Pope's Message

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POPE’S MESSAGE | Mass is a time of silence and prayer, not idle chitchat

Pope Francis autographed a Lamborghini presented by representatives of the Italian automaker Nov. 15 at the Vatican. The car, which was also blessed by the pope, will be auctioned and the proceeds given to charity.

VATICAN CITY — Mass is the highest form of prayer and not an appropriate moment for small talk, Pope Francis said.

At church, Catholics should spend their time in silence before Mass, preparing "to meet with Jesus" instead of engaging in "chitchat," the pope said Nov. 15 at his weekly general audience.

"Silence is so important," he said. "Remember what I told you last time: We are not going to a show. Silence prepares us and accompanies us."

POPE’S MESSAGE | Stop taking smartphone pictures at Mass

A priest took pictures with a tablet as Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in 2013. The pope, at his Nov. 8 general audience, encouraged people to stop taking photos with their phones and tablets and instead encounter the Lord.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis described the Mass as a a beautiful, transformative encounter with the true loving presence of Christ, in which congregants need to focus their hearts on God, not focus their smartphones for pictures during Mass.

"When the celebrant says, 'Let us lift up our hearts,'" the pope said, "he isn't saying, 'lift up our cellphones and take a picture.' No. It's an awful thing ... It makes me so sad when I celebrate (Mass) in the square or in the basilica and I see so many cellphones in the air. And not just by the lay faithful, some priests and bishops, too."

POPE’S MESSAGE | Through example, saints shine God’s light in darkness

Pope Francis spoke to astronauts aboard the International Space Station Oct. 26. On the call, Pope Francis asked five questions about how their unique perspective from the frontier of the universe has changed or enriched them and what lessons they could share with people back on Earth. Saying society today is very individualistic, but what is needed is collaboration, the pope asked them how the ISS is an example of that collaboration.

VATICAN CITY — Like stained glass windows, the saints allow the light of God to permeate the darkness of sin in the world, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints.

Just as light enters a church through multi-colored windows, the lives of saints shine forth "according to their own shade," the pope said Nov. 1.

All the saints "have been transparent, they fought to remove the stains and darkness of sin so that the gentle light of God can pass through," the pope said. "This is the purpose of life, even for us."

POPE’S MESSAGE | Through example, saints shine God’s light in darkness

Pope Francis spoke to astronauts aboard the International Space Station Oct. 26. On the call, Pope Francis asked five questions about how their unique perspective from the frontier of the universe has changed or enriched them and what lessons they could share with people back on Earth. Saying society today is very individualistic, but what is needed is collaboration, the pope asked them how the ISS is an example of that collaboration.

VATICAN CITY — Like stained glass windows, the saints allow the light of God to permeate the darkness of sin in the world, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints.

Just as light enters a church through multi-colored windows, the lives of saints shine forth "according to their own shade," the pope said Nov. 1.

All the saints "have been transparent, they fought to remove the stains and darkness of sin so that the gentle light of God can pass through," the pope said. "This is the purpose of life, even for us."

POPE'S MESSAGE | God awaits our return to Him up to the last moment

Pope Francis shook hands with Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem during a private audience at the Vatican Oct. 23. At the patriarch’s official visit, Pope Francis said Christian communities in the Holy Land also must stand together to affirm their right to remain in the region, to profess their faith, to be safe and to contribute to society.

VATICAN CITY — God waits for everyone, even the worst sinner who repents only with his dying breath, Pope Francis said.

"Before God, we present ourselves with empty hands," he said, meaning that all the good works people have or haven't done throughout their lives aren't measured to determine entry into heaven.

"A word of humble repentance was enough to touch Jesus' heart" and to make Him promise eternal life in heaven even to a poor criminal, he said Oct. 25 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Faith brings hope even at moment of death

Pope Francis greeted visually impaired people, accompanied by their dogs, at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 18.

VATICAN CITY — Christians can find hope even at the hour of death, which faith teaches is not a closed door but a wide-open passage to a new life with Christ, Pope Francis said.

While all men and women are "small and helpless in front of the mystery of death," Jesus' victory over death assures Christians of the joy of the resurrection, the pope said Oct. 18 at his weekly general audience.

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