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Don’t be ‘couch potatoes,’ get up and evangelize, pope says

"This is how the Lord evangelizes, this is how the Lord proclaims, this is how the Lord wants us to evangelize," the pope said.
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Pope calls German cardinal to Rome to discuss eucharistic sharing

Pope Francis has asked the president of the German bishops' conference to come to Rome to discuss pastoral guidelines for possibly allowing some non-Catholics married to Catholics to receive the Eucharist, the conference spokesman said.
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Father of Alfie Evans meets pope, begs for help to save his son

Begging Pope Francis to help his son, Alfie, Tom Evans met with the pontiff, pleading for "asylum" in Italy so his seriously ill son may receive care and not be euthanized in England.
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‘Is my dad in heaven?’ little boy asks pope

"How beautiful to hear a son say of his father, 'He was good,'" the pope told the children during a visit to St. Paul of the Cross parish April 15.
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Pope apologizes for ‘serious mistakes’ in judging Chilean abuse cases

In a letter to the bishops of Chile, Pope Francis apologized for underestimating the seriousness of the sexual abuse crisis in the country following a recent investigation into allegations concerning Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno.
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Repentant sinners need merciful confessors, not inquisitors, pope says

Pope Francis told 550 priests he designated as "missionaries of mercy" that being merciful in the confessional helps penitents return to God without fear, even if they repeatedly stumble or slip.
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With new document, pope shows holiness is for everyone, speakers say

Pope Francis is reminding Christians that the desired goal of their journey is true life, joy, meaning and fullness found in Jesus with the help of divine grace and the action of the Holy Spirit received in baptism.
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Catholic faithful must object if pope misuses authority, cardinal says

U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke to several hundred Catholics concerned about what they see as growing confusion in the Catholic Church, particularly because of the way Pope Francis opened the possibility for some divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion.
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Trevi Fountain coins to continue bringing fortune to Rome’s needy

While millions of tourists throw a coin over their shoulder into Rome's Trevi Fountain hoping to return to Rome one day, the money scooped out of the fountain each week offers more concrete hope to the city's poor.
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Leave Mass praising God, not gossiping about others, pope says

The final words at Mass -- "Go in peace" -- are an invitation to Christians to proclaim God's blessings through their lives, not an opportunity to go outside and speak ill of others, Pope Francis said.
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Easter hope breaks routine, unleashes creativity, pope says

Truly celebrating Easter means allowing Jesus to triumph over personal fears and give life to hope, creativity and care for others, Pope Francis said.
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Pope: Jesus’ church offers truth, comfort despite efforts to discredit it

Leading a prayer to God for the grace to feel ashamed and repentant for so many sins in the world, Pope Francis highlighted the hope that always comes from Jesus.
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