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Christian unity is way to honor common witness of martyrdom, pope says

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To honor the sacrifice of those killed for their faith in the 20th century, Christians today must renew their commitment to reconciliation and full Christian unity, Pope Francis said.

"Just as in the ancient church the blood of the martyrs became the seed of new Christians, so in our day the blood of many Christians has become the seed of unity," the pope told Catholicos Karekin II of Etchmiadzin, patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Pope: Christianity means giving witness to Christ every day

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Christianity is not a school of ideas or a collection of beautiful temples and lovely art; it is a living people who follow Jesus and give witness to him every day, Pope Francis said.

"Am I a Christian giving witness to Jesus or am I a simple numerary of this sect," unable to let the Holy Spirit "drive me forward in my Christian vocation?" he asked in his homily at Mass Tuesday in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.

"A Christian who doesn't give witness is unfathomable," he said, according to a report by Vatican Radio.

Francis greets US delegates, signs NCR board member's cast

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Pope Francis greeted NCR Board member Jim Frey as part of a US delegation May 2, agreeing to sign Frey's leg cast with a large letter "F."

Frey was in Rome with members of his family and participated in an audience with Francis who met with members of the Papal Foundation, which raises millions and supports the pope and the mission of the church. The foundation’s fund has has grown to over $200 million. It has given out a total of $96.6 million in grants and scholarships around the world.

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