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True faith means loving others to the extreme, pope tells Egypt’s Catholics

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service CAIRO (CNS) — The only kind of fanaticism that is acceptable to God is being fanatical about loving and helping others, Pope Francis said on his final day in Egypt. “True faith,” he told … Continue reading

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Text of common declaration on baptism, by Pope Francis, Pope Tawadros

By Catholic News Service CAIRO (CNS) — Here is the text of the common declaration on baptism between Pope Francis and Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, signed April 28. 1. We, Francis, bishop of Rome and pope of the Catholic … Continue reading

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Pope, Coptic patriarch honor martyrs, urge unity for peace

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service CAIRO (CNS) — Placing flowers, lighting a candle and praying at the site where dozens of Coptic Orthodox Christians were killed by an Islamic State militant last year, Pope Francis and Coptic Orthodox Pope … Continue reading

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Unmask violence posing as holy,​ pope tells religious leaders in Egypt

(Updated 12:02 p.m. ET) By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service CAIRO (CNS) — Calling his visit to Egypt a journey of “unity and fraternity,” Pope Francis launched a powerful call to the nation’s religious leaders to expose violence masquerading as … Continue reading

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Practical Christianity: Pope emphasizes real help for those in need

By Keanine Griggs Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ unique approach to teaching the faithful combines speaking clearly and simply with showing people what steps — even small steps — they can take to make a difference, … Continue reading

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Church needs missionaries, not ‘clericalized’ laity, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church needs laypeople with a missionary spirit, which means Catholics do not have to try to force members into a vocation that is the Holy Spirit’s to … Continue reading

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Michigan head coach says meeting pope was ’emotional’

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As someone accustomed to the stress of the gridiron, University of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh said he was touched by Pope Francis’ peaceful presence. “The way he … Continue reading

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