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


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.

Vatican knew about theft of Michelangelo letters, refuses ransom demand

The Vatican on Monday said it has received a ransom demand to recover letters signed by Michelangelo, stolen from the Holy See nearly 20 years ago.

Two letters signed by Michelangelo, one written in its entirety by the Renaissance artist, were stolen from the Vatican's Fabbrica di San Pietro archive in 1997.

The thefts were kept secret until Sunday, when the Italian daily Il Messaggero revealed that the documents had been put up for ransom.

Female staff increases at Vatican, but women are still minority


The number of women working for Vatican City State has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, while the number of women in leadership positions in the Roman Curia remains low, with only two women serving as undersecretaries.

Gudrun Sailer, a journalist at Vatican Radio, conducted a study of the Vatican employment situation and published the results Thursday in preparation for the celebration March 8 of International Women's Day.

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


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.

Pope Francis: Ignoring, abandoning the elderly is a sin


Seeing the elderly only as a burden "is ugly. It's a sin," Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience.

"We must reawaken our collective sense of gratitude, appreciation and hospitality, helping the elderly know they are a living part of their communities" and sources of wisdom for the younger generations, the 78-year-old pope said Wednesday at his weekly general audience.

Good works are proper response to God's 'exaggerated' pardon, pope says


When the Bible says, "though your sins be like scarlet" God will make them "white as snow," it exaggerates, just like God exaggerates in his willingness to forgive people, Pope Francis said.

"The Lord forgives generously," the pope said Tuesday during his early morning Mass. God never says, "'I will forgive you just this much, then we'll see about the rest.' No. The Lord always forgives everything."

"The Lord exaggerates. But it is the truth," the pope said at the Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.



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