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POPE'S MESSAGE | Pope asks forgiveness for scandals in Rome, Vatican

Pope Francis greeted the crowd at his general audience Oct. 14 in St. Peter’s Square. Before beginning his catechesis, the pope said, “I would like — in the name of the Church — to ask your forgiveness for the scandals which have occurred recently both in Rome and at the Vatican. I ask your forgiveness.”

VATICAN CITY -- With 30,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis asked forgiveness for scandals that have occurred within the church recently.

"Before beginning my catechesis, I would like -- in the name of the Church -- to ask your forgiveness for the scandals which have occurred recently both in Rome and at the Vatican," the pope said. "I ask your forgiveness."

The pope's off-the-cuff remarks Oct. 14 followed a reading from St. Matthew's Gospel in which Jesus warns of scandalizing the "little ones."

POPE'S MESSAGE | Marriage is brave promise to love like Jesus, not showy ceremony

Members of the Harlem Globetrotters watched as Pope Francis arrived to lead his general audience May 6 in St. Peter’s Square. The Globetrotters later presented Pope Francis with a custom jersey with the name “Pope Francis” and the number 90, according to Vatican Radio.

VATICAN CITY -- A Christian marriage is more than a big ceremony in a church with nice flowers, everyone wearing fancy clothes and taking lots of pictures.

Marriage is an act of faith between a man and woman who are fragile and limited, but courageous enough to follow Christ and love each other as He loves them, according to Pope Francis.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Everyone loses when culture doesn't care about marriage, family

VATICAN CITY -- God's plan for fruitful, everlasting unions between a man and woman has been lost in a world filled with skepticism, distrust and hostility, Pope Francis said.

A culture that does not value "the stable and life-giving covenant between a man and woman is certainly a loss for everyone. We must bring honor back to marriage and the family," he said at his general audience April 22 in St. Peter's Square.

POPE'S MESSAGE | War of the sexes: Gender theory is the problem, not solution

Pope Francis greeted a family April 15 before his general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

VATICAN CITY -- Eradicating male and female identities does nothing to solve the problem of unfair or disrespectful treatment based on people's gender, Pope Francis said.

"Getting rid of the difference is the problem, not the solution," he said at his general audience April 15 in St. Peter's Square.

The right way to solve the problems and conflicts in male-female relations is to have men and women "talk to each other more, listen to each other more, know each other better, care more for each other," he said.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Children are never a mistake, and all adults must be responsible

Pope Francis raised the Book of the Gospels April 4 at the celebration of the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY -- Children are never a "mistake" and no sacrifice is too great for an adult to make so that children can feel their worth, Pope Francis said.

At his weekly general audience April 8 in a chilly, but sunny St. Peter's Square, the pope continued his series of talks about the family, dedicating a second catechesis to children. He described the great suffering and difficulties many children around the world experience as "a Passion."

POPE'S MESSAGE | Welcome children, learn from them

Pope Francis kissed a child as he arrived to lead his general audience March 18 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY -- Children are a blessing for humanity and for the Church, bringing new life and energy to families and society, Pope Francis said.

Unfortunately, he said, too often children are society's "great rejected ones, because they aren't even allowed to be born!"

Continuing a series of general audience talks about the family March 18, Pope Francis said it was troubling that so many European countries have a birthrate so low that their populations are declining or would without immigration.

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