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Christian ID: You have to leave comforts of home to find it, pope says


People will not find the face of God by relaxing at home on the couch, surfing online or reading encyclopedias, Pope Francis said.

Only people with a restless heart that thirsts for God will find him as they strike out on the road, taking risks and overcoming fatigue, danger and doubt, he said Feb. 10 during the morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives.

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


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


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.


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October 9-22, 2015


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