Messages from Pope Francis
 
 

Pope Francis: Light our lamps and be ready for our final encounter with the Lord

(Vatican News) Pope Francis reflects on this Sunday (August 11)’s Gospel and on Jesus’ call to be vigilant and to “light our lamps” as we await the final encounter with the Father. [...]

Pope Francis: What is the true wealth? A relationship with Jesus Christ

(CNA) Pope Francis Wednesday criticized those who give more consideration to money than the sacraments or helping others find true wealth – a relationship with Jesus Christ. [...]

Pope Francis: Christian prayer is a dialogue between people who love one another based on trust

(Vatican News) In his reflection on Sunday’s Gospel, Pope Francis said that the disciples wanted “to experience the same ‘quality’” of prayer was present in Jesus’ relationship with the Father. [...]

Pope Francis: The wisdom of the heart lies in knowing how to combine contemplation and action

(CNA) On July 21, in his message before the Angelus, Pope Francis reflected on the day’s Gospel, when Jesus goes to visit Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus. [...]

Pope Francis: Judge your own heart first – not that of those in need

(CNA) Helping a person in need requires compassion toward their situation, Pope Francis said Sunday, encouraging Catholics to think first about their own hardness of heart, not the sins of others. [...]

Pope Francis: A prayer is truly Christian if it has a universal dimension

(Vatican News) Pope Francis focused his catechesis on Sunday on the missionary nature of the Church, pointing out that it must always be joyful and bring peace and healing. [...]

Pope Francis: There is no room for selfishness in the Christian life

(CNA) Pope Francis said Wednesday that there is no room for selfishness in the Christian life, pointing to the example of the lives of the early Christians in the Acts of the Apostles. [...]

Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit unites and grows the Church despite human limitations, sins and scandal

(CNA) Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Holy Spirit unites and grows the Church despite human limitations, sins and scandal. [...]

Pope Francis: Unity is in the ‘DNA’ of Christian community

(CNA) An essential characteristic of Christian community is its unity in diversity, and the freedom this gives to Christians to come alive as witnesses of Christ, Pope Francis said Wednesday. [...]

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. [...]