Messages from Pope Francis
 
 

Pope Francis: We listen to the Gospel and we must give a response in our lives

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday Pope Francis touched on a topic close to home for both parish priests and people in the pews, offering his recipe for what makes a good homily, saying they should be short and well-prepared. [...]

Pope Francis: How can we face our earthly pilgrimage without being regularly nourished by the Word of God?

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of the Liturgy of the Word, and the resulting importance of having lectors who can proclaim the readings and the Responsorial Psalm well. [...]

Pope Francis: The gift of peace can only come as a gift from Jesus

(Vatican News) In his first General Audience following his Apostolic Visit, Pope Francis called for a round of applause for the people of Chile and Peru who he was able meet on his journey. [...]

Pope Francis: Do you want peace? Then work for peace

(CNA/EWTN News) On his first full day in Chile, Pope Francis told Catholics in the country that the Beatitudes aren't just a simple piece of advice from someone who purports to know everything, but are a source of hope which impels people to leave their comfort zone and follow the path given by Jesus. [...]

Pope Francis: Silence during mass is the availability to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis said Wednesday that moments of silence in the Mass should be intentional times of prayer, recollection and communion with God, rather than being viewed as times to just be quiet or not speak. [...]

Pope Francis: When we deal with our weakness and sins, it opens our hearts to invoke the divine mercy that transforms and converts

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday, Pope Francis emphasized how sin breaks our relationship with God and with our community, which is why at the beginning of every Mass we pause to recognize our sinfulness and ask for forgiveness. [...]

Pope Francis: Christmas invites us to focus on the sign of the Child and to recognize him in the faces of little children

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis on Christmas Day said the commemoration of Christ's birth is an occasion to remember and pray for every child who suffers due to war, poverty and inequality, each of whom bears the face of Jesus. [...]

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. [...]