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Pope Francis: God Alone Can Heal the Wounds of Sin

By Hannah Brockhaus People need the mercy of God and the healing of the Holy Spirit to root out the sin in their lives – they cannot do it on their own, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday. “It is useless to think of being able to correct oneself without the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is ...

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Pope: Be Open to the Good, Wherever It Comes From

Pope Francis advised Sunday that we be open to the good, regardless of whether it comes from someone outside our own “circle”. The pope reflected Sept. 30 on the day’s Gospel, in which Christ taught his disciples humility and to avoid scandal. He was delivering the Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square. When the disciples objected to someone outside their ...

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Vatican Signs Deal With China on Bishop Appointments

By Hannah Brockhaus An expected agreement between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China on the appointment of bishops was signed Saturday in Beijing, the Vatican announced. A Sept. 22 Communique said that a meeting was held in which a “Provisional Agreement” was signed concerning “the nomination of Bishops, a question of great importance for the life of ...

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Pope Francis: Christian Life always includes the Cross

By Hannah Brockhaus ’As can be seen throughout history, the life of a Christian cannot escape the sacrifices and sorrows of the cross’’, Pope Francis said at Sunday Mass in Lithuania. “The Christian life always involves experiences of the cross; at times they can seem interminable.” “Earlier generations still bear the scars of the period of the Sovietoccupation: anguish at ...

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Synod on Young People, The Faith And Vocational Discernment Today

Here is the Vatican-provided translation of the Holy Father’s address to the Synod Fathers at the opening of the Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment today, Oct. 3, 2018 Dear Beatitudes, Eminences, Excellencies, Dear Brothers and Sisters, and beloved Young People! Entering this hall to talk about young people, we already feel the strength of their presence ...

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Pope Francis Warns Priests against Living a Double Life

By Hannah Brockhaus During a day trip to Sicily Saturday, Pope Francis told priests and religious to fight their vices and strive to live a consistent witness of morality. “One cannot live a double morality: one for the people of God and another in their own home,” the pope told a group of priests, religious and seminarians in Palermo, Italy, ...

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Do not Avoid the Wounds of the Church, Pope Says in Sicily

By Hannah Brockhaus Palermo, Italy, Sep 15, 2018 / 06:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In Sicily Saturday, Pope Francis said the wounds of the Church and the world are the wounds of Christ, and they must be touched and seen. “To consider the wounds of society and of the Church is not a defamatory and pessimistic action,” the pope said Sept. ...

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