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Obedience to God's will brings wisdom, joy, hope, pope tells religious

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Total obedience to God's will brings wisdom, joy and hope, Pope Francis told religious men and women.

"Yes, the happiness of a religious is a consequence of this path of lowering oneself with Jesus and, when we are sad, when we complain, it will do us well to ask ourselves how we are living this dimension of 'kenosis' " or self-emptying, he said.

Maturing in faith means not just asking God for favors, pope says

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The journey of faith always begins a little selfishly, seeking from God healing or help with a problem, but Christian maturity is allowing oneself to be purified and to arrive at the point of recognizing Jesus as savior, Pope Francis said.

Celebrating Mass on Thursday in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives, Pope Francis commented on Gospel stories that recount how the crowds flocked to Jesus hoping for healing.

Poverty stems from unjust economic system, not big families, pope says

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Families who have lots of children do not cause poverty, Pope Francis said.

The main culprit is "an economic system that has removed the human person from its focus and has placed the god of money" as its priority instead, he said Wednesday.

The pope dedicated his general audience talk to a review of some of the highlights from his Jan. 13-19 visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

Speaking to an estimated 7,000 people gathered in the Paul VI audience hall, the pope recalled his second apostolic journey to Asia after visiting South Korea in August.

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