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Christian living requires constant battle with devil, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Moving closer to Christ means facing daily struggles against temptation and battling against evil, Pope Francis said. When Jesus approaches the people who have come to hear him and be healed, "the unclean spirits try to stop him, they wage war," which is why those who seek to follow the Lord will face obstacles, too, the pope said Jan. 19 during his early morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

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The ecology of burial: Choices reflect beliefs about life after death

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In a craftsman's workshop on the edge of Rome's Campo Verano cemetery, two designers are working to revive what they see as a dying art: burial. Unlike the masons who make the cemetery's gravestones and memorials, Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel are fashioning biodegradable burial pods.

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