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VATICAN CITY - God never tricks, traps or tempts his children to sin or commit evil, Pope Francis said.

Christian life impossible without the Holy Spirit, pope says

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VATICAN CITY - Christians must allow themselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit if they expect to live a Christian life, Pope Francis said.

People can find peace by visiting those who suffer, pope says

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VATICAN CITY - People who feel restless or lacking inner peace will discover it when they visit those who are experiencing great difficulty, suffering, illness or persecution, Pope Francis said.

Pope makes donation to help migrants traveling through Mexico

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TAPACHULA, Mexico - Pope Francis has donated $500,000 to assist migrants attempting to travel through Mexico, but who are increasingly being impeded by Mexican officials from reaching the U.S. border.

Word of God must be 'beating heart' of church, pope says

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VATICAN CITY - Reading the Bible and praying with it is "the best vaccine" against Catholic communities closing in on themselves or focusing only on self-preservation, Pope Francis said.

Church needs joyful disciples, pope tells young people, deaf association

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VATICAN CITY - In back-to-back audiences with a group of French young people and an Italian association for deaf people, Pope Francis cited personal example and witness as a vital piece in the church's evangelization mission.

Curia reforms put priority on evangelization, synodality, cardinals say

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ROME - The proposed apostolic constitution for reforming and governing the Roman Curia is expected to emphasize the church's missionary mandate with the creation of a "super-dicastery" merging two offices dedicated to evangelization.

Continuing Easter celebrations, pope again prays for Sri Lanka

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VATICAN CITY - On Easter Monday, Pope Francis led thousands of people in St. Peter's Square in praying for the hundreds of people who died or were injured in bomb blasts the previous day in Sri Lanka.

At Easter the stones of sin, despair, are rolled away, pope says at vigil

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VATICAN CITY - As individuals and as a church, it can be tempting to dwell on mistakes, failures and sins that block the fullness of life, but Easter is the proclamation that the Lord is victorious and his love will triumph, Pope Francis said.

On Good Friday, papal preacher says cross brings hope to the oppressed

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VATICAN CITY - The cross serves as a warning to the powerful and a message of hope for the poor and oppressed, said the preacher of the papal household.

Be servants to one another, pope tells prisoners before washing feet

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ROME - Jesus' gesture of washing his disciples' feet, an act once reserved to servants and slaves, is one that all Christians, especially bishops, must imitate, Pope Francis told hundreds of inmates and prison employees on Holy Thursday.