I used to carry a pastoral staff made of olive wood that was created in a woodworking shop that is part of a rehabilitation project for prisoners and recovering drug addicts.
– Pope Francis, The Name of God Is Mercy
“You could say to me, “But the Church is made up of sinners; we see them every day.” And this is true: we are a Church of sinners. And we sinners are called to let ourselves be transformed, renewed, sanctified by God.”
― Pope Francis, The Church of Mercy
On this Feast of the #Ascension, while we contemplate Heaven, where Christ has ascended and sits at the right hand of the Father, let us ask Mary, Queen of Heaven, to help us to be courageous witnesses to the Risen One in the world, in the concrete situations of life.
All of us are responsible for the communications we make, for the information we share, for the control that we can exert over fake news by exposing it. All of us are to be witnesses of the truth: to go, to see and to share. #WorldCommunicationsDay
The abuse of minors is a "psychological murder", it takes away their childhood away. Therefore, the protection of children against sexual exploitation is a duty of every state. Also needed are reporting, prevention and efficacious help for the victims.
The family is the harmonious union of the differences between man and woman, capable of opening themselves to life and to others. Let us #PrayTogether for families so that they might remain united throughout these difficult times and lend a hand to those in need. #DayofFamilies
If the family is not at the center of the present, there will be no future; but if the family takes off again, everything will take again. #Birthrate
Our lives and the history of the world are in God's hands. Let us entrust the Church, ourselves and the entire world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Let us pray for peace, the end of the pandemic, a penitent spirit, and our conversion. #OurLadyofFatima
The Solemnity of the #Ascension lifts our gaze upwards, beyond earthly things. At the same time, it reminds us of the mission the Lord has entrusted to us here on earth. May the Holy Spirit guide us in the good battle we must wage.
Praying is not easy. Each time we want to pray, we think of many other activities that seem more important and urgent. Almost always, after putting off #prayer, we realise that those things were not essential at all. This is how the Enemy deceives us. #GeneralAudience
Which way should I follow? There are ways that do not lead to Heaven: the ways of worldliness, the ways of self-affirmation, the ways of selfish power. And there is Jesus’ way, the way of humble love, of prayer, of meekness, of trust, of service to others.
Today, too, the Spirit is calling men and women to set out and encounter all those who are waiting to discover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Christian faith. #Cathechists #AntiquumMinisterium vatican.va/content/f…
Everything we would like others to do for us, let us do for them instead (cf. Mt 7:12). Do we want to be heard? Let us first listen. Do we need encouragement? Let us give encouragement. Do we want someone to care for us? Let us care for those who are alone and abandoned.
Let us pray for the victims of the terrorist attack that took place yesterday in Kabul: an inhuman act that affected many young girls as they left school. Let us pray for every one of them and for their families. And may God grant peace to Afghanistan.
I am following with particular concern the events in Jerusalem. I pray that it may be a place of encounter and not of violent clashes, a place of prayer and peace. Violence begets only violence. Enough of these clashes.
The love Jesus gives us is the same with which the Father loves Him: pure, unconditional, freely given love. By giving it to us, Jesus treats us like friends, making us know the Father, and he involves us in his same mission for the life of the world. #GospelOfTheDay (Jn 15:9-17)
We are grateful to those working tirelessly to combat the pandemic, which has challenged our solidarity and authentic fraternity. We must reflect on our health systems and ensure they are accessible to all of the sick, without disparity. #UniteToPrevent vatican.va/content/f…
I give my heartfelt thanks to all the generous people who by their contributions, large and small, are making it possible for many brothers and sisters in need to receive the vaccine against COVID. God bless you! #AVaccineforthePoor elemosineria.va
The coronavirus has caused much death and suffering, affecting the lives of all, especially those of the most vulnerable. I ask you not to forget those who are most vulnerable. #VaxLive #AVaccineforthePoor
In the month of May we continue the prayer “marathon” through important Marian Shrines. Today I invite you to join spiritually in the supplication to #OurLadyoftheRosary to take place at midday today at the Shrine of Pompeii.
Christians do not follow their own whims, but rather the call of love, the voice of Jesus.
I wish to convey my heartfelt solidarity and spiritual closeness to all the Indian people, together with the assurance of my prayers that God will grant healing and consolation to everyone affected by this grave pandemic. #India press.vatican.va/con…
God saves with love, not with force; offering Himself, not imposing Himself.
We are all in the same boat and called to work together so that there will be no more walls that separate us, no longer others, but only a single “we”, encompassing all of humanity. vatican.va/content/f…
I have wished to devote the Message for this 107th World Day of #Migrants and #Refugees to the theme: "Towards An Ever Wider 'We', in order to indicate a clear horizon for our common journey in this world.
Loving contemplation, typical of the most intimate #prayer, does not need many words. A gaze is enough. It is enough to be convinced that our life is surrounded by an immense and faithful love that nothing can ever separate us from. #GeneralAudience
The saints show us that we can praise God always, in good times and in bad, because He is the faithful friend, and his love never fails.
Let us ask our Mother of Heaven to speak to the hearts of all leaders in Myanmar, so that they may find the courage to walk the path of encounter, of reconciliation, and of peace.
To remain in Him is to abide actively and also reciprocally. The branches without the vine can do nothing, they need the sap to grow and to bear fruit; but the vine, too, needs the branches, since fruit does not grow on the tree trunk.
In the #GospelOfTheDay (Jn 15:1-8), the Lord wants to say to us that before the observance of his commandments, before the beatitudes, before the works of mercy, it is necessary to be united to Him, to remain in Him.
During the month of May, let us lift our eyes toward the Mother of God, our consolation and sure hope, and #LetUsPrayTogether the Rosary to face the trials of this moment together and to be ever more united as a spiritual family. vatican.va/special/r…
Saint Joseph’s work reminds us that God himself, in becoming man, did not disdain work. Let us implore #SaintJosephTheWorker to help us find ways to express our firm conviction to say: no young person, no person at all, no family should be without work!
In life, the worst anxiety, arises from the sensation of not being able to cope. We need Jesus’ help. And so we can say to Him: “Jesus, I believe you are beside me and that you are listening to me. I bring to you my troubles. I have faith in you and I entrust myself to you”.
The Christian journey begins from the grace of receiving mercy. If we trust in our own abilities, in the efficiency of our structures and projects, we will not go far. Only if we accept the love of God, will we be able to offer something new to the world.
There is no page of the Gospel on which there is no place for us. For us Christians, meditating is a way of coming into contact with Jesus. And in this way, only in this way, can we discover ourselves. #Prayer #GeneralAudience
In daily life, we can find the Risen One in the faces of our brothers and sisters above all in the poor and those on the fringes. We will be amazed how the greatness of God is revealed in littleness, how his beauty shines forth in the poor and simple.
Let’s not wait for our neighbours to be good before we are good to them, for others to respect us before we serve them. Let’s begin with ourselves.
I am extremely sad over the tragedy that has once again taken place in the Mediterranean. 130 migrants died in the sea. They are people. They are human beings. Let us pray for these brothers and sisters, and for all those who continue to die in these tragic crossings.
As the Good Shepherd, Jesus consoles his shepherds. If you remain close to the Lord, to the bishop, among yourselves, and to the people of God; if you maintain God's style - nearness, compassion and tenderness - you need not be afraid: everything will go well. #PriestlyOrdination
Jesus the #GoodShepherd defends, knows, and above all loves his sheep. This is why He gives His life for them. Love for his sheep, for each one of us, would lead him to die on the cross. For this is the Father’s will: that no one should be lost. #GospelOfTheDay (Jn 10:11-18)
Do not be afraid: these are words the Lord addresses to you, dear sister and brother, whenever you feel you can no longer delay your desire to give your life to him. It is a refrain accompanying all who say yes to God with their lives, through daily fidelity. #Prayer #Vocations
St Joseph is an outstanding example of accepting God’s plans. May he help everyone, especially those who are discerning, to make God’s dreams for them come true. May he grant them the courage to say “yes” to the Lord who always surprises and never disappoints. #Prayer #Vocations
The Lord wants to shape the hearts of fathers and mothers to be open, capable of great initiatives, generous, compassionate in comforting anxieties and steadfast in strengthening hopes. The priesthood and consecrated life greatly need these qualities. #Prayer #Vocations
How do we prevent conflicts? No people, no social group, can single-handedly achieve #peace, prosperity, security and happiness. None. The lesson learned from the recent pandemic is the awareness that we are a global community, all in the same boat. #DiplomacyForPeace
The Lord of life wants us to be full of life, and he tells us the secret of life: we come to possess it only by giving it away.
The fullness of life and of joy is found by giving oneself for the Gospel and for our brothers and sisters, with openness, welcoming and goodness.
We have broken the bonds of our relationship with the Creator, with our fellow human beings, and with the rest of creation. We need to heal the damaged relationships that are essential to supporting us and the entire fabric of life. #EarthDay
For God, you are that little coin that the Lord seeks without pause. He wants to tell you that you are precious and unique in His eyes. No one can take your place in the heart of God.
God does not give up. You are close to His heart, you who do not yet know the beauty of His love, you who have not yet welcomed Jesus as the center of your life, you who cannot overcome your sin.
I invite you to pray for the population of eastern Ukraine. I truly hope that an escalation of the tensions might be avoided and, instead, that actions capable of promoting reciprocal trust and which foster reconciliation and peace might be undertaken.
Being Christian is not first of all a doctrine or a moral ideal; it is a living relationship with the Risen Lord. #GospelOfTheDay
Only the love of Jesus can transform our life, heal our deepest hurts and set us free from the vicious circles of disappointment, anger and constant complaint.
Sadly, in this world, with all its highly developed technology, great numbers of children continue to live in inhuman situations, exploited, maltreated, enslaved, refugees. Today, in acknowledging this, we feel shame before God, before God who became a child. #EndChildSlavery
In the midst of the contradictions and perplexities we must confront each day, the din of so many words and opinions, there is the quiet voice of the Risen Lord who keeps saying to us: “Peace be with you!”
Jesus is the Risen One, the Lord who passed through death in order to lead us to safety. Even before we begin to seek Him, He is present beside us. He lifts us back up after our falls. He helps us grow in faith. #Easter
Mercy is made tangible, it becomes closeness, service, care for those in difficulty. I hope you will always feel you have been granted mercy, so as to be merciful to others in turn.