Pope's Message

Section tag for Pope Francis' weekly audience

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.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Holy Spirit, not magic, protects people from evil through baptism

Pope Francis greeted altar servers at his general audience April 25 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. In his talk, the pope said, “Baptism is not a magic spell but a gift of the Holy Spirit that allows those who receive it to fight against the spirit of evil.”

VATICAN CITY — The sacrament of baptism isn't a good luck charm but a gift from God that enables Christians to overcome evil, Pope Francis said.

Those who receive the sacrament are given the strength to overcome "the temptation to separate from God, from His will, from communion with Him (and) fall into the snares of worldly seductions," the pope said April 25 at his weekly general audience.

‘Is dad in heaven?’ little boy asks pope

Pope Francis embraced Emanuele, a boy whose father died, as he visited St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Rome April 15. Emanuele hesitated to ask his question, but the pope encouraged him to speak privately to the pope, who then shared his question.

ROME — After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood's children.

Question-and-answer sessions with youngsters are a standard part of Pope Francis' parish visits. And, at St. Paul of the Cross parish April 15, there were the usual questions like, "How did you feel when you were elected pope?"

But then it was Emanuele's turn. The young boy smiled at the pope as he approached the microphone. But then froze. "I can't do it," Emanuele said.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Name given at baptism gives sense of identity, belonging

Pope Francis smiled as a papal security guard held up a baby during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 18. In his talk, the pope said that the name given at baptism takes the child out of anonymity and is the first step in the journey as a Christian.

VATICAN CITY — Naming a child is an important task for parents, because it gives children a sense of identity and belonging to their family and to God, Pope Francis said.

"Without a name, we remain unknown, without rights and duties. God calls each one of us by name, loving us individually in the concreteness of our history," the pope said April 18 in his weekly general audience.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Baptism opens door to Holy Spirit’s action

Pope Francis venerated the altar at Mass with hundreds of priests who are missionaries of mercy April 10 in St. Peter’s Basilica. The pope has continued the mandate of the missionaries of mercy.

VATICAN CITY — Parents who prefer not to baptize their children in the hopes that they will "understand and ask for baptism" as adults lack faith that the Holy Spirit will act in their child's life, Pope Francis said.

While some believe that there is no need to "baptize a child that does not understand" the meaning of the sacrament, the pope said doing so would deny the chance for "Christian virtues to grow within that child and blossom."

'REJOICE AND BE GLAD' | Pope's apostolic exhortation focuses on call to holiness

In 'Gaudete et Exsultate,' Pope Francis wrote that the path to holiness is made up of small steps in prayer, sacrifice and service to others. The document, whose English title is 'Rejoice and Be Glad,' focuses on the call to holiness each of us experiences.

VATICAN CITY -- God calls all Christians to be saints -- not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest gestures, Pope Francis said in his new document on holiness.

"Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality or joy," the pope wrote in "Gaudete et Exsultate" ("Rejoice and Be Glad"), his apostolic exhortation on "the call to holiness in today's world."

Pope Francis signed the exhortation March 19, the feast of St. Joseph, and the Vatican released it April 9.

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