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Caption: Argentina's flag is seen as Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 6. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Argentina's flag is seen as Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 6. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Pope: Marriage is brave promise to love like Jesus, not showy ceremony

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Christian marriage isn't just a big ceremony held in a church with nice flowers and everyone wearing fancy clothes and taking lots of pictures, Pope Francis said.

Marriage is an act of faith between a man and woman who are both fragile and limited, but courageous enough to follow Christ and seek to love each other as he loves them, the pope said May 6 during his general audience in St. Peter's Square.
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Evita Ravet, 8, places a crown of flowers onto the head of a statue of Mary during a May Crowning ceremony at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Austin, Texas, May 3. The month of May is devoted to Mary and is traditionally celebrated with a crowning and praying of the rosary. (CNS/Tom McCarthy Jr.)
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Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 45, No. 1 (May 7, 2015):

-- Jesuit Father Patrick J. Ryan of Fordham University explores Jewish, Christian and Islamic perspectives on poverty as a curse and as a blessing.

-- Even good regulations, policies and targets are unlikely to prove effective in dealing with climate change and the challenges of sustainable development, unless humanity undergoes a moral conversion and change of heart, Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, tells a Vatican-hosted workshop.

-- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tells a Vatican conference on climate change that the leadership of the world religions is essential if there is to be development without destruction and a transformation of the world's economies.


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