In the Words of Pope Francis

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

Become small to hear the voice of the Lord

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In order to hear the voice of the Lord, you need to make yourself small. That was the message of Pope Francis in his homily at the daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Friday morning, as the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Lord has chosen us, […]

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Discern and denounce evil, care for others

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A shepherd must be passionate, must know how to discern and how to denounce evil. Those were Pope Francis’ words during Mass on Thursday at the Casa Santa Marta, where he focused on the figure of the Apostle Paul and then turned his attention to the example offered by Don Milani. Like the parish priest […]

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‘Saints are sign of Christian hope’

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We are called to be saints, just like the multitude of witnesses before us, so as to be heralds of hope for the world. That was Pope Francis’ message during the catechesis portion of his Wednesday General Audience, in which he reflected on the Saints as witnesses and companions of Hope. Pope Francis at his […]

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Pope celebrates Mass for Solemnity of Corpus Christi

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Pope Francis on Sunday celebrated Mass at the Roman Basilica of St John Lateran which was to be followed by a procession to the Basilica of St Mary Major to mark the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. In his homily for the feast of Corpus Christi, Pope Francis chose to reflect on one word, “Memory”. The […]

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Jesus food of eternal life

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In a sunny St Peter’s Square on Sunday Pope Francis recalled the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi. Following the Angelus prayer and taking his cue from the Gospel of St John, the Holy Father reminded the pilgrims and tourists present that Jesus states that he is “the living bread […]

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God’s power saves us from weakness and sins

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In order to be saved and healed by God we must recognize that are weak, vulnerable and sinful like earthen vessels and this will lead us to happiness. Pope Francis on Friday said in ‎his homily at the morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta chapel in the Vatican.  He was reflecting on the Second Letter […]

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God’s unconditional love gives hope

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Pope Francis on Wednesday continued his reflections on Christian hope, as he greeted thousands of pilgrims and visitors gathered in St Peter’s Square and in the Paul VI audience hall for his weekly general audience. Pope Francis began his reflection by noting that none of us can live without love. Yet many people today, he […]

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Christian witness is salt and light

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Pope Francis said Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday morning, with the members of the C-9 group of Cardinal-advisors who are working to reform the Church’s central governing apparatus. In remarks following the Readings of the Day, the Holy Father focused on Christ’s call to all the faithful to be […]

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The poor not a problem but a resource

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Pope Francis’ Message for the first World Day of the Poor, to be observed on November 19th, was presented to journalists on Tuesday at the Holy See press office. In the message entitled, “Let us love, not with words but with deeds”, Pope Francis explains that at the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy, he […]

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First World Day of the Poor message released

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The Vatican on Tuesday released Pope Francis’ message for the First World Day of the Poor which will be observed later this year on the 19th of November. Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the First World Day of the Poor Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time 19 November 2017 Let us love, not with words […]

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Hearts open to gift and service of consolation

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Pope Francis said Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Monday morning. In remarks to the faithful following the Readings of the Day, the Holy Father reflected on the gift of consolation, focusing specifically on the spiritual aptitudes most conducive to receiving the gift of consolation from God and sharing the gift […]

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On Trinity Sunday Pope reflects on mystery of God’s identity

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On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Pope Francis reflected on the “mystery of the identity of God” during the midday recitation of the Angelus in St Peter’s Square. The Holy Father took as his starting point the greeting of St Paul in his Second Letter to the Corinthians: “The grace of the Lord […]

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In moments of darkness choose the path of prayer, patience and hope in God

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Pope Francis on Friday urged Christians not to fall into the trap of vanity in moments of pain and sorrow but rather resort to prayer patience and hope in God.  Do not be misled by the “cosmetic beauty” of vanity, but let that “joy of God” enter your hearts, thanking the Lord for the “salvation” […]

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God is a Father; we are never alone

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At the weekly General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke on “The Fatherhood of God: the Wellspring of our Hope.” He was continuing his series of catechetical instruction on “Christian Hope.” Pope Francis’ catechesis focused on the Christian prayer par excellence, the Our Father. “The whole mystery of Christian prayer,” he said, “is summed up […]

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Pope Francis holds General Audience: English Summary

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Pope Francis held his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, continuing his catechesis on Christian hope. He focused his remarks on Jesus’ Our Father prayer as presented in the Gospel of Luke (11:1-4) and on “The Fatherhood of God, wellspring of our Hope”. Dear Brothers and Sisters:  In our continuing catechesis on Christian hope, […]

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Pope Francis appeals for ‘One Minute for Peace’ initiative

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Pope Francis has appealed for prayers and international participation in the “One Minute for Peace” initiative to be held Thursday, 8 June, at 1:00 PM Rome time. He said the initiative represents “a short moment of prayer on the recurrence of the meeting in the Vatican between me, the mourned Israeli President Peres, and the […]

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Hypocrisy destroys communities and hurts the Church

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Pope Francis on Tuesday urged Christians to be truthful,  warning them against the temptations of hypocrisy and flattery. His words came during the homily at morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. Hypocrisy – Pope Francis said – is not the language of Jesus, nor is it the language of Christians, in fact, he said, […]

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Works of mercy means sharing suffering of others

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Doing works of mercy doesn’t mean just giving coins to assuage our consciences. Rather, it means sharing in the suffering of others, even at personal cost to ourselves. That message was at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily on Monday morning at his regular Santa Marta Mass. Reflecting on the first reading from the book […]

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Pope Francis at Pentecost: new people, new hearts

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Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday, the Solemnity of Pentecost, in St. Peter’s Square. Before a crowd of scores of thousands of faithful – many of them pilgrims – gathered beneath a bright and nearly cloudless June sky, the Holy Father preached a homily that turned on two actions of the Holy Spirit, discernible in […]

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‘Shepherd the people of God with humility’

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Jesus entrusted his sheep to Peter, the most sinful of the remaining eleven apostles, and invited him to shepherd the People of God with humility and love, despite his mistakes and sins. Pope Francis commented on the Gospel of the day (Jn 21:15-19), in which the Risen Jesus converses with Peter on the lake shore […]

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