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Do not pay for Mass, redemption is free, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Mass isn’t a paid arrangement for salvation but rather the commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice of his life, given freely to all, Pope Francis said. Christians can make a silent prayer during Mass or donate money to offer a Mass…



The savior is in: Jesus was always available to those in need, pope says

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Priests and bishops need to model themselves after Jesus, who never posted inconvenient office hours or shied away from people and their problems, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. “Jesus throws himself into the midst of the people,” showing…


Christians recognize God’s grace at work in one another, pope says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — When different Christian churches recognize the validity of one another’s baptisms, they are recognizing that God’s grace is at work in them, Pope Francis said. “Even when differences separate us, we recognize that we are part of the redeemed people, the…


Don’t rush through silence at Mass, pope says at general audience

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The silence that precedes the opening prayer at Mass is an opportunity for Christians to commend to God the fate of the church and the world, Pope Francis said. Departing from his prepared text at his weekly general audience…



Don’t confess other’s faults, own up to sins, pope says at audience

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Fear and the shame of admitting one’s own sins leads to pointing fingers and accusing others rather than recognizing one’s own faults, Pope Francis said. “It’s difficult to admit being guilty, but it does so much good to confess…


Cardinal Law’s funeral celebrated at Vatican

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Cardinal Bernard F. Law, who resigned as archbishop of Boston when it became clear he had knowingly transferred priests accused of sexually abusing children, made mistakes as all people do, Cardinal Angelo Sodano said at his funeral. Cardinal Sodano, as dean of…