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Law and order require respect for authority, human dignity, pope says

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Officials dealing with law and order must firmly uphold the law while at the same time respecting human rights and dignity, Pope Francis said.

Public officials are called to exercise "professionalism and your humanity, your knowledge and your prudence without discouragement or pessimism, knowing, however, that you are not faced with abstract matters but with concrete lives of men and women with their problems and hopes," he said.

Vatican completes work on new showers for homeless

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Homeless people in Rome will now have access to three new showers and a small barber shop in a space near St. Peter's Square, after construction of new facilities undertaken on the pope's behalf. 

Completion of the work, which has captivated attention for its focus on the needs of Rome's poorest, was announced in a brief press statement Friday. 

Vatican: Cardinals' meeting next week to focus on curial reform

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A two-day meeting in Rome next week of the world's Catholic cardinals will focus mainly on discussing reform of the church's central bureaucracy, the Vatican spokesman said Thursday.

Speaking to reporters briefly on a number of topics, Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi also said there was no other theme for the meeting, called by Pope Francis for Feb. 12-13.

Pope: Families need fathers who guide, love them through thick and thin

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Every family needs a father -- a father who shares in his family's joy and pain, hands down wisdom to his children and offers them firm guidance and love, Pope Francis said.

Being a father is not easy since it takes lots of patience and grace, he said.

"But what consolation, what a reward one receives when the children honor this legacy. It is a joy that more than makes up for the hard work, that overcomes every misunderstanding and heals every wound," the pope said at his general audience Feb. 4.

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