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Francis: 'Bear witness to unity, peace, reconciliation'

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Pope Francis on Wednesday said Christians must bear witness to God's plan for the unity, peace and reconciliation of the whole human family. The pope was speaking as he greeted tens of thousands of visitors, gathered in St. Peter's Square for his Wednesday general audience, according to Vatican Radio.

Following are his reported remarks:

Pope returns to social Gospel, stressing jobs and ecology

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On his second Italian trip outside Rome, Pope Francis today visited the island of Sardinia, reinforcing his image as a pope of the social gospel by stressing the importance of jobs and environmental protection.

"If there's to be authentic promotion of the person, work has to be guaranteed," the pope said, insisting that work and human dignity are closely intertwined.

Francis: church communications must be a 'dialogue'

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Pope Francis said Saturday the goal of church communications is “to understand how to enter into dialogue with the men and women of today in order to appreciate their desires, their doubts and their hopes.”

His words reflected the opening paragraph of the Vatican II document, the “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World,” which reads: “The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men [and women] of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ.”

Francis: 'The gaze of Jesus gives us dignity'

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The transforming gaze of Jesus was the subject of Pope Francis’ remarks after the readings at Mass Saturday, the Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, whose conversion story is told in the Gospel passage of the day.

Jesus looks at Matthew – a tax collector, a public sinner whose whole life was money, which he idolized – right in the eye. Then, said Francis, “[Matthew feels] in his heart the gaze of the Lord who looked upon him.”

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