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Devil is real and must be fought with armor of truth, pope says

Pope Francis speaks as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 26. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters) Posted on October 30th, 2014

Christian life is a constant battle against the devil, who is not the stuff of legend but really exists, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. People need faith to go forward and they need to know “that it is God defending us, to resist the devil’s temptations,” he said.


Mom wants help finding right parish for gay daughter’s family

Posted on October 30th, 2014

Father Ken Doyle answers a question about finding a parish that will welcome a woman, her partner and their son. He also responds to the matter of when and how to talk about abortion with children.


Don’t be bad Christians, people may think atheism is better, pope says

Pope Francis covers a child with a hood during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on October 29th, 2014

The way Christians behave can either help and inspire others, or turn them away from ever following Jesus, Pope Francis said.


Evangelization as a person-to-person dialogue

Posted on October 28th, 2014

Only after a person shares his or her joys, hopes, concerns or other heartfelt needs with another person is it possible to bring up God’s word, writes Father John Catoir. Using dialogue, we become actively engaged in evangelization and in spreading love.


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.


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