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Francis urges support for elderly sisters, priests

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At his morning Mass Friday, Pope Francis reflected on the later life challenges of three biblical figures: Moses, St. John the Baptist and St. Paul. He said none of the three was spared anguish at the end of their lives, though the Lord never abandoned them. The pope also urged the faithful to remember and visit the many elderly priests and sisters living in their nursing homes because they are true shrines of holiness. 

Sister on meeting pope: 'A man who wants to connect'

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Maryknoll Sr. Teresa Dagdag says she didn't expect to meet Pope Francis on Oct. 3. But as she walked away from a brief encounter with him, she says she saw "a simple man, a man of God, a man who wants to connect."

A native of the Philippines, Dagdag is the executive co-secretary of a group of leaders of international orders of men and women religious who focus on social justice issues. 

Pope’s Quotes: Common sanctity

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My favorite quotes from Pope Francis:

“I see the sanctity of God’s people, this daily sanctity. There is a ‘holy middle class,’ which we can all be part of … I see the holiness in the patience of the people of God: a woman who is raising children, a man who works to bring home the bread, the sick, the elderly priests who have so many wounds but have a smile on their faces because they served the Lord, the sisters who work hard and live a hidden sanctity. This is for me the common sanctity. …

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