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Pope says he's saddened by 'perfect' Catholics who despise others
Pope Francis arrives for his weekly audience in Paul VI hall  at the Vatican Aug. 9. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano
Pope Francis arrives for his weekly audience in Paul VI hall  at the Vatican Aug. 9. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano
VATICAN CITY  -- God did not choose perfect people to form his church, but rather sinners who have experienced his love and forgiveness, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cling to the Lord, not horoscopes, fortunetellers, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- When passing through the storm of life's difficult moments, Christians must latch on to Christ and not the false sense of security offered by psychics and soothsayers, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, August 14, 2017
Vacation time should be prayer time, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Summertime can and should be a time for extra prayer, a moment of peace that allows Christians to savor the joy of their relationship with Jesus and find new strength to reach out with love to others, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, August 7, 2017
Christians are oriented toward light, hope, Pope says at audience
VATICAN CITY -- The ancient practice of orienting Church buildings East to West -- with the entrance facing West and the altar toward the East -- was symbolic of the connection that exists between light and hope, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Pope leads prayers for victims of 'perverse plague' of trafficking
VATICAN CITY -- Human trafficking is "brutal, savage and criminal," Pope Francis said, but often it seems like people see it as a sad, but normal fact of life. More ...
Monday, July 31, 2017
Pope prays for dialogue, reconciliation in Jerusalem
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis called on Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land to "moderation and dialogue" as tensions continued around a key site in Jerusalem that is sacred to members of both faiths. More ...
Monday, July 24, 2017
Laziness, vices prevent seeds of Gospel from taking root, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- God proposes -- not imposes -- his Gospel and offer of salvation, putting the responsibility of being open to and moved by his message on the listener, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, July 17, 2017
Jesus carries burdens of those who suffer, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Men and women who carry the heavy burden of life's troubles can find relief in Christ, who does not take away the load, but carries it as well, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, July 10, 2017
Pope: Hunger caused by 'indifference of many, selfishness of a few'
VATICAN CITY -- The international community must not remain resigned to the plight of those suffering hunger and malnutrition, which is often caused by indifference and selfishness, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, July 3, 2017
Pope: Christians fight evil with love, sacrifice, never with violence
VATICAN CITY -- Christians are called to detach themselves from power, reject violence and sacrifice themselves for God and others out of love, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Seek the risen Lord; focus on life, not death, pope tells priests
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis encouraged the priests of the Congregation of the Resurrection to model their ministry and their basic attitude on that of Mary Magdalene, the Easter morning "apostle to the apostles." More ...
Monday, June 26, 2017
Living the Gospel is risky, embrace challenges with courage, pope says

VATICAN CITY -- Better to take risk of carrying the freshness of the Gospel to others than to be a "museum Christian" afraid of change, Pope Francis told Serra International.

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Friday, June 23, 2017
Holiness means being open to God, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Being a saint doesn't require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Eucharist is reminder of God's love, call to unity, pope says

ROME -- The Eucharist is a tangible reminder of God's love, and receiving Communion is a call to work to build the body of Christ by loving others and shunning all that sows division within a community, Pope Francis said.

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Monday, June 19, 2017
In recognizing one's weakness, God's strength can be found, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Christians who acknowledge their own weakness and limitations will find the saving power of God's strength, Pope Francis said. More ...
Friday, June 16, 2017

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