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Pope stresses strength, courage, hope in new year

Created: 01/01/2014 7:49 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

Pope Francis is offering "words of strength, courage and hope" as the world begins a new year.
    
That was his emphasis in a homily during Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday morning.
    
The Catholic church dedicates Jan. 1 to the promotion of word peace. Francis said there was "hunger and thirst for justice, peace and God" in the world.
    
In his first year as pope, Francis has charted a path for what he calls a "poor" church attentive to the needy and a "joyous" one reaching out to others.
    
The Argentine-born pontiff urged Catholics worldwide to follow an "itinerary of faith" that promotes a joyous Gospel "without borders."



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