Pope Francis

Pope prays Way of the Cross from Casa Santa Marta

Pope Francis follows the Way of the Cross held at Rome’s Colosseum on Good Friday from his residence at the Casa Santa Marta, while still leading the faithful in reflecting on our Christian journey of prayer.

“We now take this time to be with you. We want to spend it in closeness to you. On the way from Gethsemane to Calvary, you never stopped praying.”

Pope Francis introduced his reflections on the Good Friday Via Crucis with an invitation to reflect on the centrality of prayer in the Christian life, especially during the Year of Prayer leading up to the 2025 Jubilee… Read more »

Pope at Chrism Mass: Dear priests, let sorrow sanctify you

During Chrism Mass in the Vatican on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis thanks priests for heroic witness, but urges them to transform shortcomings, errors, and hardened hearts into an opportunity to draw closer to Christ and start anew.

“Thank you, dear priests, for your open and docile hearts.  Thank you for all your hard work and your tears.  Thank you, because you bring the miracle of God’s mercy to our brothers and sisters in today’s world.  May the Lord console you, strengthen you and reward you.”

Pope Francis gave this encouragement on Holy Thursday morning during the Chrism Mass in St… Read more »

Pope on Holy Thursday: ‘The Lord never tires of forgiving’

At the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the women’s section of Rebibbia prison in Rome, Pope Francis reminds us to never tire of asking the Lord for forgiveness and learning to serve as He did.

Continuing his custom of celebrating the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in a prison, Pope Francis visited the female section of the Rebibbia correctional facility in Rome on Holy Thursday afternoon… Read more »

Pope at Audience – Patiently enduring troublesome people

  Paul VI Audience Hall, The Vatican

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Last Sunday we listened to the account of the Passion of the Lord. Jesus responds to the sufferings He endures with a virtue that, although it is not considered among the traditional ones, is so important: patience. It regards the forbearance of what one suffers: it is not a coincidence that patience has the same root as passion… Read more »

Pope at Angelus – Let us open our hearts to Him!

  Saint Peter's Square, The Vatican

Dear brothers and sisters,

I express my closeness to the San José de Apartado Community, in Colombia, where a young woman and a boy were murdered a few days ago. This Community was awarded in 2018 as an example of commitment to economic solidarity, peace and human rights.

And I assure my prayer for the victims of the cowardly terrorist attack in Moscow the other evening… Read more »

Pope at Audience: The ancient lesson of prudence deserves to be revived

  Saint Peter's Square, The Vatican

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

We are devoting today’s catechesis to the virtue of prudence. Along with justice, fortitude and temperance, it is one of the so-called cardinal virtues, which are not the exclusive prerogative of Christians, but rather belong to the heritage of ancient wisdom, in particular of the Greek philosophers. Therefore, one of the most interesting themes in the work of encounter and inculturation was precisely that of the virtues… Read more »

Pope’s Vocations Day message: ‘Pilgrims of hope, builders of peace’

Pope Francis releases his message for the 61st World Day of Prayer for Vocations, celebrated on April 21, and urges Christians to welcome our shared vocation to sow the seeds of hope and peace in our world.

“Our life finds fulfilment when we discover who we are, what our gifts are, where we can make them bear fruit, and what path we can follow in order to become signs and instruments of love, generous acceptance, beauty, and peace, wherever we find ourselves.”

Pope Francis offered that summary of our Christian vocation in his message for the 61st World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which the Church marks on April 21, 2024… Read more »

Pope at Angelus – What is the glory I desire for myself?

  Saint Peter's Square, The Vatican

Dear brothers and sisters, buongiorno!

Today, fifth Sunday of Lent, as we draw closer to Holy Week, Jesus in the Gospel (cf. Jn 12:20-33) tells us something important: that on the Cross we will see His glory and that of the Father (cf. vv. 23, 28).

But how is it possible that the glory of God manifest itself right there, on the Cross? … Read more »

The church needs to eliminate all situations that lead to protection of abusers – The Pope

“Biex infittxu relazzjonijiet aktar umani f’kull soċjetà, inkluża l-Knisja, irridu naħdmu bla waqfien biex niffurmaw individwi maturi u koerenti li, sodi fil-fidi u l-prinċipji etiċi tagħhom, kapaċi jeħduha kontra l-ħażen, u jagħtu xhieda tal-verità b’ittri kapitali”.

Dan affermah il-Papa Franġisku lbieraħ f’messaġġ mibgħut lill-parteċipanti tat-3 Kungress tal-Amerika Latina, li qed jinżamm fil-Panama bejn it-12 u l-14 ta’ Marzu.

Organizzat miċ-Ċentru għall-Protezzjoni tal-Minuri (CEPROME), dan l-avveniment ġabar rappreżentanti tal-Knisja mir-reġjun biex jirriflettu fuq it-tema: “Vulnerabbiltà u abbuż: Lejn viżjoni usa’ tal-prevenzjoni”… Read more »

Pope at Audience: How is it possible to obtain virtue?

  Saint Peter's Square, The Vatican

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

After having concluded our overview of the vices, it is now time to take a look at the mirror image, which is in opposition to the experience of evil. The human heart can indulge evil passions, it can pay heed to harmful temptations disguised in persuasive garb, but it can also oppose all of this… Read more »