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Pope Francis Homilies

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  • In his homily for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul , Pope Francis focused on the themes of “closing” and “opening” in the lives of the two patrons of Rome.

    The church must avoid the risk of closing in on itself out of persecution and fear, the pope said. At the same time, she must be able to see “the small openings through which God can work.”...

  • Praying for our enemies can heal our hearts: that was Pope Francis’ message at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta chapel on Tuesday morning. Recalling his own childhood in Argentina, when people prayed that dictators would go to hell, the pope recalled how Jesus himself tells us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us.

    Reflecting on the Gospel reading from St. Matthew where Jesus tells his disciples to love their enemies, Pope Francis noted that this instruction was in...

  • Pope Francis warned on Thursday against an excessive rigidity, saying those within the church who tell us “it’s this or nothing” are heretics and not Catholics. His remarks came the morning Mass on Thursday celebrated at the Santa Marta residence.

    In his homily the pope reflected on the harm caused by churchmen who do the opposite of what they preach and urged them to free themselves from a rigid idealism that prevents reconciliation.

    Taking his...

  • Pope Francis has urged believers to be true Christians and give flavor to the life of others, not to be tempted to shine light upon themselves but to bring the light of faith to their neighbors and to mankind.

    The pope was speaking on Tuesday morning during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta.

    Drawing inspiration from the Gospel reading of the day, Pope Francis spoke of when Jesus told his disciples “you are the salt of the earth," “you are the light of...

  • Pope Francis has urged Christians to follow the indications provided in the Beatitudes in order to avoid taking the path of greed, vanity and egoism.

    Speaking on Monday morning during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, the pope drew inspiration from the Gospel of Matthew and said the Beatitudes can be used as “navigators” that shine the light on the pathway of Christian life.

    Reflecting on the famous Sermon on the Mount, Pope Francis said Jesus’...

  • "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...