Author Archives: Cindy Wooden

Immaculate Conception is feast of hope for sinners, pope says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Mary, conceived without sin, is a “masterpiece” who reflects “the beauty of God who is all love, grace and self-giving,” Pope Francis said on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. … Continue reading

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Pope asks Catholics to set up, be enchanted by a Nativity scene

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Nativity scene is a simple reminder of something astonishing: God became human to reveal the greatness of his love “by smiling and opening his arms to all,” Pope Francis … Continue reading

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Having a friend who is poor will help you get to heaven, pope says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The poor are the church’s treasure because they give every Christian a chance to “speak the same language as Jesus, that of love,” Pope Francis said, celebrating Mass for the … Continue reading

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Mission is to make disciples for Christ, not for one’s group, pope says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Every Christian is called to be a missionary, sharing the good news of salvation in Christ and making disciples for him, not for oneself or one’s clique of like-minded believers, … Continue reading

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Fear, status quo smother fire of God’s love, pope says at synod Mass

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church’s mission in the world is to spread the fire of God’s love and must not be limited to the “‘ordinary maintenance’ of those who already know … Continue reading

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Pope to cardinals: Loving, loyal service requires feeling God’s love

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a ceremony to create 13 new cardinals, Pope Francis reminded new and old members of the College of Cardinals how much their ministry and service depends on their realizing … Continue reading

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Christians have ‘moral duty’ to help migrants, refugees, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians have a moral obligation to show God’s care for all those who are marginalized, especially migrants and refugees, Pope Francis said. “This loving care for the less privileged … Continue reading

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