VATICAN – If Catholic morality in the past seemed so obsessed with preventing sexual sin that it ignored sins of injustice, today "we have gone to the opposite extreme," seemingly concerned only with how people treat others, not with how they treat the gift of their bodies, the papal preacher said.

Five wounds of Christ: Pope urges recovery of traditional devotion

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VATICAN – Pope Francis seems to be fixated on the wounds of Christ. And he has suggested that other Catholics might want to be as well.

Present in the Eucharist, Jesus transforms those who receive him, Pope says

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VATICAN – Despite the chill and gusts of wind in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis welcomed the beginning of spring with an impromptu lesson about gardening and how to grow into being better Christians.

Robert Kinghorn: Young evangelists heed cries of the poor

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Recently I found myself in the basement of a downtown church surrounded by a confirmation class of children, teachers and parents. The church sits in an area where the outreach of the Church on the Street is most challenging, and the class had responded to the call of Pope Francis in The Joy of the Gospel: “We cannot passively and calmly wait in our church buildings; we need to move from a passive ministry of mere conservation to a decidedly missionary pastoral mission.” 

The crucifix is for contemplation, not decoration, says Pope

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VATICAN – On Sunday Pope Francis said that the crucifix is not just something decorative to hang on the wall or wear, it is an important sign of our beliefs – and should be truly looked at and prayed before as the source of our salvation.

Pope Francis: How many people go beyond the mindless recitation of the Lord's Prayer?

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VATICAN – Forgiving those who have caused pain or offense is not easy, Pope Francis said.

Salvation of souls the primary purpose of pastoral care, Doctrine of Faith prefect says

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VATICAN – Promoting and defending Catholic teaching is itself a pastoral practice, said Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, S.J., the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Confessors should seek to bring penitents closer to Jesus, Pope says

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By truly listening to the penitent during confession, "we listen to Jesus himself, poor and humble; by listening to the Holy Spirit, we put ourselves in attentive obedience, becoming listeners of the Word" in order to know what God wants to be done, he said.

Mary Marrocco: Lent is an opportunity to go beyond the noise

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What’s the best way to wake a sleeper? Throw cold water? Tickle the feet or play loud music?

Don't hold grudges; forgiveness comes from forgiving others, Pope says

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VATICAN – Christians must let go of resentments and forgive those who have wronged them so that they may experience God's forgiveness, Pope Francis.

Pope adds feast of Mary, Mother of the Church to universal calendar

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VATICAN – Pope Francis has decreed that Latin-rite Catholics around the world will mark the feast of "the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church" on the Monday after Pentecost each year.