With baptism, Christians are cleansed of sin, but the sacrament doesn't wash away human weakness nor the obligation to ask forgiveness when they make mistakes, Pope Francis said.
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God's hands are never used for violence, Pope Francis said.
"I can't imagine God slapping us," the pope said. "Scolding us, yes, that I see, because he does do that, but he never, ever hurts us."
God shows love and tenderness, "even when he must scold us; he does it with a caress because he is (our) father," the pope said in his homily Nov. 12 during his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
Pope Francis has greeted hundreds of people in wheelchairs one-by-one — part of a special gathering in which
Despite the perks and high living they may bring, bribery, corruption and dishonest work are serious sins that rob people and their children of their dignity, Pope Francis said.
"Devotees of the goddess of kickbacks" bring home "dirty bread" for their children to eat, the pope said Nov. 8 during his early morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.
A series of photos of Pope Francis embracing a man with neurofibromatosis (a condition long associated with the 'Elephant Man' Joseph Carey Merrick) has captured the imagine of a global audience.
Being on God's "guest list" is not enough for salvation; a person must respond to the offer of faith and actively participate in the life of the church, Pope Francis said.
Being a Christian means accepting God's invitation to believe in Jesus and to celebrate with the whole church the joy of being saved, the pope said Tuesday during his early morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.
Pope Francis' prayer intention for November is:
“That priests who experience difficulties may find comfort in their suffering, support in their doubts, and confirmation in their fidelity."
His mission intention is:
“That as fruit of the continental mission, Latin American Churches may send missionaries to other Churches."
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Pope Francis offered special prayers for migrants and refugees who have died in their flights seeking freedom and economic justice. The prayers were offered Nov. 1, the Feast of All Saints, at the end of his evening Mass at Rome's Verano cemetery.
“I would like to pray especially for our brothers and sisters who have died seeking freedom, a more worthwhile life," he said.
Another video has emerged of the child who decided he wanted to sit on the papal chair and cling to Pope Francis while the patient pope was addressing a group about family values.