Faith

VATICAN CITY – People who are dying must be accompanied with the love of family members and the care of medical professionals, but there is no requirement that every means available must be used to prolong their lives, Pope Francis said.

John Paul I takes first step to sainthood as book tries to debunk conspiracies

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VATICAN CITY – Two women may hold the key to clearing up questions still surrounding the death of Pope John Paul I and speed his journey to canonization.

Mass is a time of silence and prayer, not chitchat, Pope says

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VATICAN CITY – Mass is the highest form of prayer and not an appropriate moment for small talk, Pope Francis said.

If you died today, would you be ready? Pope asks

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VATICAN – On Sunday Pope Francis encouraged people not to wait to reflect on their lives, but to ask themselves: If this was my last day on earth, am I prepared? Am I cooperating with God’s grace?

Mass is for the Eucharist, not pictures, Pope says

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VATICAN - On Wednesday a fiery Pope Francis chastised those who spend Mass talking to others, looking at their phone or even taking pictures during papal liturgies, saying these are distractions that take focus away from the “heart of the Church,” which is the Eucharist.

Teach students role of justice in migration, Pope says

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VATICAN – Catholic universities need to study the root causes of forced migration and ways to counter the discrimination and xenophobic reactions it provokes in so many traditionally Christian nations, Pope Francis said.

Those in authority can't live 'double life', must lead by example, Pope says

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VATICAN CITY – On Sunday Pope Francis offered some punchy advice to both average faithful and people in positions of authority, saying true power is expressed through service and a good example, which Christians must always show to others in humility.

In the Eucharist we receive the grace to love, Pope says

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VATICAN CITY – On Sunday Pope Francis reflected on Jesus’ command to love God above all things, and your neighbor as yourself, saying that it is in the Eucharist that we receive the grace to carry this out.

Facebook chatbot lets you talk to the Pope

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VATICAN – An initiative from the Vatican this month is inviting people to virtually connect with Pope Francis and learn more about Church missions and how to support them.

Holy Land Christians must work together, Pope tells Greek Orthodox Patriarch

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VATICAN – As minorities living in a troubled land, Christians in the Holy Land must forgive each other for past mistakes and work together for the future of their communities, Pope Francis told the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem.

Being Christian means being missionary, Pope says

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VATICAN – Catholics must make a real effort to share the Gospel with all people, fighting "the recurring temptation" that leads some to focus only on internal church matters or to be pessimistic about evangelization efforts, Pope Francis wrote.