Pope's message

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

POPE’S MESSAGE | Christians are oriented toward light, hope

Pope Francis embraced a child Aug. 2 at his weekly audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. The audience was Pope Francis’ first after a month long hiatus in July.

VATICAN CITY — The ancient practice of orienting church buildings East to West — with the entrance facing West and the altar toward the East — was symbolic of the connection that exists between light and hope, Pope Francis said.

"What does it mean to be a Christian? It means looking toward the light, continuing to make a profession of faith in the light, even when the world is wrapped in the night and darkness," Pope Francis said Aug. 2 at his weekly general audience.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Pope prays for dialogue, reconciliation in Jerusalem

Pope Francis waved as he led the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called on Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land to "moderation and dialogue" as tensions continued around a key site in Jerusalem that is sacred to both faiths.

After reciting the Angelus July 23, the pope asked pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for the midday prayer to join him in asking the Lord to inspire reconciliation and peace in the region.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Laziness, vices prevent seeds of Gospel from taking root

Pope Francis greeted the crowd at his general audience June 28 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 28. The pope has continued his tradition of reducing his schedule in the summer, and isn’t holding general audiences in the month of July.

VATICAN CITY — God proposes — not imposes — His Gospel and offer of salvation, putting the responsibility of being open to and moved by His message on the listener, Pope Francis said.

Jesus doesn't draw people to Him by conquering them, but by giving Himself, like a sower, spreading "with patience and generosity His word, which isn't a cage or a trap, but a seed that can bear fruit" if people welcome it, the pope said before praying the Angelus July 16.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Hunger caused by ‘indifference of many, selfishness of a few’

Pope Francis used incense at Mass marking the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 29. At the conclusion of the Mass, new archbishops from around the world received their pallium, a woolen stole, from the pope.

VATICAN CITY — The international community must not remain resigned to the plight of people suffering from hunger and malnutrition, which is often caused by indifference and selfishness, Pope Francis stated.

In a message to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization conference July 3, the pope wrote wars, terrorism and forced displacements aren't "inevitable but rather the consequence of concrete decisions" that have led to the lack of food and adequate nutrition to the helpless.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Holiness means being open to God

Pope Francis received a letter from a girl as he arrived for his general audience June 21 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Being a saint doesn't require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad, Pope Francis said.

Christians should live with the "hope of becoming saints" and with the desire that "work, even in sickness and suffering, even in difficulties, is open to God," the pope said June 21 in his weekly general audience.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Behind hatred, violence is an unloved heart

In his general audience June 14 in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis focused on the certainty of hope that comes from feeling loved as children of God.

VATICAN CITY — Violence and hatred often are signs that a person is unhappy and feels unloved and unwanted, Pope Francis said.

In world today, people — especially children and youths — often feel that unless "we are strong, attractive and beautiful, no one will care about us," the pope said June 14 at his weekly general audience.

"When an adolescent is not or does not feel loved, violence can arise. Behind so many forms of social hate and hooliganism, there is often a heart that has not been recognized," he said.

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