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Pope: Christian love isn't soap-opera swoon, it's generous, concrete

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Christians must love through concrete actions, not words, which are just whisked away in the wind, Pope Francis said.

True love knows it's more important to give -- "give things, give life, give oneself to God and others" -- than receive, the pope said in his homily Thursday during his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.

Christian love is generous and real, it's not some dreamy romantic notion and "not the love on soap operas," he said, according to Vatican Radio.

Guard faith with 'spiritual cunning,' says pope

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Christians should go out into the world to follow God but use "holy cunning" to guard against the snares of temptation, Pope Francis said.

The pope made the remarks at a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Monday on the feast of the Epiphany, which marks the manifestation of Jesus as savior to the world.

In his homily, the pope said that life is a journey, and like the three Wise Men, or Magi, people are looking for the "fullness of truth and of love which we Christians recognize in Jesus, the light of the world."

Pope: Time to stop violence, discord, and begin making peace at home

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Welcoming in a new year, Pope Francis said it was time to stop provoking and ignoring violence, tragedy and conflict in the world, and begin building peace at home.

"Justice and peace at home, among us -- you begin at home and then you move on to all of humanity. But we have to start at home," he said Jan. 1, which the church marks as the feast of Mary, Mother of God and as World Peace Day.

Francis: 'Refugees, elderly outcasts of society'

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Pope Francis today turned his attention to the dramatic predicament of migrants and refugees who not always find a welcome, but often become victims of human trafficking and slave labor, Vatican radio reported.

Speaking to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, Francis said that on this first Sunday after Christmas, the liturgy invites us to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family.

Pope to invite ordinary parishioners to Mass

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In yet another gesture of outreach to ordinary people, Pope Francis starting in January will invite parishioners from Roman parishes to join him for his daily morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, the Vatican residence where he lives.

The news was first reported yesterday by the Italian paper Corriere della Sera and confirmed today by the Vatican Press Office.

There are roughly 320 parishes in the Rome diocese.

The following is an NCR translation of the brief statement:

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