Pope Francis: A heart for the struggling

Catholics around the world celebrated the election of Pope Francis last week. Today, I join my brothers and sisters in Christ by sending my prayers and congratulations.

All followers of Jesus Christ are compelled to do justice, to love goodness, and to walk humbly with our God, by loving our neighbors as ourselves, especially the most vulnerable. The Catholic Church serves more vulnerable people than any other entity worldwide and here in America, and has been a strong advocate for those in need.

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    Women of Vision devotional: "Repairer of Broken Walls"

    Today's post is a Lenten devotional by Anna Goodworth from the Women of Vision chapter in Hartford, Connecticut. Women of Vision is a volunteer ministry of World Vision that equips women to serve impoverished and oppressed women and children worldwide.

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        Syrian refugee crisis: Moved to prayer

        You won't hear much in the media about the conflict in Syria -- but it's causing significant human suffering that warrants our attention and prayer.

        As the crisis approaches its second anniversary, the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, and Egypt is quickly approaching 1 million.

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          From the field: “I narrowly escaped death”

          In celebration of World Day of Prayer today: World Vision staff member Lucas Serem shares an account of driving through dangerous territory in Kenya -- and how God saved their lives through prayer.

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          January 23, mid-morning: There were seven of us in the vehicle, carrying out an assessment of rain shortages across our program area.

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            Puppy love, Jesus, and gongs

            In honor of Valentine's Day, World Vision's Jonathan Lo reflects on our mandate as Christians to love others the way God loves us.

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              Giving up more than chocolate for Lent

              Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, when Christians focus on Jesus’ sacrifice through prayer, fasting, and giving. World Vision's Katie Swift reflects on taking a "Life Audit" -- part of our Live Life campaign for youth and college students around the world.

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                What makes a full life?

                James Pedrick, global youth engagement manager for World Vision, discusses Live Life -- a six-week campaign for youth and university/college students around the world to experience Easter and Lent in a new way.

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                  National Day of Prayer: Pray to end the West Africa hunger crisis

                  Today is National Day of Prayer, a chance for Christians across the United States to come together around the belief that we serve a God who hears us when we pray.

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                    Give yourselves fully

                    I always enjoy Easter for its atmosphere of wonderful, joyous celebration.

                    While Christmas might be described as special, Easter is triumphant. We celebrate the astounding miracle of a man, the Son of God, risen from the grave. But like a parade after any victory, Easter’s celebration is more than the festivity following an unexpected triumph.

                    We also celebrate what Jesus’ victory over death has freed us to do: to work for the kingdom of God.

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