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Pope: Self-righteous rebels are doomed, repentant sinners are saved

Pope Francis gestures as he addresses the crowd during a visit to St. Joseph Parish in Rome Dec. 14. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on December 16th, 2014

“The people who are humble, lowly and trust in the Lord, they are the ones who are saved, and this is the way of the church, right?” Pope Francis said during morning Mass today at the Vatican.

Count down to Christmas by counting your blessings, pope says

An Advent wreath is pictured in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican Dec. 15. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on December 15th, 2014

A Christian’s Christmas joy has nothing to do with “the consumerism that leads to everyone being anxious Dec. 24 because, ‘Oh, I don’t have this, I need that,’” Pope Francis told parishioners on Sunday. Christian joy “comes from prayer and from giving thanks to God.”

No prize, not for sale: God’s grace is free, loving embrace, pope says

Posted on December 11th, 2014

God’s grace isn’t “merchandise” that people can hoard or exploit for themselves; it is a free and loving embrace from God, Pope Francis said.

All Father wants for Christmas is…

Posted on December 11th, 2014

Like everyone, Father Joseph Corley is waiting during Advent for Jesus, the hope of the world. But the Delaware County pastor knows the spiritual gifts he wants for Christmas, and here’s hoping he gets them.

Enjoy the music at Mass? Hold your applause

Posted on December 9th, 2014

Breaking the flow of the liturgy and spirit of prayer by clapping for a choir during Mass seems inappropriate to Father Ken Doyle, who answers questions in his weekly column.

Church is ‘mother’ when it offers mercy and tenderness, pope says

Posted on December 9th, 2014

“The joy of going out to search for our brothers and sisters who are far off, this is the joy of the church,” the pope said at morning Mass today. “That is when the church becomes a mother, becomes fruitful.”

Disposing of cremains and that old wedding ring

Posted on December 4th, 2014

Father Ken Doyle finds ample church teaching on how respectfully to bury or entomb a loved one’s cremated remains, but less so on what to do with the wedding ring from one’s first, annulled, marriage.

God reveals himself to humble hearts, says pope

Posted on December 2nd, 2014

God reveals himself to humble and meek hearts, said Pope Francis at morning Mass.

Paying attention ahead of the Christmas season

Posted on December 2nd, 2014

In a world full of distractions, family and friends often become a blur in a busy day, especially during Christmas. Father Eugene Hemrick advises us to attend to our relationships, including with our Father.

The world will end with peace, not annihilation, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis is silhouetted as he leaves his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on November 26th, 2014

Believing in eternity and in the final establishment of the kingdom of God, Christians throughout history — starting with the disciples — were filled with questions such as when the end will come and what will happen to the created world, Pope Francis said.

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