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Humility and interior renewal are essential for Christian unity, pope says

Pope Francis greets people as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 22. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on October 24th, 2014

“The weaker we are with these virtues of humility, generosity, gentleness, meekness — the stronger we become,” Pope Francis said in a homily at morning Mass today.


A time for the rosary, and a time for silence

Posted on October 23rd, 2014

Father Ken Doyle answers a reader’s question about the appropriate times for public devotional prayers such as the rosary in church — including before or after Mass and during a Holy Hour.


All wars begin in a jealous heart; let go of pride, envy, pope says

Pope Francis greets inmates from a detention and treatment center in Eboli, Italy, during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 22. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on October 22nd, 2014

All wars begin in the human heart — a heart that is jealous and bitter and tears apart communities through misunderstandings and marginalization, Pope Francis said.


Bring disabled veterans to your prayers

Posted on October 21st, 2014

Veteran warriors living with the physical wounds and nightmarish memories of battle have descended into a hell that few civilians have. We owe our veterans a remembrance in our prayers, writes Father Eugene Hemrick.


Praise the Lord by remembering everything he has done for us, pope says

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 15. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on October 16th, 2014

Do not forget to praise God for all he has done and how he is there to guide people, lowering himself like a loving father who bends down to help his child learn to walk, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.


Church called to keep hope alive, live in joyful expectation, pope says

Pope Francis greets the crowd at the start of his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 15. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on October 15th, 2014

The church of Christ is called to keep the light of hope alive in the world, showing all humanity the path leading to “the merciful face of God” and salvation in Christ, Pope Francis said.


Faith leads to generous love, not fake facades, hypocrisy, pope says

Posted on October 14th, 2014

Faith is not about appearances and superficially following the laws with a heart that resists detaching itself from greed and evil, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.


How Mary’s statue helps in our busy home

Posted on October 14th, 2014

A local Catholic couple explains their devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, and how her image reminds everyone that she is praying for the family, no matter how hectic life becomes.


Put a lock on your heart to avoid temptation, pope says

Posted on October 10th, 2014

The best way to guard one’s heart against the tricks of the devil, Pope Francis said, is with the daily practice of an examination of conscience.


Can laypeople offer blessings?

Posted on October 10th, 2014

Clergy normally offer blessings, but in many cases laypeople appropriately do so — and not just at dinner, writes Father Ken Doyle.


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