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Press must be factual, free from manipulation, pope says
Pope Francis embraces a child during a special meeting to celebrate his 81st birthday Dec. 17 at the Vatican's Paul VI hall. CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano
Pope Francis embraces a child during a special meeting to celebrate his 81st birthday Dec. 17 at the Vatican's Paul VI hall. CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano
VATICAN CITY -- People need factual and trustworthy news that avoids sensationalism and whipping up heated reactions, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, December 18, 2017

Pope: Coldest hearts can be warmed by Christmas cheer
VATICAN CITY -- Christmas joy expressed through music brings a message of peace and brotherhood for those most in need, Pope Francis said. More ...
Friday, December 15, 2017
God's greatness can be found in the little things, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- God shows his greatness through his tenderness toward his children like a loving father, Pope Francis said. More ...
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Pope: Guadalupe feast shows Mary's closeness to those on margins
VATICAN CITY -- The appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which mirrored that of the indigenous people of the time, is a sign of Mary's closeness to those who are marginalized, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Prepare way for the Lord with prayer, acts of charity, Pope says

VATICAN CITY – Advent is a time to make a renewed commitment to prayer and to caring for others, Pope Francis said.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
God does not lead us into temptation, Satan does, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – The Italian and English translations of the "Our Father" can give believers the wrong impression that God can and does lead people into temptation, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, December 11, 2017
Pope asks Mary's help in fighting viruses of fear, indifference
ROME -- Standing at the foot of a Marian statue, Pope Francis prayed Mary would help Christians develop the "antibodies" needed to fight the modern diseases of indifference, hypocrisy and fear of foreigners. More ...
Friday, December 8, 2017
Nativity scene, Christmas tree are visible signs of God's compassion
VATICAN CITY -- A Nativity scene and Christmas tree, like those displayed in St. Peter's Square, are visible reminders of God's benevolence and closeness to all men and women, Pope Francis said. More ...
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Humility not about being polite, but accepting humiliation, Pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Like a sprout, humility needs to be nourished so that the Holy Spirit may grow within all Christians, Pope Francis said. More ...
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Advent is time to identify sin, help the poor, see beauty, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – Advent is a time to be watchful and alert to the ways one strays from God's path, but also to signs of his presence in other people and in the beauty of the world, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, December 4, 2017
At Mass, Jesus seeks to bring others with him to salvation, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- If people really understood that participating at Mass is witnessing Christ's suffering, death and resurrection, then maybe they would stop taking pictures, talking, making comments and acting as if it were some kind of show, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Inequality in health care is sign of society's 'sickness,' pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Justice and compassion compel the Catholic Church to work to ensure equality and fairness in the distribution of health care resources and in people's access to them, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, November 20, 2017
Realizing today may be one's last day changes how one lives, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- It is not morbid to start each day understanding that it may be one's last, Pope Francis said. More ...
Friday, November 17, 2017
Care for the dying does not mean obstinately resisting death, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- People who are dying must be accompanied with the love of family members and the care of medical professionals, but there is no requirement that every means available must be used to prolong their lives, Pope Francis said. More ...
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Mass is a time of silence and prayer, not idle chitchat, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Mass is the highest form of prayer and not an appropriate moment for small talk, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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