Hypocrisy is a kind of spiritual schizophrenia

Pope Francis urged Christians to always tell the truth to avoid succumbing to hypocrisy which he described as a kind of spiritual schizophrenia that makes us say many things but without putting them into practice. He was speaking at his Mass on Friday morning celebrated in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence.

  • October 14, 2016

No to a “cosmetics” religion that’s all show

Pope Francis said Jesus asks us to perform good deeds with humility and reject a "cosmetics" (maquillage) religion that is merely concerned with its outward appearance and pretending to be what it’s not. The Pope was speaking at his morning Mass on Tuesday celebrated in the Santa Marta residence.

  • October 11, 2016

Mary as example of being thankful

Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday to mark the end of the Marian Jubilee, the latest event in the ongoing Holy Year of Mercy.

  • October 10, 2016

Vigil of Marian Jubilee

Pope Francis on Saturday evening presided at the Vigil of the Marian Jubilee taking place in St. Peter’s Square. The Jubilee began on Friday, which was the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and the highlight of Saturday's event was the recitation of the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary.

  • October 8, 2016

Be open to the Spirit, Who carries us forward

True doctrine is not a rigid attachment to the Law, which bewitches like ideologies, but is rather the revelation of God, that allows itself to be discovered more and more fully each day by those who are open to the Holy Spirit. That was the message of Pope Francis at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta.

  • October 6, 2016

Mass in Azerbaijan: Essential aspects of the Christian life are faith and service

Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday at the Salesian centre in Baku, the central event of his 10-hour visit to Azerbaijan.

  • October 3, 2016

Mass in Georgia: God’s consolation calls us to be childlike

Pope Francis marked the beginning of his second day in Georgia by presiding over Mass in Mikheil Meskhi Stadium in the nation’s capital city of Tbilisi.

  • October 1, 2016

Overcome spiritual desolation through prayer, not pills or drink

Pope Francis said silence and prayer is the way to overcome our darkest moments, rather than resorting to pills or alcoholic drinks to escape from our woes. His comments came during his homily at the morning Mass celebrated on Tuesday at the Santa Marta residence.

  • September 27, 2016

Mass for Jubilee of Catechists

Pope Francis celebrated Mass to mark the Jubilee of Catechists on Sunday – the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time and the Jubilee of Catechists in the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

  • September 26, 2016

Vanity is osteoporosis of the soul

Pope Francis contrasted the anxiety that comes from the Holy Spirit and the anxiety that comes from a dirty conscience. During his homily during the daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, he also spoke about vanity, which “masks” life, making it look like something it is not.

  • September 22, 2016