weekly audience

POPE'S MESSAGE | All wars begin in a jealous heart; let go of pride, env

Pope Francis greeted inmates from a detention and treatment center in Eboli, Italy, during his general audience Oct. 22 in St. Peter’s Square.

VATICAN CITY -- All wars begin in the human heart -- a heart that is jealous and bitter and tears apart communities through misunderstandings and marginalization, Pope Francis said.

"How wonderful if we would remember more often who we are, what Jesus Christ did with us: We are his body," members of the church filled with the Holy Spirit's gift of new life in Christ and united in fellowship and love, he said at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Oct. 22.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Church called to keep hope alive, live in joyful expectation

Pope Francis greeted the crowd at the start of his general audience Oct. 15 in St. Peter’s Square.

VATICAN CITY -- The Church of Christ is called to keep the light of hope alive in the world, showing all humanity the path leading to "the merciful face of God" and salvation in Christ, Pope Francis said.

Focusing his general audience talk Oct. 15 on the ultimate destiny of the Church and all its members, Pope Francis asked the estimated 30,000 people in St. Peter's Square to repeat with him three times: "We will be with God forever."

POPE'S MESSAGE | Albania proves to world that diverse religions can live in peace

Pope Francis embraced Franciscan Father Ernest Simoni during a visit to Tirana, Albania, Sept. 21. Pope Francis wept when he heard the testimony of Father Simoni, 84, who for 28 years was imprisoned, tortured and sentenced to forced labor for refusing to speak out against the Catholic Church as his captors wanted.

VATICAN CITY -- People of different religious beliefs can and must live together in peace, Pope Francis said.

The Muslim majority and Christian minorities in Albania cooperate beautifully for the common good and prove to the world that it can be done, he said.

"I could see, with great satisfaction, that the peaceful and fruitful coexistence between people and communities belonging to different religions is not only beneficial, but is concretely possible and practical. They put it into practice" in Albania, he said.

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 | God's endless love, mercy help Church be blessing for world

Pope Francis kissed a sleeping baby as he arrived to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 18.

VATICAN CITY -- Beginning a series of audience talks about the Church, its identity and mission, Pope Francis said it would be "a bit like a son talking about his mother, his own family," because the Church is the mother of Christ's disciples and is called to be united as a family.

The story of salvation and of the Church "is the story of God's fidelity and the infidelity of His people," he said June 18 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

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