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A brotherly embrace brings pope and Russian patriarch together
A brotherly embrace brings pope and Russian patriarch together CNS photo by Paul Haring
February 12, 2016

At long last, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow embraced, kissing each other three times.

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Cookies, sombrero and a shoe shine: Even reporters give pope gifts
Cookies, sombrero and a shoe shine: Even reporters give pope gifts
February 12, 2016

Making his 12th trip abroad, Pope Francis was accustomed to collecting interview requests, notes and gifts from the journalists who travel on the plane with him.

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Pope pushes 'door of mercy' wider, sends missionaries to local parishes
Pope pushes 'door of mercy' wider, sends missionaries to local parishes
February 11, 2016

After opening holy doors in Rome to begin the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has now pushed those passageways even wider by sending forth hundreds of "missionaries of mercy" to every corner of the earth.

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Pope to priests: Year of Mercy means unpaid overtime, but God gives joy
February 11, 2016

 Pope Francis told Rome's priests that offering God's mercy during the jubilee year will mean lots of unpaid overtime.

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On Ash Wednesday, Pope sends off missionaries of mercy to help people open hearts to God
On Ash Wednesday. Pope sends off missionaries of mercy to help people open hearts to God
February 10, 2016

Pope Francis marked the beginning of the church's Lenten journey by sending off several hundred religious and diocesan priests on their own special path as "missionaries of mercy" in local parishes. 

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Giving to the poor is part of jubilee year, pope says
February 10, 2016

A jubilee year that does not open people's wallets to share what they have with others is not a true jubilee, Pope Francis said.

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Don't judge sinners who want to repent, help them come home, pope says
Don't judge sinners who want to repent, help them come home, pope says
February 9, 2016

On the eve of sending off "missionaries of mercy" to all corners of the globe, Pope Francis told his specially appointed men that the reassuring strength of God's love -- not the "bludgeon of judgment" -- will bring the "lost sheep" back to the fold.

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