Pope: Prayers of the faithful, not clergy, can make miracles happen

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January 12, 2016

A woman prays in 2015 as Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Manila, Philippines. The prayers of the faithful, not the pope, bishops, priests or nuns, have the power to make miracles happen in the most impossible situations, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass. (CNS photo/Dennis M. Sabangan, EPA) See POPE-MASS-PRAYER Jan. 12, 2016.

A woman prays in 2015 as Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Manila, Philippines. The prayers of the faithful, not the pope, bishops, priests or nuns, have the power to make miracles happen in the most impossible situations, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass. (CNS photo/Dennis M. Sabangan, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The prayers of the faithful, not the pope, bishops, priests or nuns, have the power to make miracles happen in the most impossible situations, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

Saints, like St. Monica, have proven that lives can change if people pray courageously and believe that God “can do everything,” he said Jan. 12.

The pope recalled Hannah’s tearful prayers to God for a child as he reflected on the day’s first reading (1 Sm 1: 9-20) during his homily at the Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

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