Pope's Message

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POPE’S MESSAGE | ‘Perfect’ Catholics who despise others is sad situation

Pope Francis greeted the crowd at his weekly audience Aug. 9 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. Continuing his series of audience talks about Christian hope, the pope reflected on Jesus’ “scandalous gesture” of forgiving the sinful woman.

VATICAN CITY — God didn't choose perfect people to form His Church, but rather sinners who have experienced His love and forgiveness, Pope Francis said.

The Gospel of Luke's account of Jesus forgiving the sinful woman shows how His actions went against the general mentality of his time, a "clear separation" between the pure and impure, the pope said Aug. 9 at his weekly general audience.

"There were some scribes, those who believed they were perfect," the pope said. "And I think about so many Catholics who think they are perfect and scorn others. This is sad."

POPE’S MESSAGE | Christians are oriented toward light, hope

Pope Francis embraced a child Aug. 2 at his weekly audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. The audience was Pope Francis’ first after a month long hiatus in July.

VATICAN CITY — The ancient practice of orienting church buildings East to West — with the entrance facing West and the altar toward the East — was symbolic of the connection that exists between light and hope, Pope Francis said.

"What does it mean to be a Christian? It means looking toward the light, continuing to make a profession of faith in the light, even when the world is wrapped in the night and darkness," Pope Francis said Aug. 2 at his weekly general audience.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Pope prays for dialogue, reconciliation in Jerusalem

Pope Francis waved as he led the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called on Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land to "moderation and dialogue" as tensions continued around a key site in Jerusalem that is sacred to both faiths.

After reciting the Angelus July 23, the pope asked pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for the midday prayer to join him in asking the Lord to inspire reconciliation and peace in the region.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Laziness, vices prevent seeds of Gospel from taking root

Pope Francis greeted the crowd at his general audience June 28 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 28. The pope has continued his tradition of reducing his schedule in the summer, and isn’t holding general audiences in the month of July.

VATICAN CITY — God proposes — not imposes — His Gospel and offer of salvation, putting the responsibility of being open to and moved by His message on the listener, Pope Francis said.

Jesus doesn't draw people to Him by conquering them, but by giving Himself, like a sower, spreading "with patience and generosity His word, which isn't a cage or a trap, but a seed that can bear fruit" if people welcome it, the pope said before praying the Angelus July 16.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Hunger caused by ‘indifference of many, selfishness of a few’

Pope Francis used incense at Mass marking the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 29. At the conclusion of the Mass, new archbishops from around the world received their pallium, a woolen stole, from the pope.

VATICAN CITY — The international community must not remain resigned to the plight of people suffering from hunger and malnutrition, which is often caused by indifference and selfishness, Pope Francis stated.

In a message to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization conference July 3, the pope wrote wars, terrorism and forced displacements aren't "inevitable but rather the consequence of concrete decisions" that have led to the lack of food and adequate nutrition to the helpless.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Christians fight evil with love, sacrifice, never with violence

Pope Francis greeted the crowd as he left his general audience June 28 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. In his weekly catechesis, the pope continued his series on Christian hope by focusing on what gives Christians strength and perseverance.

VATICAN CITY — Christians are called to detach themselves from power, reject violence and sacrifice themselves for God and others out of love, Pope Francis said.

Christians must live the way Christ chose to: not as "persecutors, but persecuted; not arrogant, but meek; not as snake-oil salesmen, but subservient to the truth; not impostors, but honest," he said June 28 at his weekly general audience.

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