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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christmas is the time to heal wounds and fix whatever defects still linger in one's life and heart, Pope Francis told Vatican employees.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God did not come to the world with arrogance to impose his might; he offered his powerful love through a fragile child, Pope Francis said.
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In an effort to help lay Catholics gain a deeper understanding of religious life, priests, brothers and women religious intend to open their convents, monasteries, abbeys and religious houses to the public one day next February.
"If you've ever wondered what a brother or religious sister does all day, you will find out," said Dominican Sister Marie Bernadette Thompson in announcing the open house scheduled for Feb. 8, 2015.