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Pope urges Christians to think about what they say in the Our Father

VATICAN CITY — To pray the Lord's Prayer and believe what one is reciting takes real courage, Pope Francis said.

One must be bold "to truly believe that God is the father who accompanies me, forgives me, gives me bread, is attentive to everything I ask," Pope Francis said in a filmed conversation about the Our Father.

The Italian bishops' television station, TV2000, was to begin airing a nine-part series Oct. 25 featuring Pope Francis' conversation with Father Marco Pozza, an Italian prison chaplain and theologian. A long trailer for the program was released Oct. 18.

POPE’S MESSAGE | True Christians must remain hopeful, not ‘whiny and angry’

Pope Francis greeted a member of the Little Sisters of Jesus Oct. 2 at an audience with representatives of the congregation at the Vatican. The congregation ministers to circus and carnival workers and communities of poor people.

VATICAN CITY — Real hope lies in the proclamation of Jesus' death and resurrection, not just with one's words but also in deeds, Pope Francis said.

Christians are called to be witnesses of the resurrection through "their way of welcoming, smiling and loving" instead of just "repeating memorized lines," the pope said Oct. 4 at his weekly general audience.

GUEST VIEWPOINT | ‘They will know we are Christians by our love’

My daughter posted these questions on an online chat thread one morning: "Would someone care to enlighten me on how we got to this place? This place being almost daily acts of terror or terrorism around the world. How did we, as a planet, fall to immediate violence as an answer to something as simple as being fired. I simply do not understand."

POPE’S MESSAGE | Christians fight evil with love, sacrifice, never with violence

Pope Francis greeted the crowd as he left his general audience June 28 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. In his weekly catechesis, the pope continued his series on Christian hope by focusing on what gives Christians strength and perseverance.

VATICAN CITY — Christians are called to detach themselves from power, reject violence and sacrifice themselves for God and others out of love, Pope Francis said.

Christians must live the way Christ chose to: not as "persecutors, but persecuted; not arrogant, but meek; not as snake-oil salesmen, but subservient to the truth; not impostors, but honest," he said June 28 at his weekly general audience.

House OKs bill to aid genocide victims; Senate urged to act quickly on it

Men walked in rubble near St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Elias Orthodox Church last year after a bombing in Damascus, Syria. The United States passed a bill to aid victims of genocide, especially Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.

WASHINGTON — The co-authors of a House bill that will provide humanitarian aid to Christians and other religious groups suffering at the hands of Islamic State militants praised the House passage of the measure June 6 and urged the Senate to quickly act on it.

The House unanimously approved the bipartisan Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act, or H.R. 390, in a voice vote.

Priest says Egypt’s Christians feel they could be martyrs at any time

The mother of one of the victims of an attack on a group of Coptic Christians that took place May 26 attended a funeral at the Sacred Family Church in Minya, Egypt, that same day.

CAIRO — Christians in Egypt "are getting to this idea that we could be a martyr at any moment," the spokesman for the nation's Catholic bishops told Catholic News Service.

The spokesman, Father Rafic Greiche, also lamented the number of children killed in an attack on a bus carrying Coptic Orthodox Christians to St. Samuel Monastery in southern Egypt May 26.

At least 26 people, many of them children, were killed when masked assailants attacked the bus. Dozens of others were injured.

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