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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Take a risk by following Jesus, pope says at Mass
Following Jesus and entering into a relationship with him comes with risks, including the risk of looking foolish sometimes, Pope Francis said.
Upcoming synod needs young people's voices, pope says
Pope Francis asked young people to tell him, their bishops and pastors about their hopes and struggles and even their criticisms.
Success, well-being at any cost will deceive, disappoint, pope says
Watch out for the tempting promises and easy rewards of false gods and idols because they always lead to confusion, disappointment and even death, Pope Francis said.
Pope to diplomats: Break bad habits of war, injustice
At the start of a new year, Pope Francis laid out a laundry list of suggested resolutions for religious and political leaders for making a joint commitment toward building peace.
Guard the faith, make it grow, pope tells parents at baptism
Parents are charged with guarding the faith given to their children at baptism and helping them become true witnesses by example rather than just rules, Pope Francis said.
Hope, not optimism, is needed to rebuild, pope tells quake survivors
Along the difficult path of rebuilding their lives, survivors of the earthquake that devastated central Italy must also rebuild their hearts with a strong foundation built on hope, Pope Francis said.
When a mother loses a child, reach out with tears, not words, pope says
In the depths of despair, when no words or gestures will help, then cry with those who suffer, because tears are the seeds of hope, Pope Francis said.
Starting 2017, pope highlights role of Mary
Pope Francis said on Jan. 1 that Mary is a reminder that Catholics belong to a family.
New Year calls for courage, hope; no more hatred, selfishness, pope says
Whether the new year will be good or not depends on us choosing to do good each day, Pope Francis said.
Pope asks people to offer love, tears, prayers for persecuted Christians
Despite increased persecution and attacks against Christians, the faithful must strengthen their courage and joyful desire to follow Christ no matter the cost, Pope Francis said.
World scarred by war, greed must welcome prince of peace, pope says
The song of the angels that heralded the birth of Christ urges men and women to seek peace in a world divided by war, terrorism and greed, Pope Francis said.
Real gift this Christmas? God giving world his son, Jesus, pope says
While exchanging gifts for Christmas is a beautiful tradition, Pope Francis said, do not forget the one and only real gift people will ever receive is God's gift to humanity -- his son, Jesus Christ.
Homeless, prisoners among pope's birthday well-wishers
People from around the world, especially the poor and the homeless, had a chance to send their good wishes for Pope Francis' 80th birthday.
Talk, listen to grandparents; reap their wisdom, pope tells kids
Pope Francis gave a group of children some homework to do over the holidays -- to listen to their grandparents, ask them questions and tell them about their own dreams.
Pope: Take a break from busy holidays to prepare for real Christmas
Make time to get ready for what Christmas really is about -- the child born in Bethlehem signaling that "God is with us," Pope Francis said.
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