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Pope says Christians must learn to patiently endure trials, each other

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Patience in the midst of trials and patiently putting up with other people are marks of Christian maturity, Pope Francis told ushers and other staff members of the office that cleans and repairs St. Peter's Basilica and watches over the millions of people who visit it each year.

Pope Francis takes sharp shot at greedy profiteers

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Pope Francis awakened the global financial establishment Thursday he will not be shy in criticizing greed and the greedy, especially when that greed comes at significant cost to the poor of the world.

In the 30th tweet of his ponfiticate, a tweet being called "the tweet heard around the world," Francis wrote: "My thoughts turn to all who are unemployed, often as a result of a self-centered mindset bent on profit at any cost."

Israeli president invites pope to visit Israel, 'the sooner the better'

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Israeli President Shimon Peres officially invited Pope Francis to Israel, telling the pope "the sooner you visit the better, as in these days a new opportunity is being created for peace, and your arrival could contribute significantly to increasing the trust and belief in peace."

The Israeli president's remarks were reported in a statement released by the Israeli Embassy to the Vatican after Peres met Pope Francis on Tuesday.

Pope Francis calls for end to 'slave labor'

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Marking the feast of St Joseph the Worker and World Labor Day today, Pope Francis made an appeal worldwide to take decisive steps to end slave labor.

Speaking during his general audience in Italian he said: “I would like to add a word about another particular work situation that concerns me. I am referring to what we could define as ‘slave labor’, the work that enslaves. How many people worldwide are victims of this type of slavery, in which the person is at the service of his or her work, while work should offer a service to people so they may have dignity?

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