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Pope: Tree, creche inspire everyone, even nonbelievers, to love, share

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.


Year of Consecrated Life events to help laity learn more about religious

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.


The world will end with peace, not annihilation, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Believing in eternity and in the final establishment of the kingdom of God, Christians throughout history -- starting with the disciples -- were filled with questions such as when the end will come and what will happen to the created world, Pope Francis said.


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