Pope Francis: God never lets His children down

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When life gets difficult, trust in God and don’t worry unnecessarily about tomorrow, Pope Francis said. “Trusting in him doesn’t magically solve problems, but it allows for facing them with the right spirit — courageously,” he said before praying the Angelus with those gathered in St Peter’s Square on February 26. “I am brave because

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Pope Francis appeals for urgent action to help famine-struck South Sudan

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Pope Francis is demanding concrete action to get food aid to famine victims in South Sudan, saying words aren’t enough to prevent millions from being condemned to death by hunger. The Pontiff’s appeal came a day after South Sudan President Salva Kiir promised “unimpeded access” for all aid organisations to reach the hungry. South Sudan

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Don’t dialogue with the Devil, Pope Francis says at Mass

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Satan is a liar and a cheat who promises people everything then leaves them with nothing, Pope Francis has said at his early morning Mass. In his homily on February 10, Pope Francis contrasted the way Eve interacted with the serpent in the garden of Eden and the way Jesus reacted to the devil after

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Mary gives us the strength to say ‘no’ to indifference, says Pope Francis

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Celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pope Francis has described Mary as a strong woman who inspires believers to give “flesh to the Gospel” in societies often marked by distrust and blindness. “To look at the Guadalupana is to remember that the presence of the Lord always passes through those who manage to

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Pope to celebrate birthday with Mass and meetings

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Pope Francis will mark his 80th birthday on Saturday with a morning Mass with his cardinals and an otherwise “normal” day of back-to-back meetings and audiences. The Mass will take place in the Paoline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace, where Francis spent his first minutes in prayer after being elected in 2013. The Pope then

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Show ‘concern and charity’ to people with failed marriages, Pope urges bishops

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Discerning the best way to help a couple whose marriage has failed is not easy, Pope Francis told a group of bishops, but he said he was certain that with study and prayer they would find ways to help the people entrusted to their care. As some very public debates swirled in mid-November about the

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Pope extends priests’ special permission to absolve ‘grave sin’ of abortion

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Pope Francis is allowing all priests to absolve the “grave sin” of abortion, extending special permission he had granted them in 2015 for the just-ended Holy Year of Mercy. Francis wrote in Misericordia et misera, an apostolic letter concluding the Year of Mercy, that “there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach,” while staunchly

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Pope Francis tells business leaders: money must serve, not rule

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The Pope has advised business leaders that money is not “morally neutral”, emphasising the need for socially responsible banking and finance. “Wealth is good when it is placed at the service of one’s neighbour; otherwise it is wicked,” Pope Francis said yesterday during a meeting with participants in an international conference for associations of Catholic

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‘The greatest poverty is war!’ – Pope Francis asks homeless to teach Christians solidarity

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The Pontiff begged for forgiveness from the homeless who are routinely bypassed by "Christians" on the streets. On Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass for the homeless in St. Peter's Square to close the Jubilee Year of Mercy. According to Vatican Radio, over 6,000 people in Europe have either lived or are currently living

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‘I don’t judge politicians’: Pope Francis skirts Trump question

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Pope Francis has declined to offer any comment about Donald Trump in a new interview, but said he was concerned about how political policies may affect the lives of the poor. The interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of Italian newspaper La Repubblica, was conducted on November 7, prior to the US election. When asked

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