In the Pope’s Words

Words of wisdom from Pope Francis: the Angelus, Wednesday Audience and Morning Mass Homilies.

Pope at General Audience: Married Couples, Laity, Models For the Faith

Pope Francis, in his continuing catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles, recalls St Paul’s journey to Corinth and his encounter with a devout married couple, Aquila and Priscilla, describing them as an example of Christian hospitality. Pope Francis on Wednesday during his General Audience focused his attention on St Paul’s journey to Corinth, and the [...]

Pope at Mass: The Devil Destroys Because He Is Envious

In his homily during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday, Pope Francis reflects on the Book of Wisdom and describes how the devil tries to destroy humanity out of jealousy because God became Man. The devil exists, sowing hatred and death throughout the world because he is envious that the Son of God became [...]

Pope at Angelus: We are called to prepare for Eternal life with our choices

  CNS photo/Vatican Media Before the recitation of the Marian prayer, Pope Francis focuses his attention on Sunday’s Gospel reading in which Jesus is provoked by a question by the Sadducees and in turn offers a wonderful teaching on the resurrection of the dead. November 10, 2019 The Pope remarked that the Lord does [...]

Pope at Audience: Always build bridges, never aggression

Pope Francis during his weekly General Audience invites the faithful to ask the Holy Spirit, “for the capacity to delicately inculturate the message of faith, placing a contemplative gaze on those who are ignorant of Christ”. Build bridges with those who do not believe or with those who have a different creed from ours. “Always build [...]

Pope at Mass: The Lord waits for everyone, good or bad

CNS photo/Vatican Media In his homily at the morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflects on the Gospel of the day, and invites us to ask whether we accept the Lord’s invitation to His feast, or remain closed up in ourselves. November 5, 2019 In Saint Luke’s Gospel on Tuesday, Jesus [...]

Pope at Requiem Mass: the Resurrection is the aim and purpose of life

CNS photo/Vatican Media Pope Francis celebrates a Requiem Mass in St Peter’s Basilica for Cardinals and Bishops who have died during the past year. In his homily, he provides three stimuli for reflecting on the Resurrection. The Pope’s homily focused on the liturgical readings for the Mass, all of which remind us “we were [...]

Pope at All Souls’ Mass: The Christian’s place is in the wounded hands of God

  CNS photo/Vatican Media For All Souls’ Day, Pope Francis offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Catacombs of Priscilla in Rome. Visiting a catacomb for the first time, Pope Francis offered the Mass for the souls of all the faithful departed On All Souls’ Day. “The celebration of the feast of [...]

Pope at Angelus: The merciful gaze of Jesus leads to conversion

CNS photo/Paul Haring Pope Francis says Jesus’ merciful gaze rests upon us even before we ourselves realize our need for salvation. November 3, 2019 At the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel account of Jesus’ meeting with Zacchaeus in Jericho. Zacchaeus was a tax collector, and for this reason was considered [...]

Pope at All Saints Angelus: ‘Holiness is both gift and call’

CNS photo/Paul Haring At the Angelus prayer on Friday, Pope Francis reflects on the Solemnity of All Saints, and reminds us that holiness is both a gift and an invitation. “Today's Solemnity of All Saints reminds us that we are all called to holiness.” That was how Pope Francis summed up the feast, in [...]

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