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Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his general audience on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, at the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: Avarice is a ‘sickness of the heart, not of the wallet’

Jan 24, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said the preoccupation with the accumulation of material goods reflects a greater “pathological... Read more

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address June 8, 2020.

Pope Francis to Catholics: Do not fear persecution, violence

Jun 21, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Sunday encouraged Christians to fear sin, not the hostility, violence, or persecution they may face when sharing... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Feb. 26, 2020.

Pope Francis: The Trinity is saving love for a broken world

Jun 7, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Holy Trinity is saving love in a world filled with corruption, evil, and the sinfulness of men and women,... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in the Casa Santa Marta April 29, 2020.

Identify and confess your sins 'concretely,' Pope Francis says

Apr 29, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

When identifying your faults, avoid being vague and tell God your sins honestly and frankly so that he can heal... Read more

Pope Francis stands in front of the crucifix in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta April 4, 2020.

Sin starts with giving in to small temptations, Pope Francis warns

Apr 4, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Before we commit a sin, there were usually small temptations which we let grow in our soul, eventually making excuses... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square June 7, 2017.

Pope Francis: God's law brings freedom

Feb 16, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

God gives the grace both to follow his law exteriorly and to accept it in one’s heart, which is what... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience Sept. 25, 2019.

Pope Francis says slander is a 'diabolical cancer'

Sep 25, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Wednesday that slander is a 'diabolical cancer' that seriously damages the Church.  Read more

Pope Francis waves at a rainy general audience April 10, 2019.

Pope Francis explains the most dangerous attitude in Christian life

Apr 10, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis warned Wednesday that pride is the most dangerous attitude in the Christian life, pointing out that even the... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Nov. 14, 2018.

Pope Francis: Conversion requires a resolve to sin no more

Apr 7, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Sunday emphasized the need for people to have a firm resolve to change their lives when they ask... Read more

Pope Francis waves in St. Peter's Square Sept. 26, 2018.

When correcting others, remember one's own faults, pope says

Mar 3, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

To be effective teachers of the faith, Catholics must be cognizant of their own sins and shortcomings when giving correction... Read more

Pope Francis, Nov. 14, 2018.

Pope Francis: God alone can heal the wounds of sin

Nov 21, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

People need the mercy of God and the healing of the Holy Spirit to root out the sin in their... Read more

Pope Francis walks in St. Peter's Square Sept. 12, 2018.

Pope Francis: God's mercy frees us from slavery to sin

Sep 12, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Attachment to sin and vice is a form of interior slavery which inhibit the ability to love, but true freedom... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square May 22, 2018.

Pope Francis: Fear sin, not death

Jul 1, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Catholics have no reason to fear death, because Christ the Lord has power over death; instead, they should fear sin,... Read more


What to do if you're too ashamed to go to Confession

Feb 22, 2018

While Reconciliation is intended to allow Christ’s victory to overcome sin in our lives, what happens when shame over one’s... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square for the general audience Sept. 21, 2016.

Pope Francis: Sin separates us from both God and neighbor

Jan 3, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday, Pope Francis emphasized how sin breaks our relationship with God and with our community, which is why at... Read more

Pope Francis smiles in St. Peter's Square June 14, 2017.

Jesus not only sows the seed, he’ll pull the thorns, Pope Francis says

Jul 16, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Sunday, Pope Francis said that in the parable of the seed and the sower Jesus invites us to reclaim... Read more

Pope Francis embraces a man at the Wednesday General Audience March 29, 2017.

Pope: Don’t dwell on suffering, let Jesus heal you

Apr 2, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Sunday, Pope Francis said that each of us carries some kind of tomb inside our heart, whether from sin or... Read more

Jubilee audience in St. Peter's Square with Pope Francis on Nov. 12, 2016.

Pope Francis: Don't whitewash your sins – let God heal you

Dec 5, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

As Christmas approaches, don't downplay your sins, Pope Francis said. Instead, name them honestly in the Sacrament of Confession, open... Read more


Detroit Mass highlights need to recognize sin in order to enjoy mercy

Oct 11, 2016

Seeking God’s forgiveness for generations of failures in the Church, the Archdiocese of Detroit held a Mass of Pardon asking... Read more

Pope Francis took part in a Penitential service at St. Peter's Basilica, March 28, 2014

Christianity is more than a survival guide, Pope insists

Apr 8, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily Pope Francis focused on how Jesus heals our sin with the Cross, and emphasizing that Christianity... Read more