While Christians may think of themselves as divided into different churches and denominations, the devil actually sees that they are one in their faith in Jesus, Pope Francis said in a video message to a Christian unity celebration in Phoenix.
Holy Cross Father Tom Doyle grew up in a small town in Washington, the son of a country doctor and nurse in a family where priests were often welcome guests.
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Not so very long ago, Catholics and other Christians were less than eager to pray together.
Declaring four 19th-century women religious saints, Pope Francis said they are models for all Christians of how faith, nourished in prayer, is expressed concretely in acts of charity and the promotion of unity.
The closer two people are to each other, the more care is required in respecting the other's freedom and feelings, Pope Francis said.
The words "may I," "thank you," and "forgive me" are fundamental for a happy family life, Pope Francis said as he continued his catechesis on the family during his weekly general audience May 13.
Pope Francis' July 5-12 visit to Latin America will not take him to his native Argentina, but it will put him closely in touch with his Jesuit roots and with one of the main characteristics of his ministry as archbishop of Buenos Aires: direct contact with the poor, the sick and those striving to bring the Gospel to bear on social inequalities.
"In hindsight, I am tremendously thankful that God did not grant me my wish," adding, "If you had seen what I had gone through, you would never again question the Lord."
The Holy Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to encourage Christians to meet people's "real needs" with concrete assistance, to experience a "true pilgrimage" on foot, and to send "missionaries of mercy" throughout the world to forgive even the most serious of sins, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella.