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Fasting during Lent includes sharing, treating others kindly, pope says
Pope Francis uses incense as he celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome Feb. 14. CNS photo/Paul Haring
Pope Francis uses incense as he celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome Feb. 14. CNS photo/Paul Haring
VATICAN CITY -- Loudly boasting or complaining about fasting during Lent and treating others unkindly is not what God wants, Pope Francis said. More ...
Friday, February 16, 2018

Lent is time to notice God's work, receive God's mercy, pope says
ROME -- Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Help people find healing in the wounds of Christ, pope tells priests
VATICAN CITY -- A devotion to and meditation on the five wounds of Christ "may sound a bit medieval," but anyone who recognizes he or she is wounded will find mercy and healing in the passion of Christ, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, February 12, 2018
Lent is time to become aware of false prophets, cold hearts, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – Catholics should use the season of Lent to look for signs and symptoms of being under the spell of false prophets and of living with cold, selfish and hateful hearts, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Pope to religious: Your hearts must be open 24-7
VATICAN CITY – Lift up your eyes from your smartphones and see your brothers and sisters, those who share your journey of faith and those who are longing for the Word of life, Pope Francis told consecrated men and women. More ...
Monday, February 5, 2018
Readings at Mass offer God's 'real-time' help, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Listening to the Scripture readings at Mass is hearing God speak directly to his people, offering spiritual sustenance and needed guidance for life's difficult journey, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Young people need well-formed consciences for marriage, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – The Catholic Church must dedicate itself to properly forming and safeguarding the conscience of its faithful, especially young people so they can see God's plan for the sacrament of marriage as a great joy for the church and all of humanity, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, January 29, 2018
Truth, example, motherly guidance need to transmit faith, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – Courage in preaching the truth, clarity in giving a good example and motherly care in teaching the faith are essential components in sharing the Gospel, Pope Francis said. More ...
Friday, January 26, 2018
Sharing 'fake news' makes one an accomplice in evil, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- People have a responsibility to check the source of what they share on social media to ensure it is not "fake news" designed to further prejudices or increase fear, Pope Francis said. More ...
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Persecution based on religious belief is unacceptable, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – All people have a right to freely profess their own religious beliefs without fear of duress, Pope Francis said, calling on the world community to do more to protect the Yezidi minority. More ...
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Fear becomes sin when it leads to hostility toward migrants, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – Being afraid and concerned about the impact of migration is not a sin, Pope Francis said, but it is a sin to let those fears lead to a refusal to help people in need. More ...
Monday, January 15, 2018
Pray with courage, conviction, not mindlessly like a parrot, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Prayer is a "high stakes" endeavor, requiring courage, perseverance and patience, Pope Francis said. More ...
Friday, January 12, 2018
Don't rush through silence at Mass, pope says at general audience
VATICAN CITY -- The silence that precedes the opening prayer at Mass is an opportunity for Christians to commend to God the fate of the church and the world, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Bullying is the devil's work, pope says at morning Mass
VATICAN CITY -- Just as the influence of the Holy Spirit is recognized when one does an act of charity, Christians also must recognize the presence of the devil when bullying occurs, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, January 8, 2018
Pope to teachers: Help kids live with care for all of creation
VATICAN CITY  -- A lifestyle that is environmentally ethical cannot be "schizophrenic" -- for example, by showing more care for animals and forests, than for the plight of people, Pope Francis said. More ...
Friday, January 5, 2018



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