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Holy Spirit leads to truth, renews the earth, emboldens, pope says

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the feast of Pentecost in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (May 20, 2013) Posted on May 26th, 2015

Celebrating Pentecost Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and reciting the “Regina Coeli” prayer with tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square May 24, the pope spoke of Pentecost as the day the church was born universal but united.

Pope: Clinging to wealth robs people of hope, lures them away from God

Posted on May 26th, 2015

Three things steer people away from Christ: wealth, vanity and pride, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

Look of love: Jesus’ gaze will change your life, pope says

Posted on May 22nd, 2015

“He always looks at us with love. He asks us something, he forgives us and he gives us a mission,” the pope said May 22 during his early morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Unity in church, families is a grace to request from God, pope says

Posted on May 22nd, 2015

Sowing division in the church and in families is one of the devil’s favorite things and it goes directly against Jesus’ will for all his followers, Pope Francis said.

Where are the saints of the Old Testament?

Posted on May 21st, 2015

Father Kenneth DoyleThe holy men and women of the Bible might not be called saints, but we can still imitate them, writes Q & A columnist Father Ken Doyle.

Pope Francis urges reflection on ‘final farewell’ from earthly life

Posted on May 19th, 2015

Every life involves many leave-takings, both great and small, the pope said, and some involve “many tears” and “much suffering.”

Take a bite of Scripture, with lectio divina

Posted on May 19th, 2015

Michelle Francl-DonnayWriter Michelle Francl-Donnay reminds of an ancient practice to help us chew on the word of God, and let it penetrate us.

What would it take for a divorcee to become Catholic?

Posted on May 15th, 2015

Father Kenneth DoyleIn looking up an answer to a divorced woman’s desire to enter the church, Father Ken Doyle is surprised by what he finds. It’s complicated.

The power of a loving touch

Posted on May 15th, 2015

Deacon Bill MasapolloDeacon Bill Masapollo writes that the sacraments all involve touch, which is a good explanation for the human need to love.

A paralyzed church is ill and needs the Spirit for courage, pope says

Posted on May 15th, 2015

Pope Francis prays in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 13. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool) “Fear is not a Christian attitude. It is the attitude of a soul behind bars,” Pope Francis said May 15. “A scared Christian is a person who has not understood what Jesus’ message is.”

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