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Francis: Joy and new attitudes mark Christian life

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The Christian ought always to be joyful as one who goes to a wedding, Pope Francis said in his remarks following the Gospel at Mass Friday in the Domus Sanctae Marthae chapel in the Vatican.

He stressed the need to overcome the temptation to put the novelty of the Gospel into old wineskins, and repeated that the Sacrament of Matrimony is the image of Christ’s union with the Church, Vatican radio reported.

Francis: 'Where Jesus is there is humility and love'

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 “Where Jesus is, there is always humility, meekness, and love,” Pope Francis said in a homily during mass Tuesday at the Casa Santa Marta chapel inside the Vatican. It was the second Francis homily since he began celebrating daily mass after a summer break.

Francis characterized life in the presence of God Monday in his first September homily, saying where God is there is no hatred, envy or jealousy, and there is no gossip that can kill.

He reflecting on the Gospel according to Luke, which tells of a meeting between Jesus and the people of Nazareth

Francis returns to daily homilies at Casa Santa Marta

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Where there is God there is no hatred, envy or jealousy, and there is no gossip that can kill, Pope Francis said Monday in a homily as he celebrated Mass in the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican after the summer break.

Francis first reflected on the liturgical reading, which tells of the meeting between Jesus and the people of Nazareth as recounted by the Gospel according to Luke, according to a Vatican radio report.

Francis hails late Cardinal Carlo Martini

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On the eve of the first anniversary of the death of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini last week, Pope Francis called the late Jesuit and biblical scholar a “prophetic” figure and a “man of discernment and peace”.

The late cardinal, who died Aug. 31 2012, at the age of 85, was “a father for the whole Church”, and remembering one’s fathers “is an act of justice”, the pope said during a meeting with a group of Italian Jesuits.

Pope Francis poses for a 'selfie'

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By now you have probably heard that Pope Francis posed obligingly this past week for a "selfie."  A "selfie" is a photo taken of oneself by a hand held Iphone or other digital camera. The photo did not appear on the pontiff's Twitter site.  Meanwhile, Francis' Twitter account has an astounding 2,899,561 followers. That's more than NCR's John L. Allen and Josh McElwee together.

Pope Francis bows before Muslim queen

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Breaking protocol and expressing his unique humility, Pope Francis today bowed before Queen Rania of Jordon, who was visiting the Vatican with her husband, King Abdullah II. 

 It will not go unnoticed that Queen Rania is a Muslim. In his five months as pontiff, Francis has washed the feet of at least one Muslim woman and has now bowed before a Muslim queen. Francis made no discernable bow toward her husband, the king.

Pope Francis and a church that changes

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The first months of any papacy are carefully scanned by many to see just what they say about how the new pope, who represents the world's some 1.2 billion Catholics, might change (or at least subtly alter) the direction of the church.

Pope Francis, of course, has already left many breadcrumbs for interpretation -- from feet washing to apparent reform of the so-called Vatican bank.

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