Pope's Message

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Bruised, not broken: Pope encourages Colombians to pursue peace

Pope Francis waved to people Sept. 8 upon entering Catama field in Villavicencio, Colombia. The pope beatified Bishop Jesus Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve of Arauca and Father Pedro Maria Ramirez.

CARTAGENA, Colombia — Pope Francis said he had no magic words or special recipes for Colombians seeking peace, but rather he wanted to listen to them, learn from them and travel a bit of the road with them.

He had a small accident on the road Sept. 10 in Cartagena, the last city and last day of his five-day trip: Riding in the popemobile down a street packed with people who wanted to see him, Pope Francis turned and bashed his face on the edge of the window, cutting his eyebrow and provoking a sizable bump on his left cheekbone.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Witness of Colombian people a wealth for the Church

Pope Francis touched near his eye as he talked with Father Leonardo Sapienza, regent of the papal household, during his general audience Sept. 13 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pope’s face was bruised from hitting the popemobile when it stopped suddenly during his trip in Colombia.

VATICAN CITY — Colombia's long and arduous path toward reconciliation and a lasting peace after nearly half a century of war is a sign of hope for all Christians, Pope Francis said.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Break the mirror of narcissistic culture

Pope Francis led an audience with members of the Shalom Catholic Community Sept. 4 at the Vatican. Speaking to young people of the community, Pope Francis warned of the sadness caused by narcissism.

VATICAN CITY — Today's narcissistic culture leads to sad souls who worry more about keeping up appearances than caring for others, Pope Francis said.

Speaking to young people of the Shalom community, Pope Francis warned them of the sadness caused by narcissism, when "you live worried about putting makeup on your soul, about looking better than you are, about contemplating whether you're more beautiful than others."

"It is the sickness of the mirror," the pope said. "Young people, break this mirror!"

POPE'S MESSAGE | God wants people to dream big, not listen to cynics

Pope Francis greeted pilgrims as he arrived for his weekly audience Aug. 30 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pope continued a series of talks on Christian hope, encouraging people to ignore “disappointed and unhappy people … those who cynically plead not to cultivate hope in life.”

VATICAN CITY — God wants people to live with hope and joy — not bitterness — and to dream with Him of a better world, Pope Francis said.

"Please, make sure we do not pay attention to disappointed and unhappy people; let us not listen to those who cynically plead not to cultivate hope in life," he said Aug. 30 at his weekly general audience.

People must ignore those who try to crush enthusiasm and smother "youthful euphoria," he said. Instead, Christians must cultivate a "healthy utopia" based on what God wants for the world.

POPE’S MESSAGE | God gives hope for the future despite present-day suffering

Pope Francis greeted children as he arrived for his weekly audience Aug. 23 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. In his catechesis talk, the pope explained that Christian hope is based on “faith that God always creates new things” in history, in the cosmos and in everyday life.

VATICAN CITY — While the world reels from terrorism, natural disasters and division, God weeps with those who suffer and offers the hope of a future full of joy and consolation, Pope Francis said.

Recalling the victims of a terror attack in Barcelona Aug. 17, a devastating landslide Aug. 16 in Congo, and "many other" tragic global events, the pope urged Christians to meditate on God's tenderness when "they report sad news, which we are all at risk of becoming accustomed to."

POPE’S MESSAGE | Pope entrusts to Mary victims of disasters, conflict, social tension

Pope Francis gave a blessing at his Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption, Aug. 15, at the Vatican. After the prayer, the pope asked Mary to obtain “for everyone consolation and a future of serenity and harmony.”

VATICAN CITY — In a week in which natural disasters, war and racial conflicts dominated the headlines, Pope Francis prayed that Mary would bring peace to a divided world.

After reciting the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption, the pope asked Mary to obtain "for everyone consolation and a future of serenity and harmony."

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