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Caption: A journalist uses a phone to photograph the Sistine Chapel illuminated with new LED lighting Oct. 29. New lighting and air conditioning systems make the chapel cooler and better lit and will help preserve Michelangelo Buonarroti's masterpiece. (CNS/Paul Haring)
A journalist uses a phone to photograph the Sistine Chapel illuminated with new LED lighting Oct. 29. New lighting and air conditioning systems make the chapel cooler and better lit and will help preserve Michelangelo Buonarroti's masterpiece. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Be ready with God's weaponry; devil is real, pope says

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christian life is a constant battle against the devil, who is not the stuff of legend, but really exists, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.

Battling the devil will not be easy because the evil one's traps and temptations are many, and "the devil is not tossing flowers at us," but "flaming arrows" aimed to kill, the pope said Oct. 30 during his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives.
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Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 44, No. 22 (Oct. 30, 2014):

-- Pope Francis beatifies Pope Paul VI, creator of the Synod of Bishops, at a Mass closing the extraordinary session of the synod on the family.

-- The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family issues a message of solidarity with Christian families.

-- Pope Francis says the frank discussion and lively debate that marked the Synod of Bishops on the family should have "never been seen as a source of confusion and discord" but as a sign of trust in the Holy Spirit, the true promoter and guarantor of the church's unity and harmony.

-- Violent conflict, land grabs in developing nations and the impact of climate change make up a disastrous triumvirate that threatens the food security of millions around the world, says Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa.

-- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says the federal government needs to reconsider new rules it issued in August to allow religious institutions to opt out of the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act.


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