#SaintBenedict, Patron of Europe, show us Christians of today how joyful hope always springs from faith, and how this can change the world.
Faith is either missionary or it is no faith at all. Faith takes us out of ourselves and toward others. Faith must be transmitted, not to convince but to offer a treasure. Let us ask the Lord to help us live our faith with open doors: a transparent faith.
On the anniversary of my visit to #Lampedusa, let us pray that we might discover the face of Jesus in all people forced to flee their homeland because of the many injustices that continue to afflict our world. @M_RSection
Faith makes us walk with Jesus on the roads of this world, in the certainty that the power of His Spirit will bend the forces of evil, subjecting them to the power of God’s love.
The United Nations has called for an immediate, global ceasefire in order to face the Covid-19 pandemic and provide humanitarian aid. I hope this Resolution will be implemented quickly for the good of those who suffer and become a first step toward a future of peace.
In the #GospelOfTheDay (Mt 11:25-30), Jesus praises the Father, because He has hidden the secrets of His Kingdom "from the wise and the learned" and revealed them to the "little ones", who long for Him and expect everything from Him.
In some places, #cooperatives are being developed to exploit renewable sources of energy which ensure local self-sufficiency. They can make a real difference in the fight against climate change, thanks to a strong sense of community and a deep love for the land.
Christian joy flows from listening to, and accepting, the Good News of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Whoever believes this message knows that life is born of the love of God the Father.
Evil never gives peace. It causes frenzy first then leaves bitterness. Instead, God’s voice never promises cheap, easily acquired joy. He invites us to go beyond our ego to find that true good: peace.
Today we commemorate the first martyrs of the Church of Rome. They have left us an inheritance to protect and imitate: the Gospel of love and mercy. The Christian martyrs of every period are men and women of peace, despite persecution.
Today the Fourth Conference of the European Union and the United Nations to “support the future of Syria and the region” takes place. Let us pray for this meeting, so that it might place above everything the good of peoples who need food, health care, education, work.
Today we are united in a special way with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Peter and Andrew were brothers. Whenever possible, we exchange fraternal visits on our respective feast days, as we journey together towards the goal that the Lord desires: full unity.
The proud Saul became Paul, a name that means “small”. The Lord shook him. He shattered Paul’s illusion of being respectably religious to make him His instrument. vatican.va/content/f…
Just as the Lord transformed Simon into Peter, so He calls each one of us, to make us living stones with which to build a renewed Church and a renewed humanity.
On the feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul, I would like to share two key words: unity and prophecy. The Lord asks each of us: “Do you want to be a builder of unity? Do you want to be a prophet of my heaven on earth?” Let's find the courage to answer: “Yes, I do!”
I invite everyone to pray for the people of Yemen, especially children, who are suffering as a result of the very serious humanitarian crisis, and for those affected by the severe floods in Western Ukraine.
God’s generous gratitude takes into account even the smallest gesture of love and service given to our brothers and sisters. Jesus teaches us this in #TheGospelOfTheDay (Mt 10:42).
Jesus says to His disciples: “Whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me” (Mt 10:38). There is no true love without the cross, without a personal price to pay. When borne with Jesus, the cross is not scary because He's always at our side to help us.
If you are looking for meaning in life but, not finding one, you throw yourself away with "imitations of love", such as wealth, career, pleasure, or an addiction, let Jesus look at you, and you will discover you have always been loved.
Only those who see with the heart see things well, because they know how to “look into” each person: to see a brother or sister apart from his or her mistakes, hope amid difficulty. They see God everywhere.
Let us begin anew from the numerous examples of generous, freely-given love, which in these months have shown us how much closeness, care, and sacrifice are needed to nourish fraternity and civil coexistence. In this way, we will emerge from this crisis stronger.
In these difficult times, your work as maritime personnel and fishermen has become even more important. Today I would like to offer you a message of hope, comfort and consolation. #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers vatican.va/content/f…
#Prayer arises from the conviction that life is not something that takes us by surprise, but a stupefying mystery that inspires in us poetry, music, gratitude, praise, even lament and supplication. #GeneralAudience
The birth of #JohnTheBaptist to elderly parents teaches us that God does not rely on our reasoning and limited human abilities. We must learn to trust, to be silent before the mystery of God, and to contemplate His works in humility and silence.
God created us for communion, for fraternity. Now more than ever the pretense of focusing everything on ourselves, making individualism society’s guiding principle, has proven illusory. We have to be careful! When the emergency is over we can easily fall back into this illusion.
The Word of God is given to us as the Word of life, which transforms, renews, and does not judge in order to condemn, but heals and has forgiveness as its aim. A Word that is light for our steps!
In this Sunday's Gospel (Mt 10:26-33) Jesus invites us not to be afraid, to be strong and confident in the face of life's challenges, because even when we encounter setbacks, our lives rest firmly in God’s hands, who loves us and takes care of us.
Dear young people, let us ask for the grace of a new heart through the intercession of your patron #StAloysiusGonzaga, a courageous young man who never retreated from serving others, to the point of giving his life to care for plague victims. May the Lord change our hearts!
Dear Doctors and Nurses, the world saw how much good you did in a very difficult situation. Even when you were exhausted, you continued dedicating yourselves with professionalism and self-sacrifice. This generates hope. My esteem and sincere thanks go to you!
Jesus is present, as He was at the time of Herod, in each person forced to flee to safety. In their faces we are called to see Christ’s face who pleads with us to help. In the end, we will be the ones to thank Him for being able to love and serve. #WorldRefugeeDay
I invite you to pray for priests, so that through your prayer the Lord might strengthen their vocation, comfort them in their ministry, and help them always be joyful ministers of the Gospel for all people. #SanctificationOfPriests
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. Let us remember that women embody within themselves the protection of life, communion, and the desire to care for all things. The way we treat women’s bodies reveals our level of humanity.
The Lord always watches over us with mercy. Let us not be afraid of approaching him! He has a merciful heart! If we show him our inner wounds, our inner sins, he will always forgive us. It is pure mercy! Let us go to Jesus! #SacredHeartofJesus
The Lord cannot enter into hard or ideological hearts. The Lord enters into hearts that are like His: hearts that are open and compassionate.
The Lord urges us to remember, repair, rebuild, and to do so together, never forgetting those who suffer.
Our principle of unity is the Holy Spirit who reminds us that above all we are God’s beloved children. He comes to us, in our differences and difficulties to tell us that we have one Lord, Jesus, and one Father. For this reason we are brothers and sisters!
The #Covid19 pandemic has shown that our societies are not organized well enough to make room for the elderly, with proper respect for their dignity and frailty. When the elderly are not cared for, there is no future for the young. #WEAAD2020
World Blood Donor Day is an opportunity to encourage society to be in solidarity with those in need. I express my appreciation to all those who perform this simple but very important act of helping others. #WBDD2020
I urge international bodies and those who have political and military responsibilities to search for a path to peace in #Libya. I pray for the thousands of migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons and call on the international community to take their plight to heart.
In the Eucharist, Jesus draws close to us. Let us not turn away from those around us, those who hunger for food and dignity, those without work, and those who struggle to carry on. Genuine closeness is needed, as are true bonds of solidarity. w2.vatican.va/conten…
The Lord, offering himself to us in the simplicity of bread,invites us not to waste our lives in chasing the myriad illusions that we think we cannot do without,yet that leave us empty within. The Eucharist satisfies our hunger for material things and kindles our desire to serve.
The Lord knows that evil and sins do not define us; they are diseases, infections. And he comes to heal them with the Eucharist, which contains the antibodies to our negative memory. With Jesus, we can become immune to sadness.
God knows how weak our memory is, so He has done something remarkable: He left us a memorial. He left us Bread in which He is present, alive and true, with all the flavour of His love.
Let us ask for the grace to approach everyone as a brother or sister, and never to regard anyone as an enemy.
“Stretch forth your hand to the poor” (Sir 6:7). Age-old wisdom has proposed these words as a sacred rule to be followed in life. w2.vatican.va/conten…
If we draw God’s mercy, forgiveness, and tenderness from the #HeartOfJesus, then our heart too will gradually become more patient, more generous, and more merciful.
Many children are forced into jobs that are inappropriate for their age, depriving them of their childhood and jeopardizing their integral development. I appeal to institutions to spare no effort to protect minors. #NoChildLabourDay
Jesus welcomes sinners and eats with them. The same happens with us, in every Mass, in every church: Jesus is happy to welcome us at His table, where He offers Himself for us. #CorpusDomini
In our darkest moments, when we sin or are disoriented, we always have an appointment with God. We do not need to be afraid, because God will change our hearts and give us the blessing reserved for those who allow Him to change them. #GeneralAudience
There are two Christian responses to escape the spiral of violence: prayer and the gift of self.
The #Beatitudes teach us that God, in order to give Himself to us, often chooses unthinkable paths, perhaps the path of our limitations, of our tears, of our defeats.
The feast of the #MostHolyTrinity invites us to let ourselves be fascinated by God’s beauty, goodness and inexhaustible truth. He is humble, near, who became flesh in order to enter into our history, so that every man and woman may encounter Him and have eternal life.
The Spirit loves us and knows everyone’s place: for Him, we are not bits of confetti blown about by the wind, but irreplaceable fragments in His mosaic.
The Heart of Christ is so great it wants to welcome us all into the revolution of tenderness.