Pope Francis

Pope: Closed hearts unable to be surprised by the Resurrection

Pope Francis greeted a young choir member at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on April 19.

VATICAN CITY — Christian faith is a grace and can be perceived only in the hearts of those willing to be surprised by the joy of the Resurrection, Pope Francis said.

"A closed heart, a rationalistic heart" is incapable of understanding the Christian message which has God's love — manifested in Christ's victory over death — at its center, the pope said at his weekly general audience April 19.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Love is the engine driving hope on life’s bumpy road

Pope Francis passed Mexico’s flag as he greeted the crowd at his general audience April 12 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pope continued his series on Christian hope in his talk.

VATICAN CITY — The cross, loving service and humble sacrifice are the only way to overcome evil and give hope to the world, Pope Francis said.

Those who love their own lives and always hunger for more are the losers, the pope said at his weekly general audience April 12.

Rather, those who readily serve others and "live God's way" are the winners, who "save themselves and others, becoming seeds of hope for the world," he said.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Make room for kindness, not hopeless ‘mafia’ mentality

Pope Francis embraced a girl at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 5. Before concluding his audience, the pope said he was horrified by a chemical attack in Syria the previous day that left 70 people dead.

VATICAN CITY — Hope can't remain hidden within, but must break free to overcome vengeful, mafia-like mentalities with mercy and humility, Pope Francis said.

Christians must give witness to hope through their lives as Jesus did and make room for Him in their hearts to fight evil by doing good to others, even their enemies, the pope said at his weekly general audience April 5.

Fifty years later, ‘Populorum Progressio’ takes on new life through Pope Francis

A woman and dog walked amid garbage along a street in 2015 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Blessed Paul VI’s 1967 encyclical “Populorum Progressio” rooted the Catholic Church in solidarity with the world’s poorest nations.

WASHINGTON — These days when Pope Francis talks about integral human development and his vision of a Church that goes to the margins of the world, he likely thanks a predecessor of 50 years ago for the inspiration.

Blessed Paul VI addressed "the progressive development of peoples" as "an object of deep interest and concern to the Church" in his encyclical "Populorum Progressio" ("The Progress of Peoples") that emerged in the years following the Second Vatican Council.

POPE'S MESSAGE | We are ‘channels for broadcasting’ God’s gifts

Pope Francis knelt before a priest to confess at a Lenten prayer service March 17 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. The pope invited all Catholics to “rediscover the sacrament of reconciliation” this Lent by taking part in the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative March 23-24 in many dioceses worldwide.

VATICAN CITY — Christian hope is built on patiently enduring everything life brings and knowing how to see God's presence and love everywhere, Pope Francis said.

God "never tires of loving us" as He "takes care of us, dressing our wounds with the caress of His goodness and His mercy, meaning, He consoles us and He never tires of consoling us," the pope said at his general audience in St. Peter's Square March 22.

Priests and marriage: Pope’s response not so new after all

Pope Francis greeted a new priest at an ordination Mass April 26, 2015, in St. Peter’s Basilica. In an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit in early March, Pope Francis discussed the possibility of examining whether to allow married men to become priests.

VATICAN CITY — While Pope Francis' recent comments on the subject of married priests made headlines around the world, his response falls clearly in line with the thinking of his predecessors.

In an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, published in early March, Pope Francis was asked if allowing candidates for the priesthood to fall in love and marry could be "an incentive" for combating the shortage of priestly vocations.

He also was asked about the possibility of allowing married "viri probati" — men of proven virtue — to become priests.

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