VATICAN – Pope Francis asked people to generously serve those most in need and to never waste food.

Pope will declare teen a saint during youth synod

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VATICAN – Pope Francis added an Italian teenager to the list of people he will formally recognize as saints Oct. 14 during the monthlong meeting of the world Synod of Bishops on young people.

Learn from the past before looking to future, Pope tells youth

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VATICAN – The future cannot be understood without reflecting on the past and on the history and traditions passed on to young people from parents and grandparents, Pope Francis said.

A good Catholic proclaims the Gospel, announces Christ, Pope Francis says

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VATICAN – All Christians are called to be missionaries, concerned more with sharing the Gospel than with earning money or even with being successful at winning converts, Pope Francis said.

Faith is lived with gratitude, not slave-like duty, Pope says

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VATICAN – God always loves and generously gives first before asking for fidelity to his commandments -- which are the words of a loving father showing people the right way to live, Pope Francis said.

South Korean bishops call on Catholics to pray novena after historic summits

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SEOUL, South Korea – Following two historic summits involving North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s bishops are calling on Catholics to pray a novena for nine specific intentions for the Korean peninsula June 17 - 25.

Pope Francis: Are we truly capable of listening to the cries of the poor?

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VATICAN – How is it that God in heaven can hear the cries of the poor, but so many people watching or standing nearby either cannot or just do not care, Pope Francis asked.

Biggest danger is in life is mediocrity, living in fear, Pope says

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VATICAN – The worst enemies in a young person's life aren't the problems they may face, Pope Francis said.

Blasphemy is the gravest sin, Pope says

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VATICAN – During his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis discussed the incomprehension Christ faced during his earthly ministry, from both the scribes and his own family.

Gossip destroys Holy Spirit's gift of peace, Pope says

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VATICAN – Peace is a gift that can easily be destroyed through petty gossip and speaking ill of others, Pope Francis said.

Pope's June prayer intention focuses a more inclusive social media

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VATICAN – In his prayer video for June, Pope Francis asked that digital communications and social media platforms would be a place of inclusion and encounter, rather than isolation and “alienation.”