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Pope Francis waves during Regina Coeli address on May 2, 2021.

Pope Francis: To love like Christ means saying ‘no’ to love of money, vanity, power

"To love as Jesus means ... detaching ourselves from our own human certainties, from earthly comforts, in order to open... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address on Dec. 8, 2020.

Pope Francis: Christian joy is not easy, but with Jesus it is possible

Arriving at Christian joy is no cakewalk, but if we put Jesus at the center of our lives, it is... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the artists of the Christmas Concert Dec. 12, 2020.

Pope Francis: Art which transmits truth and beauty gives joy

When truth and beauty are transmitted in art, it fills the heart with joy and hope, Pope Francis told a... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass on Easter Thursday April 16, 2020.

Joy is more than emotion, it is a gift of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis says

Joy is a grace and a gift of the Holy Spirit, not just positive emotions or feeling cheerful, Pope Francis... Read more

Pope Francis at the end of the Angelus address Jan. 26, 2020.

Pope Francis: 'The beatitudes always bring joy'

The beatitudes should be a defining feature of a Christian’s identity because they reveal the way that Jesus lived his... Read more

Pope Francis said a First Communion Mass in Rakovski, Bulgaria May 6, 2019.

Pope Francis says First Communion Mass in Bulgaria

Pope Francis Monday gave First Communion to 245 boys and girls in Rakovski, Bulgaria, telling them the Lord wants them... Read more

Swiss Guards.

Pope Francis urges Swiss Guard to witness to the joy of faith

Pope Francis encouraged the Swiss Guard Saturday to use their work, and the encounters they have in and around Vatican... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience May 23, 2018.

Pope Francis: Rejoice! God hears your prayers

God’s loving care for his children – listening to their cares, answering their prayers and petitions – is a cause... Read more

Pope Francis in the Paul VI Hall Dec. 6, 2017.

Pope Francis: Advent is a time of joy-filled waiting

As the Advent season begins, it is a good time to reflect on the Christian call to joyful expectancy, finding... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 20, 2017.

Pope urges Catholics to be moved by joy of the resurrection

On Sunday Pope Francis visited a Roman parish, telling Mass-goers to allow themselves to be moved by the immense joy... Read more

Pope Francis laughing outside of St. Peter's Basilica during the general audience on April 1, 2015.

Pope Francis' three Christmas ingredients: joy, prayer, gratitude

With Christmas just eight days away, Pope Francis said three simple attitudes can help prepare us to welcome Jesus Christ.  Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his May 31, 2017, general audience.

A little bit of 'youthful euphoria' is healthy for Christian life, Pope says

On Wednesday, Pope Francis told pilgrims to ignore gloomy people that drag others down, and stressed the need to maintain... Read more

World Youth Day 2016.

An unprecedented Convocation of Catholic Leaders is happening this weekend

It’s been nearly four years since Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii gaudium, or “The Joy of the Gospel.”... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Cardinal Dolan: Joy is at the heart of evangelization

As the Church continues its mission of forming disciples in the 21st century, a key component must be a witness... Read more

A priest walks through St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis: I am always joyful when I see young priests

On Thursday Pope Francis spoke with the Vatican department in charge of priests, saying he is always happy when he... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master on May 22, 2017.

Pope Francis to nuns: Your joy can change the world

Women who are consecrated to God live “the prophecy of joy,” and this authentic joy is their most credible witness,... Read more

Resurrection art inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcre, Old City of Jerusalem.

US bishops: This Easter season, let yourself be filled with joy

Easter is a joyous reminder that Jesus’ Resurrection overcomes fear and doubt, the U.S. bishops said in their 2017 Easter... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Dec. 16, 2015.

Christmas joy is the antidote to skepticism, Pope Francis says

The joy we receive from Christ’s birth has the power to counteract doubt and indifference, in a world that is... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wed. general audience on April 16, 2014.

Jesus brings us the 'new wine' of joy, Pope Francis says

In his daily homily on Friday Pope Francis discussed how the Pharisees condemned Jesus' apostles for not fasting, saying that... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience on May 14, 2014

Christian joy is based in hope, Pope Francis reflects

In his first daily homily since returning from the Holy Land Pope Francis centered on the theme of Christian joy,... Read more