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Bible calls believers to live in harmony, pope says
The Torah, the first five books of the Bible, tell the story of God's love for humanity and his desire that people live in harmony with one another and with the created world, Pope Francis said.
Pope appeals for aid as famine grips South Sudan
Pope Francis appealed for humanitarian assistance to South Sudan where famine threatens the lives of millions of people already suffering due to a three-year civil war.
Greed, selfishness corrupt beauty of God's creation, pope says
Humanity's greed and selfishness can turn creation into a sad and desolate world instead of the sign of God's love that it was meant to be, Pope Francis said.
With simplicity, not as royalty, Christians embrace the meek, pope says
Christians embrace the lowliest and those most in need, treasuring and living out the simplicity of faith received from mothers and grandmothers, Pope Francis said.
Pope's tip for becoming a saint: Pray for someone who doesn't like you
A practical first step toward holiness -- as well as for assuring peace in one's family and in the world -- is to pray for a person who has caused offense or harm, Pope Francis said.
Counteract vitriol by toning it down, talking less, listening more, pope says
Addressing the fear of immigrants, dissatisfaction with a "fluid economy" and the impatience and vitriol seen in politics and society, Pope Francis told Rome university students to practice a kind of "intellectual charity" that promotes dialogue and sees value in diversity.
Lack of prayer turns God's word into philosophical idea, pope says
Without spiritual courage and a love for Jesus, the word of God will be proclaimed as just "a good, philosophical or moral idea," Pope Francis said.
Church needs religious orders' courage, witness, pope tells superiors
Catholic religious orders must have the courage to start new forms of outreach, knowing that the only people who "never make mistakes are those who never do anything," Pope Francis said.
Money, pride make people ignore God's word, neglect others, pope says
Without making room for God's word in their heart, people will never be able to welcome and love all human life, Pope Francis said.
Keep searching for unity, pope tells German Lutherans, Catholics
Christ's call for his disciples to be one requires that even as they try to resolve their differences on doctrinal and moral questions, they must get used to working and praying together, Pope Francis said.
Reject prejudice, leave space for hope in communications, pope says
At a time when the media seem to feed a "vicious cycle of anxiety" and a "spiral of fear," Christians should respond with honest stories that identify problems and evil, but also inspire real solutions, Pope Francis said.
Pope: Conversion means changing your way of thinking, not just living
True conversion means Christians must not only change their way of living, but also transform their way of thinking in order to respond to Christ's call to proclaim the Gospel, Pope Francis said.
Christian living requires constant battle with devil, pope says
Moving closer to Christ means facing daily struggles against temptation and battling against evil, Pope Francis said.
Pope baptizes babies born in Italian earthquake zone
In a gesture of closeness to those who lost loved ones and homes following several devastating earthquakes, Pope Francis baptized 13 babies from central Italy.
Take a risk by following Jesus, pope says at Mass
Following Jesus and entering into a relationship with him comes with risks, including the risk of looking foolish sometimes, Pope Francis said.
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