Holy Spirit

Pope at Mass: Lent is an opportunity to be simple and true

Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Friday highlighting the need for believers to be true Christians and shun appearances. Taking his cue from the Book of the prophet Isaiah, Pope Francis condemned all forms of hypocrisy and explained the difference there is between objective and formal reality. Formal reality, the Pope said, [...]

Pope at Audience urges Christians to open their hearts

During the weekly General Audience Pope Francis continued his catechesis dedicated to the “Our Father”. Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Christians to open their hearts pointing out that Christ’s victory has not yet been fully achieved. To the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the General Audience, the Pope said Jesus has come, and there [...]

Pope at Angelus urges leaders to be discerning, just and merciful

Pope Francis addresses the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus calling on all those who have educational or leadership responsibilities to be aware of their role and to be wise, discerning and merciful. Pope Francis on Sunday reflected on the Gospel reading of the day in which Jesus invites his disciples to [...]

Pope at General Audience: ‘WYD was joyful feast for Panama’

In the catechesis portion of his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis thanks God and all those who helped make World Youth Day in Panama a success. Fresh from his Apostolic Journey to Panama, Pope Francis relived World Youth Day with the pilgrims present at the Wednesday General Audience. One of the things that really struck him [...]

Pope on Bible: No other book has same power to transform lives

Before the General Audience on Wednesday Pope Francis greeted a delegation from the American Bible Society in the Paul VI complex. Transform lives through God’s word  The American Bible Society’s mission statement is “to transform lives through God’s word” and in his greetings to members of the society in the Vatican on Wednesday, Pope Francis encouraged [...]

Heaven on Earth

Pope at Angelus: At Mass we anticipate heaven on earth Pope Francis reflects on Christ’s Eucharistic discourse during the Angelus on Sunday “Going to Mass and receiving Communion” is very important, Pope Francis said at Sunday’s Angelus, “because to receive Communion is to receive this living Christ, who transforms us interiorly, and prepares us for heaven.” [...]

Pope Francis at Angelus: ‘It’s evil not to do good!’

Ahead of the Angelus prayer on Sunday, Pope Francis said being a good Christian is more than merely not doing evil: A good Christian does good and actively opposes evil. Pope Francis prayed the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday with tens of thousands of pilgrims, including a large group of young Italians to whom [...]

The Kingdom of God grows mysteriously

On Sunday, before thousands gathered in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis explains the two parables about the Kingdom of God from the Gospel of the day before the recitation of the Angelus. Pope Francis reflected on the two parables regarding the “Kingdom of God and its dynamic growth” from the Sunday Gospel (Mark 4:26-34) before reciting the Angelus on [...]

‘God’s love has no need for words but for concrete gestures’

Pope Francis on Friday reflected on how God’s love has no limits. Speaking during the homily at morning Mass, he said His greatness is manifested in small things and tenderness. Marking the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis remarked on how it could be said that the festivity celebrates God's [...]

‘Memory and hope go hand in hand’

Pope Francis has encouraged Christians to think back to their encounters with Jesus, to nurture memories of those who were the first to transmit to them the faith, and to remember the law of love. Speaking during the homily on Thursday at morningMass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said that in order to be able to [...]

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