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Pope Francis: The most difficult charity (or fasting) is to bend over and hug a wounded person

12967044835 9c571b5617_zAre we ashamed to touch the flesh of our wounded or suffering brothers and sisters? This was one of the key questions posed by Pope Francis during his homily at the morning Mass on Friday at the Santa Marta residence. The Pope stressed that our life of faith is closely linked to a life of charity and Christians who do not practice the latter are hypocrites.

Pope's Lenten Message 2014 focuses on poverty, sacrifice

PopeFrancisFuoriGliMuriPope Francis' Message for the Lenten season 2014 was released at a Vatican Press conference Tuesday. The theme of the Message is drawn from a Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, "He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich" (cf. 2 Cor 8:9).

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Pope Francis creates 19 new Cardinals

12700708425 2804272f73_zPope Francis created nineteen new Cardinals on Saturday, February 22, the Feast of the Chair of St Peter the Apostle. The newly created Cardinals received the insignia of their office – the red biretta and the cardinal’s ring – in a streamlined ceremony conducted entirely in Latin.

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Pope Francis: accompany, don't condemn, those who experience failure in marriage

12744725945 b988be8749_zPope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta residence in the Vatican this morning. In remarks following the readings of the day, the Holy Father focused on the beauty of marriage and warned that the Church must accompany – not condemn – those who experience failure in married life. He explained that Christ is the Bridegroom of the Church, and therefore you cannot understand one without the Other.

Pope announces possible trip to Sri Lanka

11713523605 e245bc8d0e_zPope Francis on Saturday, February 9th, met with a group of Sri Lankan immigrants living in Italy. The group had come to Rome on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the consecration of the Church in Sri Lanka to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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