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National / International News

God wants to save you; will you let Him? pope asks

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God doesn't want to condemn anyone; He wants to save every person in the entire world, Pope Francis said. "The problem is letting Him enter one's heart" to transform one's life, the pope said during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Feb. 3.

Vocations crisis needs prayer, not despair or lax admissions, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Respond to the crisis of vocations with intensified prayer, not despair or a lax admissions process, Pope Francis told women and men religious. The pontiff said he is tempted to lose hope, too, asking God, "What is happening? Why is the womb of consecrated life sterile?"

More than 1,000 missionaries of mercy will serve during jubilee

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — More than 1,000 "missionaries of mercy" from all over the world will receive a special mandate from Pope Francis to preach and teach about God's mercy, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella.