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Pope encourages deepening of faith and communion for building Christian unity

In his greetings shared with participants at the Fourth World Gathering of the Global Christian Forum taking place in Accra, Ghana, Pope Francis encourages everyone to deepen their faith and revitalize fraternal love, reflecting the unity to which Christians are called as they discuss the challenges facing the global Christian community.

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Cardinal Ambongo expresses worry over increasing violence in eastern DRC

Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, Metropolitan Archbishop of Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, has warned that the situation in the east of the country is deteriorating rapidly. Armed militias have recently captured several towns in the area.

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Ethiopian Bishop appeals for help to alleviate humanitarian crisis in Tigray

Bishop Medhin of the Catholic Eparchy of Adigrat, Ethiopia appeals for vital aid amid a catastrophic humanitarian crisis gripping the northern region of Tigray.

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Qatar mediating role between Israel-Hamas under strain

Qatar is reviewing its role as a mediator between Israel and Hamas.

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Quebec bishops: Christians must respond to call of the hungry

The Bishops of Quebec call on Christian communities to respond “to the call of those who are hungry,” to ensure that everyone has enough to eat.

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Attacks on villages in southern Chad create climate of anxiety

The head of the Justice and Peace Commission in Chad’s Diocese of Sarh has told Vatican News about the heavy toll exacted on lives, livestock and property as a result of unknown gunmen

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'Get caught up in God's love,' Pope urges Discalced Carmelites

Pope Francis invites Discalced Carmelites to immerse themselves entirely in the Lord's presence in order to be filled with joy and love.

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Holy See highlights Indigenous youth as guardians of culture

In a statement addressed to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the 23rd Session in New York on April 16, Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, spoke of the importance of supporting indigenous people, especially young people, and cultivating dialogue.

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In age of excess, temperance helps one experience real joy, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Exercising the virtue of temperance is not a recipe for a boring life, Pope Francis said, but rather it is the secret to enjoying every good thing.

If one wants "to appreciate a good wine, savoring it in small sips is better than swallowing it all in one go. We all know this," the pope said April 17 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Continuing a series of audience talks about vices and virtues, the pope focused on temperance, which the Catechism of the Catholic Church defines as "the moral virtue that moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides balance in the use of created goods."

Pope Francis smiles during general audience
Pope Francis smiles at visitors gathered for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 17, 2024. (CNS photo/Pablo Esparza)

Temperance is "the virtue of the right measure" in what one does and what one says, the pope said. "In a world where so many people boast about saying what they think, the temperate person prefers instead to think about what he or she says."

"Do you understand the difference?" Pope Francis asked people in the square. It means "I don't say whatever pops into my head. No, I think about what I must say."

A temperate person does not allow "a moment’s anger to ruin relationships and friendships that can then only be rebuilt with difficulty," the pope said. Temperance with words is especially important in families to keep "tensions, irritations and anger in check."

Aide helps Pope Francis in his wheelchair
Pope Francis' aide, Sandro Mariotti, helps the pope position his feet after he gets into his wheelchair at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 17, 2024. (CNS photo/Pablo Esparza)

"There is a time to speak and a time to be silent, but both require the right measure," he said.

Being temperate, he said, does not mean never getting annoyed or frustrated, Pope Francis said, but he kept repeating the phrase with "the right measure" and "the right way."

For example, "a word of rebuke is at times healthier than a sour, rancorous silence," he said. "The temperate person knows that nothing is more uncomfortable than correcting another person, but he or she also knows that it is necessary; otherwise, one offers free reign to evil."

A temperate person "affirms absolute principles and asserts non-negotiable values," the pope said, but he or she does so in a way that shows understanding and empathy for others.

In other words, he said, a temperate person has the gift of balance, "a quality as precious as it is rare" in a world given to excess.

"It is not true that temperance makes one gray and joyless," Pope Francis said. On the contrary, it increases "the joy that flourishes in the heart of those who recognize and value what counts most in life."


Pope: Temperance means acting thoughtfully

Pope: Temperance means acting thoughtfully

Pope Francis continued his catechesis series on virtues and vices by discussing the virtue of temperance.

Jailed Aung San Suu Kyi moved to house arrest

The ousted leader of the National League for Democracy Party and Nobel-laureate has been moved out of prison along with Myanmar former President Win Myint due to a major heat wave.

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