Messages from Pope Francis
 
 

Pope Francis: Mourning opens up to a relationship with the Lord and with one's neighbour

(CNA) During his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis discussed the second beatitude, Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted, emphasizing the value of compunction. [...]

Pope Francis: Jesus Christ tells us: being poor is an opportunity for grace

(CNA) Pope Francis said Wednesday that a focus on achieving fame or having a perfect image in the eyes of the world denies God’s call to poverty of spirit and is a tiring and lonely endeavor. [...]

Pope Francis: The beatitudes always bring joy, they are the way to joy

(CNA) The beatitudes should be a defining feature of a Christian’s identity because they reveal the way that Jesus lived his life, Pope Francis said Wednesday. [...]

Pope Francis: Divisions among Christians prevent us from being fully the sign of God's love

(CNA) Welcoming other Christians and showing hospitality to strangers, especially migrants, is an opportunity for unity and for sharing Christ’s love, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday. [...]

Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit revives in each of us the call to be courageous and joyful evangelizers

(CNA) While often persecuted and misunderstood, the Church never tires of announcing the love of God made present in Jesus Christ, Pope Francis said Wednesday. [...]

Pope Francis: Christ can bring good out of any circumstance – even an apparent failure

(CNA) Love for God is always fruitful, Pope Francis said Wednesday, stressing that Christ can bring good out of any circumstance -- even an apparent failure. [...]

Pope Francis: God chooses us precisely because we are and we feel small

(CNA) It is an act of love to spend time with others, to listen to them and their needs, and to try to see them as Christ sees them, Pope Francis said on New Year’s Eve. [...]

Pope Francis: May Emmanuel bring light to all the suffering members of our human family

(CNA) On Christmas, Pope Francis prayed for Christ to bring light to the instability in Iraq, Lebanon, Venezuela, Yemen, Ukraine, Burkina Faso, and other parts of the world experiencing conflict. [...]

Pope Francis: Speak to the Lord in the nativity scene, telling him about your cares and concerns

(CNA) Pope Francis Wednesday called Christmas nativity scenes a “domestic Gospel,” which helps to make the Holy Family present in one’s home. [...]

Pope Francis: Martyrdom is the air of the life of a Christian

(CNA) Pope Francis said Wednesday that persecution has always been a part of the Church’s life, and that the witness of martyrdom is a blessing for all Christians. [...]

Pope Francis: Pray and entrust yourself to the Lord

(CNA) Bishops and priests have a duty to guard and protect the Catholics entrusted to their care; and they need the faithful’s prayers for this task, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday. [...]

Pope Francis: Today the grave threat is the loss of the sense of living

(CNA) On Wednesday, Pope Francis reflected on his recent trip to Thailand and Japan, stating that economic and technological success are not what gives someone a good life, but the love he or she has received from God. [...]

Pope Francis: The poor reveal to us the riches of love

(CNA) On the World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said that the poor and most vulnerable can be left behind in the frenetic haste and self-centeredness of the modern world. [...]

Pope Francis: Ask the Holy Spirit to teach us to build bridges with those who do not believe or with a creed different from ours

(CNA) St. Paul announced Jesus Christ to “idol worshippers” in Athens without attacking them, but by building bridges, Pope Francis said Wednesday. [...]

Pope Francis: Ask the Holy Spirit for an open heart, sensitive to God and hospitable to our brothers

(CNA) In his message for the audience, the pope reflected on the Acts of the Apostles chapter 16, when St. Paul experiences a vision in which a Macedonian begs him to “come over to Macedonia and help us.” [...]

Pope Francis: Ask for the grace to allow ourselves to be astonished by God’s surprises, not to hinder His creativity

(CNA) God wills the salvation of all persons, Pope Francis said in his General Audience Wednesday, reflecting on the Acts of the Apostles. [...]

Pope Francis: Baptism helps us to see God, himself, and others differently

(CNA) In his general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis warned Catholics to not turn their faith into an ideology, as he said St. Paul did when he was persecuting Christians before his conversion. [...]

Pope Francis: If there is no Holy Spirit, there is no evangelization

(CNA) Guidance by the Holy Spirit is integral to sharing the Gospel with others and bringing them to Christ, Pope Francis said during the general audience Wednesday. [...]

Pope Francis : slander is a ‘diabolical cancer’

Pope Francis said Wednesday that slander is a 'diabolical cancer' that seriously damages the Church. [...]

Pope Francis : Through sin and scandal, God’s Church remains

Because of sinfulness, human projects will always fail, but the Church remains steadfast, even in times of scandal, because she is sustained by the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis said Wednesday. [...]

Pope Francis says he hopes ‘seeds of peace’ will bear fruit in Africa

Upon his return to the Vatican after a six-day trip to Africa, Pope Francis said Wednesday that he hopes the "seeds of peace" sown during his apostolic journey will bear fruit in Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius. [...]

Pope Francis: Those who practice selfless generosity will have divine reward

(CNA) Pope Francis begged the pardon of the crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, explaining that he was late because he had gotten stuck in a Vatican elevator and had to wait for help from the fire department. [...]

Pope Francis: To obey God instead of men is the great Christian response

(CNA) An important aspect of the Christian life is obeying God even when there may be consequences for going against the commands of others, Pope Francis said during the general audience Wednesday. [...]

Pope Francis: Being members of the body of Christ makes believers co-responsible for each other

(CNA) Pope Francis decried hypocrisy and self-interest Wednesday, saying that Christian community should always be characterized by generosity and solidarity. [...]