Pope's Message

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POPE'S MESSAGE | Like expectant moms, live in joyful expectation of embracing God

Pope Francis embraced a man while meeting disabled people at his general audience Feb. 1 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. The pope continued a series of talks on Christian hope, with a look at St. Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians (5:4-11) and what it teaches about the Christian belief in life after death.

VATICAN CITY — Christian hope isn't about believing in something that may or may not come true, like hoping tomorrow's weather will be pleasant, according to Pope Francis.

"Christian hope is the expectation of something that already has been fulfilled and that certainly will be attained for each one of us," that is, knowing Christ died and is truly risen so that all of humanity may gain salvation and live together with God, the pope told his weekly general audience Feb. 1.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Never underestimate the courage and wisdom of women

Pope Francis greeted Anglican Archbishop David Moxon, the archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Vatican, Jan. 25 at his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ended Jan. 25.

VATICAN CITY — The humble counsel of courageous women should never be disregarded but rather embraced as advice full of God's divine wisdom, Pope Francis said.

Women such as the biblical heroine Judith are an example of trusting God amid sufferings and difficulties when it is easy to give up hope and fall into despair, the pope said Jan. 25 at his weekly general audience.

"This is my opinion, but women are more courageous than men," the pope said to applause.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Prayer brings light of hope in dark times

Pope Francis walks near violinists at his general audience Jan. 18 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. Prayer has the power to awaken hope in men and women, even in the face of death and destruction, Pope Francis said in his catechesis talk.

VATICAN CITY — Prayer has the power to awaken hope in men and women, even in the face of death and destruction, Pope Francis said.

People often feel unworthy to turn to God when they are in need "as if it were a self-interested prayer and, thus, imperfect," the pope said Jan. 18 at his weekly general audience.

"But God knows our weakness; He knows that we remember Him to ask for help and, with the indulgent smile of a father, He responds graciously," he said.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Success, well-being at any cost will deceive, disappoint

Pope Francis arrived for a photo in the Sistine Chapel with the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See during the traditional exchange of new year’s greetings at the Vatican Jan. 9. The pope said that all religions are “called to promote peace.”

VATICAN CITY — Watch out for the tempting promises and easy rewards of false gods and idols because they always lead to confusion, disappointment and even death, Pope Francis said.

"We are tempted to seek even fleeting comfort, which seems to fill the emptiness of solitude and ease the exertion of believing" in God, especially in times of trouble, he said Jan. 11 at his weekly general audience.

But the hope and security that come from God "never ever disappoint," he said. "Idols always let you down" since they are figments of the imagination and not "alive and real" like God.

POPE'S MESSAGE | When a mother loses a child, reach out with tears, not words, pope says

Pope Francis listened to a speaker as he leads his weekly audience Jan. 4 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — In the depths of despair, when no words or gestures will help, then cry with those who suffer, because tears are the seeds of hope, Pope Francis said.

When people are hurting, "it is necessary to share in their desperation. In order to dry the tears from the face of those who suffer, we must join our weeping with theirs. This is the only way our words may truly be able to offer a bit of hope," he said Jan. 4 during his weekly general audience.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Christmas reminds us of hope for the future

Pope Francis leads the Angelus from the window of his apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square Dec. 18 at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — The birth of Christ is a reminder for Christians to take a moment and reflect on the hope of salvation given by God to the world, Pope Francis said.

Those who are humble and poor like the shepherds come to realize the promise of hope that comes from trusting God and not from "their own securities, especially material goods," the pope said Dec. 21 at his weekly general audience.

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