Messages from Pope Francis
 
 

Pope Francis: At the end of our life, He will call us to account for the goods He has entrusted to us

Pope Francis encourages us not to be afraid as our lives are firmly in God's loving and provident care, but we must 'be ready' at all times, vigilant and attentive to serving God and our brothers and sisters. [...]

Pope Francis: Unbridled greed for possession of things is an “illness”

Back at the Vatican just a day after his penitential pilgrimage to Canada, Pope Francis leads the Sunday Angelus in St. Peter's Square offering thoughts on the day's Gospel that warns about the covetousness that lies in everyone’s heart that can tempt us towards greed and serving money, rather than seeking God's love and His everlasting abundant gifts. [...]

Pope Francis: Lord does not want us to be mere critics of our system, closed and backwards looking, but rather artisans of a new history

During Mass celebrated at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on Tuesday - the feast day of Sts Joachim and Anne - Pope Francis reflects on the important role of grandparents in passing down the faith, and highlights the need to preserve the memory of those who preceded us. [...]

Pope Francis: A time to find strength in frailty

Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the value of old age at the weekly General Audience, and says the elderly should embrace their frailty and helplessness in order to follow and bear witness to Christ. [...]

Pope Francis: A society truly welcomes life when it recognizes that it is also precious in old age, in disability, in serious illness and even when it is fading

Continuing his catechesis on the value of old age at the General Audience, Pope Francis invites the elderly to overcome the temptation to stand aside, because the Lord never discards them, but rather restores their strength to serve. [...]

Pope Francis: The gift of memory that the ‘elders’ of the Church pass on “from hand to hand” to the generation that follows

Continuing his catechesis at the Wednesday General Audience on the meaning and value of old age, Pope Francis turns his attention to the special vocation of the elderly to hand on to new generations their personal experience of the Church’s faith. [...]

Pope Francis: The rhythms of old age help us to grasp the meaning of life marked by time

Pope Francis has begun a new cycle of catechesis on old age, focusing his second reflection in the series on long life as a “symbol and opportunity.” [...]

Pope Francis: Youth is beautiful but eternal youth is a very dangerous illusion

Starting a new series of reflections on the meaning and value of old age, Pope Francis in his General audience this week stresses the need for an inter-generational alliance, drawing inspiration from scriptures. [...]

Pope Francis: Christian faith is not a way of exorcising the fear of death, rather, it helps us to face it

Reflecting on St. Joseph as the patron saint of a good death during his catechesis at the General Audience, Pope Francis invites Christians to face death with faith in the resurrection, saying that the Christian faith is not a way of exorcising the fear of death, but rather helps us to face it. [...]

Pope Francis: Saints are intercessors who pray for us, and the Lord gives us grace through that Saint

At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the communion of saints, and says every member of the Church is closely connected to each other in Christ. [...]

Pope Francis: Fear is also a part of life, and it too needs our prayer

At the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis offers a meditation on St Joseph as a “man who dreams,” and who knows how to discern the voice of God and act upon it. [...]

Pope Francis: Revolution of tenderness

Continuing his catechetical series on Saint Joseph, Pope Francis looks at his role as a loving father and a reflection of God's tenderness, which allows us to feel loved and welcomed in all our weaknesses. [...]

Pope Francis: Work is not only a means of earning a living: it is also a place where we express ourselves, feel useful

In his catechesis at the General Audience focusing on Saint Joseph, Pope Francis looks at Joseph's life as a worker, and says the dignity of labour is essential for our human development and our growth in holiness. [...]

Pope Francis: Fathers are not born, but made

At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the fatherhood of St. Joseph, and prays that all children might enjoy the bond of paternal love, even if through the praiseworthy practice of adoption. [...]

Pope Francis: A persecuted and courageous migrant

At the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the courage of St. Joseph in rescuing Jesus from the massacre of Bethlehem, and urges Christians to live that courage in our everyday lives. [...]

Pope Francis: Jesus is the foundation of our joy

At the Wednesday General Audience ahead of Christmas, Pope Francis reflects on the birth of Jesus, and says the event is a reminder that we are loved first by God without any merit of our own. [...]

Pope Francis: Joseph’s silence is not muteness

In his catechesis at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on St Joseph’s silence in the Gospel. [...]

Pope Francis: Let us not lose heart, no one who asked for Mary’s help has ever been abandoned!

(Vatican News) Pope Francis addressed the faithful on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and urged them to be like Mary in her humility, and therefore closeness to God. Addressing the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square for the Angelus on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope [...]

Pope Francis: When God intervened “unexpectedly” in their lives

Continuing his catechesis on St Joseph, Pope Francis offered engaged couples a reflection on moving beyond the ‘enchantment’ that comes with falling in love, toward a mature love that can stand the test of time. [...]

Pope Francis: Joseph, the Guardian of the Church

Pope Francis continues his catechesis series on St. Joseph at the Wednesday General Audience, and says that Joseph shows that even those who appear on the margins of society have a special role in God’s plan of salvation. [...]

Pope Francis: Jesus goes out to search for sinners, but also those who have done no evil but have suffered it: the sick, the hungry, the poor, the least

Following his catechesis on St Paul’s Letter to the Galatians at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis begins a new series of reflections on St Joseph as an example and a witness for our times. [...]

Pope Francis: Christian freedom

Pope Francis concludes his General Audience catechetical series on the Letter to the Galatians highlighting how the Apostle Paul teaches that "the fulfillment of the true Law is found in this life of the Spirit given to us by Jesus." And the life of the Spirit "can only be lived in freedom". [...]

Pope Francis: To believe in Jesus means to follow Him

Continuing his catechesis on St Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, Pope Francis explains what it means “to walk in the Spirit.” [...]

Pope Francis: People still seek religious security rather than the living and true God

At the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis reflects on the fruits of the Holy Spirit. [...]