Pope Francis homilies

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Pope Francis gives the homily at vespers at the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 2, 2023.

Pope Francis makes urgent call to recover eucharistic adoration in the Church

Aug 2, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

“Only in adoration, only before the Lord can the taste and passion for evangelization be recovered,” the pontiff said during... Read more

Pope Francis blesses a woman in St. Peter's Basilica, where he presided over a special papal Mass on July 23, 2023, marking the third annual World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.

Pope Francis celebrates World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Jul 23, 2023

By Rachel Thomas

Calling for “a new bond between the young and old,” Pope Francis marked the third annual World Day for Grandparents... Read more

Pope Francis at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 8, 2023.

Full Text: Pope Francis’ homily for Easter Vigil 2023 at the Vatican

Apr 8, 2023

By Pope Francis

"The night is drawing to a close and the first light of dawn is appearing upon the horizon as the... Read more

Mass for the Solemnity of the Epiphany in St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 6, 2023.

FULL TEXT: Pope Francis’ homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Jan 6, 2023

By Pope Francis

Here is is the full text of Pope Francis’ homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. Read more

Pope Francis delivered his homily from a wheelchair in front of the main altar of St. Peter's Basilica on June 5, 2022.

Pentecost 2022: Full text of Pope Francis’ homily

Jun 5, 2022

By Pope Francis

The full text of Pope Francis' homily for Pentecost 2022 Read more

Pope Francis sat at the front of the congregation in St. Peter's Basilica on the Solemnity of Pentecost on June 5, 2022.

On Pentecost, Pope Francis explained how to recognize the Holy Spirit’s voice

Jun 5, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope delivered his homily from a wheelchair in front of the main altar of St. Peter’s Basilica. Read more

Father Terrence M. Keehan, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Inverness, Illinois, using a guitar to give the final blessing at a Mass livestreamed on Feb. 13, 2022.

You saw the guitar blessing? There was more to that Mass that you missed

Feb 23, 2022

By Joe Bukuras, Shannon Mullen

A tweeted video clip of a priest using a guitar to bless the congregation at the end of Mass sparked... Read more

Pope Francis offers Christmas Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 24, 2021

Full Text: Pope Francis’ Christmas homily

Dec 24, 2021

By Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ Christmas homily for Midnight Mass at the Vatican this year Read more

Pope Francis before the image of Jesus of Divine Mercy April 8, 2018.

Pope Francis: Christ’s wounds shower ‘mercy upon our misery’

Apr 11, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

“His wounds are open channels between him and us, shedding mercy upon our misery,” Pope Francis said on Divine Mercy... Read more

Pope Francis prays before the bronze statue of St. Peter on June 29, 2020.

Full text: Pope Francis' homily on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul 2020

Jun 29, 2020

By Pope Francis

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' homily on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, delivered June 29,... Read more

Pope Francis prays in St. Peter's Basilica on June 14, 2020.

Full Text: Pope Francis' Corpus Christi Homily

Jun 14, 2020

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' Corpus Christi homily, delivered June 14 at the Basilica of St. Peter.  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 celebrates Mass at Santa Marta.

Pope Francis: Holy Spirit tells bishops and popes when to step down

May 15, 2018

At the end of his morning homily Tuesday, Pope Francis asked Catholics to pray for priests, bishops, and the pope,... 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

Pope Francis kisses a child in St. Peter's Square for the general audience, Dec. 9, 2015.

Pope Francis: Humility is childlike, not theatrical

Nov 29, 2016

Christians must pursue true humility as they remember the “smallness” of Christmas, Pope Francis said in his Tuesday homily.    Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square on June 24, 2015.

The saints stand out – because they're happy, Pope Francis says

Nov 1, 2016

By Elise Harris

The saints of the Church have many different qualities, but one thing that unites them all is a sense of... Read more

Thousands of priests gather in St. Peter's sqaure on June 3, 2016.

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

Jun 3, 2016

Pope Francis emphasized that priests must be joyful, stubborn shepherds who take risks and seek out even those who are... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass at the chapel of Santa Marta house in the Vatican, April 11, 2016.

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

May 9, 2016

The Holy Spirit seems to be a “luxury prisoner” in many Christians’ hearts: someone who is welcomed to stay, but... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass at the chapel of Santa Marta house in the Vatican, April 11, 2016.

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

Apr 28, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his homily Thursday Pope Francis stressed the need to be open to the novelty of the Holy Spirit, by... Read more

Pope Francis with a statue of Mary and baby Jesus in St. Peter's Square during the general audience on Sept 9, 2015.

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

Apr 4, 2016

Pope Francis marked the Feast of the Annunciation on Monday by reflecting on the power of Mary’s “yes” to God.  Read more