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Pope Francis: God does not have favourites
Pope Francis: God does not have favourites

"The hope that we have been given (as Christians) does not separate us from others, nor does it lead us to discredit or marginalize them, " Pope Francis told pilgrims today at his weekly General Audience, which was held in the Paul VI Hall. The Pope underlined that God does not have favourites and does not exclude anyone, but opens his home to all human beings beginning with the least. "Hope is a gift of which we are called to become 'channels', with humility 'and simplicity', for all."

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Pope Francis: Christians must be living signs of hope
Pope Francis: Christians must be living signs of hope

Pope Francis yesterday encouraged the faithful to strive to be living signs of hope for the entire human family. Speaking during the weekly General Audience in the Paul VI Hall, the Pope continued his catechesis on Christian hope, conceding that especially in times of darkness and difficulty, hope is no easy virtue. Quoting from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians he pointed out that Paul encourages the members of the early Church to sustain one another in hope through mutual prayer and practical concern for those in need.

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Pope Francis: Don't be a 'parked' Christian - be courageous
Pope Francis: Don't be a 'parked' Christian - be courageous

The life of a Christian ought to be courageous, Pope Francis said during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday. The day's reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, speaks about zeal, the courage to go forward, which should be our approach toward life, like the attitude of those who train for victory in the arena. But the Letter also speaks of the laziness that is the opposite of courage. "Living in the fridge," the Pope summarised, "so that everything stays the same."

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Pope Francis: Sometimes silence or a hug are better than words
Pope Francis: Sometimes silence or a hug are better than words

Sometimes silence or a hug are better than words, Pope Francis said on Wednesday, during his General Audience with pilgrims in the Paul VI Hall. Continuing his series of catechesis on the theme of Christian hope, the Holy Father spoke about the inconsolable pain of a parent losing a child. The Pope focused his words on the Old Testament figure of Rachel, wife of Jacob, who is described by the prophet Jeremiah as weeping bitter tears for her children in exile. In the book of Genesis, we learn that Rachel died in childbirth, giving life to her second son, Benjamin.

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Pope Francis: Never lose hope
Pope Francis: Never lose hope

During his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis began a new series of catecheses on 'Christian Hope'. In our times, which seem so dark, the Pope said we often feel "lost in the face of the wickedness and the violence that surround us." We may even feel "discouraged, because we feel powerless, and it seems the darkness might never end." But we should never give up hope, because God, with His love, journeys with us, He does not desert us, and the Lord Jesus has overcome evil, and opened up the path of life."

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Pope Francis: No pain can take away Christian hope and joy
Pope Francis: No pain can take away Christian hope and joy

A Christian will experience joy even in the midst of pain because we live in the hope that God will give us a joy nobody can take away - that was the main message in Pope Francis' homily this morning during Mass at Casa Santa Marta. Reflecting on the day's reading where Jesus warns his disciples of a coming sadness but says it will be transformed later into a cry of joy, Pope Francis reflected in his homily on how Christians should always maintain their joy and hope, even in the midst of pain. He used the example of a woman in labour,

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Pope Francis: Christian hope is not simply an optimistic desire
Pope Francis: Christian hope is not simply an optimistic desire

Christian hope is not simply an optimistic desire, it is based on the fact that one day the people of God will be reunited with God, Pope Francis explained. Speaking to the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly General Audience, the Pope’s catechesis focused on the fulfilment of God’s promises in the coming of Christ at the end of time. Recalling the words of St Paul who comforted the Christian community of Thessalonica that was asking what were they to expect, Pope Francis said his words “Thus we will be with the Lord forever” 

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Pope Francis: hope is a gift from the Holy Spirit
Pope Francis: hope is a gift from the Holy Spirit

Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of hope today, during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta. He explained that hope is much more than simple optimism for Christians, it is constant expectation, a gift from the Holy Spirit, a miracle of renewal that never lets us down. Reflecting on the words of St Paul in which he says: 'Never disappoint yourself'- Hope never lets you down. Pope Francis said: " Why? - Because it's a gift from the Holy Spirit". Paul tells us that hope has a name. Hope is Christ.

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