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There is no Humility without Humiliation -Pope Francis

By Robin Gomes Commenting on the day’s Gospel, Pope Francis exhorts Christians to follow the path of humiliation as indicated by Jesus and John. He also urges pastors not to give in to worldliness, to the “temptation to climb”. Don’t be “afraid of humiliation”. Let us ask the Lord to send us “some” to “make us humble”, so we can ...

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Querida Amazonia: The Pope’s Exhortation for A Church With an Amazonian Face

By Alessandro Gisotti The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Amazon Region has been published. The document traces new paths of evangelization and care for the environment and the poor. Pope Francis hopes for a new missionary thrust, and encourages the role of the laity within the ecclesial community. “The beloved Amazon Region stands before the world in all its splendour, ...

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Pope Francis: the World Needs Catholics Who Go Out, Proclaim Jesus

By Hannah Brockhaus Pope Francis spoke Sunday about the need for Catholics to be active in going out to announce the faith of Jesus Christ to the world. “The world needs Christians who let themselves be moved, who never tire of walking the streets of life, to bring everyone the consoling word of Jesus,” he said Feb. 2 in his ...

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How to Be Hopeful? Stay Close to the Lord, Pope Says on Candlemas

By Hannah Brockhaus There are always things which seem hopeless if seen with the eyes of the world, which is why those in religious life must stay close to the Lord every day, Pope Francis said Saturday. “Here is the secret: never to alienate oneself from the Lord, who is the source of hope,” the pope said Feb. 1 in ...

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Pope Francis: Keep a Bible Close to you for Daily Inspiration

Pope Francis preached Sunday about the life-changing power of God’s word in Scripture, encouraging everyone to keep a Bible close for daily inspiration. “Let us make room in our lives for the word of God. Each day, let us read a verse or two of the Bible. Let us begin with the Gospel: let us keep it open on our ...

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‘Never Again’: Pope Francis Calls for Prayer on Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Courtney Mares Pope Francis has asked for people to spend a moment in prayer and recollection on Monday for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. January 27 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Between 1940 and 1945, the Nazi regime murdered 1.1 million people in Auschwitz, many killed in the gas chambers immediately upon arrival ...

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Pope Francis Prays for Coronavirus Victims in China

By Courtney Mares Pope Francis prayed Sunday for people infected by the coronavirus, which has killed 56 people in China. “May the Lord welcome the deceased in his peace, comfort families and support the great commitment of the Chinese community, already put in place to fight the epidemic,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Jan. 26. Originating in the ...

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Pope Francis: Christians Can Unite in Welcoming Migrants, each other

By Hannah Brockhaus Welcoming other Christians and showing hospitality to strangers, especially migrants, is an opportunity for unity and for sharing Christ’s love, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday. “Hospitality is important; it is also an important ecumenical virtue,” the pope said in the Pope Paul VI hall Jan. 22. “First of all, it means recognizing that other ...

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Pope Francis Condemns Clerics Who Engage in Simony

By Hannah Brockhaus In a homily Tuesday, Pope Francis condemned priests and bishops who use money to advance their careers. To be a priest or bishop, like being a Christian, is a free and undeserved gift of God, not something to be bought, he said Jan. 21 during Mass in the chapel of the Vatican’s Santa Marta guesthouse. “We have ...

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Pope Prays For Philippines, Struck By Deadly Christmas Day Typhoon

By Hannah Brockhaus Pope Francis, Thursday prayed for the people of the Philippines, who were hit on Christmas Day, by a typhoon which has killed more than a dozen people and caused extensive damage. “I join in the pain that hit the dear population of the Philippines because of the typhoon Phanfone,” the Pope said Dec. 26, at the end ...

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