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Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his Angelus address Aug. 30, 2020.

Pope Francis: The path to holiness requires spiritual combat

Sep 27, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Sunday that the Christian life requires concrete commitments and spiritual combat in order to grow in holiness.  Read more

Pope Francis in the Pope Paul VI Hall, Dec. 13, 2017.

Pope Francis: The Gospel is a call to holiness in concrete actions

Jan 5, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Gospel is more than a nice story – it is the concrete revelation of God’s plan for the world... Read more

Pope Francis greets religious sisters at a general audience Oct. 30, 2019.

Pope Francis: 'Holiness is the true light of the Church'

Dec 12, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Thursday that the often hidden holiness lived out in everyday life is a true light within the... Read more

Pope Francis May 15, 2019.

The saints show that real people can be holy, Pope Francis says

Nov 1, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The saints were real people whose strength to face daily challenges came from the grace of Jesus Christ, showing that... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Sofia, Bulgaria May 5, 2019.

Pope to Bulgarian Catholics: God uses imperfect people

May 5, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Lord works with imperfect situations and imperfect people, so persevere in holiness, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics in Bulgaria Sunday.  Read more

 Rome's Catacombs of St. Callixtus.

Commentary: Sri Lanka, martyrdom, and the light of faith

Apr 24, 2019

By Ed Condon

On Saturday night, the Church celebrated its most solemn and joyful liturgy.  Read more

Candle Vigil.

Commentary: What he's done for us at Easter

Apr 19, 2019

By JD Flynn

Easter tells us that we become saints through the work that he, and his grace, do in us, and through... Read more

How a teen who fought a tumor showed 'you can be holy living your daily life'

Aug 19, 2018

A young woman whose cause for sainthood is being considered by the Church demonstrated by her life that “you can... Read more

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Pope Francis issues exhortation praising the ‘middle class’ of holiness

Apr 9, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis released the apostolic exhortation Gaudete et exsultate in which he aims to “repropose” the universal call to holiness... Read more

Commentary: Holiness, not despair

Feb 13, 2018

By JD Flynn

Last week, a priest wrote to me. He said that as he surveyed the difficulties facing the Church, he was... Read more

Holiness: The fullness of the Christian life

Oct 10, 2017

By JD Flynn

Fifty-five years ago, on October 11, 1962, Pope St. John XXIII began the Second Vatican Council at St. Peter’s Basilica... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 15, 2017.

Don’t think holiness is for you? The saints can help, Pope Francis says

Jun 21, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday, Pope Francis said the saints show us that despite what we might think, holiness is possible for everyone,... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience on Nov. 19, 2014.

Thinking of yourself won’t make you holy, but serving others will, Pope says

Nov 19, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his weekly general audience address, Pope Francis said that holiness can never be selfish, but is a gift that... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience on May 7, 2014.

Pope: division is among greatest sins of Christian communities

Aug 27, 2014

By Elise Harris

During his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke on the unity and holiness of the Church, stating that despite the... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience, May 7, 2014.

We are 'sinners in a Holy Church,' preaches Pope

May 9, 2014

In his homily on Friday morning, Pope Francis reminded the congregation of the holiness of the Church that at the... Read more

Pope Francis lays his hands on Bishop Fernando Vergez during his episcopal ordination in St. Peter's Basilica on Nov. 15, 2013

Pope lauds 'bravery' of those anointed by God

Jan 27, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily Mass, Pope Francis reflected on the significance of the special anointing given to priests and bishops, emphasizing... Read more

Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013.

Sanctity is central to Church outreach, Pope stresses

Apr 25, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Church leadership and outreach must be rooted in the pursuit of holiness and always attentive to the dignity of each... Read more

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Spanish bishop says Benedict is latest in line of holy Popes

Feb 25, 2013

Throughout the past century, God has blessed the Church with exceptional Popes, including Benedict XVI, said Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of... Read more

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Peruvian cardinal praises Mother Teresa’s total surrender on anniversary

Sep 6, 2012

On the 15th anniversary of her death, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima said he hopes that the total surrender... Read more