Messages from Pope Francis
 
 

Pope Francis: The union among all Christians is based on one Baptism and is sealed by the suffering in the dark times of persecution

(CNA) Pope Francis Wednesday reflected upon his recent apostolic visit to Romania, where he beatified seven Greek-Catholic bishops martyred under Soviet occupation. The pope said June 5 that the beatified bishops were “witnesses to the freedom and mercy that comes from the Gospel.” “One of these new blesseds, Mgr. Iuliu Hossu, during his imprisonment [...]

Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit is what gives power, life, and dynamism to evangelization

(CNA) The Holy Spirit is what gives power, life, and dynamism to evangelization, not good rhetorical skills, Pope Francis said Wednesday. [...]

Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit makes us capable of praying as children of God

(CNA) Pope Francis Wednesday asked Our Lady Help of Christians to intercede for Chinese Catholics, whom he said continue to believe and hope amid trials. [...]

Pope Francis: Forgiveness flows from Christ on the cross, which liberates us from evil

(CNA) Pope Francis said Wednesday that Jesus gave humanity a precious gift on the cross -- liberation from evil. [...]

Pope Francis: There is a need for passionate and creative evangelizers

(CNA) Like Saints Cyril and Methodius shared the Gospel with the Slavic people in the 9th century, today the world is still in need of Christian evangelization, Pope Francis said Wednesday. [...]

Pope Francis: God is a Father and cannot abandon us

(CNA) Pope Francis Wednesday reminded those who think belief in the devil is antiquated or outdated that Satan really exists and that Jesus himself experienced his temptations and overcame them. [...]

Pope Francis: If you do not try to forgive, you will not be forgiven

(CNA) To stop the spread of evil in the world, Catholics must go above and beyond, loving and forgiving others even when it is undeserved, Pope Francis urged Wednesday. [...]

Pope Francis: In fatigue, prayer is relief, trust, comfort

(CNA) Jesus’ glory is not found in the acclaim or applause of the world, but in the act of suffering and dying out of love – the same love demanded of everyone, Pope Francis said Wednesday. [...]

Pope Francis: We always remain children who owe everything to the Father

(CNA) Pope Francis warned Wednesday that pride is the most dangerous attitude in the Christian life, pointing out that even the holiest of people have received everything from God. [...]

Pope Francis: Serving hope, in a time like ours, means building bridges between civilizations

(CNA) Reflecting upon his recent apostolic journey to Morocco, Pope Francis said Wednesday that God desires a greater sense of fraternity among Catholics and Muslims as “brother children of Abraham.” [...]

Pope Francis: The bread that the Christian asks for in prayer is not “mine” but “our” bread

(CNA) The ‘daily bread’ asked of God in the ‘Our Father’ is for everyone, and Christians will be judged by how well they shared their gifts with those in need, Pope Francis said Wednesday. [...]

Pope Francis: Our Father is the prayer of children who know the heart of their father

(CNA) To pray is to believe in God’s power to replace the evil in the world with goodness, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday. [...]

Pope Francis: The interior life, faith in God, and the certainty of God’s love are remedies for temptations

(CNA) Pope Francis said Sunday that the nine Spanish seminarian martyrs beatified this weekend provide a witness to priests and bishops to remain pure and generous. [...]

Pope Francis: Fasting frees us from attachment to things and from the worldliness that numbs the heart

It is time 'to stop, to focus on what is essential, to fast from the unnecessary things' Fasting from food or other things during Lent is a chance for Catholics to reorient their material attachments, Pope Francis said on Ash Wednesday, as he urged people to slow down and turn to Christ during the penitential season. [...]

Pope Francis: The first step in Christian prayer is the surrender of ourselves to God

(CNA) Pope Francis said Wednesday that evil is limited compared to the expanding force of God’s holiness in the world. [...]

Pope Francis: You are a beloved child of God, nothing in life that can extinguish his love for you

(CNA) Despite the best efforts of human beings, it is only God the Father who will never fall short in loving his children, Pope Francis said Wednesday. [...]

Pope Francis: There is no room for individualism in dialogue with God

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis said Wednesday that one’s prayer should always be a dialogue with God with charitable consideration for others’ needs. [...]

Pope Francis: The dialogue between Christianity and Islam is a decisive factor for peace in today’s world

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis said Wednesday that his recent trip to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates was a step forward in Catholic-Muslim dialogue and promoting peace among religions. [...]

Pope Francis: Way of the Cross is the school of Christian life

(CNA/EWTN News) Everyone should pray the Stations of the Cross, Pope Francis said Wednesday, revealing that he always has with him a pocket-size book of “Via Crucis” meditations to pray with when he has a spare moment. [...]

Pope Francis: To serve the Lord means to listen and practice His word

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis launched an app Sunday called “Click to Pray,” which connects Catholics to a global network to share prayer intentions via their smartphones. [...]

Pope Francis: To pray well, we must get to have a child’s heart

(CNA/EWTN News).- God the Father will always be there for his beloved children, Pope Francis said Wednesday, with a reminder that the unconditional love of God is not limited by our own sense of guilt or unworthiness. [...]

Pope Francis: Prayer always transforms reality

(CNA/EWTN News) Persevere in prayer, remembering that God the Father is waiting to answer his children – even if the result is to change the person, not the circumstance, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday. [...]

Pope Francis: Turn to God in prayer, as a child turns to his or her father

(CNA/EWTN News) When praying, remember the words of Jesus when he taught the ‘Our Father,’ Pope Francis said Wednesday, meeting God as his beloved child and speaking from the heart. [...]

Pope Francis: Realize anew that we are brothers and sisters

(CNA/EWTN News) On Christmas, Pope Francis prayed for peace and renewed brotherhood in Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and other parts of the world experiencing conflict. [...]