Pope's Message

Section tag for Pope Francis' weekly audience

POPE’S MESSAGE | Christians may be sinners, but Jesus saves from corruption

Pope Francis blessed the faithful with holy water during Palm Sunday Mass March 25 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass with thousands of young people, Pope Francis urged them to continue singing and shouting “hosanna” in the world, proclaiming the lordship of Jesus and following His example of outreach to the poor and suffering.

VATICAN CITY — Though they may go to church and say they are people of faith, the corrupt and "mafioso" have absolutely nothing Christian about them, Pope Francis said.

"They call themselves Christian, but they carry death in their souls and bring death to others," the pope said at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square March 28.

POPE’S MESSAGE | In receiving Jesus, we are transformed into a ‘living Eucharist’

Pope Francis’ zucchetto was blown away by a gust of wind at his general audience March 21 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Despite the wind, Pope Francis welcomed the beginning of spring, likening spring flowers rooted in the soil to Christians who are rooted in Jesus.

VATICAN CITY — Despite the chill and gusts of wind in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis welcomed the beginning of spring with an impromptu lesson about gardening and how to grow into being better Christians.

"Does a tree or plant that is diseased bloom well? No! Does a tree or a plant that isn't watered ... bloom well? No. And does a tree or plant with no roots bloom?" he said before delivering his general audience talk March 21.

POPE’S MESSAGE | The ‘Our Father’ connects us with the Father through the Holy Spirit

Pope Francis spontaneously greeted student musicians from St. Louis University High School at his general audience March 14 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. From left to right, the SLUH students are: Sam Pottinger, senior; Emmanuel Parker, senior; Bobby Rizzo, freshman; Ezana Ephrem, senior. The pope listened to the band play “Oh Sacred Head Now Wounded.” Some SLUH students were in Rome for spring break a part of the school’s bicentennial celebration.

VATICAN CITY — Forgiving another who has caused pain or offense isn't easy, Pope Francis said.

"It is a grace that we have to ask for," because the peace offered by Christ cannot take root in a heart that is incapable of living in fraternity with others and incapable of rebuilding those bonds after being wounded, the pope said at his weekly general audience March 14 at the Vatican.

The pope continued his series of talks on the Mass, focusing on the Communion rite, which begins with the assembly's recitation of the Lord's Prayer.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Eucharistic prayer teaches us to make our whole life a Eucharist

Pope Francis blessed a child at an audience with Italian nurses March 3 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Mass isn't a paid arrangement for salvation but rather the commemoration of Christ's sacrifice of his life, given freely to all, Pope Francis said.

Christians can make a silent prayer during Mass or donate money to offer a Mass for a loved one who is in need or passed away, but should never feel obliged to make a payment, the pope said at his weekly general audience at the Vatican March 7.

POPE’S MESSAGE | At Mass, God accepts humble gifts, gives abundantly in return

Pope Francis blessed a man at his general audience Feb. 28 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — God asks so little of people and yet, He gives so much in return, Pope Francis said.

"He asks for our goodwill in daily life, He asks us for an open heart, He asks us to be willing to be better," the pope said at his weekly general audience at the Vatican Feb. 28.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Fasting during Lent includes sharing, treating others kindly

Pope Francis heard confession at his annual Lenten meeting with the pastors of Rome parishes Feb. 15 at the Basilica of St. John Lateran. The meeting included prayer, confessions and a question-and-answer session with the pope.

VATICAN CITY — Loudly boasting or complaining about fasting during Lent and treating others unkindly isn't what God wants, Pope Francis said.

"Does my fasting end up helping others? If it doesn't, it's fake, it's contradictory and it leads to the path of a double life. I pretend to be Christian — righteous like the Pharisees, the Sadducees — but inside I am not," he said in the homily Feb. 16 at morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

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