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Pope to young people: Take the World Youth Day challenge

It's time to break free from fear, fake online personas and looking at the world through a digital screen display, Pope Francis told young people.

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Economic, spiritual poverty contribute to fragility of family life, pope says

When people are unable to love or accept a child with problems or illness, many times it's because they are too weak themselves to be able to bear someone else's vulnerabilities, Pope Francis told a group of children and young people who are wards of the state.

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People have right to receive God's word, so preach it well, pope says

Everyone who goes to Mass has the right to hear the word of God in all its fullness, which means it must be read well and explained well with "fervor," Pope Francis said.

Church's legal procedures for abuse cases need changing, expert says

Even though the Catholic Church has all the necessary norms and laws in place to safeguard minors from abuse by clergy, the problem continues to be a lack in understanding or caring about those rules and guidelines and applying them effectively, said one Jesuit expert.

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