Messages from Pope Francis
 
 

Pope Francis: The Mass needs silence, not ‘chit-chat’

On Wednesday Pope Francis called out the common habit of chatting with people around you before Mass, stressing that this is a time for silent prayer, when we prepare our hearts for an encounter with the Lord. [...]

Pope Francis: Mass is for the Eucharist, not pictures. Put the phone away.

On Wednesday, a fiery Pope Francis chastised those who spend Mass talking to others, looking at their phone or even taking pictures during papal liturgies, saying these are distractions that take focus away from the “heart of the Church,” which is the Eucharist. [...]

Pope Francis: the saints weren’t perfect, but they allowed God to touch their lives

Pope Francis marked All Saints' Day Wednesday saying the saints are honored not because they were perfect or did everything right, but because they allowed God to touch their lives and fought hard against sin. [...]

Pope Francis: Heaven isn’t a ‘fairy tale’ – it’s an embrace with God

Pope Francis on Wednesday spoke about the hope Christians have at the end of life, which is found in God’s promise to be with us at the moment of our death, and to give us eternal life with him in heaven. [...]

Pope Francis: At the moment of our death, Jesus will come and take us by the hand

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday, Pope Francis offered prayers for the more than 300 victims of a terrorist bombing in the African country of Somalia, one of the most lethal attacks to take place anywhere in the world in recent years. [...]

Pope Francis: Christians always look forward to the future, which is a constant concern of God’s providence

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday Pope Francis said Christians are never bored or hopeless, but know how to wait patiently – even when life is hard, monotonous or unclear – with the knowledge that after the darkness, there is always light. “The Christian was not made for boredom, but for patience,” the Pope said October 11. This, he said, is because [...]

Pope Francis: Christians are called to open spaces for salvation

(CNA/EWTN News) True Christians are not sad or gloomy, but have the specific task of being bearers of hope, Pope Francis said Wednesday – and not only with their words, but with actions as simple as a smile or an act of charity. [...]

Pope Francis: Hope is the push to welcome others, the desire to meet, to know, to dialogue

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke about the enemies of hope that often lead us into discouragement and melancholy, and urged Christians to fight these temptations with the power of prayer. [...]

Pope Francis: Christians must be responsible for the world and for the life of every person

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday, Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the people of Mexico after they suffered a devastating earthquake September 19, asking for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe for all those who have died or lost loved ones. [...]

Pope Francis: The gospel truly frees people and society from slavery

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday Pope Francis recalled his recent visit to Colombia, saying the desire for peace in the country is proof that the violence of their past doesn't have the last word, but rather, the love and mercy of Christ. [...]

Pope Francis: Jesus reminds us that his way is the way of love and sacrifice

(CNA/EWTN News) On Sunday Pope Francis spoke about the sacrifice of the cross, explaining how as followers of Christ we must embrace suffering because it is through the suffering and death of Christ that his love is made known to us. [...]

Pope Francis: Every vocation begins with an encounter with Jesus who gives us new joy and hope

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday Pope Francis told pilgrims to ignore gloomy people that drag others down, and stressed the need to maintain a healthy dose of the joy experienced in our first encounter with Christ, which he said must serve as a constant motivation to spread the good news. [...]