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How to be a good shepherd – Pope Francis' guide for priests

Jun 3, 2016 - 03:02 pm .- Pope Francis emphasized that priests must be joyful, stubborn shepherds who take risks and seek out even those who are most distant from God, in imitation of the Good Shepherd Jesus Christ.

Don't lock up the Holy Spirit in your heart, Pope Francis says

May 9, 2016 - 11:43 am .- The Holy Spirit seems to be a “luxury prisoner” in many Christians’ hearts: someone who is welcomed to stay, but not allowed to act or move us forward, the Pope said during his homily at Mass on Monday.

Be open to the surprises of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis advises

Apr 28, 2016 - 10:23 am .- In his homily Thursday Pope Francis stressed the need to be open to the novelty of the Holy Spirit, by discerning new movements and directions without being immediately closed off from them.

Mary's 'yes' to God changed history, Pope Francis says

Apr 4, 2016 - 01:31 pm .- Pope Francis marked the Feast of the Annunciation on Monday by reflecting on the power of Mary’s “yes” to God.

Pope Francis to families: forgive each other and journey together towards God

Dec 27, 2015 - 10:03 am .- Pope Francis on the Feast of the Holy Family reflected on the power of forgiveness in families and compared everyday family life to an ongoing pilgrimage of prayer and love.

Pope in Cuba: Christians serve people, not ideology

Sep 20, 2015 - 08:29 am .- In his first Mass during apostolic trip to Cuba, Pope Francis centered his homily on the Christian call to service, which he said is never ideological, but involves putting our own interests aside for the sake of others.

Pope Francis: We can't fool Jesus

Mar 9, 2015 - 09:51 am .- Christians cannot hide their lives from Jesus, Pope Francis has said. Instead, they must recognize their sins and trust in the mercy of God.

Confession isn't the 'dry-cleaners' – it's an embrace from God

Jan 23, 2015 - 03:55 pm .- Pope Francis said that confessing our sins isn't a “mechanical” procedure like getting a stained removed but rather a joyful embrace from God, who forgives everything from a heart that's repentant.

Pope's full homily to Bishops, Priests, Religious and Seminarians in Manila

Jan 15, 2015 - 08:24 pm .- For us priests and consecrated persons, conversion to the newness of the Gospel entails a daily encounter with the Lord in prayer. The saints teach us that this is the source of all apostolic zeal!

Pope Francis' full homily on Joseph Vaz, Sri Lanka's first saint

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:28 pm .- In Saint Joseph we see a powerful sign of God's goodness and love for the people of Sri Lanka. But we also see in him a challenge to persevere in the paths of the Gospel, to grow in holiness ourselves, and to testify to the Gospel message of reconciliation to which he dedicated his life.

Pope Francis prays for ongoing AirAsia search

Dec 29, 2014 - 11:07 am .- In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis promised his prayers for families affected by the disappearance of an AirAsia jet carrying 162 people.

Pope: Knowledge alone doesn't reveal God; humble prayer does

Dec 2, 2014 - 12:47 pm .- In his homily on Tuesday, Pope Francis said that no matter how much we study, we will never know anything about God unless we speak to him humbly like children.

Pope Francis tells how to bring about Christ's kingdom

Nov 23, 2014 - 09:48 am .- On the Feast of Christ the King, during the canonization Mass of six new saints, Pope Francis said that Jesus Christ’s kingdom comes through his works of mercy--works that Christians must imitate with tenderness.

Pope Francis: Turning churches into 'businesses' is a scandal

Nov 21, 2014 - 10:33 am .- Pope Francis condemned priests and laity who turn their parishes into a “business” by charging for things such as baptisms, blessings and Mass intentions – calling it a scandal that's hard to forgive.

Pope: Christians living under false appearances are 'dead'

Nov 18, 2014 - 10:02 am .- In his homily on Tuesday, Pope Francis spoke of how we must never be content with where we are in the spiritual life, but rather must seek constant conversion.  

God goes to the limit – not halfway – to save sinners, Pope says

Nov 6, 2014 - 10:12 am .- In his homily on Thursday Pope Francis condemned those who are afraid “to dirty their hands” by welcoming sinners, and encouraged all to imitate Jesus – who gave everything in search of the lost.

Pope on All Saints Day: Beatitudes will lead us to God

Nov 1, 2014 - 12:30 pm .- During Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints at Rome’s Verano cemetery, Pope Francis exhorted believers to follow the way of the beatitudes, calling it the path that will lead to sanctity.

You are hurting the Church if you're lukewarm, Pope Francis warns

Oct 27, 2014 - 10:14 am .- In his homily for Mass celebrated at the Santa Marta residence Monday Pope Francis warned against the harm of “lukewarm” Christianity, calling on faithful instead to be “children of light.”

Pope: Do we try to be saved on our own or through Christ?

Oct 3, 2014 - 10:52 am .- The Holy Father reflected on today’s Gospel reading from Luke 10:13-16, saying that it was the leaders of Christ’s day who “close(d) the door to God’s way of salvation.”  

Give primacy to God, Pope says

Jul 26, 2014 - 01:08 pm .- Pope Francis on Saturday visited the Italian city of Caserta, encouraging the people of the region to place God at the center of their lives.

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