Messages from Pope Francis
 
 

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. [...]

Pope Francis: In the bread and wine we present him with the offering of our lives

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis said Wednesday that having Mass centered around the altar is meant to remind faithful that the cross is the first Christian altar on which Christ offered the sacrifice of his life. [...]

Pope Francis: We are called to face the Evil one through prayer, with God’s help, to overcome him in our daily life

(CNA/EWTN News) Lent is a time to face our temptations and be converted by the Gospel, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address on the first Sunday of Lent. [...]

Pope Francis: See and contemplate the face of Crucified Love

(CNA/EWTN News) At Mass for Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis invited everyone to live the 40 days of Lent as a time to “pause” from things which keep us from virtue and to return home to the loving and merciful embrace of God the Father. [...]

Pope Francis: We listen to the Gospel and we must give a response in our lives

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday Pope Francis touched on a topic close to home for both parish priests and people in the pews, offering his recipe for what makes a good homily, saying they should be short and well-prepared. [...]

Pope Francis: How can we face our earthly pilgrimage without being regularly nourished by the Word of God?

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of the Liturgy of the Word, and the resulting importance of having lectors who can proclaim the readings and the Responsorial Psalm well. [...]