Stop taking smartphone snapshots during Mass, pope says

"It makes me so sad when I celebrate (Mass) in the square or in the basilica and I see so many cellphones in the air," the pope said. "And not just by the lay faithful, some priests and bishops, too."
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War brings only death, cruelty, pope says at U.S. military cemetery

In previous years, the pope marked All Souls' Day by visiting a Rome cemetery. This year, he chose to visit a U.S. military burial ground and, later in the day, the site of a Nazi massacre at the Ardeatine Caves in Rome to pray especially for all victims of war and violence.
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Pope says space station crew like a ‘tiny U.N.’ with peaceful diversity

When the pope asked what brought them joy during their long mission, Commander Randolph Bresnik from Fort Knox, Kentucky, told the pope that it was being able to see every day "God's creation maybe a little bit from his perspective."
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Signs of the Spirit: App teaches blessings, how to pray in ASL

When a child is born deaf into a hearing family, they shouldn't have to miss out on learning Catholic prayers or religious terms as they learn American Sign Language.
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Pope: If world insists on success, then make life more just, humane

Pope called to promote and defend more fairness and to manage the world's resources adequately and justly.
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To fight hunger and forced migration, end war, arms trade, pope says

Food insecurity is linked to forced migration, the pope said, and the two can be addressed only "if we go to the root of the problem" — conflict and climate change.
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‘Amoris Laetitia’ is built on traditional Thomist morality, pope says

Seeing, understanding and engaging with people's real lives does not "bastardize" theology, rather it is what is needed to guide people toward God, Pope Francis told Jesuits in Colombia.
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Worst sin is doubting God waits for all sinners to convert, pope says

The worst sin of all is not trusting in God's infinite love and not believing that God is always waiting for his sinning children to return to him, Pope Francis said.
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Pope says church was late fighting abuse, promises ‘zero tolerance’

Pope Francis has endorsed an approach of "zero tolerance" toward all members of the church guilty of sexually abusing minors or vulnerable adults.
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Pope expands scope of John Paul II institute on marriage, family

To better prepare priests and pastoral workers to help meet the challenges families face today, Pope Francis is strengthening the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and changing its name to the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and Family.
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In new book, pope upholds traditional marriage, need to help sinners

By virtue of its very definition, marriage can only be between a man and a woman, Pope Francis said in a new book-length interview.
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Pope: God wants people to dream big, not listen to cynics

God wants people to live with hope and joy -- not bitterness -- and to dream with him of a better world, Pope Francis said.
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