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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.”

US bishop responds to pope regarding abortion language

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The U.S. Catholic bishop who grabbed headlines when he said he was "disappointed" Pope Francis had not spoken more about abortion now says he is "grateful" to the pope for widening the vision of the church.

Providence, R.I., Bishop Thomas Tobin made his newest remarks in a statement Friday, one day after Jesuit publications around the world published an exclusive interview with the pontiff, who said he felt "reprimanded" by some in the church.

Pope Francis and the invocation of Blessed Imelda

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Who is Blessed Imelda and why does Pope Francis like to invoke her name?

In his historic interview with Jesuit editors for La Civiltà Cattolica and America magazine, Francis referred to Blessed Imelda in discussing his work as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, especially during the time when the country was under the rule of a military junta.

Francis’ words like ‘rain on a parched land’

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In the wake of an extensive Pope Francis interview in America magazine published online today, Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic organizations working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, called upon the U.S. bishops to end their “multi-million dollar efforts to marginalize LGBT people.”

It said it viewed Francis’ interview statements like “rain on a parched land.”

Pope Francis on women in his interview with 'America' magazine

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There's a lot to love in this interview in America magazine. You can feel a refreshing breath of fresh air with Pope Francis' emphasis on the church as the People of God and in statements like, "We should not even think ... that 'thinking with the church' means only thinking with the hierarchy of the church." Whoa! That opens a lot of freedom of thought in one sentence.

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