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National / International News

Trip to Greece is humanitarian, not political, Vatican spokesman says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In a "humanitarian and ecumenical gesture," not a political one, Pope Francis was to join Orthodox leaders in personally meeting with hundreds of refugees and migrants stranded in Greece, the Vatican spokesman said.

Pope: Humiliations can 'open the heart', as they did for Saint Paul

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — Pope Francis on Friday encouraged Christians to embrace the humiliations that God allows in our lives to draw us closer to Him and open our hearts, just as Saul did after he was knocked down on the road to Damascus.

Pope: Living out one's faith is useless without a repentant heart

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Without a repentant heart, Christians can risk living out their faith superficially and fail to live out God's desire for "mercy, not sacrifice," Pope Francis said.