Don’t let the devil light ‘fire’ of war in your heart, pope says

People cannot call themselves Christians if they sow the seeds of war, Pope Francis said.
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Set aside indifference, fear in order to build peace, pope tells diplomats

Peace requires setting aside indifference and fear so that a feeling of mutual respect may grow and flourish, Pope Francis told diplomats.
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World needs peacemakers, not empty words, pope says in message

The world does not need more empty words, it needs committed, active peacemakers who do not exclude or manipulate, but are open to respectful dialogue, Pope Francis said in his annual message for the World Day of Peace Jan. 1.
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Martyrdom comes from following Christ without compromise, pope says

Martyrdom "is the sign that we are on Jesus' path; it's a blessing from the Lord that within the people of God there is someone who gives this witness of martyrdom," the pope said.
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W.Va. bishop meets Vatican official to discuss predecessor’s amends

Tasked with finding ways his predecessor should make amends for abuses, including gross financial misconduct, Bishop Mark E. Brennan of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, was able to meet with a top Vatican official to discuss those plans.
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Once-lapsed Catholic insists spirituality be part of public sphere

The heady realm of philosophy got special accolades in November when the preeminent Canadian philosopher, Charles Taylor, won the Ratzinger Prize.
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More must be done to include women in church bodies, pope says

The church, as a mother, wishes for "harmony among all her children and does not engage in favoritism or partiality," the pope said.
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Success in protecting ozone layer offers lessons for future, pope says

Decades of fruitful international cooperation on protecting the earth's ozone layer serve as an important lesson for guiding collaboration needed today, Pope Francis said.
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Pope Francis prays before a statue of Our Lady of Loreto at the Sanctuary of the Holy House on the feast of the Annunciation in Loreto, Italy, March 25, 2019.

Pope adds feast of Our Lady of Loreto to universal calendar

Pope Francis has approved adding the Dec. 10 feast of Our Lady of Loreto to all calendars and liturgical books for the celebration of the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.
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U.S. bishops speak at synod for the Amazon

The Synod of Bishops for the Amazon is not a "referendum" on priestly celibacy; it is looking for ways to provide for the sacramental life and formation of the people there, U.S. Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston said.
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Jesus does not tolerate hypocrisy, pope says

Jesus enjoys unmasking hypocrisy, which is the work of the devil, Pope Francis said.
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The Christian battle is against evil, not people, pope says

When Catholics attack other members of the church, they are hurting Christ, Pope Francis said.
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