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Pope says Christmas ‘hostage’ to materialism, God in shadows

Pope Francis said on Saturday that Christmas had been “taken hostage” by dazzling materialism that puts God in the shadows and blinds many to the needs of the hungry, the migrants and the war weary. Francis, leading the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas for the fourth time since his election in 2013, said

On Easter, Pope calls for end to war, condemns waste exacerbating hunger

 Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the “immense wastefulness” in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa. “We ask you, Lord Jesus, to put an end to all war and every conflict, whether great or small, ancient

Pope Francis celebrates Easter vigil, seeks to bring faith to ‘ends of the Earth’

VATICAN CITY –  Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith “to the ends of the Earth” as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica. The vigil is among the Vatican’s most solemn services. Francis entered the darkened basilica with a lone candle, which he then shared

Pope seeks to bring faith to “ends of the Earth”

 Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith “to the ends of the Earth” as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica. The vigil is among the Vatican’s most solemn services. Francis entered the darkened basilica with a lone candle, which he then shared with others to