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Indifference, hatred is the first step to murder, Pope says
Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 17. CNS photo/Paul Haring
Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 17. CNS photo/Paul Haring
VATICAN CITY -- Hurling insults and being indifferent to other people's lives is the first step along the winding path that leads to killing them, at least figuratively, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Religions that do not pursue peace are a contradiction, Pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Religions, which are meant to build bridges, contradict their very nature if they stop pursuing the path of peace, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, October 15, 2018
Devil destroys overtly or slyly by pretending to be a friend, Pope says
VATICAN CITY  -- The devil is more dangerous when he is polite and friendly, persuading people to be "lukewarm" and worldly, than when he shows his true face and blatantly pushes people to sin, Pope Francis said. More ...
Saturday, October 13, 2018
St. John Paul II still challenges Catholics to be holy, pope says
VATICAN CITY  -- The teachings, life and holiness of St. John Paul II can help guide and protect people on their daily journey toward Christ, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Christians must live the Beatitudes, not just preach them, Pope says
VATICAN CITY -- With songs, poetry and dance -- including hip-hop -- young people shared with Pope Francis and members of the Synod of Bishops some of their life stories, hopes, dreams and, especially, questions. More ...
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Guardian angels are life's traveling companions, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Christians have guardian angels to encourage and guide them so they won't become sluggish on their journey in life, Pope Francis said. More ...
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
God works freely through whomever he wants, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Jesus invites people to stop labeling others as being either "friends" or "enemies" or being "with us" or "against us," Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, October 1, 2018
Catholics, Pentecostals should learn from each other, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said many Catholics share his initial thoughts about the worship of charismatic Christians -- "that more than prayer meetings they seem to be samba schools" -- but he is convinced God wants Catholics and Pentecostals to learn from each other. More ...
Friday, September 28, 2018
God's love in charity exists even in most secularized places, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- During times of freedom or persecution, the Gospel is needed to bring meaning, fullness and hope to life, Pope Francis said. More ...
Thursday, September 27, 2018
As part of message to Catholics in China, Pope offers prayer to Mary
VATICAN CITY -- As part of this message to Catholics in China and worldwide, published Sept. 26, Pope Francis offered the following prayer, inviting everyone to join him in invoking the maternal protection of the Virgin Mary: More ...
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
God looks for disciples among the dregs of society, Pope says

VATICAN CITY – God went looking for and chose so many Christians and saints from the dregs of society, inviting some of the worst sinners to be his disciples, Pope Francis said in a recent homily.

It would be easy to think, he said, that Jesus "doesn't have good judgment in choosing people" given that he chose so many people from "the most despised place" a person could be from at the time.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Be grateful to parents, never insult them, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Honoring mothers and fathers means being grateful for the gift of life and Christians should never insult anyone's parents, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Faith in Christ isn't professed in words but in deeds, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- True followers of Jesus profess their faith not through pre-packaged platitudes but rather through concrete actions of love for their neighbors, Pope Francis said. More ...
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
When devil is unleashed, humility is the only weapon, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – When unjustly insulted and accused, Jesus showed his power and authority not by admonishing others but by being humble and meek, Pope Francis said. More ...
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Love breaks chains of slavery to sin, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Only true love for God and neighbor can destroy the chains of greed, lust, anger and envy that enslave humankind, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, September 12, 2018



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