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How do I love thee? Gospel teaches how to count the ways, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Real love is constant, concrete and communicates -- it is action over words and it obeys the Beatitudes, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass. True love is not "soap-opera love," or "a whim" or something that "makes our heart beat a little faster," and then nothing more, the pope said May 7 during the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Texas governor: Response to prayer after accident made him stronger

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has not always lived life in a wheelchair. He was on his morning jog 31 years ago when a falling tree broke his spinal cord, leaving him partially paralyzed. Abbott, a Catholic, noted at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, held May 7 in Washington, there are times when "our prayers are answered differently than the way we expect."

Pope: Marriage is brave promise to love like Jesus, not showy ceremony

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Christian marriage isn't just a big ceremony held in a church with nice flowers and everyone wearing fancy clothes and taking lots of pictures, Pope Francis said. Marriage is an act of faith between a man and woman who are both fragile and limited, but courageous enough to follow Christ and seek to love each other as He loves them, the pope said May 6.