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POPE’S MESSAGE | Holiness means being open to God

Pope Francis received a letter from a girl as he arrived for his general audience June 21 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Being a saint doesn't require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad, Pope Francis said.

Christians should live with the "hope of becoming saints" and with the desire that "work, even in sickness and suffering, even in difficulties, is open to God," the pope said June 21 in his weekly general audience.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Behind hatred, violence is an unloved heart

In his general audience June 14 in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis focused on the certainty of hope that comes from feeling loved as children of God.

VATICAN CITY — Violence and hatred often are signs that a person is unhappy and feels unloved and unwanted, Pope Francis said.

In world today, people — especially children and youths — often feel that unless "we are strong, attractive and beautiful, no one will care about us," the pope said June 14 at his weekly general audience.

"When an adolescent is not or does not feel loved, violence can arise. Behind so many forms of social hate and hooliganism, there is often a heart that has not been recognized," he said.

POPE’S MESSAGE | The mystery of God’s fatherly love is a great revolution

Pope Francis waved as he arrived for his general audience June 7 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — The mystery of God's relationship with humankind is revolutionary in that Christians can look to Him without fear as children to a loving father, Pope Francis said.

In teaching the Lord's prayer, Jesus invites all Christians "to have the courage of calling God with the name 'father,'" the pope said June 7 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Christians share hope, not ‘vinegar of bitterness’

Pope Francis celebrated Mass May 27 on a pastoral visit in Genoa, Italy. The pope visited with workers at a steel mill in the city and ate lunch with 120 refugees, migrants and homeless people.

VATICAN CITY — Christians are called to be "sowers of hope," consoling and defending the poor and anyone in need, Pope Francis said.

As Christians prepared to celebrate Pentecost June 4, Pope Francis used his weekly general audience May 31 to speak about the power of the Holy Spirit to strengthen the hope of believers and to send them forth to instill hope in others.

Sowing bitterness or perplexity, he said, "isn't Christian and if you do this, you aren't Christian. Sow hope. Spread the oil of hope, diffuse the perfume of hope and not the vinegar of bitterness and hopelessness."

POPE’S MESSAGE | God is no warlord claiming victory with enemies’ blood

Pope Francis greeted a child as he arrived for his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 24.

VATICAN CITY — If it seems hard to find God in this world, it's because He chooses to be with the defeated and dejected and in places where most people are loath to go, Pope Francis said.

"God does not like to be loved the way a warlord would like, dragging His people to victory, debasing them in the blood of His enemies," the pope said May 24 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

The audience began just after Pope Francis had met U.S. President Donald Trump.

POPE’S MESSAGE | God dreams big, wants to transform world, defeat evil

Pope Francis greeted a group of nuns as he arrived for his general audience in St. Peter’s Square May 17 at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — God is right by the side of each person on earth, seeing each individual's pain and wanting to bring hope and joy, Pope Francis said.

"He calls us by name and tells us, 'Rise up, stop weeping, because I have come to free you,'" the pope said May 17 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

The pope continued his series of talks on Christian hope by looking at the Gospel of John's account of St. Mary Magdalene visiting Jesus' tomb.

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