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.”

No sin can erase 'spiritual seal' of baptism, Pope says

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VATICAN – The baptismal font is a tomb in which a person dies to sin, and it is a womb through which a person is born to new life in Christ, Pope Francis said.

Either you are with God or with Satan, Pope says

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VATICAN – Baptism requires rejecting Satan and professing one's full faith in God, Pope Francis said.

God's word on Sunday: Christ nourishes our life on the vine

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Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 29 (Year B) Acts 9:26-31; Psalm 22; 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8


Name given at baptism gives sense of identity, belonging, Pope says

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VATICAN – Naming a child is an important task for parents, because it gives children a sense of identity and belonging to their family and to God, Pope Francis said.

Respect life of severely ill patients like Alfie Evans, Pope says

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VATICAN – Highlighting the plight of a seriously ill toddler in Great Britain and a severely brain-damaged man in France, Pope Francis called for greater respect for every patient's life and dignity.

Pope urges Catholics to be moved by the joy of the Resurrection

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ROME – On Sunday Pope Francis visited a Roman parish, telling Mass-goers to allow themselves to be moved by the immense joy of the resurrection, which overcomes sin and renews believers, allowing them to have a youthful heart.

Pope issues holiness challenge, expands 'pro-life' meaning

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Pope Francis has once again expanded the Catholic definition of being pro-life.