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Even in dark times, never lose hope in God's love, pope says

Christians must never lose hope and should remind themselves that God loves them even at their worst, Pope Francis said.

God's love provides "security" both in difficult moments and even when "I have done something terrible and evil," the pope said Feb. 15 during his weekly general audience.

"No one can take this security from us. We must repeat it like a prayer: God loves me. I am sure that God loves me!" he said.

Cardinal Marx says loyalty to the pope is important for Catholicism

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A member of Pope Francis’ advisory Council of Cardinals has said it is important for the Catholic faith that adherents to the religion support the pontiff.

In a press briefing at the Vatican Wednesday, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx said that while it is normal that there be discussion about the pope and his initiatives “it is also clear for us as Catholics that loyalty to the pope is substantial for the Catholic faith.”

Pope, subject of gossip, denounces gossips

One day after copies of a poster were plastered around the Rome city center criticizing Pope Francis, the pontiff used his Angelus message to call for an authentic witness free from gossip and maliciousness. 

A fundamental quality of salt that Christians should adopt, is its ability to preserve from corruption, keeping away "the polluting germs of selfishness, envy and malicious gossip," Francis said Feb. 5 in his remarks after the recitation of the Angelus prayer.

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