Pope Francis

Leave Mass praising God, not gossiping about others, pope says

Pope Francis gestures during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 4.

VATICAN CITY — The final words at Mass — "Go in peace" — are an invitation to Christians to proclaim God's blessings through their lives, not an opportunity to go outside and speak ill of others, Pope Francis said.

Through the Eucharist, Jesus "enters in our hearts and in our flesh so that we may express in our lives the sacrament we received in faith," the pope said April 4 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Two thrown-away generations can save the world, pope says in interview

ROME — A new book-length interview with Pope Francis, titled "God is Young," represents a kind of "how-to" guide for creating a "revolution of tenderness" in which young people and the elderly — both "thrown away" by society — band together to help change the world.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Christians may be sinners, but Jesus saves from corruption

Pope Francis blessed the faithful with holy water during Palm Sunday Mass March 25 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass with thousands of young people, Pope Francis urged them to continue singing and shouting “hosanna” in the world, proclaiming the lordship of Jesus and following His example of outreach to the poor and suffering.

VATICAN CITY — Though they may go to church and say they are people of faith, the corrupt and "mafioso" have absolutely nothing Christian about them, Pope Francis said.

"They call themselves Christian, but they carry death in their souls and bring death to others," the pope said at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square March 28.

Pope asks youths to rejuvenate Church; youths ask to be heard

Pope Francis posed for a selfie at a pre-synod gathering of youth delegates at the Pontifical International Maria Mater Ecclesiae College in Rome March 19. The meeting was in preparation for the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment this October at the Vatican.

ROME — The Catholic Church needs the enthusiasm, daring and hope of young people to preach the Gospel energetically and respond to the questions men and women raise today, Pope Francis told about 300 young adults.

"We need to rediscover in the Lord the strength to get up after failure, to move forward, to strengthen hope for the future," the pope said March 19, opening a week-long meeting in preparation for the Synod of Bishops in October.

POPE’S MESSAGE | In receiving Jesus, we are transformed into a ‘living Eucharist’

Pope Francis’ zucchetto was blown away by a gust of wind at his general audience March 21 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Despite the wind, Pope Francis welcomed the beginning of spring, likening spring flowers rooted in the soil to Christians who are rooted in Jesus.

VATICAN CITY — Despite the chill and gusts of wind in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis welcomed the beginning of spring with an impromptu lesson about gardening and how to grow into being better Christians.

"Does a tree or plant that is diseased bloom well? No! Does a tree or a plant that isn't watered ... bloom well? No. And does a tree or plant with no roots bloom?" he said before delivering his general audience talk March 21.

POPE’S MESSAGE | The ‘Our Father’ connects us with the Father through the Holy Spirit

Pope Francis spontaneously greeted student musicians from St. Louis University High School at his general audience March 14 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. From left to right, the SLUH students are: Sam Pottinger, senior; Emmanuel Parker, senior; Bobby Rizzo, freshman; Ezana Ephrem, senior. The pope listened to the band play “Oh Sacred Head Now Wounded.” Some SLUH students were in Rome for spring break a part of the school’s bicentennial celebration.

VATICAN CITY — Forgiving another who has caused pain or offense isn't easy, Pope Francis said.

"It is a grace that we have to ask for," because the peace offered by Christ cannot take root in a heart that is incapable of living in fraternity with others and incapable of rebuilding those bonds after being wounded, the pope said at his weekly general audience March 14 at the Vatican.

The pope continued his series of talks on the Mass, focusing on the Communion rite, which begins with the assembly's recitation of the Lord's Prayer.

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