Pope's message

Stories from the (hopefully) weekly catholic perspectives piece that has to do with Pope Francis' weekly message.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Ten Commandments are God’s loving words, not oppressive commands

Pope Francis addressed members of Italian family associations at the Vatican June 18. In his remarks, the pope denounced abortion and said children are God’s greatest gift.

VATICAN CITY — The Ten Commandments given by God are meant to protect His children from self-destruction; they are not harsh rules meant to enslave and oppress, Pope Francis said.

Since the days of Adam and Eve, the devil has sought to deceive people into believing that the rules set forth by God are "the imposition of a despot who prohibits and forces" rather than a loving father "who is taking care of His children," the pope said June 20 at his general audience in St. Peter's Square.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Biggest danger in life is fear, settling for less

Pope Francis embraced a woman as he met with disabled people during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 13.

VATICAN CITY — The worst enemies in a young person's life aren't the problems they may face, Pope Francis said.

The biggest dangers are being unwilling to adapt, mediocrity by settling for the status quo, and fear, he said at his general audience in St. Peter's Square June 13.

"It is necessary to ask the heavenly father for the gift of healthy restlessness for today's young people, the ability to not settle for a life without beauty, without color," he said. "If young people are not hungry for an authentic life, where will humanity end up?"

POPE’S MESSAGE | Gossip destroys Holy Spirit’s gift of peace

Pope Francis talked with children who rode in the popemobile during his general audience June 6 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Peace is a gift that can easily be destroyed through petty gossip and speaking ill of others, Pope Francis said.

People who receive and give the sign of peace "should be men and women of peace" and not ruin "the peace made by the Holy Spirit with your tongue," the pope said June 6 at his weekly general audience.

"Gossip is not a work of the Holy Spirit, it is not a work of the unity of the Church. Gossip destroys the work of God. Please stop gossiping," the pope said.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Holy Spirit offers gifts that should be cherished

A Taekwondo athlete from Korea released a dove after performing for Pope Francis during his general audience May 30 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis asked Catholics to recognize and be thankful for the undeserved gift of the Holy Spirit they received with the sacrament of confirmation.

"It is a gift to be cherished with care" and to follow with docility, "letting oneself be molded like wax from the burning love" of the Holy Spirit, the pope said May 30 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Confirmation gives Catholics strength to be led by God

Pope Francis administered the sacrament of confirmation to Paola Desideri while celebrating Mass at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Rome May 6. The pope began a series of talks on the sacrament of confirmation at his general audience May 23.

VATICAN CITY — Everyone who has received the sacrament of confirmation has received the gift of the Holy Spirit, who guides them and gives them the strength to follow God's will, Pope Francis said.

"Every one of us has the Spirit within us. The Spirit is in our heart, our soul," the pope said May 22 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

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.

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