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God’s mercy overcomes human desperation, Pope Francis says

Sep 28, 2016 - 04:34 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis said that Jesus’ salvific mission reaches its culmination on the Cross in his conversation with the two thieves crucified with him, showing that God’s mercy goes beyond the desperation of human suffering, responding to it with mercy and forgiveness.

Have the courage to ask for forgiveness, Pope Francis says

Aug 31, 2016 - 07:46 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis stressed the importance of having the courage to recognize our sins and ask God for forgiveness, moving forward rather than getting stuck in feelings of shame and rejection.

Pope tosses audience speech, prays rosary for victims of Italy quake

Aug 24, 2016 - 03:04 am .- Instead of giving the usual catechesis during his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis decided to postpone the speech, leading pilgrims in praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary for the victims of an earthquake that rocked central Italy earlier that morning.

Mercy without works is dead, Pope Francis says

Jun 30, 2016 - 05:10 am .- In his Jubilee general audience for the month of June, Pope Francis focused his speech on the works of mercy and how to put them into action. He also gave thanks for his recent visit to Armenia, and spoke of his coming trips to Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Are you 'bothered' by the cry of the poor? If so, it’s a problem, Pope says

Jun 15, 2016 - 04:50 am .- Pope Francis said Wednesday that we must listen to the cries of the poor and needy, resisting the temptation to close our hearts because we are “bothered” by their constant pleas for help.

Pope Francis: Want to celebrate well? Drink wine.

Jun 8, 2016 - 05:09 am .- In an in-depth look at Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana, Pope Francis pointed to several key moments in the scene that illuminate our understanding of Christ.

Pope Francis: Pray to God, not to a mirror

Jun 1, 2016 - 06:59 am .- One who prays with humility and self-awareness of his or her sin speaks to God, Pope Francis said on Wednesday, whereas one who prays with arrogance and self-righteousness is speaking to a mirror.

Pray without ceasing – not just when you want to, Pope says

May 25, 2016 - 06:56 am .- For Pope Francis, prayer is neither a “magic wand” used to get what we want nor something casual we do only when we feel like it, but is rather the strength that sustains our faith in difficult moments.

'To ignore the poor is to despise God,' Pope Francis says

May 18, 2016 - 08:03 am .- If we don’t show mercy to others we shouldn’t expect to get it from God, Pope Francis said, stressing that while turning a blind eye to the poor might make life on earth easier, the eternal result will be much different.

No one can take our dignity – not even the devil, Pope Francis says

May 11, 2016 - 04:11 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis said the father’s embrace in the Parable of the Prodigal Son is a reminder that we never ought to despair, because nothing and no one can take away our dignity as children of God.

Jesus' closeness to sinners isn’t a scandal – it's an example, Pope says

May 4, 2016 - 04:37 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis said the parable of the Good Shepherd is a key example of God’s mercy, because it represents the depth of the Lord's concern in ensuring that no one is lost.

Pope: When giving to the poor, look them in the eyes

Apr 9, 2016 - 05:44 am .- In Saturday's address for the monthly Jubilee of Mercy general audience, Pope Francis said almsgiving is not just about the money; it is about being attentive to the actual needs of the person asking for help

Pope Francis observes moment of silence for Belgium attack victims

Mar 23, 2016 - 07:08 am .- In his general audience the day after terrorist attacks in Belgium claimed the lives of at least 30 people and injured 230 more, Pope Francis led pilgrims in a moment of silent prayer for the victims and their families.

Love is the hidden service we do for others, Pope Francis says

Mar 12, 2016 - 06:00 am .- On Saturday Pope Francis said that love is more than just saying nice words and doing things – it means forgetting oneself and serving others, just as Jesus did when he washed the feet of the disciples.

Pope: wealth and power are good, but only when used to serve

Feb 24, 2016 - 05:06 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis cautioned that unless wealth and power are put at the service of society, especially the poor, they risk becoming instruments of corruption, private interests and various forms of abuse.

Make a daily commitment to spreading God’s mercy, Pope Francis says

Feb 20, 2016 - 04:46 am .- On Saturday Pope Francis held his second Saturday general audience of the Jubilee, encouraging pilgrims to make a daily commitment to spreading God’s mercy both in the small things, and to those most in need.

Pope rallies Catholics to be 'mediators of mercy' during jubilee

Jan 27, 2016 - 05:40 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis renewed his appeal for faithful to put the works of mercy into practice during the jubilee, urging them to open their hearts to others, and to show God’s tenderness to those who suffer.

Nothing can stop God's mercy – not even sin, Pope says

Jan 13, 2016 - 04:34 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis launched a new series of catechesis on mercy for his general audiences, telling pilgrims that the love and forgiveness of God can’t be overcome by anything, including our sin.

Eat with your family, not with your smartphone, Pope says

Nov 11, 2015 - 05:57 am .- For Pope Francis the dinner table is a key place to strengthen family bonds and foster a sense of “togetherness,” which he said can often be thwarted by an excess attachment to technology.

Pope Francis asks forgiveness for scandals in the Church

Oct 14, 2015 - 08:01 am .- Pope Francis opened this Wednesday's general audience by apologizing for unspecified scandals that have recently arisen in the Vatican.

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