VATICAN – God handed down his commandments not for people to hypocritically follow the letter of the law with a proud and righteous heart, but for people to recognize the truth of their weaknesses and acknowledge their need for help, healing and salvation, Pope Francis said.

Helping the poor is duty, not a fad, Pope Francis says

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VATICAN – As the rich get richer, the increasing misery and cries of the poor are ignored every day, Pope Francis said.

God's Word on Sunday: Treat every day as a day of judgment

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Nov. 18 (Year B) Daniel 12:1-3; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32

Lies obstruct relationships, love, Pope Francis says

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VATICAN – Lying or being inauthentic is seriously wrong because it hinders or harms human relationships, Pope Francis said.

Communion must extend beyond church walls, transform societies, Pope says

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VATICAN – Even in societies increasingly marked by divisions and prejudice, Catholics gather every Sunday "in the Lord's name and acknowledge that they are brothers and sisters," Pope Francis said.

New Vatican body to take over Catholic charismatic activities

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VATICAN – The two international bodies that had been supporting and coordinating the international activities of charismatic Catholics will become one new organization.

Sainthood is a choice, 'either holiness or nothing', Pope Francis says

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VATICAN – Saints are not just the well-known men, women and young people on the liturgical calendar, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints.

'Every Christian vocation is spousal', just like marriage, Pope says

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VATICAN – The Sixth Commandment's mandate against adultery is a call to fidelity that applies not only to married couples, but to all Christians called to love others through their vocation, Pope Francis said.

Mary Marrocco: Living and loving in the face of death

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“I have been half in love with easeful Death.” So wrote poet John Keats two centuries ago. For him it was sorrowful, yet his succinct sentence could well describe our current perspective in this country. 

God's word on Sunday: God reveals path out of darkness

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 28 (Year B) Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52


Young people must know history, learn from the past, Pope says

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VATICAN – Pope Francis said young men and women today need to learn from their elders what led to the great wars of the 20th century so "they won't fall for the same mistake."