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Lord's Prayer is reaching out for father's loving embrace, Pope says
A woman touches Pope Francis' face during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Jan. 16. CNS photo/Paul Haring
A woman touches Pope Francis' face during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Jan. 16. CNS photo/Paul Haring
VATICAN CITY – To pray well, people need to have the heart of a child – a child who feels safe and loved in a father's tender embrace, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Faith is passed on at home, Pope tells parents at Baptism
VATICAN CITY – Faith isn't something learned just by studying the catechism but rather is a gift passed on to children by the example of their parents, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, January 14, 2019
Pope offers practical tips for keeping track of one's love of neighbor
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis offered a checklist for Catholics to keep track of how they measure up to the biblical admonition: "If anyone says, 'I love God,' but hates his brother, he is a liar." More ...
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Prayer has the power to change lives, hearts, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – God is a father who never ignores his children when they call to him in times of suffering, loneliness and despair, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Life is a gift not meant to be possessed, manipulated, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – Generously caring for the sick and the marginalized is the best way to combat a culture of waste and indifference that seeks to control and manipulate life, Pope Francis said. More ...
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
'Nationalistic tendencies' threaten world peace, Pope tells diplomats
VATICAN CITY – As it did prior to the Second World War, the rise of nationalism in the world poses a threat to peace and constructive dialogue among nations, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, January 7, 2019
Seek Jesus, adore him, serve him and others, Pope says on Epiphany
VATICAN CITY – People find Jesus only through humble love, and once they find him, they are called to offer him the gifts of their prayer, their adoration and their care of others, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, January 7, 2019
Prayer involves recognizing self as God's beloved child, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – Christians are not better than other people, but they do know that God is their father and they are called "to reflect a ray of his goodness in this world thirsting for goodness, waiting for good news," Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Pope prays for new year marked by tenderness, brotherhood, peace
VATICAN CITY – A new year is a chance for a new start, a time to remember that all people are brothers and sisters and a time to nurture amazement that God became human to save all people, Pope Francis said.  

The Jan. 1 feast of Mary, Mother of God, also is a time to remember how strong maternal love and care are, and how they are the secret to making life more livable, the Pope said during his homily at a feast day Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Defuse family fights by remembering the good in the other, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – Families are "a treasure," Pope Francis said. "They must be safeguarded always, defended." More ...
Monday, December 31, 2018
Pope Francis' World Day of Peace message: Good politics is at the service of peace

In sending his disciples forth on mission, Jesus told them: “Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you” (Lk 10:5-6).

Bringing peace is central to the mission of Christ’s disciples. That peace is offered to all those men and women who long for peace amid the tragedies and violence that mark human history.
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Friday, December 28, 2018
First martyr offers lessons in faith, forgiveness, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – While "it may seem strange" to celebrate the feast of the first Christian martyr on the day after Christmas, Pope Francis said it serves as a reminder that Jesus came to offer his life for the salvation of all. More ...
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
In Christmas message, Pope prays for peace, brotherhood

VATICAN CITY – Delivering his formal Christmas message and blessing, Pope Francis prayed for a world where all people would recognize that they are brothers and sisters and would work for justice and for peace.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Pope at Christmas: Come to the manger with love, charity, simplicity
VATICAN CITY – Jesus' Birth in a stable, God's coming to earth in extreme simplicity, teaches Christians that love is more valuable than anything else and is what will change the world, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, December 24, 2018
Being holy is what brings joy, Pope says

VATICAN CITY – This Christmas, will people go to adore and be amazed by Jesus, or will they let themselves be detoured by distractions? Pope Francis asked.

In fact, one sign of holiness is being able to "be astonished, to feel wonder before God's gifts, his 'surprises.'

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Friday, December 21, 2018



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