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.

The soul is God's temple, not your own, Pope warns

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VATICAN – Like Jesus cast out the merchants from the temple in Jerusalem, we should drive the desire for personal gain and advantage from our hearts, replacing it with love, Pope Francis said Sunday.

Returning to the confessional takes 'a bit of courage'

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EDMONTON – Of all the sacraments, confession often appears to be the most intimidating, and most people tend to avoid it — sometimes for years, says Fr. Roger Niedzielski.

Cardinal Muller: Major shift in Church teaching is corruption, not development

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VATICAN – The authentic development of doctrine is about making more explicit the revealed truths of faith, not changing, or “shifting,” Church teaching – and to use this idea to defend an agenda is wrong, Cardinal Gerhard Müller has said.

First Sunday of Lent: Now is the time for conversion, Pope says

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VATICAN – Lent is a time to face our temptations and be converted by the Gospel, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address on the first Sunday of Lent.

Questioning Faith: What would it mean to truly love others?

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One Sunday morning in church, I wondered why the person beside me was breathing so loudly. Did he have some terrible lung ailment? Was he about to expire? It sounded almost like… snoring.