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Tuesday, December 06, 2016
'Fear of God' isn't fright, it's being humble, childlike, pope says
God reveals his mysteries, not to the wise and learned, but to those who are childlike, that is, to people who are humble and fear the Lord, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.
Pope indicates he will travel to Ireland in 2018
After meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said the pope confirmed he will visit Ireland in 2018 and that trip organizers would look at the possibility of a stop in Northern Ireland.
As Vatican Christmas tree goes up, pope's Christmas schedule released
As a towering spruce tree was erected in St. Peter's Square, the Vatican released Pope Francis' liturgy schedule for Advent, Christmas and the month of January.
Pope asks scientists to find solutions, declare rules to save planet
Humanity does not own God's gift of creation and has no right to pillage it, Pope Francis said.
Pope welcomes Vietnamese president to Vatican
As the Vatican and Vietnam continue discussions aimed at establishing full diplomatic relations, Pope Francis welcomed President Tran Dai Quang to the Vatican Nov. 23.
Doubts about faith should spur deeper study, prayer, pope says
Everyone experiences doubts about the faith at times -- "I have" many times, Pope Francis said -- but such doubts can be "a sign that we want to know God better and more deeply."
Year of Mercy affirmed dignity, sacredness of human life, pope says
Visiting young women rescued from forced prostitution and meeting with a mother inconsolable over the loss of one of her newborn triplets are images from the Year of Mercy that Pope Francis said remain impressed on his heart.
Pope extends special Year of Mercy provisions on confession
Acknowledging and sharing God's mercy is a permanent part of the Christian life, so initiatives undertaken during the special Year of Mercy must continue, Pope Francis said.
Proclaim Christ the king of mercy, pope says at end of Holy Year
Following Christ the King, whose regal power is love and mercy, means the whole church and each Christian must "follow his way of tangible love," Pope Francis said.
Pope, Iraqi-born catholicos pray for an end to unjustifiable violence
Nothing can justify or permit the continued onslaught in the Middle East, Pope Francis said.
Protecting planet is ethical, moral obligation, pope says
The vulnerability of the poor and of future generations to the impact of climate change creates a "serious ethical and moral responsibility to act without delay and as free as possible from political and economic pressure" to slow climate change and protect the environment, Pope Francis said.
Time of mercy: Holy doors close, but mission of mercy continues
The Year of Mercy brought more than 20 million pilgrims to Rome, but for Pope Francis, the idea always was that the celebration of God's mercy would be local: have people experience God's love in their parishes and send them out into the world to commit random acts of mercy.
No one is excluded from God's mercy, pope says
Christians are called to love and serve all people, no matter their social standing, race, culture or religion, Pope Francis said. "Whoever I find at my job (or) in my neighborhood is a person to love as God loves," he said. "This is inclusion."
Mercy Fridays give pope a year of stories, tears, hugs
Tears, prayers, caresses -- but most of all, listening -- were the hallmarks of Pope Francis' "Mercy Friday" visits during the Year of Mercy. As the jubilee began last December, Pope Francis said he would ditch the media one Friday afternoon each month and personally try to give life to the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Pope prioritizes need for an economy that includes poor, archbishop says
Pope Francis' oft-repeated concerns for the world's poorest people serve as regular reminders that economic practices must not solely focus on profit and efficiency at the expense of human dignity, said a retired Vatican diplomat.
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