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Taking a vow of poverty does not and should not mean living in ignorance of the economic realities connected to community life and a mission of serving the world in the name of the church, Vatican officials wrote in a letter to members of religious communities.
"Gratuity, fraternity and justice" are the basic principles essential to "an evangelical economy of sharing and communion," said the prefect and secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
Maryknoll Fr. Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, 81, had written to the Vatican that he wanted to be able to celebrate Mass again "before dying."
Going forward for Communion at Mass, Catholics must do so with a desire to imitate Jesus' compassion for others and with a commitment to sharing what they have, Pope Francis said.
"One who goes to the Eucharist without having compassion for the needy and without sharing is not right with Jesus," the pope said Sunday before reciting the Angelus prayer with visitors gathered in St. Peter's Square.
However, the sign of peace can be omitted "if it is foreseen that it will not take place properly."
Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals continue to study the most effective and efficient way to organize the Roman Curia, a large bureaucracy with a long history of expansions and a few, short-term, attempts at consolidation.
The removal suggests that priests suspected of child abuse in one country can no longer find shelter in other countries.
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Being Christian is putting God first in one's life, which means having "the courage to say no to evil, violence and exploitation," said Pope Francis, visiting another southern Italian town scarred by mafia crime.
Abuse victims should be the focus of a new pastoral ministry since they are hurting and vulnerable to self-harm, said one of the six survivors to meet Pope Francis.