Messages from Pope Francis

Pope Francis: Ask Christ for the gift of mercy to allow Christ’s mercy to embrace us and penetrate us

(Vatican News) Pope Francis says we are called to pass on “the fire of Jesus’ mercy”, in a letter marking the 90th anniversary of the first apparition to St Maria Faustina Kowalska in Płock, Poland. [...]

Pope Francis: In life’s most painful wounds, God awaits us with His infinite mercy

(Vatican News) Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Ash Wednesday in St. Peter’s Basilica, and urges Christians to experience Lent as a return journey toward the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. [...]

Pope Francis: It is prayer that transforms the today we are living into grace

(Vatican News) Continuing his catechesis on Christian prayer, Pope Francis reflects on why and how we should pray in all the events of everyday life. [...]

Pope Francis: Liturgy is an act that founds the whole Christian experience

(Vatican News) Pope Francis continues his catechesis on Christian prayer at the weekly General Audience, and reflects on how liturgical prayer unites us to Christ. [...]

Pope Francis: The Bible was written for every one of us individually

(Vatican News) Continuing his catechesis on prayer at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the importance of the Sacred Scriptures in the life of prayer, saying it was written for each one of us. [...]

Pope Francis: Unity is above all a gift, a grace to be requested through prayer

(Vatican News) In his catechesis at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reminds Christians that unity is achieved only with the grace of God, and not through our own force of will. [...]

Pope Francis: Praising God is necessary for our own sake – we should learn to praise God in difficult moments

(Vatican News) Continuing his catechesis on prayer at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on “the prayer of praise”, which is possible in every circumstance because God is always faithful. [...]

Pope Francis: We can be the star for our brothers and sisters, as witnesses of the treasures of goodness and mercy that God offers freely to everyone

(Vatican News) Pope Francis prays the Angelus on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, and invites us to proclaim the Gospel by allowing God’s light of love to shine for others to see. [...]

Pope Francis: If we are bearers of gratitude, the world itself will become better

(Vatican News) During his general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of gratitude in prayer. The healing of the ten lepers by Jesus is an example. [...]

Pope Francis: Jesus, in the crib, shows us the way of tenderness to be close to each other, to be human

(Vatican News) During his general audience of Wednesday, Pope Francis urges Christians to make the celebration of the birth of Jesus rich in faith, not merely a sentimental or consumerist event. [...]

Pope Francis: The human heart tends toward prayer

(Vatican News) Continuing his catechesis on prayer, Pope Francis on Wednesday focused on “intercessory prayer”; that is, prayer which asks on behalf of another.” [...]

Pope Francis: Do not feel ashamed when we feel the need to pray in our moments of darkness

(Vatican News) In his catechesis at the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis urges everyone to listen to the cry that wells up within us especially in moments of difficulty, which he says is the prayer of supplication. [...]

Pope Francis: God is like a good parent who never stops loving us despite our sins

(Vatican News) Reflecting on blessing as an essential dimension of prayer, Pope Francis in his General Audience says that our response to the God who blesses is also by blessing. We do it through the prayer of praise, adoration and thanksgiving. [...]

Pope Francis: The exchange of love is the mystical root of the believer’s entire life

(Vatican News) At the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis turned his gaze to the prayer life of the early Church, as he continued his catechesis on prayer. [...]

Pope Francis: It was God's voice that guided Mary's heart and her steps where her presence was needed

(Vatican News) Pope Francis reflects on prayer and on how the Virgin Mary, who entrusted herself to God with docility, is a model for our own lives. [...]

Pope Francis: We need to pray always, even when everything seems vain

(Vatican News) Pope Francis continued his catechesis on prayer on Wednesday, focusing on the quality of perseverance in prayer. Jesus Himself, the Pope said, “has given an example of continual prayer, practiced perseveringly.” [...]

Pope Francis: Prayer is an art that must be practiced with insistence

(Vatican News) At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis says Jesus shows us that we must pray early, often, and in silence, and urges everyone to pray for those who are ill with Covid-19 and the medical personnel working to treat them. [...]

Pope Francis: Jesus came for all of humanity

(Vatican News) Pope Francis continues his catechesis on prayer inviting the faithful to persevere in prayer in every moment of their lives, even in the most difficult, and in those in which we feel the burden of our sins. [...]

Pope Francis: psalms lead to adore God and love His children

Pope Francis then began the second and final catechesis on the Psalms in his series on prayer. The Psalms, he says, “help us not to fall into the temptation of the 'wicked', that is, of living, and perhaps also of praying, as if God does not exist, and as if the poor do not exist”. [...]

Pope Francis: Read the Psalms to learn the language of prayer

(Vatican News) In his catechesis at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the witness of prayer as laid out in the Book of Psalms, saying the door to God’s heart is always open in our moments of pain. [...]

Pope Francis: Prayer is a confrontation with God and letting oneself be sent to serve one's brothers and sisters

(Vatican News) Pope Francis, during Wednesday’s General Audience resumes his catechesis on prayer following the cycle on the Healing the World wounded by the pandemic. This week he tells the faithful. “We need the spirit of Elijah.” [...]

Pope Francis: Let's make love go viral and let's globalize hope in the light of faith

(Vatican News) Pope Francis began his General Audience on Wednesday noting that in recent weeks “we have reflected together” on how to heal the world from the suffering highlighted by the pandemic. [...]

Pope Francis: Respect the autonomy and the capacity to take initiative that everyone has, especially the least

(Vatican News) Continuing in his series of catecheses on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in light of the Church’s teachings, Pope Francis said, “Every one of us is called to assume responsibility for his or her part,” and he highlighted the fact that we must look to the future working for a social order in which the dignity and the gifts of [...]

Pope Francis: The best antidote against the misuse of our common home is contemplation

(Vatican News) “Contemplating and caring: these are two attitudes that show the way to correct and re-balance our relationship as human beings with creation.” [...]