Messages from Pope Francis
 
 

Pope Francis: Arrive in advance to prepare the heart for mass

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis on Wednesday stressed the importance of getting to Mass on time, noting that every piece is important, especially the opening Sign of the Cross, where we prepare as a community to worship God together. [...]

Pope Francis: How can we practice the Gospel without drawing the strength from the inexhaustible spring of the Eucharist?

(CNA/EWTN News) According to Pope Francis, a Christian can’t just be a good person and skip Mass on Sundays, because it is the Eucharist that provides the nourishment needed to truly live the Gospel well in our daily lives. [...]

Pope Francis: The future belongs to those who sow fraternity

(Zenit.org) This morning (December 6)’s General Audience was held at 9:15 in Paul VI Hall, where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and from all over the world. In his address in Italian, the Pope reflected on his recent trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. [...]

Pope Francis: The criterion of Jesus’ judgment is love for the neighbor in distress

(CNA/EWTN News) On Sunday Pope Francis said that when the Final Judgment comes, what will matter most is how much we loved God and others, especially through daily, concrete acts of charity toward those most in need. [...]

Pope Francis: Our participation in the Eucharist brings us into the Paschal Mystery of Christ

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday Pope Francis said that when we attend Mass, it is as if we are approaching Jesus on the Cross at Calvary, and that at every Eucharist we not only experience Christ’s redemption, but we participate in it. [...]

Pope Francis: The Mass needs silence, not ‘chit-chat’

On Wednesday Pope Francis called out the common habit of chatting with people around you before Mass, stressing that this is a time for silent prayer, when we prepare our hearts for an encounter with the Lord. [...]

Pope Francis: Mass is for the Eucharist, not pictures. Put the phone away.

On Wednesday, a fiery Pope Francis chastised those who spend Mass talking to others, looking at their phone or even taking pictures during papal liturgies, saying these are distractions that take focus away from the “heart of the Church,” which is the Eucharist. [...]

Pope Francis: the saints weren’t perfect, but they allowed God to touch their lives

Pope Francis marked All Saints' Day Wednesday saying the saints are honored not because they were perfect or did everything right, but because they allowed God to touch their lives and fought hard against sin. [...]

Pope Francis: Heaven isn’t a ‘fairy tale’ – it’s an embrace with God

Pope Francis on Wednesday spoke about the hope Christians have at the end of life, which is found in God’s promise to be with us at the moment of our death, and to give us eternal life with him in heaven. [...]

Pope Francis: At the moment of our death, Jesus will come and take us by the hand

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday, Pope Francis offered prayers for the more than 300 victims of a terrorist bombing in the African country of Somalia, one of the most lethal attacks to take place anywhere in the world in recent years. [...]

Pope Francis: Christians always look forward to the future, which is a constant concern of God’s providence

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday Pope Francis said Christians are never bored or hopeless, but know how to wait patiently – even when life is hard, monotonous or unclear – with the knowledge that after the darkness, there is always light. “The Christian was not made for boredom, but for patience,” the Pope said October 11. This, he said, is because [...]

Pope Francis: Christians are called to open spaces for salvation

(CNA/EWTN News) True Christians are not sad or gloomy, but have the specific task of being bearers of hope, Pope Francis said Wednesday – and not only with their words, but with actions as simple as a smile or an act of charity. [...]

Pope Francis: Hope is the push to welcome others, the desire to meet, to know, to dialogue

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke about the enemies of hope that often lead us into discouragement and melancholy, and urged Christians to fight these temptations with the power of prayer. [...]

Pope Francis: Christians must be responsible for the world and for the life of every person

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday, Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the people of Mexico after they suffered a devastating earthquake September 19, asking for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe for all those who have died or lost loved ones. [...]

Pope Francis: The gospel truly frees people and society from slavery

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday Pope Francis recalled his recent visit to Colombia, saying the desire for peace in the country is proof that the violence of their past doesn't have the last word, but rather, the love and mercy of Christ. [...]

Pope Francis: Jesus reminds us that his way is the way of love and sacrifice

(CNA/EWTN News) On Sunday Pope Francis spoke about the sacrifice of the cross, explaining how as followers of Christ we must embrace suffering because it is through the suffering and death of Christ that his love is made known to us. [...]

Pope Francis: Every vocation begins with an encounter with Jesus who gives us new joy and hope

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday Pope Francis told pilgrims to ignore gloomy people that drag others down, and stressed the need to maintain a healthy dose of the joy experienced in our first encounter with Christ, which he said must serve as a constant motivation to spread the good news. [...]

Pope Francis: To be a Christian means a new perspective – a gaze full of hope

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday, Pope Francis said going through life downcast as if it has no meaning is not the attitude of a Christian, who has the assurance that even when things look grim, there is always new hope found in Christ. [...]

Pope Francis: Our Lady brings us a new ability to pass with faith through the most painful and difficult moments

(CNA/EWTN News) On the Feast of the Assumption, Pope Francis said that in bringing Christ to the world, Mary also provides the joy and grace of her Son, which not only sustain us in difficulty, but are primarily intended for the weak and humble. [...]

Pope Francis: God forgives sins, because he wants the total, definitive freedom of man’s heart

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday Pope Francis said the Church doesn't exist for people without faults, but for sinners in need of God's mercy – a point he often returns to – and lamented the fact that there are many Catholics who believe the opposite. [...]

Pope Francis: To be a Christian means to look to the light and practice the profession of faith in the light

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday Pope Francis said that to be a Christian means to have hope in the light of Christ, which we are filled with at our Baptism, even in the midst of difficulties or darkness. [...]

Pope Francis: In this world where good and evil are totally entwined, learn to see with God’s eyes

(CNA/EWTN News) On Sunday Pope Francis said good and evil are often entwined, and that as sinners, we can't label any one group or institution as bad, since we all face temptation and have the ability to choose which path to follow. [...]

Pope Francis: Our heart is the ground upon which the seed of the Word falls

(CNA/EWTN News) On Sunday, Pope Francis said that in the parable of the seed and the sower Jesus invites us to reclaim the ‘soil’ of our hearts by bringing to him, in prayer and Confession, the stones and thorns in need of healing. “Jesus invites us today to look inward: to give thanks for our good ground and to work on the ground not yet […] [...]

Pope Francis: Jesus does not take the cross away from us, he carries it with us

(CNA/EWTN News) When life gets hard, Jesus especially invites us to turn to him, Pope Francis said. [...]