VATICAN – Pope Francis told the Oblates of St. Joseph that for decades he has relied on the intercession of St. Joseph, and "never, ever has he told me no."

A fruitful marriage fulfills God's dream for the human family, Pope tells young couples

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DUBLIN – God wants every person to love and be loved, creating a family or community where love is nurtured and shared with all who are poor, lonely or in need, Pope Francis said.

A preacher’s guide to a good homily

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VANCOUVER – By the time Fr. Justin Huang stands before St. Anthony of Padua Church on a Sunday morning, he has done 10 hours of preparation and written about seven drafts of what he’ll say.

Eucharist is a taste of heaven on earth, Pope Francis says

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VATICAN – By receiving the Eucharist at Mass, Christians are given Christ's same spirit and a taste of eternal life, Pope Francis said.

God's word on Sunday: Our seat awaits at the Lord’s banquet

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 19 (Year B) Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58


Pope Francis asks consolation for all who suffer on feast of the Assumption

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VATICAN – Mary's assumption into heaven was a special sign of God's favor, but it also indicates God's desire to save all people, body and soul, Pope Francis said.

Fight church scandal by living Catholic faith authentically, Pope tells youth

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ROME – Members of the Catholic Church sin and give scandal, it's true, Pope Francis said, but it is up to each Catholic to live the faith as authentically as possible and witness to the world the love of Jesus.

Not doing evil is not enough to make one a saint, Pope tells youth

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VATICAN – Being a Christian isn't just about not doing evil, but it is a daily exercise in loving others through good works and deeds, Pope Francis said.

God's word on Sunday: God is ready to help in our life’s journey

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 12 (Year B) 1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34; Ephesians 4:30-5:2; John 6:41-51


Don't fall for idolatry when difficulties arise, Pope says

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VATICAN – Like the ancient Israelites, Christians today also can fall into the temptation of creating their own idols when difficulties and uncertainties arise, Pope Francis said.