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Hearing confession is source of grace, conversion for priest, pope says

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Hearing a Catholic's confession should be awe-inspiring for a priest, an experience that makes him look at his own life and willingness to convert, Pope Francis told a group of seminarians, new priests and priests who hear confessions in the major basilicas of Rome.

"Let yourselves be educated by the sacrament of reconciliation," he told them Thursday.

Don't be bitter or give up; offer the world your wisdom, Pope Francis tells seniors

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Don't pack it in or shift into cruise control, Pope Francis told his fellow seniors.

Today's frenetic world, especially young people and families, needs the older generation's prayers, wisdom and gifts to give them the encouragement, hope and faith they often lack, he said at his weekly general audience Wednesday.

Pope Francis: Mass in vernacular helps people understand God, live the faith

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Allowing priests to celebrate Mass in the language of the local congregation rather than in Latin allowed the faithful to understand and be encouraged by the word of God, Pope Francis said.

"You cannot turn back. We have to always go forward, always forward and who goes back is making a mistake," he told parishioners after commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first time a pope celebrated Mass in the vernacular following the Second Vatican Council.

Pope Francis: Putting trust in the world, not God, blinds people to needs of others

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When people trust in the world more than in God, their heart becomes numb and their eyes blind to those in need, Pope Francis said.

"Worldliness transforms souls, it makes [people] lose touch with reality: They live in a fake world they have made," he said Thursday in his homily at a morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.

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