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 Pope: Lent is an opportunity to draw near to Christ
Pope: Lent is an opportunity to draw near to Christ

In his Angelus address with pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on the day's Gospel about the meeting of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well. "Perhaps we have not yet encountered Jesus personally. Perhaps we have not recognised Him as our Saviour." Because of the great respect Jesus shows the woman - and despite her being a Samaritan,

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Pope Francis:  'Consult the Bible as often as your cellphone'
Pope Francis: 'Consult the Bible as often as your cellphone'

Pope Francis has called on Christians to consult the Bible as often as they might check their mobile phone for messages. Speaking to the crowds gathered in St Peter's Square following his weekly Angelus blessing on Sunday, the Pope urged those present to give the Bible the same place in daily life as cellphones and asked: "What would happen if we turned back when we forget it, if we opened it more times a day, if we read the message of God contained in the Bible the way we read

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Pope Francis: God is our refuge, source of serenity and peace
Pope Francis: God is our refuge, source of serenity and peace

During his Angelus address on Sunday to pilgrims and tourists gathered in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis focussed on the Gospel reading of the day in which Jesus calls us not to worry about tomorrow, recalling that above all there is a loving Father who never forgets his children. Drawing from this passage the Pope reminded those present to trust in God who takes care of all living beings of creation. Trusting in him, explained the Holy Father, "will not magically solve our problems, but it lets us face

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Pope: Christ's law of love overcomes law of retaliation
Pope: Christ's law of love overcomes law of retaliation

Sunday's Gospel is one of the Biblical passages that best expresses the Christian "revolution," Pope Francis told pilgrims gathered for the Angelus in St Peter's Square today. In the reading from Matthew's Gospel, describing part of the Sermon on the Mount, he said: "Christ shows the path of true justice, through the law of love that overcomes that of retaliation, that is, 'an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth'." Jesus does not ask His disciples simply to bear evils patiently, but to return good for evil: "Only in this way can the chains of evil be broken, and things can truly change."

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 Pope: humility and trust in God are essential Christian virtues
Pope: humility and trust in God are essential Christian virtues

Pope Francis reflected on the day's Gospel reading of the Beatitudes, recounted in the Sermon on the Mount in his Angelus address to pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square The Gospel of Matthew, Francis said, is the keystone of the New Testament. It tells of how Jesus manifested God's will to show man the path to happiness. He said this message was already contained in the words of the prophets who highlighted God's liberating closeness to the poor and the oppressed. But Jesus, points to a different path which exhorts us all to trust in God,

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Pope: All areas of human life are ground in which to sow seed of the Gospel
Pope: All areas of human life are ground in which to sow seed of the Gospel

During the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis focused on the early days of Jesus ministry, in Galilee. This region, the Holy Father noted, was a kind of crossroads between the Mediterranean and Mesopotamian lands. Because of the presence of large numbers of pagans, for the Jews Galilee was seen as a geographical periphery. Little was expected from Galilee in terms of the story of salvation - but it was precisely here that the light of the Gospel began to be diffused throughout the world, not only to the Jews, but also to the Gentiles. Here, following St John the Baptist, Jesus preached the coming of the

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Pope calls for special care for migrant children
Pope calls for special care for migrant children

Pope Francis appealed for better treatment of child refugees and migrants during his Angelus address on Sunday. Speaking to pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father renewed his call for prayerful and concrete solidarity with minors forced to flee their homelands - especially for the children and adolescents forced to flee on their own, without the company of parents or older relatives. "It is necessary to take every possible measure to ensure protection and defence for migrant children," Pope Francis said, "as well as their integration," into host societies.

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Vatican: Bambinelli Blessing, prayers for victims of war and terror attacks
Vatican: Bambinelli Blessing, prayers for victims of war and terror attacks

Pope Francis welcomed the children of Rome for the traditional 'Bambinelli Blessing' in St Peter's Square on Sunday On this day, the Third Sunday of Advent, Roman boys and girls bring the Baby Jesus from their Nativity sets to Saint Peter's Square to be blessed by the Pope. Thousands of children, clutching their Bambinellis listened as the Holy Father thanked them for coming, and wished them a happy Christmas. He asked them to remember to pray for him when they said their prayers before their Christmas cribs, and assured them that he prayed for them, too.

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Pope Francis: God awaits our 'yes'
Pope Francis: God awaits our 'yes'

Pope Francis encouraged Christians to give their "Yes" to God, which allows the Lord to create for us a "new story," as opposed to sin, which makes us "old inside." The Holy Father was speaking to pilgrims in St Peter's Square before the Angelus on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The day's readings were the account of the Fall of Adam and Eve [Gn 3:9-15, 20], and the Annunciation [Lk 1:26-38]. "The readings of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary are two crucial passages in the history of the relationship between man and God.

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Pope: God does not take away our freedom, but gives us true happiness
Pope: God does not take away our freedom, but gives us true happiness

"The Kingdom of God is at hand and is indeed in the middle of us - this is the central message of all Christian mission," Pope Francis told the crowds in St Peter's Square during his Angelus address for the Second Sunday of Advent. In the day's Gospel reading, John the Baptist issues the invitation to "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand". The Holy Father explained that with these same words Jesus will start his mission in Galilee and it is an announcement that will "bring the disciples on their first missionary experience."

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Pope Francis: Advent calls us to enlarge our horizons
Pope Francis: Advent calls us to enlarge our horizons

Pope Francis marked the beginning of the new liturgical year during the Angelus on the First Sunday of Advent. On this day, the Pope said, the Gospel introduces us to one of the most "evocative" themes of the Advent season: the visit of the Lord to humanity. Pope Francis pointed out three visits of the Lord: the first, in the past, with the Incarnation, and Birth of Jesus at Christmas; the second, in the present, as Jesus visits us continually, every day; and the final visit, in the future, when Jesus "will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead." Advent encourages us to reflect on the contrast between

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Pope Francis: God will never abandon us
Pope Francis: God will never abandon us

Our only certainty is that our life is in the hands of the Lord, and that God will never abandon us, Pope Francis saidin his address to pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus on Sunday. Even the most sacred human constructions are "transitory" he said, warning them not to place their faith in them or in "false messiahs" who speculate on people's needs. Nothing can be lost if we place our lives in the hands of the Lord, Pope Francis said, as he reflected on the Gospel reading of the day which tells of the destruction of the Temple and the signs of the end of times.

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Pope calls for better prison conditions, more humane criminal justice system
Pope calls for better prison conditions, more humane criminal justice system

After the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis appealed for the improvement of living conditions in prisons all over the world, in order to fully respect the "human dignity of detainees." He also said there was a need for a criminal justice system that is not only punitive, but is open to hope and the prospect of reintegrating offenders into society. "In a special way, I submit for the consideration of the competent civilian authorities in all countries the opportunity to make, in this Holy Year of Mercy, an act of clemency towards those prisoners who will be considered eligible to benefit from this

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Pope appeals for people trapped in Mosul
Pope appeals for people trapped in Mosul

Pope Francis made an appeal for the safety of citizens trapped inside the embattled Iraqi city of Mosul today. Speaking to the crowds gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus, Pope Francis said: "In these dramatic hours, I am close to the entire population of Iraq, especially that of the city of Mosul." He continued: "Our hearts are shocked by the heinous acts of violence that for too long have been perpetrated against innocent citizens: whether they be Muslims, whether they be Christians, or people belonging to other ethnic groups and religions."

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Pope greets the world's deaf community
Pope greets the world's deaf community

At the Angelus on Sunday, September 25, 2016, Pope Francis offered prayers and a greeting to the deaf community worldwide. "I want to salute all deaf persons - some of whom are here [at the Angelus] - and encourage them to give their part for a Church and for a society that are both ever more ready and willing to welcome everyone," he said.

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Pope reflects on need for humility and generosity
Pope reflects on need for humility and generosity

Thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square on Sunday to pray the Angelus with Pope Francis. Before the prayers, the Holy Father reflected on the Gospel reading of the day, from the Gospel of St Luke, in which Jesus dines as the guest of a leading Pharisee, and teaches a hard truth about pride and the Kingdom of God and issues a challenge to all present to focus their thoughts and order their actions to the promise of the Resurrection. As often happens, Jesus taught the Gospel lesson through parables,

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Pope offers prayers for victims of terror attack in Turkey
Pope offers prayers for victims of terror attack in Turkey

Pope Francis offered prayers today for the victims of Saturday's bombing in southern Turkey. At least 50 people were killed and dozens wounded when a suspected suicide bomber detonated his explosives among people at a wedding party in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep. Women and children were among those killed. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said it was likely that so-called Islamic State militants carried out the late-night attack.

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Pope Francis: life is not a video game
Pope Francis: life is not a video game

"Life is not a video game or a soap opera; our life is serious and the goal to achieve is important: eternal salvation," Pope Francis told pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus on Sunday. Reflecting on the day's Gospel reading in which a man asks Jesus how many people will be saved, the Pope said. "It doesn't matter how many.. but it is important that everyone knows which is the path that leads to salvation... The door to salvation lies in Jesus," he said, "and we can cross the threshold of God's mercy through love, and by

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 Pope: Church doesn't need bureaucrats but passionate missionaries
Pope: Church doesn't need bureaucrats but passionate missionaries

The Church doesn't need bureaucrats, she needs impassioned missionaries with fire in their hearts, Pope Francis told pilgrims in St Peter's Square during the Angelus on Sunday. He warned that without this fire, the Church risked becoming a cold or merely lukewarm Church, made up of cold and lukewarm Christians, and urged his listeners to reflect on their own attitudes. Quoting from Jesus' words where he said: "I have come to bring fire to the earth and how I wish it were blazing already!"

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Pope Francis renews appeal for peace in Syria
Pope Francis renews appeal for peace in Syria

Pope Francis renewed his condemnation of violence again called for peace in Syria today during his address to pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square after the Angelus, He said: "Dear brothers and sisters - sadly, news continues to reach us from Syria, of civilian victims of the war there, in particular from the city of Aleppo." The Holy Father went on to say, "It is unacceptable that so many defenseless persons - among them many small children - must pay the price for conflict - for the closure of the hearts and the want of a will for peace

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Pope Francis reflects on true hospitality
Pope Francis reflects on true hospitality

Pope Francis reflected on the importance of hospitality during his Angelus address to pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday. Receiving a guest into our home doesn't require so much, he said, but one thing is necessary, to listen to guests, so that they feel truly among family. Commenting on the day's Gospel which recounts the story of Mary and Martha receiving Jesus in their home, the Holy Father said: "In busying herself and doing things, Martha runs the risk of forgetting the presence of her guest, who in this case is Jesus."

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Pope Francis: If our faith is fruitful, it produces good works
Pope Francis: If our faith is fruitful, it produces good works

At the Angelus on Sunday, with pilgrims in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis reflected on the parable of the Good Samaritan. This parable, the Pope said, "indicates a style of life, in which the centre of gravity is not ourselves, but others." Like the doctor of the law in the day's Gospel, we might ask ourselves, "Who is my neighbour? Is it my friends, my parents, my fellow countrymen, my co-religionists?" Jesus does not answer the question directly, but instead tells of the Good Samaritan, a man who did not observe the true religion,

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Pope Francis: Welcome the Lord's invitation to follow Him
Pope Francis: Welcome the Lord's invitation to follow Him

In his Angelus address to thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square yesterday, Pope Francis said: "I wonder how many of you hear the invitation - how many of you, young people, who now are present in the square today, hear and heed the Lord's call to follow him?" Reflecting on the day's reading from the Gospel of Luke, Pope Francis reflected on how how we are meant to contribute to the Church's mission. He said: "Be not afraid! Be brave and bring to others this torch of apostolic zeal that has been left by so many exemplary disciples."

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International Children's Day 1: Pope asks for prayers for young Syrians
International Children's Day 1: Pope asks for prayers for young Syrians

Pope Francis urged the faithful to join in prayer on this coming Wednesday, June 1st, International Children's Day, with a special thought for the children in Syria. Speaking after the Angelus Prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday, the Holy Father said the day will be particularly significant for Christian communities in Syria. Catholic and Orthodox parishes and communities across the war-torn country will be holding special services for children with prayers for peace.

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Pope Francis: Where there is love there is hope
Pope Francis: Where there is love there is hope

During his Angelus address this morning Pope Francis told pilgrims in St Peter's Square that the feast of the Holy Trinity invites us all "to engage in the daily events to be the leaven of communion, of consolation and of mercy." Reflecting on the Gospel of St John, the Pope said that Jesus knew how to be close to the realization of the Father's plan, which will be fulfilled by his death and resurrection; "for this, Pope Francis continued, he wants to ensure his followers that he will not abandon them because his mission will be prolonged by the Holy Spirit."

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Angelus: Let us bring to all a ray of light from the Risen Jesus
Angelus: Let us bring to all a ray of light from the Risen Jesus

The Gospel of today tells of the third apparition of the Risen Jesus to the disciples, at the shore of the Sea of Galilee, with the recounting of the miraculous catch (cf John 21:1-19). The story is placed in the framework of the daily life of the disciples, when they have returned to their lands and their work as fishermen, after the distressing days of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Lord.

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Pope: We need courage to drop stones we aim at others and think about the wrong we do
Pope: We need courage to drop stones we aim at others and think about the wrong we do

During his address to pilgrims in St Peter's Square after the Angelus today the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Pope Francis drew inspiration from the day's Gospel reading, which he said is so beautiful he reads it again and again. The story of the woman caught committing adultery, highlights the theme of the mercy of God, who never wants the death of the sinner but wants them to convert and live, the Holy Father said. Pope Francis asked everyone to imagine they were witnessing the scene of Jesus, the woman and the crowd who

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Pope Francis: Nuns killed in Yemen are modern-day martyrs
Pope Francis: Nuns killed in Yemen are modern-day martyrs

The four Missionary of Charity sisters killed together with 12 staff at a care home in Yemen on Friday are modern-day martyrs, Pope Francis said at the end of the Angelus with pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday. The Holy Father said the nuns "gave their blood for the Church"' and that they were not only victims of the attackers but also of "this indifference of globalization." Pope Francis also praised an ecumenical project to fly refugees to Europe as "a concrete sign of commitment for peace and life."

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Pope Francis: Christians are called to work to abolish death penalty
Pope Francis: Christians are called to work to abolish death penalty

"All Christians and people of good will are called to work not only for the abolition of the death penalty," but also to improve conditions in prisons, out of respect for the human dignity of prisoners, Pope Francis told pilgrims in St Peter's Square after the Angelus on Sunday. In particular, the Holy Father appealed "to the consciences of government leaders" that they might join the "international consensus for the abolition of the death penalty" - and spoke directly to Catholic leaders, asking them, as a "courageous and exemplary act," to not

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Pope Francis: Poor are at centre of the Gospel
Pope Francis: Poor are at centre of the Gospel

.... today, in our parish communities, in the associations, in the movements, are we faithful to the program of Christ? Is the evangelization of the poor, bringing to them the good news, the priority? Be attentive: this isn't about giving social assistance, much less about political activity. It has to do with the strength of the Gospel of God, Who converts hearts, heals the wounded, transforms human and social relationships according to the logic of love. The poor, in fact, are at the heart of centre of the Gospel.

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Pope encourages migrants and refugees not to lose hope
Pope encourages migrants and refugees not to lose hope

Thousands of migrants and refugees came to St Peter's Square on Sunday, the World Day for Migrants and Refugees, joining pilgrims for the Angelus with Pope Francis. Many also passed through the Holy Door and attended Mass in St Peter's Basilica. In his address, Pope Francis said: "Dear migrants and refugees, each of you carries a story, a culture, precious values; and unfortunately often experiences of poverty, oppression and fear. Your presence in this square is a sign of hope in God."

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Pope Francis: Let the Gospel be more incarnate in our own lives
Pope Francis: Let the Gospel be more incarnate in our own lives

Thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square for the first Angelus of the year with Pope Francis today. Reflecting on the day's Gospel, the Holy Father noted the dramatic contrast between God's gift of love in the Incarnation, and man's failure to receive Him. The solemn opening of John's Gospel, which was already proclaimed on Christmas day and which is read again on this Sunday, "is the invitation of Holy Mother Church to welcome this Word of salvation, this mystery of light," the Pope said.

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Pope prays for peace in Central America, flood victims in India
Pope prays for peace in Central America, flood victims in India

Pope Francis renewed his appeal for peace in Syria, calling on the international community to realize in concrete action and genuine fact the endorsement of a UN-sponsored roadmap toward peace in the war-torn nation. Addressing pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis said: "It is important to me that we turn our thoughts once again today to our beloved Syria, to express deep appreciation for the agreement just reached by the international community... I encourage everyone to continue, with a

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Pope urges world to follow up on climate change deal
Pope urges world to follow up on climate change deal

Pope Francis has urged the international community to urgently follow up on the path set by the climate deal reached in Paris. Addressing pilgrims in St Peter's Square after the Angelus on Sunday, the Pope spoke about the Climate Change Conference (COP21) which concluded on Saturday in Paris with the signing of an agreement which, he said "many described as historic." The Paris pact aims to curb global warming to around 1.5 Centigrade by the end of the century;

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Pope Francis: Conversion is not just for atheists
Pope Francis: Conversion is not just for atheists

Conversion is not just for atheists, it is also for those who already consider themselves Christians, Pope Francis said. in his address before the Angelus with pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday. Reflecting on the day's readings, in which John the Baptist, preaches 'a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins', Pope Francis said: "No one can say: I'm fine. Not true, it would be presumptuous, because "we must always be converted."

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Pope prays for Paris climate conference
Pope prays for Paris climate conference

Pope Francis prayed for the success of the Paris Climate Change conference during his address after the Angelus on Sunday. The Holy Father said that as he follows the work of the conference closely, he remembers the question he asked in his recent encyclical Laudato Si': "What kind of world do we want to pass on to those who come after us, to the children who are growing up? The Holy Father then urged that: "for the sake of the common home we share and for future generations, every effort should be made, in Paris to mitigate the impact of climate change and,

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Pope Francis: A Christian's power and strength is in the Cross
Pope Francis: A Christian's power and strength is in the Cross

On the Solemnity of Christ the King, celebrated on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, the Pope devoted his reflection before the Angelus to the difference between Jesus' reality and that of the world, referring to the Gospel passage that narrates his appearance before Pilate, in which He affirms that He is King, but that His kingdom "is not of this world." "This does not mean that Christ is the king in another world, but rather that He is a different kind of king,"

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Pope Francis: Using God's name to justify violence is blasphemy
Pope Francis: Using God's name to justify violence is blasphemy

Pope Francis today, once again condemned the violence and hatred behind the terror attacks in France which left 129 people dead and several hundred others injured. Speaking to the crowds gathered in St Peter's Square for his weekly Angelus address, the Pope said he wished to express his deepest condolences to the French President and especially to all those whose family members were killed or wounded in the multiple attacks on Friday night. Pope Francis said such barbarity leaves us stunned as we wonder how human hearts can think up and carry out such atrocities

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Pope: Theft of documents was a crime, but will not slow reforms to Curia
Pope: Theft of documents was a crime, but will not slow reforms to Curia

I know that many of you have been upset by the news circulating in recent days concerning the Holy See's confidential documents that were taken and published. For this reason I want to tell you, first of all, that stealing those documents was a crime. It's a deplorable act that does not help. I personally had asked for that study to be carried out and both I and my advisers were well acquainted with the contents of those documents and steps have been taken that have started to bear fruit, some of them even visible.

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Pope: We cannot separate praying from practicing justice
Pope: We cannot separate praying from practicing justice

When faced with the needs of our neighbour we are called to deprive ourselves of something which we really need - not something that is left over or surplus, the Pope said. Referring to the day's Gospel, he said, Jesus criticizes the scribes for their "arrogance, greed and hypocrisy." Jesus noted how the scribes liked to be greeted respectfully in the squares, take the front row in the synagogue, the places of honour at banquets and who for show, offer long prayers. But at the same time as the scribes paraded in public, Jesus said, they were devouring the property of widows.

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Pope prays for victims of bombing in Turkey
Pope prays for victims of bombing in Turkey

Following the Angelus with pilgrims in St Peter's Square today (Sunday) Pope Francis spoke of his sadness and pain at the bombing in Turkey on Saturday which killed dozens of people and left many more injured. The attack was all the more tragic, he said, because it had struck defenseless people gathered together to demonstrate for peace. The Holy Father asked the Lord to welcome the souls of all those who were killed and to comfort the suffering and their families.

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Pope asks every European parish to take in a refugee family
Pope asks every European parish to take in a refugee family

Pope Francis has called on European parishes and religious communities to offer shelter to a migrant family. The Pope's appeal came during the Sunday Angelus in St Peter's Square today. "Every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, take in one family" he said. And appealing for this gesture of solidarity, he said this solidarity would start right here in the Vatican where two parishes will take in a family of refugees in the next few days.

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Pope Francis: Pray for a pure, whole heart
Pope Francis: Pray for a pure, whole heart

Speaking before the Angelus with pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on the days Gospel reading which recounts the questions certain Scribes and Pharisees put to Our Lord, regarding His and the disciples' observance of certain long-standing customs - or their lack of observance - specifically concerning practices associated with ritual purity. "The literal observance of precepts," explained Pope Francis, "will be fruitless if it does not change the heart and does not translate into concrete attitudes: opening oneself to encounter with God and His Word in

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Pope Francis: Who is Jesus for me?
Pope Francis: Who is Jesus for me?

At the end of his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis called on the faithful to ask themselves this question. "Who is Jesus for me? Is He simply a name? an idea? A person from history? Or is He really someone who loves me, Who gave His life for me, and walks with me?" Reflecting on the day's Gospel Pope Francis said some of Jesus' disciples left Him, because He had disappointed their expectations of a worldly Messiah, a leader that would be immediately successful.

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Pope Francis: Jesus is the bread of life
Pope Francis: Jesus is the bread of life

In his address to the huge crowd gathered for the Angelus in St Peter's Square today, Pope Francis urged them to look beyond material needs and turn to Jesus who is the bread of life. Reflecting on the Gospel reading of the day which describes the crowd that went looking for Jesus, not because they saw the signs but because they had eaten the loaves of bread and were filled. The Pope said those people gave more value to the bread than to the person who had given it to them. He explained that before this spiritual blindness,

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Pope calls for increased attention to environment
Pope calls for increased attention to environment

Pope Francis has invited everyone to pay greater attention to environmental issues. Speaking after the Angelus to pilgrims in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis said his first encyclical will be published on Thursday, and he said: "This encyclical is aimed at everyone." Calling on everyone to accompany this event with renewed attention to environmental degradation, and the need to act to salvage one's territory, the Pope said of his encyclical: Let us pray that everyone can receive its message and grow in responsibility toward the common home that God has entrusted to us."

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Pope reflects on feast of Corpus Christi
Pope reflects on feast of Corpus Christi

On the day after his short visit to Sarajevo, Pope Francis once again joined thousands of pilgrims in St Peter's Square for the Angelus on Sunday. Addressing the crowds gathered beneath the window of the Papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace, he focussed his remarks before the prayers on the Gospel reading of the day for the Feast of Corpus Christi. "The solemnity of Corpus Christi evokes this message of solidarity and encourages us to embrace the intimate call to conversion to service, to love, and to forgiveness,"

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Pope Francis The Trinity calls us to live together as one family
Pope Francis The Trinity calls us to live together as one family

Pope Francis reflected on the meaning of the Trinity, during his Angelus address to around 50,000 pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square on Sunday. The Pope also spoke of the need of ecclesial communities to become ever more one family. Reminding those present that Trinity Sunday is celebrated in honour of the most fundamental of Christian beliefs, the mystery of the three Persons of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; who are all equally God, and cannot be divided, the Pope said this solemnity renews in us "our own mission to live in communion with God and with each other."

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Pope calls on Christians to express their faith in action
Pope calls on Christians to express their faith in action

Pope Francis says the lives of Christians must be coherent and express faith in action. Speaking to the crowds gathered in a rainy St Peter's Square for the Sunday Angelus, the Pope invited all believers to always bear in mind the message of the Gospel, the image of the Crucified Lord, and the need to be witnesses of faith. The Pope also told the crowds that there were 300 homeless people in the square, distributing 50,000 copies of the Gospel- where we "we can meet Jesus, listen to Him, and get to know Him". This is a beautiful gesture" he said. "Those who are most needy

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Pope Francis: Lent is a time when we battle against evil
Pope Francis: Lent is a time when we battle against evil

In his address to pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on how Jesus went into the solitude of the wilderness for 40 days where he successfully overcame temptations in “a hand-to-hand combat” with Satan. And through his victory over Satan, he said, “we have all triumphed but we need to protect this victory in our daily lives.” The Holy Father went on to explain how in the wilderness we can listen to God’s voice and that of the tempter. And we listen to God’s voice through his words and that why it’s important to read the Holy Scriptures

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Pope prays for the sick and victims of human trafficking
Pope prays for the sick and victims of human trafficking

During his Angelus address on Sunday, to pilgrims in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis reflected on Jesus’ ministry of preaching and healing, spoke about the World Day of the Sick, which takes place on Wednesday, 11 February. The Holy Father asked for prayers for Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski who is seriously ill in Poland; Archbishop Zymowski is the president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers, which organises many of the events surrounding World Day of the Sick.

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Pope Francis: deafness to Holy Spirit leads to muteness in evangelisation
Pope Francis: deafness to Holy Spirit leads to muteness in evangelisation

The feast of the Baptism of the Lord concluded the season of the Nativity on Sunday. During the Angelus with pilgrims in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis commenting on the passage in the Gospel of St. Mark – when the heavens open at the moment at which John the Baptist baptises Jesus in the Jordan – affirmed that this event marks the end of “the time of the closed heavens, which indicated the separation of God and man as a consequence of sin”. Sin “alienates us from God and ruptures the bond between earth and heaven,

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Pope renews call for peace  during Angelus
Pope renews call for peace during Angelus

During his Angelus address to pilgrims in St Peter's Square yesterday, Pope Francis again returned to the theme of peace building. “My hope is that the exploitation of man by man would be overcome,” he said. “Each person, and every people hungers and thirsts for peace; therefore, it is necessary and urgent to build peace!” Pope Francis re-iterated that peace is always possible, and said that we are all called “called to rekindle in our hearts an impulse of hope, that should result in concrete works of peace, reconciliation, and 

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Pope Francis: Prayer helps peace germinate
Pope Francis: Prayer helps peace germinate

Following the celebration of Mass on the Solemnity of Holy Mary, Mother of God, and on the 48th World Day of Peace, Pope Francis appeared at the window of his study in the Vatican Apostolic Palace to pray the Angelus with thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square. Before the prayer, the Pontiff gave a short address in which he called on us "to fix our gaze of faith and of love on the Mother of Jesus."

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Pope prays for missing Air Asia plane during Angelus
Pope prays for missing Air Asia plane during Angelus

At the end of the Angelus with thousands of pilgrims in St Peter's Square today, Pope Francis said his thoughts were with those on board the missing Air Asia plane that disappeared during a flight between Indonesia and Singapore. He added he was also thinking of two separate accidents involving two merchant ships and a ferry in the Adriatic Sea. “I am close with my affection and prayer,” the Pope said, to the families and loved ones who are undergoing “these difficult situations with apprehension 

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Pope Francis: Ask St Stephen for gift of Christian coherence
Pope Francis: Ask St Stephen for gift of Christian coherence

By sacrificing his own life, Saint Stephen, the first martyr, honoured the coming of the King of kings – and showed us how to live the fullness of the mystery of Christmas. That was Pope Francis’ message during the Angelus yesterday, the Feast of Saint Stephen. Addressing pilgrims in St Peters Square, the Holy Father recalled the words of Jesus as He sent his disciples on mission: “You will be hated because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved.” These words, the Pope said, do not take away from the joy of Christmas,

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 Pope: at Christmas Jesus knocks at the doors of your heart
Pope: at Christmas Jesus knocks at the doors of your heart

Pope Francis today invited us to listen carefully when God knocks at their door. “Too often Jesus passes by in our lives, he sends an angel and we are so caught up in our thoughts and concerns we do not even notice," he said. Speaking to pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square for the Angelus, the Pope reflected on the liturgy of the last Sunday of Advent that tells of the Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary and on how she simply, and humbly, with total faith in the Lord, said “yes”.

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Pope Francis: Prayer is the breath of the soul
Pope Francis: Prayer is the breath of the soul

At the Angelus today, with thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis welcomed the children of Rome for the traditional 'Bambinelli Blessing'. On Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, Roman boys and girls bring the baby Jesus from their Nativity sets to Saint Peter’s Square to be blessed by the Pope. Speaking after the Angelus, the Holy Father thanked the children for coming, and wished them a happy Christmas.

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Pope Francis: Advent is a time of hope
Pope Francis: Advent is a time of hope

"Advent is a time of hope" Pope Francis told pilgrims in St Peter's Square for the Angelus on Sunday. It was a slightly cool but sunny day. The Holy Father said the season of Advent is a wonderful time "that awakens in us the expectation of Christ's return and the memory of his historic coming." Focusing on the day’s liturgy the Pope said this time of year presents us with a hopeful message. Quoting from the Book of Isaiah "Comfort, give comfort to my people,

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Pope Francis: Don't keep grace locked up in a safe!
Pope Francis: Don't keep grace locked up in a safe!

We need to use the gifts we have been given - “Jesus does not ask us to keep grace in a safe… He wants us to use it for the benefit of others." That was Pope Francis' message during his Sunday Angelus address today.  "What have we done with these gifts?" the Pope asked. “Who have we passed the faith on to? How many people have we encouraged with our hope? How much love have we shared with our neighbour?” Every time and place, he said, “even the most distant and impractical,” can be a place where we can make our talents grow.

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Pope recalls fall of the Berlin Wall
Pope recalls fall of the Berlin Wall

Following the Angelus with pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope Francis recalled the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years earlier. “Where there is a wall, there is closure of the heart. We need bridges, not walls!” he said. The Holy Father said the wall, which cut Berlin in two for so many years, had been a symbol of the ideological division of Europe. He went on to say: “the fall happened suddenly, but it was made possible by the long and arduous efforts of many people who had fought for this, prayed and suffered, some even sacrificing their lives.

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Pope on All Saints Day: 'Pray for Peace in Jerusalem'
Pope on All Saints Day: 'Pray for Peace in Jerusalem'

Thousands gathered in St Peter's Square on Saturday to pray the Angelus with the Holy Father. Before the prayer began Pope Francis urged pilgrims to pray in particular for the people of Jerusalem, saying: “Today's liturgy speaks of the glory of the heavenly Jerusalem. I invite you to pray that the Holy City, dear to Jews, Christians and Muslims, which in recent days has witnessed diverse tensions, always be a sign and foretaste of the peace which God desires for the whole human family”. 

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Pope Francis: Love of God and neighbour are inseparable
Pope Francis: Love of God and neighbour are inseparable

“Today's Gospel reminds us that the whole law of God is summed up in love for God and neighbour,” said Pope Francis, during his address to pilgrims before the Angelus in St Peter's Square on Sunday. In his reflections on the day's Gospel readings, the Holy Father said: “You cannot love God without loving your neighbour and you cannot love your neighbour without loving God.” The “novelty” of Christ’s teaching consists in the union of the two commandments, he said.

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Pope: God does not discriminate
Pope: God does not discriminate

During his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope said: “the goodness of God knows no boundaries and does not discriminate against anyone. Everyone is given the opportunity to respond to his invitation, to his call”. From the window of the apartment overlooking Saint Peter’s Square during his Angelus address, Pope Francis reflected on day’s Gospel from Matthew, in which the King issues an invitation to a wedding feast which is rejected by some and accepted by others.

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Family Synod: Opening Mass and Angelus
Family Synod: Opening Mass and Angelus

The Synod of the Family opened on Sunday with Mass in St Peter's Basilica. During his homily Pope Francis urged the Synod Bishops to listen to the Lord’s call to “care for the family” which is “an integral part of His loving plan for humanity”. The Holy Father said “Synod Assemblies are not meant to discuss beautiful and clever ideas” but to “better nurture and tend to the Lord’s vineyard, to help realize his dream, his loving plan for his people.”

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Pope appeals for greater care for creation, Gospel values
Pope appeals for greater care for creation, Gospel values

Following the Angelus with pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope Francis called on the faithful and all people of good will to have greater care for creation. Sunday was the Italian Bishops' Day for the Safeguarding of Creation initiative. This year the focus of the day is to promote education in the care for creation. Pope Francis said: “I hope everyone – institutions, associations and citizens – will strengthen their efforts, so as to safeguard the life and health of people by respecting the environment and nature.”

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 Pope Francis: Jesus builds the Church on faith
Pope Francis: Jesus builds the Church on faith

Pope Francis based his Angelus address on Sunday’s Gospel account of St Peter’s profession of faith in Jesus as “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Addressing the crowds in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis said, Our Lord responds to this confession by re-naming Simon “Peter,” a name meaning “rock.” But, the Pope said, Jesus gives Simon this name “not for his own personal qualities or his human merits, but on account of his genuine and firm faith, which comes from on high.”Simon’s faith is a gift from God the Father, a dependable, 

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Pope makes Angelus appeal for peace in Iraq, Gaza
Pope makes Angelus appeal for peace in Iraq, Gaza

Pope Francis renewed his call for prayer and practical support for the suffering populations of Iraq today (Sunday). Addressing the crowds gathered in St Peter’s Square for the Angelus, the Holy Father also made prayerful appeals for an end to the fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, and for the victims of the Ebola outbreak and for all those fighting to stop it. “Let us pray together to the God of peace,” said Pope Francis, “through the intercession of the Virgin Mary: Give us peace, O Lord, in our days, and make us builders of justice and peace.”

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Pope Francis prays for persecuted Christians in Middle East
Pope Francis prays for persecuted Christians in Middle East

Pope Francis once again expressed his concern for the plight of Christian communities in the Iraqi town of Mosul and in other parts of the Middle East. Addressing pilgrims after the Angelus in St Peter’s Square, the Pope spoke about the Christians who are now suffering persecution in the lands they have lived since the beginning of Christianity. The Pope said: “Today our brothers are persecuted they are banished from their homes and forced to flee without even being able to take their belongings!”

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Pope: The message of Jesus is for everyone
Pope: The message of Jesus is for everyone

Thousands gathered in St Peter's Square on Sunday to pray the Angelus with Pope Francis. Before the prayers the Holy Father focused on the Gospel reading of the day (Matthew 11:25-30), in which Jesus proclaims: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” “This, Jesus’ invitation,” said Pope Francis, “extends to the present day,

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Pope Francis: Make your life a gift for others
Pope Francis: Make your life a gift for others

In his Angelus address to pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope reflected on the day's Gospel and the meaning of the feast of Corpus Christi. The Gospel reading for the day is taken from John, and focusses on Christ’s discourse on the Bread of Life which He delivered in the synagogue at Capernaum. “Jesus stresses that he did not come into this world to give something,” the Pope said, “but to give himself, his life as nourishment for all those who have faith in Him.”

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Pope Francis: There is no limit to God's mercy offered to all
Pope Francis: There is no limit to God's mercy offered to all
At the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis spoke on the day’s Gospel, which relates the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. This miracle, the Pope said, “is the culmination of the wonderful ‘signs’ performed by Jesus: an act too great, too clearly divine to be tolerated by the high priests, who, aware of the fact, make the decision to kill Jesus.” Pope Francis reminded the crowd of the words of Jesus, words “words which are forever impressed upon the memory of the Christian community: ‘I am the resurrection and the life;
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Pope Francis: We need to climb the mountain, but we cannot stay there
Pope Francis: We need to climb the mountain, but we cannot stay there
"The mountain is the site of the encounter intimate closeness with God - the place of prayer, in which to stand in the presence of the Lord,”...  “We need to go to a place of retreat, to climb the mountain and go to a place of silence, to find ourselves and better perceive the voice of the Lord.” We cannot stay there, however. “The encounter with God in prayer again pushes us to ‘come down from the mountain’ and back down into the plain,where we meet many brothers and sisters weighed down by fatigue, injustice, and both material and spiritual poverty.
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Pope Francis: One cannot dialogue with Satan
Pope Francis: One cannot dialogue with Satan
During the Angelus yesterday in his address to pilgrims in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel of the first Sunday of Lent which describes the temptations of Jesus. The tempter seeks to divert the Lord from His Father's plan, or rather the way of sacrifice that involves offering Himself in atonement and with love, and attempts to make Him choose the easy path of success and power. "Indeed, the Devil, to divert Jesus from the way of the cross, presents Him with false messianic hopes: economic well-being,
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Pope Francis: 'a community does not belong to the preacher, but to Christ'
Pope Francis: 'a community does not belong to the preacher, but to Christ'
After celebrating Mass on Sunday morning with the 19 new Cardinals, Pope Francis greeted the crowds in St Peter’s Square gathered for the Angelus. In his address to them he urged them to work for Christian unity avoiding all divisions, because he said: “a community does not belong to the preacher, but to Christ”. Commenting on the second Reading of the Day, the Pope said that since the time of St Paul, Christians were divided according to whoever was leading their community.
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Pope Francis: Jesus does not give importance to rote observance
Pope Francis: Jesus does not give importance to rote observance
More than 50,000 people gathered in St Peter's Square uder unseasonably warm blue skies yesterday to pray the Angelus with Pope Francis. Before the prayers, the Holy Father reflected on the day’s Gospel reading in which Jesus addresses the question of His relationship to the Law of Moses. “Jesus does not want to erase the commandments that the Lord gave through Moses,” .... “Rather, He desires to bring them to their fulfilment and He immediately adds that this ‘fulfillment’ of the Law requires a higher justice, a more authentic observance."
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Pope Francis: Christians are burning lamps, bearing the light of Jesus
Pope Francis: Christians are burning lamps, bearing the light of Jesus

In his Angelus address to pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on  the words of Jesus from the day's Gospel: “You are the salt of the earth... you are the light of the world.”.... Before concluding his address, Pope Francis once again called on the faithful to answer the question he had posed earlier: “Do you want to be burning lamps,” bearing the light of Christ to the world, “or spent lamps?” To which the crowd responded: “Burning lamps! Burning lamps!

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Pope Francis: Jesus is Epiphany - the Lord does not proselytize but loves
Pope Francis: Jesus is Epiphany - the Lord does not proselytize but loves
Pope Francis greeted tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered on a bright crisp day in St Peter’s Square today, for the recitation of the Angelus Prayer and to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. In his address, the Pope referred to Pope Benedict Emeritus’s book, 'Jesus of Nazareth: the Infancy Narratives' which he said “magnificently” recounts the biblical coming of the Magi from the East to Bethlehem to pay homage to the Christ Child. The Epiphany, Pope Francis said, marks the first “manifestation” of Christ to the people and as a consequence, points to
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Pope Francis prays for Lampedusa victims; remembers  teenaged martyr
Pope Francis prays for Lampedusa victims; remembers teenaged martyr
Pope Francis paused for a moment of silent prayer on Sunday during his Angelus address for the victims of the tragic shipwreck off the coast of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa. More than a hundred people are confirmed dead and hundreds more are missing after a ship carrying African migrants sank on Thursday. Speaking to the crowds gathered in Saint Peter’s square, the Holy Father began his address by acknowledging what a gift it was to make his first visit to Assisi on the feast of Saint Francis on 4 October,
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Pope Francis: Peace requires time and patience; No to wars waged to sell arms
Pope Francis: Peace requires time and patience; No to wars waged to sell arms
Pope Francis has urged everyone to keep praying for peace in the Middle East, saying the search for peace is a long one that requires patience and perseverance. Speaking during his Angelus address today (Sunday), the Pope also condemned the proliferation of wars and conflicts and questioned whether they were wars about problems or commercial wars to sell arms on the black market. His remarks came just hours after thousands of people attended a prayer vigil in St Peter’s Square on Saturday evening as part of the events for
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Pope Francis at Angelus: “So many young people here - It seems like Rio de Janeiro!”
Pope Francis at Angelus: “So many young people here - It seems like Rio de Janeiro!”
St Peter's Square was packed today for the weekly Angelus with Pope Francis, in spite of sizzling tempertures in excess of 37C. During the prayers the Holy Father asked people to “thank the Lord for this great gift for Brazil, for Latin America and for the world.” He reminded them that “World Youth Days are not ‘fireworks’, not just moments of enthusiasm that end in themselves; rather, they are stages of a long journey.” The Holy Father emphasized that the young people who participate in World Youth Day “are not following the Pope, they are following Jesus Christ, bearing His Cross.
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Pope: 'Lent is a time of spiritual combat'
Pope: 'Lent is a time of spiritual combat'
Pope Benedict XVI prayed the Angelus with tens of thousands of pilgrims in St Peter’s Square today, an unusually warm first Sunday of Lent. Speaking from his window in the Apostolic Palace above the Square before the prayers the Holy Father said: “In this Year of Faith, Lent is a favorable time to rediscover the faith in God as the basic criterion of our life and the life of the Church.” The Pope went on to say that this always involves a struggle – a real spiritual combat –
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Pope prays for victims of  world conflicts
Pope prays for victims of world conflicts
In remarks following Monday's Angelus, Benedict XVI noted how the "many situations of conflict in the world bring almost daily tragic news of victims, both military and civilian. These are events to which we can never accustom ourselves, events that provoke profound reproof and dismay
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Pope: 'Jesus did not come to teach us a philosophy'
Pope: 'Jesus did not come to teach us a philosophy'
"Jesus did not come to teach us a philosophy, but to show us a way, indeed, 'the' way that leads to life. This way is love, which is the expression of true faith," - so said Pope Benedict during his teaching on the Sunday readings, before the Angelus at Castelgandolfo
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Pope says publication of new encyclical now  imminent
Pope says publication of new encyclical now imminent
Pope Benedict spoke about  his forthcoming encyclical 'Caritas in Veritate',during his address to  thousands of pilgrims  gathered for  the Angelus in St Peter's Square on Monday, the Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul.
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