glatz | December 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Struggling against God is normal because following his way toward redemption always comes with some kind of cross to bear, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.

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Pope calls new cardinals to be agents of unity in divided world

Pope calls new cardinals to be agents of unity in divided world

| Cindy Wooden | November 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Church’s 17 new cardinals must dedicate their lives to being ministers of forgiveness and reconciliation in a world — and sometimes a church — often marked by hostility and division, Pope Francis said.

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Year of Mercy affirmed dignity, sacredness of human life, pope says

Year of Mercy affirmed dignity, sacredness of human life, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | November 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Visiting young women rescued from forced prostitution and meeting with a mother inconsolable over the loss of one of her newborn triplets are images from the Year of Mercy that Pope Francis said remain impressed on his heart.

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Power struggle in Syria is ‘workshop of cruelty,’ pope says

Power struggle in Syria is ‘workshop of cruelty,’ pope says

| Carol Glatz | November 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Where there is no tenderness, there is cruelty and what is unfolding in Syria is a veritable “workshop of cruelty,” Pope Francis told governing members of Caritas Internationalis.

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