Holy Spirit

The Latest

Pope Francis on Pentecost June 9, 2019.

Pope Francis on Pentecost: 'Christian life unravels' without the Holy Spirit

Jun 9, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Without the gifts of the Holy Spirit, Christians lack that which animates them and gives them internal life and harmony,... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience May 2, 2018.

Pope: The Church is a home you can always return to

Jun 8, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Saturday he wants people to recognize the Church as their home and a place where they are... Read more

Pope Francis gives a thumbs up March 21, 2018.

The Holy Spirit makes human words 'dynamite,' Pope Francis says

May 29, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Holy Spirit is what gives power, life, and dynamism to evangelization, not good rhetorical skills, Pope Francis said Wednesday.  Read more

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

Pope Francis: The Lord invites us to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit

May 26, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Sunday that the Church cannot remain static because the Holy Spirit guides her along the paths of... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Nov. 8, 2017.

The Holy Spirit came as fire, not a schedule, Pope Francis tells Catholic charity

May 23, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Thursday condemned an exaggerated focus on plans and agendas which do not leave room for the spontaneous work... Read more

Parking lot sign at Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish. Courtesy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish.

Calif. parish hopes parking lot signs will foster fruits of Holy Spirit

Apr 9, 2019

By Perry West

Hoping to curb incidents of after-Mass road rage, a Catholic church in San Diego has posted signs throughout the parking... Read more

Pope Francis during his general audience in St. Peter's Square May 23, 2018.

The Holy Spirit is the invisible gift of God, Pope Francis says

May 30, 2018

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis said Wednesday that confirmation is the sacrament in which Catholics are marked with a seal that solidifies their... Read more

Pope Francis recites the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Nov. 19, 2017.

God is not indifferent – he's close and personal, Pope Francis says

May 27, 2018

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis marked the feast of the Holy Trinity stressing the personal love and interest God has in each one... Read more

Pope Francis blesses the crowd with holy water on Pentecost Sunday May 20, 2018.

Pope on Pentecost: The power of the Holy Spirit changes hearts

May 20, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Though people may promise to change things, it is the third person of the Holy Trinity that creates real change... Read more

Rose petals shower from the ceiling of the Pantheon, a Pentecost tradition in Rome symbolizing the descent of the Holy Spirit.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are for everyone, Pope Francis says

Jun 4, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Saturday, during a prayer vigil with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Pope Francis said that the grace of the Holy... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Solemnity of Pentecost in St. Peter's Square on June 4, 2017.

Pope on Pentecost: Division isn’t from the Holy Spirit

Jun 4, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis said that division doesn’t come from the Holy Spirit, who forms the universal Church with... Read more

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

Pope: A good Christian spreads hope – not bitterness

May 31, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday Pope Francis said the Holy Spirit has the power to fill us with the hope of Christ, in... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Rome's St. Peter Damiani parish May 21, 2017.

Always act with gentleness and respect, Pope Francis says

May 21, 2017

By Elise Harris

During a visit to a Roman parish Sunday, Pope Francis repeated his frequent condemnation of gossip, telling the congregation instead... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square for the Jubilee of Mercy audience, June 18, 2016.

Don't be held back: Pope calls Christians to be set ablaze by the Holy Spirit

Aug 14, 2016

By Ann Schneible

The Church does not need “cold or lukewarm Christians” who are held back by fear, Pope Francis said Sunday; it... Read more

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

Pope Francis: the Holy Spirit makes Jesus' teaching come to life

May 15, 2016

By Elise Harris

On the solemnity of Pentecost Pope Francis said the Holy Spirit, rather than giving a new message, brings Jesus’ timeless... Read more

Pope Francis blesses pilgrims in Saint Peter's Basilica on the solemnity of Pentecost May 24, 2015.

We were made to be God's children, Pope says on Pentecost

May 15, 2016

By Elise Harris

Although sin separates us from God, Pope Francis stressed on the feast of Pentecost that we haven’t been left as... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight, August, 2014.

Pope laments recent violence in Syria, renews call for dialogue

May 1, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis on Sunday decried the resurgence of violence in Syria in recent days, especially in Aleppo, and renewed the... 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 greets pilgrims during his Oct. 29, 2014 General Audience.

Pope: Spend a lot of time looking in the mirror? You might be a narcissist

Jan 9, 2015

By Elise Harris

In his homily Friday Pope Francis cautioned against the narcissism of those who close their hearts out of fear, insecurity... Read more

Pope Francis meets with students in Paul VI audience hall on May 31, 2014.

How do we praise God? Pray like Saint Paul, Pope Francis says

Oct 23, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his homily on Thursday, Pope Francis said no one has the strength to be a Christian without the Holy... Read more