Pope's message

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POPE'S MESSAGE | Church is 'apostolic' when it shares Gospel with the world

Pope Francis made the sign of the cross as he prayed in front of the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima during a Marian vigil in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 12.

VATICAN CITY -- The Church can describe itself as "apostolic" only if it shares the Gospel with the world, remaining faithful to the teaching of the apostles and living out Gospel values, Pope Francis said.

"A Church closed in on itself and its past, a Church concerned only with its little rules, customs and attitudes is a Church that betrays its identity," the pope told more than 70,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square Oct. 16 for his weekly general audience.

Faith, harmony, universality make Church 'catholic,' pope says

VATICAN CITY -- Professing that the Church is "catholic" means accepting its teachings, accepting the gifts it offers to help one grow in holiness and accepting the fact that it is composed of different people with different gifts and opinions, Pope Francis said.

"Let's ask ourselves: Do we live in harmony in our communities? Or do we fight among ourselves?" the pope asked Oct. 9 as he focused his weekly general audience talk on the meaning of the creed's profession that the Church is "catholic."

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