Pope Francis

POPE’S MESSAGE | Gift of baptism is to be cherished

Pope Francis baptized an infant Jan. 7 in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. At his general audience May 21, the pope said that all parents and godparents must teach the faith to children and “feed the flame of baptismal grace in their little ones, helping them persevere in the faith.”

VATICAN CITY — Children have a right to be brought up in the Christian faith, Pope Francis said.

Parents and godparents must make sure they "feed the flame of baptismal grace in their little ones, helping them persevere in the faith," the pope said May 16 at his weekly general audience.

"Christian education is a child's right; it seeks to guide them gradually to know God's plan in Christ," so they will be able to personally take up the faith in which they were baptized, he said.

Called to holiness: Taking the Incarnation seriously

'The Incarnation'

Christ's incarnation troubles some Christians. It almost always did.

Today, as in past centuries, some find it difficult to accept the Incarnation fully. They doubt, perhaps, that God really could or would become man.

Perhaps, too, they wonder why on earth the Lord would enter as fully and warmly as the Gospels say He did into the lives of people of all kinds, including those living in situations that fell far short of perfect.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Reborn in baptism, Christians are called to live like Christ

Pope Francis blessed the faithful as he celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican May 8. In the homily, the pope cautioned people to stay away from the devil, likening him to an angry, rabid dog that is chained up.

VATICAN CITY — The baptismal font is a tomb in which a person dies to sin, and a womb through which a person is born to new life in Christ, Pope Francis said.

"Just as our parents generated us to earthly life, the Church has regenerated us to eternal life through baptism," the pope said May 9 at his general audience.

Continuing a series of audience talks about baptism, Pope Francis said that from the time a person is baptized, God's voice repeats what God said at Jesus' baptism, "You are my beloved son. You are my beloved daughter."

Pope leads Rosary for peace at Rome shrine

Pope Francis blessed a woman’s rosary as he arrived to pray the Rosary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love in Rome May 1.

ROME — Pope Francis visited Rome's popular Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love to pray the Rosary for peace, especially in Syria.

The pope invited pilgrims in St. Peter's Square April 29 to join his prayers May 1 at the shrine and "to prolong for the whole month of May praying the Rosary for peace."

May is a month Catholics traditionally devote to Mary.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Faith says ‘no’ to Satan, ‘yes’ to God

Pope Francis arrived to lead his general audience May 2 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Continuing a series of talks on baptism, the pope said, “Rejecting sin, the temptations of evil, Satan — the source and cause of every sin — and faith in what the Church believes” are not temporary or provisional commitments asked only at baptism.

VATICAN CITY — Baptism requires rejecting Satan and professing one's full faith in God, Pope Francis said.

Only by saying "no" to the devil, his works and empty promises "am I able to say 'yes' to God, who calls me to conform myself to Him in thoughts and deeds," he said.

"It is not possible to follow Christ (while) imposing preconditions," he said May 2 during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Catholic media must not fall behind in digital age, pope says

Visitors look at the digital media offerings at the booth of technology giant Google at the Republica 17 digital conference May 8, 2017, in Berlin. In an age when technology is ever-evolving, Catholic news organizations must be willing to adapt to effectively proclaim the Gospel to all, Pope Francis said

VATICAN CITY -- In an age when technology is ever-evolving, Catholic news organizations must be willing to adapt to effectively proclaim the Gospel to all, Pope Francis said.

Speaking to directors and employees of Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian bishops' conference, the pope said that the use of new digital platforms not only requires significant technological updates but also a willingness to accept that "the attachment to the past may prove to be a dangerous temptation."

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