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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…




Pope: Coldest hearts can be warmed by Christmas cheer

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christmas joy expressed through music brings a message of peace and brotherhood for those most in need, Pope Francis said. Meeting with organizers and artists participating in a benefit Christmas concert at the Vatican, the pope said the talents…




God does not lead us into temptation, Satan does, pope says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Italian and English translations of the “Our Father” can give believers the wrong impression that God can and does lead people into temptation, Pope Francis said.    The Italian bishops’ television channel, TV2000, has been broadcasting a series…