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At Mass, Jesus seeks to bring others with him to salvation, pope says
Pope Francis accepts a zucchetto from a young man during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 22. CNS photo/Paul Haring
Pope Francis accepts a zucchetto from a young man during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 22. CNS photo/Paul Haring
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
Keep lamp of faith alive with oil of charity, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Acts of charity and kindness make a person's faith shine in this world and help ensure that it will shine forever in the afterlife, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, November 13, 2017
Peace, dialogue held hostage by nuclear weapons threat, pope says
VATICAN CITY  -- The existence of nuclear weapons creates a false sense of security that holds international relations hostage and stifles peaceful coexistence, Pope Francis said. More ...
Friday, November 10, 2017
Salvation is free, not a 'pay to save' deal with God, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- When it comes to salvation, God does not seek any form of compensation and offers it freely to those in need of his love, Pope Francis said. More ...
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Where there is sin, there will always be God's mercy, Pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Christians must allow the mystery of God's mercy to enter into their lives, which are inevitably marked by sin, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, November 6, 2017
Through example, saints shine God's light in darkness, pope says
VATICAN CITY  -- Like stained glass windows, the saints allow the light of God to permeate the darkness of sin in the world, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints. More ...
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Christians have duty to revitalize, change world with hope, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- The joyful hope that flows from faith can change the world, which is why Christians have a crucial part to play in revitalizing Europe, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, October 30, 2017
Making room for Spirit entails daily battle against devil, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Being a Christian means battling the devil and striving for holiness each day, Pope Francis said. More ...
Thursday, October 26, 2017
In the end, everyone faces God with 'empty hands,' pope says
VATICAN CITY -- God waits for everyone, even the worst sinner who repents only with his dying breath, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Only Jesus, in his infinite mercy, would die for sinners, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Going to Mass regularly, praying and doing good works are not enough to make a person a good Christian, Pope Francis said. More ...
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Being Christian means being missionary, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Catholics must make a real effort to share the Gospel with all people, fighting "the recurring temptation" that leads some to focus only on internal church matters or to be pessimistic about evangelization efforts, Pope Francis wrote. More ...
Monday, October 23, 2017



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