Pope Francis Shares His Thoughts
Pope: We are not animals, but God’s children
September 7, 2018 - Zenit
We are not animals, but God’s children, and as such, we ought to make an examination of conscience every day....
“Man left to his own strength,” Francis observed, “does not understand the things of the Spirit.”
“The Spirit of God, which leads us to good works, to charity, to fraternity, to adore God, to know Jesus, to do many good works of charity, to pray.” On the other hand, he noted, there is “the other spirit,” that “of the world, which leads us to vanity, pride, sufficiency, gossip – a completely different path,” he said, adding: “Our heart, a saint once said, is like a battlefield, a field of war where these two spirits struggle.”
Each Christian daily, the Pope reminded, “must fight in order to make room for the Spirit of God,” and “drive away the spirit of the world.” READ MORE
Pope's Prayer for August:
Universal: The treasure of Families
That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.
Pope Francis' Prayer for June:
Universal: Social Networks
That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences.
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Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation: The Joy of the Gospel
Pope Francis' Encyclical: Laudato Si
Pope Francis' Exhortation: Love in the Family
Official Vatican News
May the Virgin Mary obtain for us the grace to be enlivened by the Holy Spirit, so we can witness to Christ with evangelical honesty.
Pope Francis consoles a boy who asked if his
non-believing father is in Heaven
June 19, 2018
Pope releases Message for World Day of the Poor
Pope Francis says Christians are urgently called to manifest their faith by giving “a sign of neighbourliness and relief in the face of the many forms of poverty” that afflict our world, and at the same time honour them “who are the real presence of Jesus in our midst”.
In his message, the Pope also examined the roots of poverty saying it is not brought on by itself, “but is caused by selfishness, pride, greed and injustice”. READ MORE
June 13, 2018
God Gave Us Life to Live It, Not to Be Lazy or Hesitate
“God gave us life to live, not to be lazy or hesitate, but live fully and tenaciously.”
In his remarks, the Pope said: “God has revealed to us how to reach this life through His Living Word and His Holy Commandments.”
“Who accepts this Word and lives according to these Commandments surpasses limited earthly wealth and receives the true richness that only God can give. In this way, man finds in God his true happiness and his most precious treasure.”
Have Pope Francis’ first five years been a success?
March 13, 2018 - America - The Jesuit Review
"Francis has been first and foremost “a missionary pope,” who is determined to transform the church into “a missionary church".
As he enters the sixth year of his pontificate, Pope Francis is in good health, good spirits and sustained by that inner peace that came to him during the conclave and has never left him, according to sources close to the 265th successor of Peter.
Many commentators around the world have sought to produce a balance sheet of his first five years as pope and have engaged in extended analyses. Not a few in the Anglophone world have tended to use the question of how he is dealing with the sexual-abuse question as the unique measuring rod for judging whether his five years at the helm of the barque of Peter have been a success or not.
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‘Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold’ (Mt 24:12)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in his providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”. Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.
With this message, I would like again this year to help the entire Church experience this time of grace anew, with joy and in truth. I will take my cue from the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (24:12).
These words appear in Christ’s preaching about the end of time. They were spoken in Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives, where the Lord’s passion would begin. In reply to a question of the disciples, Jesus foretells a great tribulation and describes a situation in which the community of believers might well find itself: amid great trials, false prophets would lead people astray and the love that is the core of the Gospel would grow cold in the hearts of many.
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MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 104th WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES 2018 [14 January 2018] “Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees”
(15th August, 2017)
Dear brothers and sisters! “You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:34). Throughout the first years of my pontificate, I have repeatedly expressed my particular concern for the lamentable situation of many migrants and refugees fleeing from war, persecution, natural disasters and poverty. This situation is undoubtedly a “sign of the times” which I have tried to interpret, with the help of the Holy Spirit, ever since my visit to Lampedusa on 8 July 2013. When I instituted the new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, I wanted a particular section – under my personal direction for the time being – to express the Church’s concern for migrants, displaced people, refugees and victims of human trafficking. See more