Pope Francis greets a crying baby during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 12. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Love breaks chains of slavery to sin, pope says

Posted by - September 16, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Only true love for God and neighbor can destroy the chains of greed, lust, anger and envy that enslave humankind, Pope Francis said. “True love is true freedom: It detaches from possession, rebuilds relationships, it knows how to welcome and value the neighbor, it transforms every struggle into a joyous gift

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Build church unity, shun clericalism, pope tells new bishops

Posted by - September 16, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church needs bishops who promote unity, “not soloists singing their own tune or captains fighting personal battles,” Pope Francis told new bishops from the church’s mission territories. “And, dear brothers, flee from clericalism, an anomalous way of understanding the church’s authority, one common in many communities where sexual abuse

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Pope Francis speaks during a Sept. 8 meeting with a group of Benedictine sisters at the Vatican. Forming a community of women from different backgrounds and uniting them in prayer, in care for the earth and in hospitality to others is a powerful witness of Gospel values, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Pope praises evangelization through prayer, care for creation, welcome

Posted by - September 16, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Forming a community of women from different backgrounds and uniting them in prayer, in care for the earth and in hospitality to others is a powerful witness of Gospel values, Pope Francis told a group of Benedictine sisters. “Today there are many people in the world who seek to reflect in

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A girl holds a drawing with an image of Pope Francis as the pope greets people during an audience with members and guests of the Italian Parents' Association in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Sept. 7. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Pope advises teachers that they need parents’ trust, appreciation

Posted by - September 16, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Without respectfully collaborating with teachers and schools, parents will risk being on their own when it comes to educating their children and be at a greater disadvantage for facing the challenges emerging from today’s culture, mass media and technology, Pope Francis said. Speaking to hundreds of parents, the pope told them

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Salvation demands accusing oneself, not others, pope says

Posted by - September 16, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christian conversion does not entail accusing others, but is shamefully recognizing and sincerely repenting one’s own sins, Pope Francis said. “A sign that a person, that a Christian does not know how to blame oneself is when they are used to accusing others, to badmouth others, to stick their noses in

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A Greek Orthodox priest stands at the spot where a man overwhelmed by debt committed suicide in 2012 at central Syntagma square in Athens. People, especially the young, need to live with passion to persevere and not see life as a burden, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Yorgos Karahalis, Reuters)

Life is not a burden; it should be lived with passion, pope says

Posted by - September 8, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People, especially the young, need to live with passion — the passion to persevere and not see life as a burden, Pope Francis said. “When I read news about young people committing suicide — and there are many,” the pope said he asks himself, “What happened here?” “I can say at

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Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 5. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Facing facts, coming to terms with one’s past bring peace, pope says

Posted by - September 8, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People need to make peace with their lives and anything they are running from, rather than lose themselves to escapism and playful distraction, Pope Francis said. There is an “industry of distraction” in full force today, which paints the ideal world as being “a big playground where everybody has fun” and

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Pat Boerschinger, who is legally blind, helps carry a statue of the Blessed Mother across the Claude Allouez Bridge in De Pere, Wis., in early May during the sixth annual Walk to Mary. Since the walking pilgrimage began in 2013, Boerschinger has walked the entire 21 miles from St. Norbert College in De Pere to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass)

Despite blindness, Wisconsin woman continues to love life, give thanks

Posted by - September 8, 2018

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) — For the past 40 years, Pat Boerschinger has been legally blind. And while she cannot see, her faith in God and devotion to Mary guide her every step. Boerschinger was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare, inherited degenerative eye disease, in 1978. “It was devastating,” she said. “When I first

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South African snorkelers count and log the details of the plastic and other waste retrieved from the sea bed of the Indian Ocean off Millers Point on July 29 in Cape Town. The ecumenical World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation is Sept. 1. Supported by both Pope Francis and Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the 2018 celebration is focused on the importance of water. (CNS photo/Nic Bothma, EPA)

Pope: Pray, act to protect clean water, guarantee access to it

Posted by - September 8, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Water is a gift of God that makes life possible and yet millions of people do not have access to safe drinking water, and rivers, seas and oceans continue to be polluted, Pope Francis said. “Care for water sources and water basins is an urgent imperative,” the pope said in a

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