Pope Francis

By: Pope Francis
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

Speaking on behalf of all adult Catholics, Pope Francis formally closed the 2018 Synod of Bishops by asking young people for forgiveness. "Forgive us if often we have not listened to you, if instead of opening our hearts, we have filled your ears. As Christ's Church, we want to listen to you with love" because young people's lives are precious in God's eyes and "in our eyes too," the pope said in his homily Oct. 28. The Mass, celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica, closed the monthlong synod on young people, faith and vocational discernment.

By: By Carol Glatz (CNS)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Without respectfully collaborating with teachers and schools, parents will risk being on their own when it comes to educating their children and be at a greater disadvantage for facing the challenges emerging from today's culture, mass media and technology, Pope Francis said.

 

Speaking to hundreds of parents, the pope told them that "teachers are like you -- dedicated each day in the educational service of your children."

 

By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9818-8/30/18

DUBLIN (CNS)--In a stadium of Catholic families from around the world, Pope Francis told the laypeople they are the vast majority of church members and that, without them, the church would be cold, a collection of statues.

 

“God wants every family to be a beacon of joy of his love to our world,” the pope said Aug. 25, celebrating the Festival of Families in Dublin’s Croke Park Stadium.

 

By: Junno Arocho Esteves (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

Vatican City (CNS)--Being a Christian isn’t just about not doing evil, but it is a daily exercise in loving others through good works and deeds, Pope Francis said.
Many times, Christians can be tempted to “think they are saints” and justify themselves by saying, “I don’t harm anyone,” the pope told thousands of Italian young adults August 12.

 

By: Junno Arocho Esteves (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

Vatican City--Like the ancient Israelites, Christians today also can fall into the temptation of creating their own idols when difficulties and uncertainties arise, Pope Francis said.

 

"To escape precariousness human nature looks for a 'do-it-yourself' religion. If God does not show himself, we create a tailor-made god," the pope said August 8 during his weekly general audience.

 

By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9815-7/19/18

VATICAN CITY -- All Christians are called to be missionaries, concerned more with sharing the Gospel than with earning money or even with being successful at winning converts, Pope Francis said.

 

“A baptized person who does not feel the need to proclaim the Gospel, to announce Christ, is not a good Christian,” the pope said July 15 before reciting the Angelus prayer with an estimated 15,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

 

By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9808-4/12/18

Vatican City (CNS)--God calls all Christians to be saints ­— not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest gestures, Pope Francis said in his new document on holiness.

 

“Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality or joy,” the pope wrote in “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), his apostolic exhortation on “the call to holiness in today’s world.”

 

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