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Peace isn't mass-produced but handcrafted by ordinary people, pope says

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Pope Francis called on the world's Christians to pray with him for peace in the Middle East, help convince governments to come to the aid of refugees and pray for Christian unity.

While peace is a gift from God, it is also built out of the day-to-day handiwork of individuals: true "artisans of peace," who are capable of crafting fraternity and reconciliation with people of all cultures and religions, he said during his general audience Wednesday in St. Peter's Square.

Francis: 'knowledge, a gift of the Creator'

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Pope Francis today acclaimed knowledge as a gift of the Spirit, enabling us to know and praise creation and the Creator, the Vatican reported today.

In the presence of more than 50,000 people in St. Peter's Square, Francis explained that this gift of the Holy Spirit also enables us to discover how the beauty and immensity of the cosmos speaks to us of the Creator and invites us to praise Him “from the depths of our heart and to recognize that all that we have, and all that we are. is an inestimable gift of God and a sign of His infinite love for us”.

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