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Prepare way for the Lord with prayer, acts of charity, Pope says
A priest celebrates Mass offered for martial law victims and victims of human rights violations in late September in Manila, Philippines. Advent is a time to make a renewed commitment to prayer and to caring for others, Pope Francis said on the second Sunday in Advent. CNS photo/Rolex Dela Pena, EPA

A priest celebrates Mass offered for martial law victims and victims of human rights violations in late September in Manila, Philippines. Advent is a time to make a renewed commitment to prayer and to caring for others, Pope Francis said on the second Sunday in Advent. CNS photo/Rolex Dela Pena, EPA

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
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



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