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Pope: Closed hearts unable to be surprised by the Resurrection

Pope Francis greeted a young choir member at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on April 19.

VATICAN CITY — Christian faith is a grace and can be perceived only in the hearts of those willing to be surprised by the joy of the Resurrection, Pope Francis said.

"A closed heart, a rationalistic heart" is incapable of understanding the Christian message which has God's love — manifested in Christ's victory over death — at its center, the pope said at his weekly general audience April 19.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Love is the engine driving hope on life’s bumpy road

Pope Francis passed Mexico’s flag as he greeted the crowd at his general audience April 12 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pope continued his series on Christian hope in his talk.

VATICAN CITY — The cross, loving service and humble sacrifice are the only way to overcome evil and give hope to the world, Pope Francis said.

Those who love their own lives and always hunger for more are the losers, the pope said at his weekly general audience April 12.

Rather, those who readily serve others and "live God's way" are the winners, who "save themselves and others, becoming seeds of hope for the world," he said.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Make room for kindness, not hopeless ‘mafia’ mentality

Pope Francis embraced a girl at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 5. Before concluding his audience, the pope said he was horrified by a chemical attack in Syria the previous day that left 70 people dead.

VATICAN CITY — Hope can't remain hidden within, but must break free to overcome vengeful, mafia-like mentalities with mercy and humility, Pope Francis said.

Christians must give witness to hope through their lives as Jesus did and make room for Him in their hearts to fight evil by doing good to others, even their enemies, the pope said at his weekly general audience April 5.

POPE'S MESSAGE | God promises the ‘impossible,’ asks people hope against all hope

Pope Francis greeted a child at his general audience March 29 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. In his catechesis talk, the pope looked at how Abraham’s faith is held up as a model for everyone in St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans (4:16-25).

VATICAN CITY — Hope is not built on people's predictions, assurances or line of reasoning, Pope Francis said.

Real Christian hope "is not based on our word, but on God's Word" and promises of salvation and eternal life, the pope said at his general audience in St. Peter's Square March 29.

Continuing a series of reflections on how the apostle Paul describes the nature of Christian hope, the pope looked at how Abraham's faith is held up as a model for everyone in St. Paul's Letter to the Romans (4:16-25).

Global peace, security demand end to nuclear weapons, pope tells U.N.

VATICAN CITY — Threats to global peace and security must be countered through dialogue and development, not nuclear weapons, Pope Francis told the United Nations.

"How sustainable is a stability based on fear, when it actually increases fear and undermines relationships of trust between peoples," the pope asked in a letter sent to a U.N. meeting on nuclear arms.

Fifty years later, ‘Populorum Progressio’ takes on new life through Pope Francis

A woman and dog walked amid garbage along a street in 2015 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Blessed Paul VI’s 1967 encyclical “Populorum Progressio” rooted the Catholic Church in solidarity with the world’s poorest nations.

WASHINGTON — These days when Pope Francis talks about integral human development and his vision of a Church that goes to the margins of the world, he likely thanks a predecessor of 50 years ago for the inspiration.

Blessed Paul VI addressed "the progressive development of peoples" as "an object of deep interest and concern to the Church" in his encyclical "Populorum Progressio" ("The Progress of Peoples") that emerged in the years following the Second Vatican Council.

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