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Gaudete et Exsultate

Pope Francis teaches discernment for coping with spiritual battles

By Thomas Reese — July 9, 2018

(RNS) — Spirituality frequently uses the language of battle, so it is not surprising that Pope Francis promotes the Christian equivalent of a spiritual jihad. Many in the West think jihad only means warfare, whereas it can also mean the struggle within oneself against sin.

Pope Francis’ five loves to combat the ills of today’s culture

By Thomas Reese — June 5, 2018

(RNS) — Our modern culture breeds anxiety, negativity, says Francis, while asking us to content ourselves with consumerism and ersatz spirituality. Love for God and neighbor is the way to fight back.

Pope Francis on the Beatitudes

By Thomas Reese — May 17, 2018

(RNS) — In his recent ‘Gaudete et Exsultate,’ Pope Francis teaches that living the Beatitudes means ‘going against the flow’ in a world that pushes us in the opposite direction from holiness.

Pope Francis warns of two false paths to holiness

By Thomas Reese — May 10, 2018

(RNS) — The way to avoid these wrong paths, says Francis, is by reminding ourselves of the primacy of the theological virtues, the center of which is charity.

Pope Francis, the spiritual guide

By Thomas Reese — April 26, 2018

(RNS) — The pope’s latest apostolic exhortation, ‘Gaudete et Exultate,’ is a rich and powerful message easily accessible to the people of our time from the world’s preeminent spiritual guide.

Pope Francis takes his critics to the woodshed

By Mark Silk — April 10, 2018

(RNS) — Cardinal Joseph Bernardin’s ‘seamless garment’ received magisterial endorsement.

‘Rejoice and be glad’: Catholics respond to pope’s letter

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 9, 2018

(RNS) — Pope Francis published the third apostolic exhortation of his papacy: ‘Gaudete et Exsultate,’ or ‘Rejoice and Be Glad.’ The first two riled conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church. How will this one be received?

Pope seeks ‘saints next door,’ not doctrinaire perfectionists

By Nicole Winfield — April 9, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a new document, Pope Francis says defending the poor and migrants is “equally sacred” to defending the unborn — a not-so-veiled critique of the conservative right in the U.S. for whom opposition to abortion trumps the Gospel mandate to love and welcome the stranger.

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