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Pope Francis: teach your children to pray, to make the Sign of the Cross

Pope Francis has urged parents to teach their children to pray, saying that children should learn prayer with the same spontaneity as when they learn to say “daddy” and “mummy”. The pope made the remarks during his latest General Audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday.
 
 
He said: “There are children who have not learned to make the Sign of the Cross.  You, mother, father: teach your children how to pray, how to make the Sign of the Cross.”
 
 
The pope continued: “It is beautiful when mothers teach their little children to blow a kiss to Jesus or to Our Lady.

Pope Francis: we must never be slaves to our work

 
Pope Francis, at his weekly General Audience on Wednesday, urged the faithful not to be slaves to their work but instead to master it.  The pope said, “We must never be slaves to work but rather its master.” However, he added that “we know that millions of men and women, even children, are slaves to work.  The obsession with economic profit and technical efficiency puts the human rhythms of life at risk.”
 
 
The pope then focussed on the need to rest, especially on Sundays, saying “Moments of rest, especially on Sunday, are sacred because in them we find God.

The Bank of Fatherhood: Securing Eternal Life for our Children

Pope Francis wants more good fathers
 
Pope Francis, in his weekly general audience, has called on fathers to spend more time with their families.
 
The Pope's words are critically important to the future of the family and indeed the future of our society.  The role of fathers has gradually been chipped away in recent years, particularly in western secular societies where the role of father is seen as something that is no longer necessarily critical to the development of children.

Pope calls all people to holiness (oh, and he has another pop at gossiping!)

 
Pope Francis, during his General Assembly on Wednesday morning, called all people to a life of holiness, stating that holiness is not something that is exclusive to bishops, priests and religious.
 
The pope said: "We are all called to be saints...it is by living with love and offering Christian witness that we are called to become saints… Always and everywhere you can become a saint, that is, by being receptive to the grace that is working in us and leads us to holiness.”
 
The pope also had yet another warning for those inclined to gossip, suggesting that where people meet and the conversation descends into gossip we must resist and say "No, no, no I will not gossip about anyone.

Pope Francis on the meaning of the 'Church'

 
Pope Francis, at his weekly General Audience on Wednesday, spoke about the importance of the Church representing the Body of Christ and that it is we, the baptised, who make up that Church.
 
 

Pope Francis asks for prayers aheead of Synod of Bishops

 
Today, in his General Audience, Pope Francis asked for the prayers of the faithful for the Church's Synod of Bishops which will start on Sunday.  The Pope also spoke of the value of the gifts of the Holy Spirit which continue to be poured out on the Church and spoke of St Therese of Lisieux's deep love for the Church.
 
 

Pope Francis: The Strength of the Church is the Love of Christ

 
Pope Francis, at today's General Audience in St Peter's Square, praised the people of Albania for co-existing with each other despite their various religious affiliations and despite a long period of oppression by an 'atheistic and inhuman regime'.  The pope also praised the Albanian people for avoiding the lure of relativism.
 
He spoke about the strength of the Church being the love of Christ and he described it as 'a strength that sustains us in times of trouble and inspires the daily apostolic action to offer to all goodness and forgiveness; thus testifying to the mercy of God.

Pope calls on faithful to go out and proclaim the Gospel but warns about closing in on ourselves

 
Pope Francis says, ‘May we always live in solidarity with all of humanity, and never close in on ourselves.’
 
It's interesting that this comment comes a day before Scotland goes to the polls to vote in independence, a move the pope has already expressed concern about.
 
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Pope Francis warns against the sins of gossip and division

 
Pope Francis, in his general audience of 27th August, has once again warned the faithful about gossiping, especially where it occurs in our parishes.
 
The pope has continually warned people not to gossip; stating that it is a sin and that we simply must not do it.
 
During the audience the pope said: "Everyone can fall into the traps of gossip.  Just think about all the gossiping that goes on in parishes.  Is this good?  Is it?  If someone is elected president of an association, he's criticised.

Pope Francis: Christian Unity not Division

 
Pope Francis, at his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square, has bemoaned division in Christian communities and urged people to "grow in our capacity to welcome one another and to love, and to resemble Jesus."
 
 
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