Faith

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.

Pope's pro-life challenge: Respect all life, oppose death penalty

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis' recent statement that the death penalty is incompatible with the Gospel focused less on a government's role in protecting its people and more on the need to defend the sacredness and dignity of every human life.

Faith brings hope even at moment of death, pope says

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VATICAN CITY – Christians can find hope even at the hour of death, which faith teaches is not a closed door but a wide-open passage to a new life with Christ, Pope Francis said.

Death penalty is 'contrary to the Gospel,' Pope says

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The death penalty, no matter how it is carried out, "is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel," Pope Francis said.

Pope praises 'beautiful, complex' diversity of Catholic Churches in India

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VATICAN – Pope Francis on Tuesday said the variety of Catholic Churches and rites in India is a richness for the country that ought to be strengthened, and as a means of doing so, he expanded the reach of one of the country's indigenous Churches.

Pope recognizes martyrdom of Franciscans killed in Guatemala

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of nine men and women, including a Franciscan priest who championed the land rights of farmers in Guatemala.

Pope pledges church commitment to fight child abuse online, offline

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VATICAN CITY – Acknowledging how often the Catholic Church failed to protect children from sexual abuse, Pope Francis pledged "to work strenuously and with foresight for the protection of minors and their dignity," including online.

Eliminating any difference between sexes 'is not right,' pope says

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VATICAN CITY – While societies must find a way to overcome the subjugation of women, pretending there are no differences between men and women or even using technology to change a person's sex is not the answer, Pope Francis said.