Pope's Message

Section tag for Pope Francis' weekly audience

POPE'S MESSAGE | Destroying creation is destroying a gift of God

A young man touched Popoe Francis during the pontiff's weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 14

VATICAN CITY -- Polluting or destroying the environment is like telling God one does not like what He created and proclaimed to be good, Pope Francis said.

The Bible says that after every stage of creation, God was pleased with what He had made, the pope said May 21 at his weekly general audience. "To destroy creation is to say to God, 'I don't like it.'"

On the other hand, he said, safeguarding creation is safeguarding a gift of God. "This must be our attitude toward creation: safeguarding it. If not, if we destroy creation, creation will destroy us. Don't forget that!"

POPE'S MESSAGE | God makes no one struggle with life's challenges alone

Pope Francis laid his hands on a newly ordained priest during Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican May 11. The pope ordained 13 men to the priesthood during the Mass.

VATICAN CITY -- God is always by our side, never giving us more than we can handle, Pope Francis said.

The countless women and men who stand tall through enormous difficulties, pain and especially persecution, are armed with the divine gift of fortitude that gives them the strength and hope to go on, he said.

"It will do us good to think about these people: If they can do it, why can't I? Let's ask the Lord for the gift of fortitude," he said during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square May 14.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Never forget to pray! Speak from the heart, ask God for help

Pope Francis greeted people outside after Mass for the Polish community at Stanislaus Parish in Rome May 4.

VATICAN CITY -- Never forget to pray, even while commuting, taking a walk or when waiting in line, Pope Francis said.

And don't just stick to prayers memorized from childhood, but include heartfelt requests and pleas for help, advice and guidance, he said.

During his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square May 7, the pope continued a series of audience talks on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Holy Spirit, not human smarts, helps people see God's loving plan

Pope Francis drove through St. Peter’s Square after celebrating Mass, during which he proclaimed two new saints for the Church. Pilgrims from St. Louis were present for the historic Mass of canonization for two popes, St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII on April 27.

VATICAN CITY -- Human smarts aren't enough to truly understand God's word and how He is working in people's lives, Pope Francis said.

Christians need the help of the Holy Spirit to "go beneath the surface of reality and peer into the depths of God's thinking and His plan of salvation," he said.

POPE'S MESSAGE | The risen Jesus, not money or power, is the source of life

Pope Francis carried a candle as he arrived to celebrate the Easter Vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican April 19.

VATICAN CITY -- Too often people are fixated on material things, money, power or status -- none of which can give life and joy, Pope Francis said.

Christians need to examine their lives with the question the angel asked the women who went to the tomb to anoint the body of the buried Jesus: "Why do you seek the living among the dead?" the pope said.

At his weekly general audience April 23, Pope Francis had the tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square repeat the angel's Easter question three times.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Imitate Jesus' humility, thank Him for it during Holy Week

Pope Francis carried woven palm fronds as he arrived in procession to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 13.

VATICAN CITY -- Jesus' resurrection "isn't the happy ending of a beautiful fairytale, it isn't the happy ending of a film," but is the result of the loving intervention of God, who wanted to give humanity hope and salvation, Pope Francis said.

In the middle of Holy Week, Pope Francis encouraged people to pick up a crucifix, kiss it and recite the simple prayer, "Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Lord."

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