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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.

The Pope 'came out to meet me', says priest who rode on popemobile

Jan 17, 2014 - 11:28 am .- “I was in Rome to meet the Pope, but it was the Pope who came out to meet me.” This is how Fr. Fabian Baez explained his impromptu Jan. 8 ride in the popemobile with Pope Francis.

Love of God 'scorches' our selfishness, Pope says

Oct 30, 2013 - 05:56 am .- In his general audience Pope Francis continued his reflections on the Creed, stressing the centrality of the Communion of Saints in the faith and how that communion embraces and purifies the Church.

Pope Francis: the Church nurtures, loves us as a mother

Sep 11, 2013 - 11:18 am .- Pope Francis told thousands gathered for his weekly general audience that the Church is like our mother, who gives life to and nurtures the faithful.

Pope calls for end to 'plague' of child labor

Jun 12, 2013 - 10:30 am .- Pope Francis has launched an appeal against child labor, calling it an “deplorable phenomenon" during his Wednesday general audience.

'God is stronger,' Pope insists as he urges outreach

Jun 12, 2013 - 10:19 am .- Pope Francis asked the tens of thousands of Catholics gathered in Saint Peter’s Square to overcome divisions and the fear of evangelizing by trusting that “God is stronger.”

Pope stresses threats to human person on Environment Day

Jun 5, 2013 - 09:52 am .- Pope Francis said that it is urgent to focus on people and not just on nature on World Environment Day.

Pope: Jesus' plan for humanity requires Catholic Church

May 29, 2013 - 07:56 am .- Pope Francis began a new series of reflections by saying that although some people want Jesus but not the Church, “it is the Church that brings us Christ” and reunites us to God.

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