Pope Francis homilies

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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 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

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

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

Dec 27, 2015

Pope Francis on the Feast of the Holy Family reflected on the power of forgiveness in families and compared everyday... Read more

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

Full text of Pope Francis' homily at Mass with clergy and religious

Sep 26, 2015

Pope Francis is now saying Mass at Philadelphia's Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul for clergy and religious, and... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Sept. 25, 2015.

Pope Francis to New York City: Jesus still walks our streets. Tell everyone!

Sep 25, 2015

Pope Francis on Friday had a brief, but urgent, reminder for the Catholics of New York City. They must proclaim... Read more

Madison Square Garden prepares for the Papal Mass, Sept. 25, 2015.

Read the full text of Pope Francis' homily during Mass at Madison Square Garden

Sep 25, 2015

Pope Francis is saying Mass at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and has just delivered his homily. Please... Read more

Pope Francis gives his homily during Mass in Havana's Revolutionary Square on Sept. 20, 2015.

Pope in Cuba: Christians serve people, not ideology

Sep 20, 2015

By Ann Schneible

In his first Mass during apostolic trip to Cuba, Pope Francis centered his homily on the Christian call to service,... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience June 4, 2014.

Pope Francis: We can't fool Jesus

Mar 9, 2015

Christians cannot hide their lives from Jesus, Pope Francis has said. Instead, they must recognize their sins and trust in... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his Wednesday general audience on June 18, 2014.

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

Jan 23, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis said that confessing our sins isn't a “mechanical” procedure like getting a stained removed but rather a joyful... Read more

Pope Francis at Manila's Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral Jan. 16, 2015

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

Jan 15, 2015

For us priests and consecrated persons, conversion to the newness of the Gospel entails a daily encounter with the Lord... Read more

Pope Francis at the canonization Mass of Joseph Vaz in Sri Lanka.

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

Jan 13, 2015

In Saint Joseph we see a powerful sign of God's goodness and love for the people of Sri Lanka. But... Read more