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No plaster saints: God gives grace to live holy lives, pope says

VATICAN CITY | The saints were flesh-and-blood people whose lives included real struggles and joys, and whose holiness reminds all the baptized that they, too, are called to be saints, Pope Francis said. Thousands of people joined the pope Nov. 1 for the midday recitation of the Angelus prayer on the feast of All Saints…. Read more »

Pope criticizes cruelty of world marked by hunger, obesity, food waste

VATICAN CITY | Resolving the global crises of world hunger and malnutrition demands a shift away from a distorted approach to food and toward healthier lifestyles and just economic practices, Pope Francis said. “We are, in fact, witnessing how food is ceasing to be a means of subsistence and turning into an avenue of personal… Read more »

Kindly lights in gloomy world: Pope declares five new saints

VATICAN CITY | Saints are people who recognized their need for God’s help, who took risks to discover God’s will and to help others and who nurtured a habit of thanksgiving, Pope Francis said. “The culmination of the journey of faith is to live a life of continual thanksgiving. Let us ask ourselves: Do we,… Read more »

Pope declares a Sunday each year dedicated to word of God

VATICAN CITY | To help the church grow in love and faithful witness to God, Pope Francis has declared the third Sunday in Ordinary Time to be dedicated to the word of God. Salvation, faith, unity and mercy all depend on knowing Christ and sacred Scripture, he said in a new document. Devoting a special… Read more »

On feast of St. Francis, pope joins Amazonians to plant tree at Vatican

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis joined Amazonian church workers and indigenous people Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, to plant a tree in the Vatican Gardens. He also consecrated the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon to St. Francis. The synod will be held at the Vatican Oct. 6-27. About 20 delegates… Read more »

Being elected pope doesn’t wash away one’s sins, pope says

ROME | While his responsibilities are greater and his prayer list longer, Pope Francis said he’s basically the same person he was before he was elected in 2013, so he still goes to confession every two weeks. “The mere fact that I now dress all in white has not made me any less sinful or… Read more »

Amid economic growth, pope urges Mauritius to care for the young, poor

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius | Statistical indicators show Mauritius’ rapid economic growth has benefited all sectors of society, lifting thousands out of poverty over the past 30 years, but Pope Francis still urged the island’s Catholics to be careful. The danger is that “we can yield to the temptation to lose our enthusiasm for evangelization by… Read more »

Pope: Ideological fixation, not ‘loyal criticism,’ feeds possibility of schism

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MADAGASCAR (CNS) — Pope Francis told reporters he hoped and prayed the Catholic Church would not experience a new schism, but human freedom means people always have had and will have the “schism option.” “I pray that there not be schism, but I am not afraid,” Pope Francis told reporters… Read more »

Pope to create 13 new cardinals in October

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis announced he will create 13 new cardinals Oct. 5, choosing prelates from 13 different nations as a sign of “the missionary vocation of the church that continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all men and women of the earth.” The only Canadian named was 73-year-old Jesuit Father… Read more »

Pope leaves Mozambique urging reconciliation

MAPUTO, Mozambique | When Jesus told his disciples to love one another and pray for their enemies, he meant it — even disciples in a nation like Mozambique, where political tensions have led to violence, war and death, Pope Francis said. The pope ended his visit to Mozambique Sept. 6 with a visit to a… Read more »