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Could Islam learn from Jesus – and Pope Francis?

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On the one hand, Jesus is highly respected by all Muslims, for he is venerated in the Qur’an. On the other hand, most Muslims are unaware of the teachings of Jesus. One Islamic writer suggests a more serious Muslim consideration of Jesus could make strides for living together around the world in peace. “Jesus addressed










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Pope Francis’ touching Palm Sunday homily

Pope Francis delivered a special Palm Sunday homily at St. Peter’s Square. The Pontiff prepared remarks, which were later provided by Vatican Radio: “Today’s celebration can be said to be bittersweet. It is joyful and sorrowful at the same time. We celebrate the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem to the cries of his disciples who acclaim










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Pope Francis offers interesting challenge in his April prayer video

The Vatican has released Pope Francis’ April prayer intention video, in which he issues a challenge to today’s youth. According to Vatican Radio, April’s prayer intention is dedicated to youths. “For young people, that they might know how to respond generously to the vocation God has given them, and immerse themselves in the great causes










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God weeps for those who stray from him, says Pope Francis

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During Lent we should seek to return to him with a whole heart, the Pope said in a morning homily Lent is a time for Christians to reflect on the ways they have disappointed God and resolve to return to him with their whole hearts, Pope Francis has said. “To forget that God created us,










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Hardened hearts can turn Catholics into atheists, says Pope Francis

Being deaf to God’s voice leads to the ‘path of unfaithfulness’, the Pope said Not listening to God’s voice can distance Christians from him and lead them instead to seek solace in worldly idols that offer only doubt and confusion, Pope Francis has said. When Catholics are “deaf to the word of God”, their hearts










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The Cross is more than a jewelry says Pope Francis

On Sunday Pope Francis said Lent is a time to really contemplate the sacrifice Jesus made for each of us on the Cross, which is more than just a devotional symbol, but an exhortation to imitate the love of Christ. “The Christian Cross is not a furnishing for the house or an ornament to wear,










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What is Pope Francis learning during his Lenten Retreat?

Pope Francis arrived at the Pauline Father’s retreat center in Ariccia, Italy. The Pontiff arrived Sunday and will remain at the annual Lenten retreat site until March 10. During his stay, Vatican Radio reported he will engage in the week-long Curial Spiritual Exercises. The spiritual exercises are being led by Franciscan Friar Giulio Michelini and










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