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Pope denounces 'poison' of consumerism in 'society based on profit'

Pope Francis denounced consumerism as a poison that threatens true happiness, which comes from membership in the church.

The pope made his remarks Sunday before praying the Angelus with a noontime crowd in St. Peter's Square.

"The encounter with the living Jesus, in the great family that is the church, fills the heart with joy, because it fills it with true life, a profound goodness that does not pass away or decay," he said.

Pope, with fellow Jesuits, prays for 'grace of shame,' humility


Celebrating the feast of St. Ignatius with more than 200 of his Jesuit confreres, Pope Francis prayed he and all of them would receive "the grace of shame" for their failures and the humility to recognize that whatever good they accomplish is really done by the Lord.

Jesus told his disciples never to be ashamed of following him, but Jesuits are taught to look upon the crucifix and "feel that very human and very noble sentiment which is shame for not measuring up," the pope said Wednesday during his homily at the Mass in Rome's Church of the Gesu, where St. Ignatius is buried.


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October 9-22, 2015


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