Pope's Message

Section tag for Pope Francis' weekly audience

POPE'S MESSAGE | Don't leave home without it; take Gospel on the go, to the world

Pope Francis prayed at an Austro-Hungarian cemetery for soldiers of World War I in Fogliano di Redipuglia, Italy, Sept. 13. The pope prayed for the fallen of all wars and also celebrated Mass in front of the nearby Redipuglia war memorial, which honors the 100,000 Italian soldiers who died during World War I.

VATICAN CITY -- Tuck the Gospel in your pocket and put on your walking shoes to share Christ's love, peace and joy with the world, Pope Francis said.

The Holy Spirit inspires Christians to "overcome every obstacle, to conquer the temptation of being closed up in oneself -- among a chosen few" and to prevent people from believing they are "the only one destined for God's blessing," he said at his weekly general audience Sept 17 in St. Peter's Square.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Just as God freely offers salvation, don't give hoping to benefit

Pope Francis greeted the crowd as he arrived to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Sept. 3. The pope is preparing for his first international visit in Europe, to Albania, on Sept. 21.

VATICAN CITY -- Christians are called to help those who have nothing to give and love those who don't love back, Pope Francis said.

Salvation and changing the world for the better require "doing good to those who aren't able to repay us, just like the Father did with us, giving us Jesus," the pope said at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Sept 10.

"How much have we paid for our redemption? Nothing! It was all free!" he said. "So do good without expecting something in return. Just as the father did with us, we have to do the same. Do good and keep going!

POPE'S MESSAGE | Iraq's persecuted Christians are true, bold witnesses of Christ

Pope Francis spoke via video link from the Vatican before the start of the first “Interreligious Match for Peace” at the Olympic Stadium in Rome Sept. 1. The match was inspired by a suggestion from Pope Francis. “The match is an occasion for raising funds for solidarity projects, but above all (for promoting) values that draw people together, no matter what their culture or religious creed,” the pope told the participants and organizers earlier in the day, during a private audience at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY -- Iraqi Christians are true and courageous witnesses of Christ's message of hope, forgiveness and love, Pope Francis said.

"The Church suffers with you and is proud of you, proud to have children like you," he said Sept. 3, in a greeting to Arabic-speaking pilgrims, especially those from Iraq.

The pope spoke in Italian, with Arabic translation, at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Being envious, mean-spirited may be human, but it's not Christian

Pope Francis greeted the crowd as he arrived to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Aug. 27.

VATICAN CITY -- Envy, jealousy and meanness are human instincts, but they are not Christian, since the division they cause among believers is the work of the devil, Pope Francis said.

"Instead, God wants us to grow in the ability to come together, forgive each other and love each other in order to be ever more like Him," he said at his weekly general audience Aug. 27.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Pope talks airstrikes in Iraq, his health, possible U.S. visit

Pope Francis, still wearing a yellow pin commemorating the victims of last April’s ferry disaster, walked down the aisle to answer questions from journalists aboard the papal flight from Seoul, South Korea, to Rome Aug. 18.

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM SEOUL, South Korea -- Pope Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop "unjust aggressors" such as Islamic State militants in northeastern Iraq, but he declined to endorse U.S. military airstrikes against the militants and said such humanitarian interventions should not be decided on by any single country.

The pope also said he was willing to travel to the war zone if necessary to stop the violence.

Pope Francis made his remarks Aug. 18 during an hourlong inflight news conference on his way back from South Korea.

In South Korea, pope calls for peace, democracy and social justice

Pope Francis greeted people as he arrives in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 14. The pope will beatify Korean martyrs and participate in the sixth Asian Youth Day during his five-day visit to South Korea.

SEOUL, South Korea -- Starting his first visit to Asia, Pope Francis urged South Korean political and civic leaders to seek peace on their divided peninsula and strengthen their nation's commitment to democracy and social justice.

"Peace is not simply the absence of war, but the work of justice," the pope said Aug. 14 in a speech at Seoul's Blue House, the official residence of President Park Geun-hye.

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