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.

Faith is a relationship, not a set of rules between slave and master, Pope says at Angelus

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VATICAN – Doing God's will means first of all believing in Jesus and allowing love for him to translate into love for one's neighbors, Pope Francis said.

A "courageous creativity" is needed, Pope Francis tells young Jesuits

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VATICAN – The courage, prayer and creativity that should characterize every Jesuit's ministry must be especially present when ministering to young people who are unemployed and feel hopeless, Pope Francis said.

Idolatry is slavery, deprives people of life, Pope says

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VATICAN – Idolatry is a human inclination that spares neither believers nor atheists and deprives people of life and love in exchange for slavery to unfulfilled dreams, Pope Francis said.

Path to holiness isn't for the lazy, Pope says to young altar servers

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VATICAN  – Christ's commandment to love God and neighbor is a path trodden by those who have the desire to become saints, Pope Francis told thousands of altar servers from around the world.

"Never throw away leftovers", help the hungry, Pope says

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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.