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Pope Francis on the Importance of Family

Whether you are young or old, married or single, engaged, widowed, or divorced, may Pope Francis’ words strengthen you, refresh you, and illuminate the pages of your own life story. Here are some suggestions he offers to do just that. All words below are from the pope.  
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The Franciscan Spirit in Over-the-Rhine

In 2009’s Crazy Heart, Jeff Bridges won a well-deserved Oscar for playing Bad Blake, an aging country singer, failed father, drunk, and warrior poet. The film’s theme song, “The Weary Kind,” is playing in my office as I write this. Piercing the gravel-laden and unforgettable delivery of Ryan Bingham’s voice are the sounds of the neighborhood in which I work: police sirens, pedestrians, and blaring car horns fill the air. The chorus of the song reflects the journey of the film’s protagonist, but it’s just as true of the neighborhood I’m in: “This ain’t no place for the weary kind.”
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Stewardship of Creation: An Earth Day Message

“Nature is at our disposition and we are called to exercise a responsible stewardship over it,” Pope Francis said in 2014 at the World Day of Peace. “Yet so often we are driven by greed and by the arrogance of dominion, possession, manipulation and exploitation; we do not preserve nature; nor do we respect it or consider it a gracious gift which we must care for and set at the service of our brothers and sisters, including future generations. ”
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Pope Francis: Lent Is a Time for Conversion, Not Ego

Pope Francis offered reflections for Lent in a letter released by the Vatican that was broken into three sections: The redemption of creation, the destructive power of sin, and the healing power of repentance and forgiveness.
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Pope Francis and the Blessing of Family: Wisdom in Our Homes

When a mother takes her child aside and gently reproves him, saying: “Don’t do this, because…” and explains with great patience, is this the wisdom of God? Yes! It is what the Holy Spirit gives us in life!
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Strive for Love: A Message from Pope Francis

“A love that fails to grow is at risk,” Pope Francis says. “Growth can only occur if we respond to God's grace through constant acts of love, acts of kindness that become ever more frequent, intense, generous, tender and cheerful.”  Our pope has more to say on the subject of love: love for each other, love for God, and love from God.
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Believe in Love: A Message from Pope Francis

A few weeks before his 33rd birthday, on an eight-day retreat to prepare for his ordination, Jorge Mario Bergoglio wrote a short “Credo,” or statement of his personal beliefs (which can be found at the end of this blog). Here are his most intimate thoughts about the purpose and promise of love, “the greatest power for the transformation of reality.”
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Choose Love: A Message from Pope Francis

“The heart of the human being aspires to great things, lofty values, deep friendships, ties that are strengthened rather than broken by the trials of life. The human being aspires to love and to be loved. This is our deepest aspiration: to love and be loved; and definitively.” –Pope Francis
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Dear Pope Francis: Fix the Clergy Sex-Abuse Crisis Now

Dear Pope Francis, I write about how the Catholic Church responds to clerical sexual abuse and the bishops or superiors who have enabled it. 
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Holy Quotes from Pope Francis

Pope Francis is a breath of fresh air. This is a man who, as we've seen, takes the time to visit the sick, bless children, embrace the imprisoned. He chooses to live in in an apartment rather than the papal rooms, and promotes the spirit of his namesake, Saint Francis. Yes, Pope Francis has much to teach us about faith, hope, and charity. Enjoy these quotes from our pope....
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