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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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Pope meets Putin; two leaders talk about Ukraine, Syria, Venezuela

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Vatican July 4, and the two discussed the ongoing wars in Eastern Ukraine and in Syria, the Vatican said. Russia plays a major … Continue reading

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Secrecy of confession must never be violated, Vatican says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In the light of “a worrying negative prejudice” against the Catholic Church, Pope Francis ordered the publication of a document affirming the absolute secrecy of everything said in confession and … Continue reading

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Give your lives for your flocks, pope tells archbishops

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Blessing bands of wool that archbishops will wear around their shoulders, Pope Francis said, “It is a sign that the shepherds do not live for themselves but for the sheep.” … Continue reading

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Pope says he’s strengthened, encouraged by talks with Benedict XVI

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM ROMANIA (CNS) — Pope Francis said that he continues to visit retired Pope Benedict XVI, 92, who is like a grandfather who continues to encourage him and give … Continue reading

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Freedom, mercy are lasting legacy of martyred bishops, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service BLAJ, Romania (CNS) — The memory and witness of Romania’s martyred bishops are a reminder that Christians are called to stand firm against ideologies that seek to stifle and suppress their cultural and … Continue reading

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Roses and the cross: Pope meets refugees in Bulgaria

Updated: 11:20 a.m. By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service SOFIA, Bulgaria (CNS) — Twelve boys and girls wearing white T-shirts and dark pants sang for Pope Francis at a refugee center on the outskirts of Sofia. Their songs were cheerful … Continue reading

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