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Pope Francis Homilies

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  • "Walk in the presence of God without reproach." That’s how Pope Francis says we can journey towards holiness. During the homily at Mass at Santa Marta on Tuesday, the pope said that for this commitment to succeed, Christians must be able to hope with courage, open themselves up to discussion and freely welcome God's grace.

    Holiness cannot be bought. Neither can it be earned by human strength. No, "the simple holiness of all Christians," "ours—the kind we are...

  • No Christian can exist without joy: that’s what Pope Francis said in his homily at Mass Monday morning in the chapel of the Santa Marta guesthouse. The pope stressed that even through life’s difficulties, the Christian knows he can trust in Jesus and find hope. The pope also reminded the faithful they should not allow riches to dominate their lives because they ultimately lead to sadness.

    Christians live in joy and amazement because of the resurrection of Jesus...

  • Saying Jesus' path is serving others, Pope Francis urged Christians on Tuesday to overcome the lure of worldliness and human ambition and warned against social climbers who are tempted to destroy the other in order to reach the top. His remarks came during his homily at the morning Mass celebrated in the Santa Marta residence.

    The Gospel reading where Jesus’ disciples were arguing among themselves over who was the greatest was used by the pope for his reflections...

  • Pope Francis lamented on Tuesday that there are many following Christianity in a confused way, forgetting that Jesus is the only true way or path. He said these include the motionless or 'mummified' Christians, the vagabond and stubborn Christians and the Christians who stop half way along their journey. The Pope was speaking during his homily at morning Mass celebrated in the Santa Marta residence.

    Taking his inspiration from the Gospel reading where Jesus...

  • The Holy Spirit strengthens us so that we may bear witness to the Lord even through persecution—even to the point of sacrificing our life. But also through the small persecutions like gossip and criticism. That’s what Pope Francis said Monday at the daily Mass at the Santa Marta guesthouse in the Vatican.

    As we near Pentecost, the readings increasingly focus on the Holy Spirit. The Acts of the Apostles tell us that the Lord opened the heart of a woman named Lydia...

  • Pope Francis warned Christians against having double lives, displaying an outer facade of light but having darkness in their hearts. He urged them to walk in the light and not tread dark paths, saying God’s truth cannot be found there. The pope’s remarks came during his homily at Mass celebrated on Friday morning in the Santa Marta residence.

    Taking his cue from the reading of St. John’s First Letter, Pope Francis reflected on the eternal struggle against sin,...

  • There is always resistance to the surprises of the Spirit, but it’s the Spirit who continues to lead the church forward. That was Pope Francis’ message at Mass on Thursday at the Santa Marta chapel as he reflected on the reading about division and resistance within the early church in Jerusalem.

    Commenting on today’s reading from Acts about the Council of Jerusalem, Pope Francis said the protagonist in the church is always the Holy Spirit. It’s the Spirit who,...

  • Dear young friends, what an enormous responsibility the Lord gives us today! He tells us that the world will recognize the disciples of Jesus by the way they love one another. Love, in other words, is the Christian’s identity card, the only valid “document” identifying us as Christians. If this card expires and is not constantly renewed, we stop being witnesses of the master. So I ask you: Do you wish to say yes to Jesus’ invitation to be his disciples? Do you wish to be his...

  • Pope Francis on Thursday urged Christians always to memorize the way and circumstances in which God has been present in their lives, saying this helps to strengthen their faith. His words came during his homily at Mass celebrated at the Santa Marta residence.

    Taking his inspiration from the day’s readings, the pope reflected on the need for Christians to look back and store in their memories all the key moments and signs of God’s presence in their lives. He said we must memorize both...

  • Pope Francis said Mass on Monday morning in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican. Following the readings of the day, the Holy Father offered some reflections on the theme of docility to Christ, who is the door through which we must pass if we would enter into eternal life, the way we must take if we are to reach eternal life, and the voice of the teacher who has words of eternal life.

    Drawing especially on the Reading from the Gospel according to St. John (Jn. 10:1-10),...