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Sunday, February 19, 2017
Counteract vitriol by toning it down, talking less, listening more, pope says
Addressing the fear of immigrants, dissatisfaction with a "fluid economy" and the impatience and vitriol seen in politics and society, Pope Francis told Rome university students to practice a kind of "intellectual charity" that promotes dialogue and sees value in diversity.
Lack of prayer turns God's word into philosophical idea, pope says
Without spiritual courage and a love for Jesus, the word of God will be proclaimed as just "a good, philosophical or moral idea," Pope Francis said.
Church needs religious orders' courage, witness, pope tells superiors
Catholic religious orders must have the courage to start new forms of outreach, knowing that the only people who "never make mistakes are those who never do anything," Pope Francis said.
Money, pride make people ignore God's word, neglect others, pope says
Without making room for God's word in their heart, people will never be able to welcome and love all human life, Pope Francis said.
Keep searching for unity, pope tells German Lutherans, Catholics
Christ's call for his disciples to be one requires that even as they try to resolve their differences on doctrinal and moral questions, they must get used to working and praying together, Pope Francis said.
Reject prejudice, leave space for hope in communications, pope says
At a time when the media seem to feed a "vicious cycle of anxiety" and a "spiral of fear," Christians should respond with honest stories that identify problems and evil, but also inspire real solutions, Pope Francis said.
Pope: Conversion means changing your way of thinking, not just living
True conversion means Christians must not only change their way of living, but also transform their way of thinking in order to respond to Christ's call to proclaim the Gospel, Pope Francis said.
Christian living requires constant battle with devil, pope says
Moving closer to Christ means facing daily struggles against temptation and battling against evil, Pope Francis said.
Pope baptizes babies born in Italian earthquake zone
In a gesture of closeness to those who lost loved ones and homes following several devastating earthquakes, Pope Francis baptized 13 babies from central Italy.
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.
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