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Pope: Ask if your life promotes unity or division

May 22, 2013 - 06:44 am .- The Holy Spirit made it possible for everyone to hear the apostles in their own language on Pentecost, uniting people who were divided, Pope Francis said, calling on Christians to witness to the faith in a way that reconciles and is forgiving.

Holy Spirit leads to truth amid relativism, Pope counsels

May 15, 2013 - 04:42 am .- As he looked ahead to Pentecost, Pope Francis spoke about the Holy Spirit’s role in guiding Christians to know Jesus, who is the Truth, in an age of relativism.

God's living water satisfies deepest desires, Pope reflects

May 8, 2013 - 05:20 am .- The Holy Spirit is the “living water” that fulfills our lives because he tells us “we are loved by God,” Pope Francis proclaimed.

Pope urges Christians to remember final judgment

Apr 24, 2013 - 07:27 am .- Christians should not be frightened of the final judgment but should let it affect how they live, Pope Francis told the 100,000 pilgrims who filled St. Peter’s Square.

World misses God but it can see your joy, Pope tells audience

Apr 10, 2013 - 10:37 am .- Pope Francis urged Catholics to serve humanity by showing “the joy of being children of God” to the world, since it “no longer seems able to lift its gaze towards God.”

Women communicate God's look of love, Pope says

Apr 3, 2013 - 08:23 am .- During his second Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said that women’s main role in the Church is to communicate God’s love.

Pope calls for end to Central African Republic violence

Mar 27, 2013 - 11:36 am .- Pope Francis appealed for an “immediate halt to violence and looting” in the Central African Republic after a coup toppled the country’s government over the weekend.

Holy Week is time to bring Christ to forgotten, Pope teaches

Mar 27, 2013 - 07:28 am .- Pope Francis said Holy Week is a time for moving beyond a “dull or mechanical” way of living the faith and to bring the joy of Christ to those who are most distant or in need.

Pope's final audience was bittersweet for cardinals

Feb 27, 2013 - 09:20 am .- The cardinals and bishops who attended Pope Benedict XVI’s last big public appearance made sure to show him their love and respect, but it was a hard moment as well.

Pope confident God will guide Church in days ahead

Feb 27, 2013 - 04:55 am .- Pope Benedict XVI told the 150,000 people who came to his final general audience that he is filled with trust and peace as he prepares to resign, because the Church is not his but God’s and he will “not let it sink.”

Pope urges conversion in face of modern temptations

Feb 13, 2013 - 10:00 am .- After thanking everyone for their love and prayers since he announced his resignation, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on how modern culture frequently offers people the temptation to set aside their faith.

Reason and love are behind Creation, Pope proclaims

Feb 6, 2013 - 08:19 am .- Even with modern scientific advances, it is still right to speak of the beginning of life as “Creation” because the world’s origin is rational and motivated by love, Pope Benedict XVI said.

Pope says Biblical view of God can help fatherhood crisis

Jan 30, 2013 - 08:20 am .- Pope Benedict XVI said the Bible can help clarify the true meaning of being a father during his general audience today.

Jesus' birth should deepen trust in God, Pope teaches

Jan 2, 2013 - 11:13 am .- The birth of Jesus causes joy because it gives us the certainty that God “works wonders in weakness,” Pope Benedict XVI said Jan. 2.

Pope says faith includes trust in dark moments

Dec 19, 2012 - 10:12 am .- Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of reflections on faith this Wednesday, saying that at times it includes an element of darkness.

Pope: Advent is time to focus on God's loving plan

Dec 5, 2012 - 10:31 am .- As the Church celebrates the season of Advent, Pope Benedict said that Catholics should remember “God is present” and recall his “plan of loving goodness.”

Pope counsels parents to share faith with joy, dialogue

Nov 28, 2012 - 10:53 am .- Sharing the faith with children and others should be done in a joyful, clear and simple manner, Pope Benedict said at the Wednesday general audience.

Pope: Faith is reasonable, leads to joyful life

Nov 21, 2012 - 12:38 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of teachings on faith by examining how it is “reasonable and not in conflict with science.”

Pope warns Gaza conflict could spread in Middle East

Nov 21, 2012 - 11:02 am .- Pope Benedict XVI is warning violence could spread through the region, after Israel continued bombing Gaza and a suicide bomb rocked Tel Aviv.

'Practical atheism' more destructive than disbelief, Pope says

Nov 14, 2012 - 10:45 am .- The practical atheism of those who say they are Christian but live as if God does not exist is a greater threat than actual atheism, Pope Benedict XVI said as he presented three ways for people to more fully discover God.

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