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POPE’S MESSAGE | Mass is a time of silence and prayer, not idle chitchat

Pope Francis autographed a Lamborghini presented by representatives of the Italian automaker Nov. 15 at the Vatican. The car, which was also blessed by the pope, will be auctioned and the proceeds given to charity.

VATICAN CITY — Mass is the highest form of prayer and not an appropriate moment for small talk, Pope Francis said.

At church, Catholics should spend their time in silence before Mass, preparing "to meet with Jesus" instead of engaging in "chitchat," the pope said Nov. 15 at his weekly general audience.

"Silence is so important," he said. "Remember what I told you last time: We are not going to a show. Silence prepares us and accompanies us."

POPE’S MESSAGE | Stop taking smartphone pictures at Mass

A priest took pictures with a tablet as Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in 2013. The pope, at his Nov. 8 general audience, encouraged people to stop taking photos with their phones and tablets and instead encounter the Lord.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis described the Mass as a a beautiful, transformative encounter with the true loving presence of Christ, in which congregants need to focus their hearts on God, not focus their smartphones for pictures during Mass.

"When the celebrant says, 'Let us lift up our hearts,'" the pope said, "he isn't saying, 'lift up our cellphones and take a picture.' No. It's an awful thing ... It makes me so sad when I celebrate (Mass) in the square or in the basilica and I see so many cellphones in the air. And not just by the lay faithful, some priests and bishops, too."

POPE’S MESSAGE | Through example, saints shine God’s light in darkness

Pope Francis spoke to astronauts aboard the International Space Station Oct. 26. On the call, Pope Francis asked five questions about how their unique perspective from the frontier of the universe has changed or enriched them and what lessons they could share with people back on Earth. Saying society today is very individualistic, but what is needed is collaboration, the pope asked them how the ISS is an example of that collaboration.

VATICAN CITY — Like stained glass windows, the saints allow the light of God to permeate the darkness of sin in the world, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints.

Just as light enters a church through multi-colored windows, the lives of saints shine forth "according to their own shade," the pope said Nov. 1.

All the saints "have been transparent, they fought to remove the stains and darkness of sin so that the gentle light of God can pass through," the pope said. "This is the purpose of life, even for us."

POPE’S MESSAGE | Through example, saints shine God’s light in darkness

Pope Francis spoke to astronauts aboard the International Space Station Oct. 26. On the call, Pope Francis asked five questions about how their unique perspective from the frontier of the universe has changed or enriched them and what lessons they could share with people back on Earth. Saying society today is very individualistic, but what is needed is collaboration, the pope asked them how the ISS is an example of that collaboration.

VATICAN CITY — Like stained glass windows, the saints allow the light of God to permeate the darkness of sin in the world, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints.

Just as light enters a church through multi-colored windows, the lives of saints shine forth "according to their own shade," the pope said Nov. 1.

All the saints "have been transparent, they fought to remove the stains and darkness of sin so that the gentle light of God can pass through," the pope said. "This is the purpose of life, even for us."

In letter to Cardinal Sarah, pope clarifies new translation norms

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is not to "impose" a specific liturgical translation on bishops' conferences, but rather is called to recognize the bishops' authority and expertise in determining the best way to faithfully translate Latin texts into their local languages, Pope Francis wrote in a letter to Cardinal Robert Sarah.

In the letter, released by the Vatican Oct. 22, Pope Francis stated he wanted to correct several points made in a "commentary," which Cardinal Sarah sent him and which was published on several websites in a variety of languages.

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.

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