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Church needs prophets, not critics, pope says at morning Mass
Pope Francis prays in front of a Marian statue as he visits St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Rome April 15. CNS photo/Paul Haring
Pope Francis prays in front of a Marian statue as he visits St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Rome April 15. CNS photo/Paul Haring
VATICAN CITY -- The church needs true prophets who not only speak the truth fearlessly, but also empathize with the suffering of their people, Pope Francis said. More ...
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Name given at Baptism gives sense of identity, belonging, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Naming a child is an important task for parents, because it gives children a sense of identity and belonging to their family and to God, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Catholic universities must prepare students for dialogue, pope says
VATICAN CITY  -- Catholic universities are "called to be workshops of dialogue and encounter in the service of truth, justice and the defense of human dignity at every level," Pope Francis told a delegation from Pennsylvania's Villanova University. More ...
Monday, April 16, 2018
Gospel calls Christians to reject economy that exploits, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- The Gospel requires Christians to "denounce personal and social sins committed against God and neighbor in the name of the god money and of power for its own sake," Pope Francis wrote. More ...
Friday, April 13, 2018
Baptism opens door to Holy Spirit's action, pope says
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Parents who prefer not to baptize their children in the hopes that they will "understand and ask for baptism" as adults lack faith that the Holy Spirit will act in their child's life, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
As young people speak to church, they must listen to Jesus, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- The Catholic Church wants to listen to young people and know where they are coming from, but young Catholics must be ready to listen to Jesus and discover where he wants to lead them, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, April 9, 2018
Don't be afraid of shame, open hearts to God's mercy, Pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Feeling ashamed of one's sins does not mean wallowing in guilt, rather it is the gateway all men and women can use to experience firsthand God's tender mercy and forgiveness, Pope Francis said. More ...
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Leave Mass praising God, not gossiping about others, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- The final words at Mass -- "Go in peace" -- are an invitation to Christians to proclaim God's blessings through their lives, not an opportunity to go outside and speak ill of others, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Pope's Easter appeals for peace include special prayers for Syria, Gaza
VATICAN CITY – In his Easter appeal for peace throughout the world, Pope Francis made special mention of the ongoing "carnage" in Syria and the recent violence along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, violence the Pope said had not spared "the defenseless."


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Monday, April 2, 2018
Christ is victorious over all that divides people, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Easter is a feast that calls Christians to gather together, make a commitment to dialogue and to work for the common good, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, April 2, 2018
Hope of Easter breaks routine, renews lives, Pope says during Vigil

VATICAN CITY – Truly celebrating Easter means allowing Jesus to triumph over personal fears and give life to hope, creativity and care for others, Pope Francis said.

Easter is "an invitation to break out of our routines and to renew our lives, our decisions and our existence," the Pope said during the Easter Vigil March 31 in St. Peter's Basilica.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018
Jesus does not give up on anyone, Pope tells prisoners
ROME -- Before washing the feet of 12 prisoners, Pope Francis told them and hundreds of inmates to remember that Jesus constantly stands before them with love, ready to cleanse their sins and forgive them. More ...
Friday, March 30, 2018
Pope: Jesus' Church offers truth, comfort despite efforts to discredit it
ROME  -- Leading a prayer to God for the grace to feel ashamed and repentant for so many sins in the world, Pope Francis highlighted the hope that always comes from Jesus. More ...
Friday, March 30, 2018
Pope: Christians may be sinners, but they can't be corrupt, Mafioso
VATICAN CITY -- Though they may go to church and say they are people of faith, the corrupt and "mafioso" have absolutely nothing Christian about them, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Young and old: Two thrown-away generations can save the world, pope says
ROME -- A new book-length interview with Pope Francis, titled "God is Young," represents a kind of "how-to" guide for creating a "revolution of tenderness" in which young people and the elderly -- both "thrown away" by society -- band together to help change the world. More ...
Friday, March 23, 2018

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