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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.

POPE'S MESSAGE | God awaits our return to Him up to the last moment

Pope Francis shook hands with Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem during a private audience at the Vatican Oct. 23. At the patriarch’s official visit, Pope Francis said Christian communities in the Holy Land also must stand together to affirm their right to remain in the region, to profess their faith, to be safe and to contribute to society.

VATICAN CITY — God waits for everyone, even the worst sinner who repents only with his dying breath, Pope Francis said.

"Before God, we present ourselves with empty hands," he said, meaning that all the good works people have or haven't done throughout their lives aren't measured to determine entry into heaven.

"A word of humble repentance was enough to touch Jesus' heart" and to make Him promise eternal life in heaven even to a poor criminal, he said Oct. 25 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Christian life is a love story with God, pope says at canonization

Pope Francis used incense to venerate an image of Mary during the canonization Mass of new saints in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 15. The pope canonized groups of martyrs from Mexico and Brazil, an Italian Capuchin priest and a Spanish priest.

VATICAN CITY — Like the Catholic Church's newest saints, Christians are called to live their faith as a love story with God who wants a relationship that is "more than that of devoted subjects with their king," Pope Francis said.

Without a loving relationship with God, Christian life can become empty and "an impossible ethic, a collection of rules and laws to obey for no good reason," the pope said during Mass Oct. 15 in St. Peter's Square.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Faith brings hope even at moment of death

Pope Francis greeted visually impaired people, accompanied by their dogs, at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 18.

VATICAN CITY — Christians can find hope even at the hour of death, which faith teaches is not a closed door but a wide-open passage to a new life with Christ, Pope Francis said.

While all men and women are "small and helpless in front of the mystery of death," Jesus' victory over death assures Christians of the joy of the resurrection, the pope said Oct. 18 at his weekly general audience.

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