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The Francis Chronicles

Salvation in the city: Be neighborhood apostles, pope urges laity

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Cities can be chaotic and cold, but people need God in a metropolis as much as they need him anywhere, Pope Francis said.

Lay Catholics especially are called "to go out without fear," offering a human touch and God's love to people they work with or live near, the pope said Saturday during a meeting with members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

Law and order require respect for authority, human dignity, pope says

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Officials dealing with law and order must firmly uphold the law while at the same time respecting human rights and dignity, Pope Francis said.

Public officials are called to exercise "professionalism and your humanity, your knowledge and your prudence without discouragement or pessimism, knowing, however, that you are not faced with abstract matters but with concrete lives of men and women with their problems and hopes," he said.

Pope: Families need fathers who guide, love them through thick and thin

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Every family needs a father -- a father who shares in his family's joy and pain, hands down wisdom to his children and offers them firm guidance and love, Pope Francis said.

Being a father is not easy since it takes lots of patience and grace, he said.

"But what consolation, what a reward one receives when the children honor this legacy. It is a joy that more than makes up for the hard work, that overcomes every misunderstanding and heals every wound," the pope said at his general audience Feb. 4.

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