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Grace, not money, must guide financial choices of religious, pope says
Pope Francis greets people during an audience with young volunteers, government officials and organizations involved in Italy's national civil service programs, in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican Nov. 26. CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout
Pope Francis greets people during an audience with young volunteers, government officials and organizations involved in Italy's national civil service programs, in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican Nov. 26. CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout
VATICAN CITY -- Just as "the habit does not make the monk," taking a vow of poverty does not automatically mean a consecrated person lives with a detachment from material things and in solidarity with the poor, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, November 28, 2016

Amid the darkness, hold fast to light of hope, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- 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. More ...
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
At Christmas, recognize your sin and let God caress you, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- At Christmas, God reveals his full power, which is the power of relentlessly seeking his lost sheep and, when he finds them, giving them a caress, Pope Francis said. More ...
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Pope: Can't whitewash sin away; Jesus truly transforms penitent hearts
VATICAN CITY -- Jesus truly transforms and heals hearts when people let him, which means recognizing and being ashamed of one's sins, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass. More ...
Monday, December 5, 2016
Pope: Resistance to God is normal, but you must be honest about it
VATICAN CITY -- 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. More ...
Friday, December 2, 2016
Listen to God for guidance to build better world, pope tells students
VATICAN CITY -- Upholding the truth and moral values isn't easy, especially for young people, Pope Francis said. More ...
Thursday, December 1, 2016
'Fear of God' isn't fright, it's being humble, childlike, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- God reveals his mysteries, not to the wise and learned, but to those who are childlike, that is, to people who are humble and fear the Lord, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. More ...
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Doubts about faith should spur deeper study, prayer, pope says
VATICAN CITY  -- Everyone experiences doubts about the faith at times -- "I have" many times, Pope Francis said -- but such doubts can be "a sign that we want to know God better and more deeply." More ...
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Threat of hell is real for not being faithful to God, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Death and final judgment before the Lord are not frightening if you live being faithful to God, Pope Francis said. More ...
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Year of Mercy affirmed dignity, sacredness of human life, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- 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. More ...
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Church must know situation of couples it tries to help, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Discerning the best way to help a couple whose marriage has failed is not easy, Pope Francis told a group of bishops, but he said he was certain that with study and prayer they would find ways to help the people entrusted to their care. More ...
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Protecting planet is ethical, moral obligation, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- The vulnerability of the poor and of future generations to the impact of climate change creates a "serious ethical and moral responsibility to act without delay and as free as possible from political and economic pressure" to slow climate change and protect the environment, Pope Francis said. More ...
Friday, November 18, 2016
Power struggle in Syria is 'workshop of cruelty,' pope says
VATICAN CITY  -- 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. More ...
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Admonish sin without putting on airs or being hypocrite, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Offering counsel and admonishing sinners are works of mercy, but they are not a license to pretend to be better than others, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
No one is excluded from God's mercy, pope says
VATICAN CITY  -- Christians are called to love and serve all people, no matter their social standing, race, culture or religion, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, November 14, 2016



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