Pope's Message

Section tag for Pope Francis' weekly audience

POPE’S MESSAGE | Gossip destroys Holy Spirit’s gift of peace

Pope Francis talked with children who rode in the popemobile during his general audience June 6 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Peace is a gift that can easily be destroyed through petty gossip and speaking ill of others, Pope Francis said.

People who receive and give the sign of peace "should be men and women of peace" and not ruin "the peace made by the Holy Spirit with your tongue," the pope said June 6 at his weekly general audience.

"Gossip is not a work of the Holy Spirit, it is not a work of the unity of the Church. Gossip destroys the work of God. Please stop gossiping," the pope said.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Holy Spirit offers gifts that should be cherished

A Taekwondo athlete from Korea released a dove after performing for Pope Francis during his general audience May 30 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis asked Catholics to recognize and be thankful for the undeserved gift of the Holy Spirit they received with the sacrament of confirmation.

"It is a gift to be cherished with care" and to follow with docility, "letting oneself be molded like wax from the burning love" of the Holy Spirit, the pope said May 30 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Confirmation gives Catholics strength to be led by God

Pope Francis administered the sacrament of confirmation to Paola Desideri while celebrating Mass at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Rome May 6. The pope began a series of talks on the sacrament of confirmation at his general audience May 23.

VATICAN CITY — Everyone who has received the sacrament of confirmation has received the gift of the Holy Spirit, who guides them and gives them the strength to follow God's will, Pope Francis said.

"Every one of us has the Spirit within us. The Spirit is in our heart, our soul," the pope said May 22 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Gift of baptism is to be cherished

Pope Francis baptized an infant Jan. 7 in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. At his general audience May 21, the pope said that all parents and godparents must teach the faith to children and “feed the flame of baptismal grace in their little ones, helping them persevere in the faith.”

VATICAN CITY — Children have a right to be brought up in the Christian faith, Pope Francis said.

Parents and godparents must make sure they "feed the flame of baptismal grace in their little ones, helping them persevere in the faith," the pope said May 16 at his weekly general audience.

"Christian education is a child's right; it seeks to guide them gradually to know God's plan in Christ," so they will be able to personally take up the faith in which they were baptized, he said.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Reborn in baptism, Christians are called to live like Christ

Pope Francis blessed the faithful as he celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican May 8. In the homily, the pope cautioned people to stay away from the devil, likening him to an angry, rabid dog that is chained up.

VATICAN CITY — The baptismal font is a tomb in which a person dies to sin, and a womb through which a person is born to new life in Christ, Pope Francis said.

"Just as our parents generated us to earthly life, the Church has regenerated us to eternal life through baptism," the pope said May 9 at his general audience.

Continuing a series of audience talks about baptism, Pope Francis said that from the time a person is baptized, God's voice repeats what God said at Jesus' baptism, "You are my beloved son. You are my beloved daughter."

POPE’S MESSAGE | Faith says ‘no’ to Satan, ‘yes’ to God

Pope Francis arrived to lead his general audience May 2 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Continuing a series of talks on baptism, the pope said, “Rejecting sin, the temptations of evil, Satan — the source and cause of every sin — and faith in what the Church believes” are not temporary or provisional commitments asked only at baptism.

VATICAN CITY — Baptism requires rejecting Satan and professing one's full faith in God, Pope Francis said.

Only by saying "no" to the devil, his works and empty promises "am I able to say 'yes' to God, who calls me to conform myself to Him in thoughts and deeds," he said.

"It is not possible to follow Christ (while) imposing preconditions," he said May 2 during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

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