Messages from Pope Francis
 
 

Pope Francis: The tragedy of what happens when sharing does not happen

At the Sunday Angelus Pope Francis explains the “logic of smallness and giving” and how the Lord calls each one of us to give generously to help our brothers and sisters. Giving and sharing “increases love and allows God to perform wonders”. [...]

Pope Francis: Where we are very busy, thinking everything “depends on us”, but we risk overlooking Jesus

Addressing the faithful in Saint Peter's Square for the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis says we need an "ecology of the heart" developed through "rest, contemplation and compassion". And the summer is a good time to do this. [...]

Pope Francis: We all will need this “anointing” some time in our lives

From the balcony of his tenth-floor hospital window, Pope Francis greets crowds gathered below for the Sunday Angelus, broadcast live around the world. He thanks them for their closeness and offers his prayers for those suffering and needing care. [...]

Pope Francis: Allowing ourselves to be amazed

Pope Francis calls on us to keep our eyes and hearts free of prejudice and closed mindedness that comes from habit. Be open to being amazed at God’s surprises, he says, and God’s “humble and hidden presence in daily life”. [...]

Pope Francis: Our hearts and minds that encounter with grace

At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the Letter of St. Paul to the Galatians, and says God’s grace turned sinful Saul into the Apostle to the Gentiles. [...]

Pope Francis: The path of evangelization does not always depend on our will and plans

At the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis starts a new cycle of catechesis on themes from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians, highlighting the problems faced by the Christian communities in Galatia. [...]

Pope Francis: Jesus prayed for each of us

At the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis concludes a long series of catechetical lessons on “prayer,” focusing on the priestly prayer of Jesus. [...]

Pope Francis: If God is Father, why does He not listen to us?

Pope Francis continues his cycle of catechesis dedicated to Christian prayer during his Wednesday General Audience, reflecting on how at times it would seem that prayers are not responded to, but that no matter how long it takes, they are always heard. [...]

Pope Francis: God Himself allows us to experience this spiritual dryness

In his catechesis at the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis says we must always persevere in order to overcome the difficulties we face in prayer. [...]

Pope Francis: I thought I was alone but I was not

Pope Francis continues his cycle of catechesis dedicated to Christian prayer during the weekly General Audience reflecting on how prayer is sometimes hard and on how many great Christian figures struggled to overcome discouragement and crisis in times of trial. [...]

Contemplative prayer ‘a guide along path of love’

At the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis focuses his catechesis on contemplative prayer, and says contemplation helps guide us in following Jesus along the path of love. [...]

Pope Francis: Every moment of Jesus’ earthly life, through the grace of prayer, can become contemporary with us

(Vatican News) Continuing his catechesis on Christian prayer during the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis explains the importance of meditation, highlighting that it is a means of prayer that helps us encounter Jesus and find ourselves. [...]

Pope Francis: We must not despise vocal prayer

(Vatican News) Prayer, Pope Francis said at his General Audience on Wednesday, “is dialogue with God; and every creature, in a certain sense, engages in dialogue with God.” [...]

Pope Francis: The breath of faith is prayer – we grow in faith inasmuch as we learn to pray

(Vatican News) Continuing his catechesis on Christian prayer at the weekly General Audience in the Vatican, Pope Francis explains that prayer belongs to the very essence of the Church, without which she cannot carry out her evangelising mission and service to others. [...]

Pope Francis: Each time we pray, we find ourselves in the company of saints who pray with us and intercede for us

(Vatican News) Following the Easter celebrations, Pope Francis on Wednesday continued his catechesis on Christian prayer during the General Audience, focusing this week on the Communion of Saints. [...]

Pope Francis: The Cross tells us that not even one tear is lost in God’s plan of salvation

(Vatican News) In his Catechesis during the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis looks ahead to the Easter Triduum and the celebration of the saving mystery of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. [...]

Pope Francis: Mary accompanies those who are on their deathbed in solitude

(Vatican News) At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the theme of prayer in communion with Mary, and says Our Lady is at the bedside of those who die alone without the comfort of their loved ones. [...]

Pope Francis: The work of the Holy Spirit is to remind us of Jesus, to make Him present in the lives of Christians of every time and place

(Vatican News) Pope Francis concludes his catechesis on “prayer as a relationship with the Holy Trinity,” focusing at Wednesday’s General Audience on the work of the Holy Spirit. [...]

Pope Francis: The response to war is fraternity

(Vatican News) Pope Francis reflects on his recent Apostolic Journey to Iraq during the weekly General Audience, and highlights a penitential sense he felt during his visit, as well as the joy of the Iraqi people at welcoming Christ's message. [...]

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. [...]