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In homily, Pope warns against conflicts within hierarchy

February 13, 2017

In his homily at a morning Mass on February 13, Pope Francis said that in the absence of a true sense of brotherhood, conflicts can fester and lead to destruction.

The Pope spoke about how Cain allowed his resentments against Abel to grow until they led them to murder his brother. He said that in the same way, small complaints can grow and “end up destroying the bond of brotherhood.”

The Pope said that these small conflicts can be visible “even among our episcopal colleagues.” He urged the faithful to fight against them, to preserve the sense of brotherhood.


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  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Feb. 13, 2017 9:43 PM ET USA

    Well, then, Holy Father. Stop obfuscating clear teachings of the Church with missives such as Amoris Laetitiae. As Jesus said in today's Gospel, the Sermon on the Mount, "Say yes when you mean yes and no when you mean no.".

  • Posted by: Louise01 - Feb. 13, 2017 8:25 PM ET USA

    Look out, FRANCIS knows how to punish those who fail to tow his line!

  • Posted by: filioque - Feb. 13, 2017 7:53 PM ET USA

    Evidently the Pope knows whereof he speaks. Look what conflicts and lack of brotherhood have done to the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate and the Order of Malta. We will have to wait to see their effects on the Four Cardinals.