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Pope at Audience: Meekness unites us, anger drives us apart

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At the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on Jesus’ invitation to meekness in the third Beatitude, and urges Christians to be people of mercy and hope.

God gives commandments to free people from sin, Pope says

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Jesus wants his followers to move from a formal observance of God's commands to an interior acceptance of them and, in that way, to no longer be slaves to sin and selfishness, Pope Francis said.

With family or community, ‘thank you’ and ‘sorry’ are key words, Pope says

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Everyone, including the Pope, has someone they should thank God for and someone they should apologise to, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis on St John Paul II: ‘I learned from him’

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In a newly published book, Pope Francis answers questions about himself and St John Paul II, saying he learned the importance of joy and mercy from his predecessor, and they are in “total harmony” on the subject of priestly ministry.

Pope at Audience: Sorrow is rooted in love for God

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Pope Francis during his weekly General Audience in the Paul VI hall, reflects on the second Beatitude: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”, and he explains that there are two types of sorrow.

Pope’s message for World Day of the Sick

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“Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened” is the theme of the World Day of the Sick, which is observed on 11 February, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. In caring for the sick, Pope Francis is encouraging in healthcare workers the human warmth and personalised approach of Christ, the Good Samaritan.