The best way to usher in a truly “new” year is to stop waiting for things to get better on their own, and instead recognize what is essential and reach out now to help others, Pope Francis said.
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Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, said it appeared Ukraine could keep Pope Francis safe if he made a wartime trip to Kyiv, but the pope’s safety was not the Vatican’s only concern.
Addressing pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 31 for his Sunday Angelus address, the pope called on Christians to pray “so that the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor might be heard.”
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At the beginning of a year people hope will mark the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pope Francis urged them to create a “culture of care,” including by sharing the gift of their time with others.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin says people of faith find in God “the wonder of living.”
For the first time in decades, all of the Catholic bishops in China are in full communion with the pope, the Vatican announced.