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Pope writes to world's families asking for prayers for upcoming Synod

With the upcoming Synod on the Family drawing nearer, Pope Francis asked families to get involved. He said this time was dedicated to them, and to analyze their role in the mission of the Church. The Synod will officially be titled, "Pastoral challenges to the family [...]
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Pope Francis: No to divisions between Christians

Video. Following the celebration of Mass on Sunday morning with the 19 new Cardinals, Pope Francis greeted the crowds in St. Peter’s Square gathered for the Angelus prayer. In his address to them he urged them to work for Christian unity avoiding all divisions, because he [...]
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Pope's General Audience: Don't be afraid of Confession

In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis talked about the Sacrament of Confession. With about 20,000 people in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope encouraged Catholics to embrace the Sacrament. While some may be tempted to dismiss it, because of laziness, embarrassment or a lost sense [...]
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Pope's Angelus: Words can also kill...

It was a busy Sunday morning in St. Peter's Square. About 50,000 people came out to hear the Pope's Angelus. Reflecting on the day's Gospel, he talked about the negative effects of gossip. "Words can also kill. When we hear that someone has a poisonous [...]
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List of tips to make a marriage work

Video. Rome Reports. Pope Francis meets with thousands of engaged couples on Valentine's Day, February, 14. He gave them all some advice on what it takes to make a marriage work. First, using some symbolism, he said couples must be willing to become jewelers. "Marriage [...]
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Pope Francis: Do you want to live your life like a burning lamp, or an extinguished one?

It was bright and sunny on Sunday afternoon, as the Pope led the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square. It was a nice surprise for the thousands of people who came out to see the Pope. Reflecting on the day's Gospel, he talked about what [...]
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Pope's Audience: Three practical ways in which the Eucharist can improve daily life

In Wednesday's general audience, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Sacraments, focusing specifically on the Eucharist. He outlined three points where the Eucharist plays a central role in Christian life. First, he explained, it affects the way people relate to one another. Secondly, through [...]
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Pope's General Audience: The Eucharist is a mystery and it's the heart of our Church

In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the Sacrament of the Eucharist. He described it as the source of the Church's life that makes itself present throughout one's pilgrimage of 'faith, fellowship and witness.' The Pope then added that the Eucharist is not [...]
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Pope's Angelus: A Church without nuns is unthinkable!

"You're getting wet out there in Square! You're all very brave.” The rain came down hard during Sunday's Angelus. The Pope of course took notice of all the thousands of people hanging on tight to their umbrellas. Reflecting on the World Day for Consecrated Life, [...]
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Pope's Audience: Confirmation helps us 'defend the faith'

In this week's general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of the Sacrament of Confirmation. It's precisely through the Sacraments, he explained, that the seven spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit are received, including wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear [...]
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