Pope Francis breathes over chrism oil, a gesture symbolizing the infusion of the Holy Spirit, during the Holy Thursday chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 13. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope to priests: Never separate truth, joy, mercy from the Gospel

Posted by - April 23, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Always preach the whole truth of the Gospel with humility and respect and never be afraid to offer that truth just “one sip at a time,” Pope Francis told the world’s priests. The Gospel is truth, “brimming with joy and mercy. We should never attempt to separate these three graces of

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

Love is the engine driving hope on life’s bumpy road, says pope

Posted by - April 15, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The cross, loving service and humble sacrifice are the only way to overcome evil and give hope to the world, Pope Francis said. Those who love their own lives and always hunger for more are the losers, the pope said at his weekly general audience April 12. Rather, those who readily

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Pope Francis listens as a young woman speaks during a private audience in the Vatican's Paul VI hall with patients, their family members and medical staff from the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesu children's hospital in Rome. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Most important and costliest medicine? Love, pope tells patients

Posted by - April 15, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The kind of health care most at risk of being neglected for those who are ill or hospitalized is love, Pope Francis told pediatric patients. A hospital must always carry out certain procedures and functions, but “there is the danger, the risk of forgetting the most important medicine only a family

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Youths from Panama carry the World Youth Day cross after receiving it from representatives from Poland at the conclusion of Palm Sunday Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 9.

Pope gives youths three missions before synod, World Youth Day

Posted by - April 15, 2017

ROME (CNS) — On the eve of Palm Sunday, Pope Francis gave young people several missions: to ask their grandparents what their dreams were; to work to make those dreams reality; and to let their bishops and the pope himself know what they need from the church. Officially launching the youths’ preparation for the 2018

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Pope: Scientists must defend creation from distorted use of biotech

Posted by - April 15, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Scientists working in the field of biotechnology are called to use science to protect creation and to prevent methods that seek to control it, Pope Francis said. The responsible use of the “enormous and growing” power of science is a “fundamental cornerstone” of humankind’s actions in promoting the development of plant,

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Pope Francis begins the celebration of Palm Sunday Mass at the obelisk in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 9. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Love Jesus in all who suffer, pope says on Palm Sunday

Posted by - April 15, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Jesus does not ask that people only contemplate his image, but that they also recognize and love him concretely in all people who suffer like he did, Pope Francis said. Jesus is “present in our many brothers and sisters who today endure sufferings like his own — they suffer from slave

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An image from the Stations of the Cross at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington shows the 14th Station, "Jesus is laid in the tomb." (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

An empty tomb and a bodily resurrection: why it matters

Posted by - April 15, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholics and other Christians have grown up believing in the Resurrection, but the Apostles themselves were among the first who were skeptical that Jesus arose from the dead. They didn’t believe it at first when they were told by the women who had come to anoint the crucified Jesus’ body but instead

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