Pope: Let Yourself be Surprised by Life this Advent

23875380 - advent wreath of twigs with purple candles and various ornamentsDuring Sunday’s Angelus address, Pope Francis marked the beginning of the new liturgical year and the First Sunday of Advent by calling upon the faithful to avoid being dominated by the things of the world this season so that we can let ourselves be “surprised by life” as it presents itself each day.

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What the Pope Really Said

vatican flagCommentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

Headlines are blaring this morning about a comment the Pope made Sunday at a press conference held during his return flight from an apostolic voyage to Armenia which he said that Christians must apologize to gay people. But, as usual, many news agencies are choosing to leave out the rest of his statement in order to bolster their own agendas.

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