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Pandemic shows importance of family, says head of John Paul II Institute

ROME (CNS) -- The coronavirus pandemic has made clear that the family is a "barometer" of challenges facing the global community, but also that it is the place best equipped to help people face those challenges, said Msgr. Philippe Bordeyne, new head of the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences.

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Genuine, heartfelt prayer takes courage, pope says at Angelus

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- People should pray with genuine and courageous faith, revealing their whole heart to God, confident he listens with care and mercy, Pope Francis said. "When faith is alive, prayer is heartfelt: it does not beg for spare change, it is not reduced to momentary needs. We must ask everything of Jesus, who can do everything," the pope said, speaking to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for his Angelus address Oct. 24.

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Pope-Biden meeting seen as a chance to address shared global concerns

President Joe Biden's upcoming audience with Pope Francis presents an opportunity for the pontiff to inspire the U.S. leader to work more diligently to advance solutions on shared concerns such as climate change, COVID-19 vaccine distribution, stifling poverty and conflict in vulnerable countries, a Catholic Relief Services executive said.

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