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Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience on May 14, 2014

Christian joy is based in hope, Pope Francis reflects

May 30, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his first daily homily since returning from the Holy Land Pope Francis centered on the theme of Christian joy,... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the sacrament of confirmation with young people Dec. 1, 2013.

Do not be 'afraid of joy,' Pope encourages

Apr 24, 2014

Pope Francis rebuked Christians who are “afraid of joy” and “mournful,” encouraging them to remember that Jesus Christ accompanies them.  Read more

A statue of the Baby Jesus from a Nativity scene is held up for the blessing at St Peter's Square on “Bambinelli” Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.

Church is a 'house of joy,' Pope stresses on Gaudete Sunday

Dec 15, 2013

In his Angelus address on the third Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis emphasized the joy of the Christian message and... Read more

Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square after Mass on April 28, 2013

A Church without joy is unimaginable, Pope Francis says

Dec 3, 2013

By Elise Harris

The Pope focused his daily homily this morning on the themes of joy and peace, emphasizing that our God “is... Read more