The path toward corruption is a slippery road, pope says

Posted by - March 24, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians who trust in themselves rather than God eventually become unsympathetic to those in need and slide down the slippery path of corruption, Pope Francis said. People who place their trust in their own vanity, pride and riches lose their sense of direction and “distance themselves from God,” the pope said

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass March 20 at the Vatican's Domus Sanctae Marthae. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via EPA)

St. Joseph was a dreamer of quiet strength, pope says at morning Mass

Posted by - March 24, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — St. Joseph, patron saint of the universal church and Jesus’ earthly father, was a “dreamer capable of accepting the task” entrusted to him by God, Pope Francis said. “This man takes God’s promise and brings it forward in silence with strength; he brings it forward so that whatever God wants is

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Good Friday collection supports church in the Holy Land

Posted by - March 24, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Catholics commemorate Jesus’ passion on Good Friday, the Vatican is asking them to support the church in the Holy Land with their prayers, financial contributions and possibly by making a pilgrimage. The global Holy Land Collection is taken up in most dioceses around the world on Good Friday, which is

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Pope Francis kneels before a priest to confess during a Lenten prayer service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 17. (CNS photo/Evandro Inetti, pool)

Make confession more available, God’s heart is always open, pope says

Posted by - March 24, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Hear confession every time someone asks, Pope Francis said, and don’t ever put limited hours on the sacrament of reconciliation. “Please, let there never be those signs that say, ‘Confessions: Mondays and Wednesdays from this time to that time,’” he told hundreds of confessors and other participants attending an annual course

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Pope Francis passes pilgrims holding China's national flag as he arrives for his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

World needs those who can bring God’s hope, consolation, pope says

Posted by - March 24, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christian hope is built on patiently enduring everything life brings and knowing how to see God’s presence and love everywhere, Pope Francis said. God “never tires of loving us” as he “takes care of us, dressing our wounds with the caress of his goodness and his mercy, meaning, he consoles us

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Mouth shut, ears open can make the world a better place, pope says

Posted by - March 16, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People need to listen more if they want there to be peace in the world, Pope Francis said. Open “ears are missing, there’s a lack of people who know how to listen,” which is essential before there can be dialogue, he said during an audience March 11 with volunteers for a

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Pope: Conversion doesn’t happen through magic, but concrete actions

Posted by - March 16, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Conversion doesn’t come from the wave of a magic wand, but from learning to do good through concrete actions every day, Pope Francis said. While even “the saintliest person sins seven times a day,” conversion happens through humility and trying to become “better than the day before,” the pope said March

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Pope Francis greets people March 12 during a visit at the Rome parish of St. Magdalene of Canossa. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

Sin is scary, but God is always ready to forgive, pope says

Posted by - March 16, 2017

ROME (CNS) — Witches don’t really exist, so they can do no harm, Pope Francis told a young girl, but gossip, sin and evil exist and they hurt people every day. “What frightens me?” the pope asked, repeating the question posed by Sara, one of the children at the Rome parish of St. Magdalene of

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