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  • Ukrainian Catholics don't expect much from pope-patriarch meeting

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Ukrainian Catholic leaders gave a very cautious welcome to news that Pope Francis would meet in Cuba with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. "I do not expect that the meeting of Pope Francis with Patriarch Kirill, planned ...

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  • Vatican updates papal itinerary for Cuba, Mexico visit

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis is scheduled to have more than two hours alone with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow in Cuba in addition to signing a declaration with the patriarch before flying on to Mexico for a Feb. 12-17 visit. The ...

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  • Pope says he goes to Mexico as a 'missionary of mercy, peace'

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said his reasons for going to Mexico are "easy and simple." "I want to come as a missionary of mercy and peace," the pope said in a video message to the Mexican people released by the Vatican Feb. 7. "I want to meet ...

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  • Open God's heart with prayer, pope tells Padre Pio Prayer Groups

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Praying is not like taking an aspirin, something one does just to feel a little better, Pope Francis told thousands of members of Padre Pio Prayer Groups from around the world. Prayer is not a business negotiation with God, either, ...

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Forgive like Jesus, don't accuse like the devil, pope tells Capuchins


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Confessors have two choices: to be like Jesus who readily forgave sins or like the devil who always condemns, Pope Francis said. "You can either do the work of Jesus, who forgives, by giving your lives in prayer (and) through many hours seated there or you do the work of the devil who condemns and accuses," the pope said during Mass Feb. 9 with Capuchin friars from around the world.

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Pope-patriarch meeting historic, observers say, but substance is key


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The planned Feb. 12 meeting in Cuba between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church will be a historic event, those involved in ecumenical relations agree, but they contend the proof of the pudding will lie in the content of the joint statement the two church leaders are expected to sign at the end of their meeting.

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Ukrainian Catholics don't expect much from pope-patriarch meeting


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Ukrainian Catholic leaders gave a very cautious welcome to news that Pope Francis would meet in Cuba with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. "I do not expect that the meeting of Pope Francis with Patriarch Kirill, planned for Feb. 12, will bring any particular changes. Although it is good that the meeting will take place," said Ukrainian Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, the major archbishop of the church.

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