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Pope Francis ‏ on 31 March 2014
Lent is a time to change direction, to respond to the reality of evil and poverty.

Pope Francis ‏ on 29 March 2014
We live in a society that leaves no room for God; day by day this numbs our hearts.

Pope Francis ‏ on 28 March 2014
We all need to improve, to change for the better. Lent helps us fight against our faults.

Pope Francis ‏ on 27 March 2014
Lent is a time of grace, a time to convert and live out our baptism fully.

Pope Francis ‏ on 25 March 2014
We cannot be tepid disciples. The Church needs our courage in order to give witness to truth.

Pope Francis ‏ on 24 March 2014
Jesus is never far from us sinners. He wants to pour out on us, without limit, all of his mercy.

Pope Francis ‏ on 22 March 2014
Jesus is our hope. Nothing – not even evil or death – is able to separate us from the saving power of his love.

Pope Francis ‏ on 21 March 2014
Sickness and death are not taboo subjects. They are realities that we must face in Jesus’ presence.

Pope Francis ‏ on 20 March 2014
May we learn to say “thank you” to God and to one another. We teach children to do it, and then we forget to do it ourselves!

Pope Francis ‏ on 19 March 2014
I greet the World School Network for Encounter. Today we plant the first virtual olive tree for peace. @infoscholas

Pope Francis ‏ on 18 March 2014
Christian love is loving without counting the cost. This is the lesson of the Good Samaritan; this is the lesson of Jesus.

Pope Francis ‏ on 17 March 2014
Thank you for all your warm wishes on my anniversary. Please continue praying for me.

Pope Francis ‏ on 13 March 2014
Please pray for me.

Pope Francis ‏ on 8 March 2014
The challenge for Christian spouses:remaining together, knowing how to love one another always, and doing so in a way that their love grows.

Pope Francis ‏ on 7 March 2014
Our deepest joy comes from Christ: remaining with him, walking with him, being his disciples.

Pope Francis ‏ on 6 March 2014
Let us pray for Christians who are victims of persecution, so that they may know how to respond to evil with good.

Pope Francis ‏ on 5 March 2014
Lent is a good time for sacrificing. Let us deny ourselves something every day to help others.

Pope Francis ‏ on 4 March 2014
In life we all make many mistakes. Let us learn to recognize our errors and ask forgiveness.

Pope Francis ‏ on 3 March 2014
How to live a good marriage? United to the Lord, who always renews our love and strengthens it to overcome every difficulty.

Pope Francis ‏ on 1 March 2014
Let us thank all those who teach in Catholic schools. Educating is an act of love; it is like giving life.

Pope Francis ‏ on 28 February 2014
The Eucharist is essential for us: it is Christ who wishes to enter our lives and fill us with his grace.

Pope Francis ‏ on 27 February 2014
In a family it is normal to take charge of those who need help. Do not be afraid of frailty!

Pope Francis ‏ on 25 February 2014
All of us who are baptized are missionary disciples. We are called to become a living Gospel in the world.

Pope Francis ‏ on 24 February 2014
Our Lady is always close to us, especially when we feel the weight of life with all its problems.

Pope Francis ‏ on 22 February 2014
Let us never lose hope! God loves us always, even with our mistakes and sins.

Pope Francis ‏ on 21 February 2014
Confirmation is important for Christians; it strengthens us to defend the faith and to spread the Gospel courageously.

Pope Francis ‏ on 20 February 2014
Lord Jesus, make us capable of loving as you love.

Pope Francis ‏ on 18 February 2014
Let us learn from Christ how to pray, to forgive, to sow peace, and to be near those in need.

Pope Francis ‏ on 17 February 2014
To all who are sick, do not lose hope, especially when your suffering is at its worst. Christ is near you.

Pope Francis ‏ on 15 February 2014
Let us pray for peace in Africa, especially in the Central African Republic and in South Sudan. #prayforpeace

Pope Francis ‏ on 14 February 2014
Dear young people, don’t be afraid to marry. A faithful and fruitful marriage will bring you happiness.

Pope Francis ‏ on 13 February 2014
Let us pray for seminarians, that they may listen to the voice of the Lord and follow it with courage and joy.

Pope Francis ‏ on 11 February 2014
* I greet all those who are sick and suffering. Christ Crucified is with you; cling to him!
* Today I ask you to join me in prayer for His Holiness Benedict XVI, a man of great courage and humility.

Pope Francis ‏ on 10 February 2014
Let us pray for all good and faithful priests who dedicate themselves to their people with generosity and unknown sacrifices.

Pope Francis ‏ on 8 February 2014
The Sacraments, especially Confession and the Eucharist, are privileged places of encountering Christ.

Pope Francis ‏ on 7 February 2014
What zest life acquires when we allow ourselves to be filled by the love of God!

Pope Francis ‏ on 6 February 2014
The world makes us look towards ourselves, our possessions, our desires.The Gospel invites us to be open to others, to share with the poor.

Pope Francis ‏ on 4 February 2014
Dear young people, Jesus gives us life, life in abundance. If we are close to him we will have joy in our hearts and a smile on our face.

Pope Francis ‏ on 3 February 2014
It is important to have friends we can trust. But it is essential to trust the Lord, who never lets us down.

Pope Francis ‏ on 2 February 2014
May the World Day of Consecrated Life be a timely occasion to rediscover the centrality of Jesus in our lives.

Pope Francis ‏ on 1 February 2014
Sometimes we are saddened by the weight of our sins. May we not be discouraged. Christ has come to lift this burden and give us peace.

Pope Francis ‏ on 31 January 2014
No one saves oneself. The community is essential.

Pope Francis ‏ on 30 January 2014
I cannot imagine a Christian who does not know how to smile. May we joyfully witness to our faith.

Pope Francis ‏ on 28 January 2014
Let us pray for Christian unity. There are so many beautiful things which unite us.

Pope Francis ‏ on 27 January 2014
Dear young people, let us not be satisfied with a mediocre life. Be amazed by what is true and beautiful, what is of God!

Pope Francis ‏ on 25 January 2014
It is easy to ask God for things; we all do it. When will we also learn to give him thanks and to adore him?

Pope Francis ‏ on 24 January 2014
We are called to live our baptism every day, as new creatures, clothed in Christ.

Pope Francis ‏ on 23 January 2014
Like Mary, may we nurture the light born within us at Christmas. May we carry it everywhere in our daily lives.

Pope Francis ‏ on 22 January 2014
I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable.

Pope Francis ‏ on 21 January 2014
If we live the faith in our daily life, then our work too becomes a chance to spread the joy of being a Christian.

Pope Francis ‏ on 20 January 2014
It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions.

Pope Francis ‏ on 18 January 2014
Wars shatter so many lives. I think especially of children robbed of their childhood.

Pope Francis ‏ on 17 January 2014
How powerful prayer is! May we never lose the courage to say: Lord, give us your peace.

Pope Francis ‏ on 16 January 2014
Let us pray for peace, and let us bring it about, starting in our own homes!

Pope Francis ‏ on 14 January 2014
May we always say thank you to God, especially for his patience and mercy.

Pope Francis ‏ on 13 January 2014
The Lord is knocking at the door of our hearts. Have we put a sign on the door saying: “Do not disturb”?

Pope Francis ‏ on 11 January 2014
No elderly person should be like an “exile” in our families. The elderly are a treasure for our society.

Pope Francis ‏ on 10 January 2014
May we stop before the Child of Bethlehem and allow the tenderness of God to warm our hearts.

Pope Francis ‏ on 9 January 2014
Let us contemplate the humility of the Son of God born into poverty. Let us imitate him by sharing with those who are weak.

Pope Francis ‏ on 7 January 2014
Let us leave a spare place at our table: a place for those who lack the basics, who are alone.

Pope Francis ‏ on 5 January 2014
Dear friends, I wish to thank you for the many kind Christmas greetings. May the Lord bless you all!

Pope Francis ‏ on 4 January 2014
Dear young people, Jesus wants to be your friend, and wants you to spread the joy of this friendship everywhere.

Pope Francis ‏ on 3 January 2014
The Child Jesus reveals the tenderness of God’s immense love surrounding each one of us.

Pope Francis ‏ on 2 January 2014
God does not reveal himself in strength or power, but in the weakness and fragility of a newborn babe.

Pope Francis ‏ on 31 December 2013
Let us draw from the crib the joy and deep peace that Jesus comes to bring to the world.

Pope Francis ‏ on 30 December 2013
In the face of the Child Jesus we contemplate the face of God. Come, let us adore him!

Pope Francis ‏ on 28 December 2013
Our Mother Mary is full of beauty because he is full of grace.

Pope Francis ‏ on 27 December 2013
May the joy of the Gospel be always in our hearts, especially this Christmas.

Pope Francis ‏ on 26 December 2013
Before the Nativity scene, may we pray in a particular way for those suffering persecution for the faith.

Pope Francis ‏ on 25 December 2013
Christ comes among us at Christmas: it is the perfect time for a personal encounter with the Lord.

Pope Francis ‏ on 24 December 2013
The Lord is coming. May we await him with open hearts!

Pope Francis ‏ on 23 December 2013
Christmas celebrations are often full of sound. It would be good for us to make room for silence, to hear the voice of Love.

Pope Francis ‏ on 21 December 2013
Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem. May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God made man.

Pope Francis ‏ on 20 December 2013
This Christmas may we be consistent in living the Gospel, welcoming Jesus into the centre of our lives.

Pope Francis ‏ on 19 December 2013
Let us pray that God grant us the grace of knowing a world where no one dies of hunger.

Pope Francis ‏ on 17 December 2013
The love of God is not generic. God looks with love upon every man and woman, calling them by name.

Pope Francis ‏ on 16 December 2013
We cannot resign ourselves to think of a Middle East without Christians. Let us pray every day for peace.

Pope Francis ‏ on 14 December 2013
This is Christian hope: that the future is in God’s hands.

Pope Francis ‏ on 13 December 2013
Don’t be afraid to go to the Sacrament of Confession, where you will meet Jesus who forgives you.

Pope Francis ‏ on 12 December 2013
We cannot think of a Church without joy. This is the joy of the Church: announcing to all the name of Jesus.

Pope Francis ‏ on 10 December 2013
Mary, Our Mother, sustain us in moments of darkness, difficultly and apparent defeat.

Pope Francis ‏ on 9 December 2013
If we see someone who needs help, do we stop? There is so much suffering and poverty, and a great need for good Samaritans.

Pope Francis ‏ on 7 December 2013
Dear young people, put your talents at the service of the Gospel, with creativity and boundless charity.

Pope Francis ‏ on 6 December 2013
The cross is the price of true love. Lord, give us the strength to accept and carry our crosses!

Pope Francis ‏ on 5 December 2013
Holiness doesn’t mean doing extraordinary things, but doing ordinary things with love and faith.

Pope Francis ‏ on 4 December 2013
Fifty years ago, Vatican II spoke of communications. Let us listen to, dialogue with, and bring to Christ all those we encounter in life.

Pope Francis ‏ on 3 December 2013
We are all called to be friends with Jesus. Don’t be afraid to love the Lord.

Pope Francis ‏ on 2 December 2013
Your sins are great? Just tell the Lord: Forgive me, help me to get up again, change my heart!

Pope Francis ‏ on 30 November 2013
The Church invites everyone to be embraced by the Father’s tenderness and forgiveness.

Pope Francis ‏ on 29 November 2013
It is hard to forgive others. Lord, grant us your mercy, so that we can always forgive.

Pope Francis ‏ on 28 November 2013
Let’s try to be open to God’s word, and open to the Lord’s surprises when he speaks to us.

Pope Francis ‏ on 26 November 2013
The Church is missionary. Christ sends us forth to bring the joy of the Gospel to the whole world.

Pope Francis ‏ on 25 November 2013
To live charitably means not looking out for our own interests, but carrying the burdens of the weakest and poorest among us.

Pope Francis ‏ on 23 November 2013
The Sacraments are Jesus Christ’s presence in us. So it is important for us to go to Confession and receive Holy Communion.

Pope Francis ‏ on 22 November 2013
The Kingdom of Heaven is for those who place their trust in the love of God, not in material possessions.

Pope Francis ‏ on 21 November 2013
To be saints is not a privilege for the few, but a vocation for everyone.

Pope Francis ‏ on 19 November 2013
The Saints were not superhuman. They were people who loved God in their hearts, and who shared this joy with others.

Pope Francis ‏ on 18 November 2013
Confessing our sins may be difficult for us, but it brings us peace. We are sinners, and we need God’s forgiveness.

Pope Francis ‏ on 16 November 2013
Jesus kept his wounds so that we would experience his mercy. This is our strength and our hope.

Pope Francis ‏ on 15 November 2013
Dear young people, always be missionaries of the Gospel, every day and in every place.

Pope Francis ‏ on 14 November 2013
Take care of God’s creation. But above all, take care of people in need.

Pope Francis ‏ on 11 November 2013
* We remember the Philippines, Vietnam and the entire region hit by Typhoon Haiyan. Please be generous with prayers and concrete help.
* God loves us. May we discover the beauty of loving and being loved.

Pope Francis ‏ on 09 November 2013
* Our life must be centred on what is essential, on Jesus Christ. Everything else is secondary.
* I ask all of you to join me in prayer for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda especially those in the beloved islands of the Philippines

Pope Francis ‏ on 08 November 2013
The Year of Faith is about to end. Lord, in this graced moment, help us to take the Gospel seriously.

Pope Francis ‏ on 07 November 2013
Saints are people who belong fully to God. They are not afraid of being mocked, misunderstood or marginalized.

Pope Francis ‏ on 05 November 2013
We need courage if we are to be faithful to the Gospel.

Pope Francis ‏ on 04 November 2013
I thank all missionaries, men and women who quietly work hard for the Lord and their brothers and sisters.

Pope Francis ‏ on 02 November 2013
The fight against evil is long and difficult. It is essential to pray constantly and to be patient.

Pope Francis ‏ on 31 October 2013
Christians know how to face difficulties, trials and defeat with serenity and hope in the Lord.

Pope Francis ‏ on 29 October 2013
If money and material things become the center of our lives, they seize us and make us slaves

Pope Francis ‏ on 28 October 2013
We are all sinners. But God heals us with an abundance of grace, mercy and tenderness.

Pope Francis ‏ on 27 October 2013
Dear Followers I understand there are now over 10 million of you! I thank you with all my heart and ask you to continue praying for me

Pope Francis ‏ on 26 October 2013
Too often we participate in the globalization of indifference. May we strive instead to live global solidarity.

Pope Francis ‏ on 25 October 2013
The “throw-away” culture produces many bitter fruits, from wasting food to isolating many elderly people.

Pope Francis ‏ on 24 October 2013
Being a Christian means renouncing ourselves, taking up the cross and carrying it with Jesus. There is no other way.

Pope Francis ‏ on 22 October 2013
The crucifix does not signify defeat or failure. It reveals to us the Love that overcomes evil and sin.

Pope Francis ‏ on 21 October 2013
If we are to know the Lord, we must go to him. Listen to him in silence before the tabernacle and approach him in the Sacraments.

Pope Francis ‏ on 19 October 2013
To follow Jesus means putting him first, and stripping ourselves of all the things that oppress our hearts.

Pope Francis ‏ on 18 October 2013
We cannot give up in the face of evil. God is Love and he has defeated evil through Christ’s death and resurrection.

Pope Francis ‏ on 17 October 2013
Our prayer cannot be reduced to an hour on Sundays. It is important to have a daily relationship with the Lord.

Pope Francis ‏ on 14 October 2013
Dear young people, do not be afraid of making decisive choices in life. Have faith; the Lord will not abandon you!

Pope Francis ‏ on 12 October 2013
Lord, have mercy! Too often we are blinded by our comfortable lives, and refuse to see those dying at our doorstep.

Pope Francis ‏ on 11 October 2013
When we encounter the Cross, we turn to Mary: Give us the strength, Mary our Mother, to accept and embrace the Cross!

Pope Francis ‏ on 10 October 2013
The mystery of the Cross, a mystery of love, can only be understood in prayer. Pray and weep, kneeling before the Cross.

Pope Francis ‏ on 08 October 2013
The secret of Christian living is love. Only love fills the empty spaces caused by evil.

Pope Francis ‏ on 07 October 2013
Mercy is the true power that can save humanity and the world from sin and evil.

Pope Francis ‏ on 05 October 2013
Dear young people, you have many plans and dreams for the future. But, is Christ at the center of each of your plans and dreams?

Pope Francis ‏ on 01 October 2013
Do we truly pray? Without an abiding relationship with God, it is difficult to live an authentic and consistent Christian life.

Pope Francis ‏ on 30 September 2013
Where we find hate and darkness, may we bring love and hope, in order to give a more human face to society.

Pope Francis ‏ on 28 September 2013
Every marriage has difficult moments. But these experiences of the Cross can make the path of love even stronger.

Pope Francis ‏ on 27 September 2013
We do not become Christians by ourselves. Faith is above all a gift from God which is given to us in and through the Church.

Pope Francis ‏ on 26 September 2013
God’s forgiveness is stronger than any sin.

Pope Francis ‏ on 24 September 2013
Let us ask the Lord to give us the gentleness to look upon the poor with understanding and love, devoid of human calculation and fear.

Pope Francis ‏ on 23 September 2013
The Church has no other meaning and finality than to witness to Jesus. May we not forget this.

Pope Francis ‏ on 21 September 2013
True charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need.

Pope Francis ‏ on 20 September 2013
Christ is always faithful. Let us pray to be always faithful to him.

Pope Francis ‏ on 19 September 2013
We are all sinners, but we experience the joy of God’s forgiveness and we walk forward trusting in his mercy.

Pope Francis ‏ on 17 September 2013
There are many people in need in today’s world. Am I self-absorbed in my own concerns or am I aware of those who need help?

Pope Francis ‏ on 15 September 2013
Seeking happiness in material things is a sure way of being unhappy.

Pope Francis ‏ on 14 September 2013
Sometimes it is possible to live without knowing our neighbours: this is not Christian.

Pope Francis ‏ on 13 September 2013
Jesus is the sun and Mary is the dawn announcing his rising.

Pope Francis ‏ on 12 September 2013
To follow Jesus means to share his merciful love for every human being #prayforpeace

Pope Francis ‏ on 10 September 2013
* The only war that we must all fight is the one against evil #prayforpeace
*I thank everyone who participated in the prayer vigil and the fast for peace.#prayforpeace

Pope Francis ‏ on 9 September 2013
*Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace! #prayforpeace
* I ask each party to follow decisively and courageously the path of encounter and negotiation #prayforpeace
* We ought never to lose hope. God overwhelms us with his grace, if we keep asking.


Pope Francis ‏ on 7 September 2013
* Pray for Peace!* All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace.


Pope Francis ‏ on 6 September 2013*All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace. #prayforpeace
* Dear young people, pray with me for peace in the world #prayforpeace
* Peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs all of humanity#prayforpeace.


Pope Francis ‏ on 5 September 2013There is no such thing as low-cost Christianity. Following Jesus means swimming against the tide, renouncing evil and selfishness.

Pope Francis ‏ on 4 September 2013
Let the cry for peace ring out in all the world!
Pope Francis ‏ on 3 September 2013
* With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons.
* We want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out!
* By his coming among us, Jesus transforms our lives. In him, we see that God is love, he is fidelity he is life who gives himself.

Pope Francis ‏ on 2 September 2013
*How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake.
*We want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace.
* War never again! Never again war!


Pope Francis ‏ on 1 September 2013
Let us pray for peace: peace in the world and in each of our hearts.


Pope Francis ‏ on 31 August 2013
Let us ask Mary to help us fix our eyes intently on Jesus, to follow him always, even when this is demanding.


Pope Francis ‏ on 30 August 2013
Faith is not something decorative or for show. To have faith means to put Christ truly at the centre of our lives.

Pope Francis ‏ on 29 August 2013
The love of God is not something vague or generic; the love of God has a name and a face: Jesus Christ.


Pope Francis ‏ on 27 August 2013
* Let us allow Jesus into our lives, and leave behind our selfishness, indifference and closed attitudes to others.
* Jesus is the gate opening up to salvation, a gate open to everyone.


Pope Francis ‏ on 25 August 2013
Don’t be afraid to ask God for forgiveness. He never tires of forgiving us. God is pure mercy.

Pope Francis ‏ on 23 August 2013
Lord, teach us to step outside ourselves. Teach us to go out into the streets and manifest your love.


Pope Francis ‏ on 21 August 2013
An excellent program for our lives: the Beatitudes and Matthew Chapter 25.

Pope Francis ‏ on 19 August 2013
We cannot be Christians part-time. If Christ is at the center of our lives, he is present in all that we do.


Pope Francis ‏ on 17 August 2013
We cannot sleep peacefully while babies are dying of hunger and the elderly are without medical assistance.


Pope Francis ‏ on 15 August 2013
Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, and guide us on the way that leads to Heaven.

Pope Francis ‏ on 13 August 2013
To be children of God, and brothers and sisters to one another: this is the heart of the Christian experience.

Pope Francis ‏ on 11 August 2013
One cannot separate Christ and the Church. The grace of Baptism gives us the joy of following Christ in and with the Church.

Pope Francis ‏ on 9 August 2013
We are all jars of clay, fragile and poor, yet we carry within us an immense treasure.

Pope Francis ‏ on 7 August 2013
With his coming among us, Jesus came close to us and encountered us; also today, through the Sacraments, he encounters us.

Pope Francis ‏ on 5 August 2013
The light of faith illumines all our relationships and helps us to live them in union with the love of Christ, to live them like Christ.

Pope Francis ‏ on 2 August 2013
The security of faith does not make us motionless or close us off, but sends us forth to bear witness and to dialogue with all people.

Pope Francis ‏ on 31 July 2013
Dear young friends, it is worth wagering one’s life on Christ and on the Gospel, risking everything for great ideals! #Rio2013 #JMJ

Pope Francis ‏ on 30 July 2013
Now, young friends, we must continue to live day by day all that we have professed together at WYD.

Pope Francis ‏ on 29 July 2013
What an unforgettable week in Rio! Thank you, everyone. Pray for me. #Rio2013 #JMJ

Pope Francis ‏ on 29 July 2013
I am back home, and I assure you that my joy is much greater than my exhaustion!

Pope Francis ‏ on 29 July 2013
I profoundly thank all those who have worked to make WYD a success and I embrace all of you who were present. #Rio2013 #JMJ

Pope Francis ‏ on 28 July 2013
Dear young people, be true "athletes of Christ"! Play on his team! #Rio2013 #JMJ

Pope Francis ‏ on 28 July 2013
We cannot keep ourselves shut up in parishes, in our communities, when so many people are waiting for the Gospel! #Rio2013 #JMJ

Pope Francis ‏ on 27 July 2013
Dear young friends, learn to pray every day: this is the way to know Jesus and invite him into your lives. #Rio2013 #JMJ

Pope Francis ‏ on 27 July 2013
Bishops are the pastors of the People of God. Follow them with trust and courage. #Rio2013 #JMJ

Pope Francis ‏ on 27 July 2013
There is no cross, big or small, in our life which the Lord does not share with us. #Rio2013 #JMJ

Pope Francis ‏ on 26 July 2013
Every Friday is an opportunity to remember how much Jesus has suffered for us. Lord, never let us forget how much you love us.

Pope Francis ‏ on 26 July 2013
What an unforgettable welcome in Copacabana! May God bless you all! #Rio2013 #JMJ

Pope Francis ‏ on 26 July 2013
The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty.

Pope Francis ‏ on 25 July 2013
The Christian life is not limited to prayer, but requires an ongoing dedication and courage born of prayer. #Rio2013 #JMJ

Pope Francis ‏ on 25 July 2013
May sports always be a means of exchange and growth, never of violence and hate. #Rio2013 #JMJ

Pope Francis ‏ on 24 July 2013
Let us thank Blessed John Paul II for WYD and for the many vocations born during these 28 gatherings. #Rio2013 #JMJ

Pope Francis ‏ on 24 July 2013
Never forget, young friends: The Virgin Mary is our Mother and with her help we can remain faithful to Christ. #Rio2013 #JMJ

Pope Francis ‏ on 23 July 2013
Dear young friends, Christ has confidence in you and he entrusts his own mission to you: Go and make disciples! #Rio2013 #JMJ

Pope Francis ‏ on 23 July 2013
The Church is young, as everyone can see at WYD. May the Lord always keep us all young at heart. #Rio2013 #JMJ

Pope Francis ‏ on 23 July 2013
Thank you to all of you and to all the authorities for a magnificent welcome in Rio. #Rio2013 #JMJ

Pope Francis ‏ on 22 July 2013
I am arriving in Brazil in a few hours and my heart is already full of joy because soon I will be with you to celebrate the 28th WYD.

Pope Francis ‏ on 21 July 2013
How many wish to be in Rio for WYD but can’t! May they feel at one with us in prayer.

Pope Francis ‏ on 20 July 2013
Dear young friends, I know that many of you are still travelling to Rio. May the Lord accompany you on your way.
Pope Francis ‏ on 19 July 2013
Many of you have already arrived in Rio and many more are just arriving. We will see one another there in only three days.

Pope Francis ‏ on 18 July 2013
In this Year of Faith, let us remember that faith is not something we possess, but something we share. Every Christian is an apostle.

Pope Francis ‏ on 17 July 2013God is so merciful toward us. We too should learn to be merciful, especially with those who suffer.

Pope Francis ‏ on 16 July 2013
Prayer, humility, and charity toward all are essential in the Christian life: they are the way to holiness.

Pope Francis ‏ on 14 July 2013
For a Christian, life is not the product of mere chance, but the fruit of a call and personal love.

Pope Francis ‏ on 13 July 2013
In this Year of Faith let us aim to do something concrete every day to know Jesus Christ better.

Pope Francis ‏ on 12 July 2013
Lord, grant us the grace to weep over our indifference, over the cruelty that is in the world and in ourselves.

Pope Francis ‏ on 10 July 2013
If we wish to follow Christ closely, we cannot choose an easy, quiet life. It will be a demanding life, but full of joy.

Pope Francis ‏ on 9 July 2013
Christians are always full of hope; they should never get discouraged.

Pope Francis ‏ on 8 July 2013
We pray for a heart which will embrace immigrants. God will judge us upon how we have treated the most needy.

Pope Francis ‏ on 6 July 2013
The Lord speaks to us through the Scriptures and in our prayer. Let us learn to keep silence before him, as we meditate upon the Gospel.

Pope Francis ‏ on 5 July 2013
Jesus is more than a friend. He is a teacher of truth and life who shows us the way that leads to happiness.

Pope Francis ‏ on 4 July 2013
Christ’s love and friendship are no illusion. On the Cross Jesus showed how real they are.

Pope Francis ‏ on 2 July 2013
We cannot live as Christians separate from the rock who is Christ. He gives us strength and stability, but also joy and serenity.

Pope Francis ‏ on 30 June 2013
A Christian is never bored or sad. Rather, the one who loves Christ is full of joy and radiates joy.

Pope Francis ‏ on 29 June 2013
Let’s learn to lose our lives for Christ, like a gift or a sacrifice. With Christ we lose nothing!

Pope Francis ‏ on 28 June 2013
Jesus didn’t save us with an idea. He humbled himself and became a man. The Word became Flesh.

Pope Francis ‏ on 26 June 2013
Charity, patience and tenderness are very beautiful gifts. If you have them, you want to share them with others.

Pope Francis ‏ on 24 June 2013
Are we ready to be Christians full-time, showing our commitment by word and deed?

Pope Francis ‏ on 23 June 2013
We are all sinners. But may the Lord not let us be hypocrites. Hypocrites don’t know the meaning of forgiveness, joy and the love of God.

Pope Francis ‏ on 22 June 2013
If we have found in Jesus meaning for our own lives, we cannot be indifferent to those who are suffering and sad.

Pope Francis ‏ on 19 June 2013
Christians are ready to proclaim the Gospel because they can’t hide the joy that comes from knowing Christ.

Pope Francis ‏ on 17 June 2013
Are you angry with someone? Pray for that person. That is what Christian love is.

Pope Francis ‏ on 16 June 2013
Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven.

Pope Francis ‏ on 12 June 2013
How many kinds of moral and material poverty we face today as a result of denying God and putting so many idols in his place!

Pope Francis ‏ on 11 June 2013
We must not be afraid of solidarity; rather let us make all we have and are available to God.

Pope Francis ‏ on 9 June 2013
With the “culture of waste”, human life is no longer considered the primary value to be respected and protected.

Pope Francis ‏ on 7 June 2013
Consumerism has accustomed us to waste. But throwing food away is like stealing it from the poor and hungry.

Pope Francis ‏ on 5 June 2013
Care of creation is not just something God spoke of at the dawn of history: he entrusts it to each of us as part of his plan.

Pope Francis ‏ on 4 June 2013
Christ leads us to go out from ourselves more and more, to give ourselves and to serve others.

Pope Francis ‏ on 3 June 2013
Sometimes we know what we have to do, but we lack the courage to do it. Let us learn from Mary how to make decisions, trusting in the Lord.

Pope Francis ‏ on 2 June 2013
The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love.

Pope Francis ‏ on 1 June 2013
In this Year of Faith, we pray to the Lord that the Church may always be a true family that brings God’s love to everyone.

Pope Francis ‏ on 31 May 2013
The whole of salvation history is the story of God looking for us: he offers us love and welcomes us with tenderness.

Pope Francis ‏ on 29 May 2013
The Church is born from the supreme act of love on the Cross, from Jesus’ open side. The Church is a family where we love and are loved.

Pope Francis ‏ on 28 May 2013
Dear young people, the Church expects great things of you and your generosity. Don’t be afraid to aim high.

Pope Francis ‏ on 26 May 2013
Every time we give in to selfishness and say “No” to God, we spoil his loving plan for us.

Pope Francis ‏ on 25 May 2013
We all have in our hearts some areas of unbelief. Let us say to the Lord: I believe! Help my unbelief.

Pope Francis ‏ on 24 May 2013
*Miracles happen. But prayer is needed! Prayer that is courageous, struggling and persevering, not prayer that is a mere formality.
* On the feast of Mary Help of Christians I join the Catholics in China who trust in the protection of Our Lady of Sheshan and I pray for them.

Pope Francis ‏ on 23 May 2013
Do I take the Gospel message of reconciliation and love into the places where I live and work?

Pope Francis ‏ on 22 May 2013
To live according to the Gospel is to fight against selfishness. The Gospel is forgiveness and peace; it is love that comes from God.

Pope Francis ‏ on 19 May 2013
The Holy Spirit transforms and renews us, creates harmony and unity, and gives us courage and joy for mission.

Pope Francis ‏ on 18 May 2013
We must learn from Mary, and we must imitate her unconditional readiness to receive Christ in her life.

Pope Francis ‏ on 17 May 2013
Are our lives truly filled with the presence of God? How many things take the place of God in my life each day?

Pope Francis ‏ on 16 May 2013
We cannot be part-time Christians! We should seek to live our faith at every moment of every day.

Pope Francis ‏ on 15 May 2013
It is God who gives life. Let us respect and love human life, especially vulnerable life in a mother’s womb.

Pope Francis ‏ on 13 May 2013
Am I faithful to Christ in my daily life? Am I able to “show” my faith with respect but also with courage?

Pope Francis ‏ on 12 May 2013
Let us pray for the many Christians in the world who still suffer persecution and violence. May God grant them the courage of fidelity.

Pope Francis ‏ on 10 May 2013
The Holy Spirit helps us to view others with fresh eyes, seeing them always as brothers and sisters in Jesus, to be respected and

Pope Francis ‏ on 9 May 2013
The Holy Spirit brings to our hearts a most precious gift: profound trust in God’s love and mercy.

Pope Francis ‏ on 8 May 2013
I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance, says Jesus. This is where true wealth is found, not in material things!

Pope Francis ‏ on 7 May 2013
Do not be content to live a mediocre Christian life: walk with determination along the path of holiness.

Pope Francis ‏ on 6 May 2013
Let us ask our Lord to help us bear shining witness to his mercy and his love in every area of our Christian lives.

Pope Francis ‏ on 5 May 2013
Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she bears witness to God’s love. Be missionaries of God’s tenderness!

Pope Francis ‏ on 4 May 2013
Let us ask Our Lady to teach us how to live out our faith in our daily lives and to make more room for the Lord.

Pope Francis ‏ on 3 May 2013
It would be a good idea, during May, for families to say the Rosary together. Prayer strengthens family life.

Pope Francis ‏ on 2 May 2013
My thoughts turn to all who are unemployed, often as a result of a self-centred mindset bent on profit at any cost.

Pope Francis ‏ on 1 May 2013
Dear young friends, learn from Saint Joseph. He went through difficult times, but he always trusted, and he knew how to overcome adversity.

Pope Francis ‏ on 30 April 2013
Let us put our trust in God’s power at work! With him, we can do great things. He will give us the joy of being his disciples.

Pope Francis ‏ on 29 April 2013
How marvellous it would be if, at the end of the day, each of us could say: today I have performed an act of charity towards others!

Pope Francis ‏ on 28 April 2013
The Holy Spirit truly transforms us. With our cooperation, he also wants to transform the world we live in.

Pope Francis ‏ on 27 April 2013
Join me in praying for the victims of the tragedy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, that God will grant comfort and strength to their families

Pope Francis ‏ on 26 April 2013
Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you! Do not be afraid to dream of great things!

Pope Francis ‏ on 24 April 2013
* At this time of crisis it is important not to become closed in on oneself, but rather to be open and attentive towards others.
* Let us keep the flame of faith alive through prayer and the sacraments: let us make sure we do not forget God.

Pope Francis ‏ on 22 April 2013
*Mary is the one who says “Yes”. Mary, help us to come to know the voice of Jesus better, and to follow it.
*Each one of us longs for love, for truth, for life – and Jesus is all of these things in abundance!

Pope Francis ‏ on 21 April 2013
“The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice and I know them.” The voice of Jesus is unmistakable! He guides us along the path of life.

Pope Francis ‏ on 18 April 2013
Please join me in praying for the victims of the explosion in Texas and their families.

Pope Francis ‏ on 17 April 2013
*To enter into the glory of God demands daily fidelity to his will, even when it requires sacrifice.
*Jesus’ ascension into heaven does not mean his absence, but that he is alive among us in a new way, close to each one of us.

Pope Francis ‏ on 14 April 2013
*Worshipping God means learning to be with him, stripping away our hidden idols and placing him at the centre of our lives.
* Let us not forget: if we are to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus, our lives must bear witness to what we preach.

Pope Francis ‏ on 10 April 2013
* If we act like children of God, knowing that he loves us, our lives will be made new, filled with serenity and joy.
* Being a Christian is not just about following commandments: it is about letting Christ take possession of our lives and transform them.

Pope Francis ‏ on 7 April 2013
How beautiful is the gaze with which Jesus regards us – how full of tenderness! Let us never lose trust in the patience and mercy of God.

Pope Francis ‏ on 4 April 2013
God loves us. We must not be afraid to love him. The faith is professed with the lips and with the heart, through words and through love.

Pope Francis ‏ on 31 March 2013
Accept the risen Jesus into your life. Even if you have been far away, take a small step towards him: he awaits you with open arms.

Pope Francis ‏ on 28 March 2013
Support your priests with your love and prayers, that they may always be shepherds after Christ’s heart.

Pope Francis ‏ on 27 March 2013
*To experience Holy Week is to enter more and more into God's logic of love and self-giving
*Being with Jesus demands that we go out from ourselves, and from living a tired and habitual faith

Pope Francis ‏ on 24 March 2013
*We must not believe the Evil One when he tells us that there is nothing we can do in the face of violence, injustice and sin.
*I am looking forward to next July in Rio de Janeiro! I hope to see all of you in that great Brazilian city!

Pope Francis ‏ on 19 March 2013
*True power is service. The Pope must serve all people, especially the poor, the weak, the vulnerable.
*Let us keep a place for Christ in our lives, let us care for one another and let us be loving custodians of creation.

Pope Francis ‏ on 17 March 2013
Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me. Pope Francis.




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