Pope asks Mary’s help in fighting viruses of fear, indifference

The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception teaches that Mary was conceived and born without original sin. The pope defined the day as "full of grace."
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Pope’s letter to Argentine bishops on ‘Amoris Laetitia’ part of official record

Describing them as "authentic magisterium," Pope Francis ordered the official publication of his letter to a group of Argentine bishops and their guidelines for the interpretation of "Amoris Laetitia," his apostolic exhortation on the family.
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Defend God’s image by defending the Rohingya, pope urges

Each human being is created in the image and likeness of God, yet so often people desecrate that image with violence as seen in the treatment of Myanmar's Rohingya minority, Pope Francis said.
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Pope arrives in Bangladesh, praises country’s welcome of Rohingya

From the Dhaka international airport, Pope Francis went directly to the National Martyrs' Memorial, which honors those who died in the 1971 war in which Bangladesh separated from Pakistan.
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Fear and loathing: Rohingya crisis shows danger of identity politics

The situation of the Rohingya is an extreme example of what happens when one's ethnic or religious identity incites such strong fear or pride or that it creates ironclad categories of "us and them."
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Buddhists, Christians must reclaim values that lead to peace, pope says

Christians and Buddhists are called by faith to overcome evil with goodness and violence with peace, Pope Francis said.
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Respect the rights of all groups, pope tells Myanmar’s leaders

The plight of the ethnic Muslim minority in Myanmar's Rakhine state was front and center in speeches by Pope Francis and Aung San Suu Kyi, but neither publicly used the word Rohingya.
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Pope meets generals after brief welcome by children in Myanmar

Greeted by two dozen children wearing traditional attire and by the nation's bishops, Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar Nov. 27 for a four-day visit.
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‘Invest in love,’ pope says on first World Day of the Poor

People have a basic choice in the way they live: either striving to build up treasures on earth or giving to others in order to gain heaven, Pope Francis said.
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Couples need help forming, following their consciences, pope says

Marriage and family life are blessings for individuals and for society, but both are filled with difficult choices that Catholic couples must be helped to face prayerfully and in the light of their consciences, Pope Francis said.
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At home and abroad: Bishops’ conferences show collegiality, solidarity

The role of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other bishops' conferences around the world is "catholic" -- working together to promote the church's mission, but also "to support peacebuilding and human development throughout the world," said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.
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Book says nuns found John Paul I dead, could help on path to sainthood

Two women may hold the key to clearing up questions still surrounding the death of Pope John Paul I and to overcoming the first hurdle on his path to canonization.
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