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Pope's Peace Day Message: Fraternity is foundation of peace

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THE POPE'S MESSAGE FOR WORLD DAY FOR PEACE

Vatican City, 12 December 2013 (VIS) - “ Fraternity as the foundation of peace and as the pathway to peace” is the title chosen by Pope Francis for his first message for the 47th World Day for Peace, which will be celebrated on 1 January 2014. The document, dated 8 December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, consists of ten points, including a brief prologue and a conclusion, structured in relation to two biblical quotations: “Where is your brother?” (Genesis 4:9) and “And you will all be brothers” (Matthew 23:8), and six phrases describing attributes of fraternity: “Fraternity, the foundation and pathway to peace”, “Fraternity, a prerequisite for fighting poverty”, “The rediscovery of fraternity in the economy”, “Fraternity extinguishes war”, “Corruption and organized crime threaten fraternity” and “Fraternity helps to preserve and cultivate nature”.

The full text of the message is published below:

Pope's vision of America: 'A land of generosity'

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Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, said Wednesday that the two American continents are called to be "a land of generosity" where "different peoples come together."

Writing in a message to mark Thursday's feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, an apparition of Virgin Mary who is recognized by the church as the patroness of the Americas, Francis said Mary gives a "prophecy of an embrace."

Francis supports campaign to end global hunger

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Pope Francis Monday appealed to people throughout the world to support a new campaign by Caritas Internationalis to wipe out global hunger, according to Vatican Radio. The campaign is set to begin Dec. 10 with a “wave of prayer to end hunger,” which begins at noon in Samoa and will travel around the world.

The following is the full text of Pope Francis' remarks:

Dear brothers and dear sisters,

Pope Francis: A life built on Christ is guarantee against hypocrisy

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People can say things that sound Christian and call themselves Christian as they tell others what to do, but if they don't pray often and live the Gospel, they harm others and the church, Pope Francis said.

Concelebrating his morning Mass on Thursday with the eight members of the Council of Cardinals advising him on the reform of the Roman Curia and church governance, Pope Francis prayed that God would give all Christians "the grace of humility" to build their lives on the rock that is Christ.

Pope Francis will help launch worldwide 'wave of prayer' against hunger

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Pope Francis will help launch a global campaign of prayer and action against world hunger.

Organized by Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based federation of Catholic charities, the global "wave of prayer" will begin at noon Dec. 10 on the South Pacific island of Samoa and head west across the world's time zones.

Pope Francis will offer his blessing and support for the "One Human Family, Food For All" campaign in a five-minute video message being released on the eve of the global launch.

Pope reveals past work as bouncer to parishioners

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In addition to having worked sweeping floors and running tests in a chemical laboratory as a teenager, Pope Francis revealed he also used to work as a bouncer.

No longer kicking troublemakers out of clubs, he has discovered the secret to bringing people back, this time, into the church, according to the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, Monday.

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