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Pope: When giving to the poor, look them in the eyes

Apr 9, 2016 - 05:44 am .- In Saturday's address for the monthly Jubilee of Mercy general audience, Pope Francis said almsgiving is not just about the money; it is about being attentive to the actual needs of the person asking for help

Pope Francis observes moment of silence for Belgium attack victims

Mar 23, 2016 - 07:08 am .- In his general audience the day after terrorist attacks in Belgium claimed the lives of at least 30 people and injured 230 more, Pope Francis led pilgrims in a moment of silent prayer for the victims and their families.

Love is the hidden service we do for others, Pope Francis says

Mar 12, 2016 - 06:00 am .- On Saturday Pope Francis said that love is more than just saying nice words and doing things – it means forgetting oneself and serving others, just as Jesus did when he washed the feet of the disciples.

Pope: wealth and power are good, but only when used to serve

Feb 24, 2016 - 05:06 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis cautioned that unless wealth and power are put at the service of society, especially the poor, they risk becoming instruments of corruption, private interests and various forms of abuse.

Make a daily commitment to spreading God’s mercy, Pope Francis says

Feb 20, 2016 - 04:46 am .- On Saturday Pope Francis held his second Saturday general audience of the Jubilee, encouraging pilgrims to make a daily commitment to spreading God’s mercy both in the small things, and to those most in need.

Pope rallies Catholics to be 'mediators of mercy' during jubilee

Jan 27, 2016 - 05:40 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis renewed his appeal for faithful to put the works of mercy into practice during the jubilee, urging them to open their hearts to others, and to show God’s tenderness to those who suffer.

Nothing can stop God's mercy – not even sin, Pope says

Jan 13, 2016 - 04:34 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis launched a new series of catechesis on mercy for his general audiences, telling pilgrims that the love and forgiveness of God can’t be overcome by anything, including our sin.

Eat with your family, not with your smartphone, Pope says

Nov 11, 2015 - 05:57 am .- For Pope Francis the dinner table is a key place to strengthen family bonds and foster a sense of “togetherness,” which he said can often be thwarted by an excess attachment to technology.

Pope Francis asks forgiveness for scandals in the Church

Oct 14, 2015 - 08:01 am .- Pope Francis opened this Wednesday's general audience by apologizing for unspecified scandals that have recently arisen in the Vatican.

Churches, families must be places of welcome, Pope says

Sep 9, 2015 - 07:13 am .- Pope Francis Wednesday spoke of the bond which must exist between families and the Christian community, stressing that the Church, in following the Gospel, must always keep its doors open.

War is the mother of poverty, Pope Francis says

Jun 3, 2015 - 03:30 pm .- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis lamented the suffering inflicted on families already struggling from poverty in countries torn by the “great predator” of war.

Pope: Mary and Joseph exemplify mission, vocation of family life

Dec 17, 2014 - 05:06 am .- Pope Francis spoke today about Jesus’ choice to be born into a family, saying that it shows the importance of the vocation, which Mary and Joseph epitomized through their everyday holiness.

Pope Francis prays, issues strong appeal for Ebola victims

Sep 24, 2014 - 08:14 am .- Pope Francis made an appeal for prayer and aid for the victims of the Ebola outbreak which has been sweeping through several West African countries.

True Christians aren't elitist – they generate life, Pope says

Sep 17, 2014 - 06:19 am .- At his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke on what it means to evangelize, calling it apostolic work born of an encounter with Christ rather than lifeless efforts from the self-appointed “elect.”

Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him

Sep 10, 2014 - 04:53 am .- A man paralyzed from the neck down made his way to Pope Francis' general audience, saying he took the massively risky move because he wanted to experience for himself the pontiff's uniqueness.

Pope: mercy, compassion at heart of new covenant

Aug 6, 2014 - 05:13 am .- In his first general audience since June, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Church, explaining that Jesus fulfills the Old Testament by giving a new teaching on mercy in the beatitudes.

Being a Christian means belonging to the Church, Pope affirms

Jun 25, 2014 - 04:30 am .- In his general audience address Pope Francis drew attention to how God formed the Church to unify humanity, stating that no one is saved on their own, but rather through the help of others.

Resurrection pours 'fresh hope' on the world, Pope reflects

Apr 23, 2014 - 05:22 am .- During his general audience Wednesday Pope Francis emphasized the certainty of Christ's presence in the world today, noting how his resurrection invites us to reject sin and open ourselves to joy and hope.

Lent is a 'strong' time of conversion, Pope Francis reflects

Mar 5, 2014 - 12:46 pm .- During his general audience on Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis called Lent a moment of renewal which allows us to look at the needs of others with “new eyes,” and to grow in love.

Pope: Eucharist helps us to see the face of Christ in others

Feb 12, 2014 - 04:17 am .- During his general audience, Pope Francis reflected on how we live the Eucharist in our daily lives, explaining that it helps us to truly encounter others as a community, and opens us to God’s mercy.

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