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In family relations, good manners are no joke, pope says at general audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The closer two people are to each other, the more care is required in respecting the other's freedom and feelings, Pope Francis said. Even Jesus knocks at the door of a person's heart awaiting permission to enter, he said May 13 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

When second quake hit, fear filled those waiting for relief materials

NAMJUNG, Nepal (CNS) -- As the magnitude-7.3 quake hit, screaming and shouting filled the mountain village of Namjung, where approximately 600 people had gathered to collect relief material distributed by Catholic Relief Services on May 12. When the quake ended, people were anxiously looking at dust rising from the nearby villages, with the collapse of houses and other buildings.

Pope: Spirit strengthens martyrs, helps people face 'daily martyrdom'

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Holy Spirit strengthens modern martyrs, giving them the force to proclaim their faith in Christ even as they are about to die, Pope Francis said. But the Holy Spirit also gives strength to every Christian facing even the tiny trials of everyday life, he said May 11.