Messages from Pope Francis
 
 

Pope Francis: Christian witness consists in doing what the Holy Spirit asks of us, granting us the strength to do it

(CNA/EWTN News) The Holy Spirit helps Catholics to do good works by giving them the gifts they need to be effective ‘salt and light’ in the world, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday. Like Jesus said: “You are the salt of the earth… you are the light of the world,” the pope said May 23, explaining that the images of salt [...]

Pope Francis: To always walk as children of light, persevering in faith, is the Christian vocation

(CNA/EWTN News) On May 16, in his catechesis for the weekly audience, Pope Francis concluded his commentary on the sacrament of Baptism with reflections on the symbolism of the white garment and baptismal candle. [...]

Pope Francis: The sign of baptism is never erased by any sin

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis said Wednesday that nothing can take away a person's baptism or the identity they thereby gain as a child of God, which is why this sacrament cannot be repeated. [...]

Pope Francis: The renunciation of Satan and the act of faith go together

(CNA/EWTN News) It is not possible to have a relationship with God if we are attached to sin and the devil, Pope Francis said Wednesday, encouraging Christians to cut those harmful ties and re-proclaim their faith in Christ and his Church. [...]

Pope Francis: Baptism prepares us, gives us strength for our daily struggles

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday Pope Francis spoke about the temptations encountered in the Christian life, encouraging the faithful not to be discouraged by the struggle, but to be reassured and strengthened by the prayers of the Church. [...]

Pope Francis: Making the sign of the cross makes the Christian way of facing life visible

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday Pope Francis said that to make the sign of the cross is to mark ourselves as Christians, and that it is something we should do often to remind ourselves that we belong to God. [...]

Pope Francis: Withhold the Sacrament of Baptism from a child means not trusting in the Holy Spirit

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis spoke about the sacrament of Baptism on Wednesday, emphasizing the importance of the Catholic practice of baptizing infants, since the grace of the Holy Spirit helps them to grow in virtue. [...]

Pope Francis: We celebrate the Eucharist to learn to become Eucharistic men and women

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday Pope Francis said the Eucharist is key to living an authentic Christian witness, and that those who leave Mass unchanged, continuing to gossip or hold onto unholy habits, have missed the point. [...]

Pope Francis: Jesus gave his life to make us holy, to renew us, to forgive us

(CNA/EWTN News) The Easter Triduum is the most important time of year for Christians, Pope Francis said Wednesday, and stressed that those who truly allow themselves to be transformed by Jesus' resurrection, while still being sinners, cannot be corrupt. [...]

Pope Francis: When we receive Holy Communion, we must let ourselves be transformed into Jesus

(CNA/EWTN News) At Wednesday's general audience, Pope Francis said our participation in the Holy Eucharist at Mass is not a merely spiritual communion, but a sacramental one, uniting us to Christ and his Church. [...]

Pope Francis: The peace of Christ cannot take root in a heart incapable of living fraternity and of repairing it after having wounded it

(CNA/EWTN News) At the general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of the recitation of the Our Father at Mass, asking if when we pray it, we understand whom we are praying to and the relationship we are called to have with him. [...]

Pope Francis: The Eucharistic Prayer teaches us to make our whole lives an “act of thanksgiving”

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday Pope Francis issued a harsh critique of the trend to ask parishioners for a financial contribution in order to have Mass said for a loved one, saying that to make a personal offering is fine, but the liturgy should never have a price tag. [...]