Heaven is an encounter with Jesus, not a boring waiting room, Pope says

VATICAN CITY – Heaven is not an eternally dull existence but rather the completion of a journey toward a promised encounter with the Lord, Pope Francis said.
  • April 27, 2018

Without love, service, church is just an 'empty institution', Pope says

VATICAN – The example of selfless love and humble service set forth by Jesus at the Last Supper are the foundation of the Catholic Church's mission in the world, Pope Francis said.
  • April 26, 2018

The church works best when moving forward, but not all new things are good, Pope says

VATICAN – The church is like a bicycle -- it stays upright as long as it keeps moving, Pope Francis said.
  • April 25, 2018

Don't be 'couch potatoes,' get up and evangelize, Pope says

VATICAN – Christians must be willing to move where the Spirit leads them and not be benchwarmers on the sidelines of efforts to evangelize, Pope Francis said.
  • April 19, 2018

Church needs prophets, not critics, Pope says

VATICAN – The church needs true prophets who not only speak the truth fearlessly, but also empathize with the suffering of their people, Pope Francis said.
  • April 17, 2018

Be careful of the freedom you seek, lest you become a slave of the world, Pope says

VATICAN – Christian freedom is being free from worldly ambition, fashion and passion and being open to God's will, Pope Francis said.
  • April 13, 2018

Jesus does not give up on anyone, Pope tells prisoners

ROME – Before washing the feet of 12 prisoners, Pope Francis told them and hundreds of inmates to remember that Jesus constantly stands before them with love, ready to cleanse their sins and forgive them.
  • March 29, 2018

Pope to priests: Be a "street priest", share God's truth face to face

VATICAN – If Jesus and his truth are to become truly present in today's world, priests must do what Jesus did and be "street preachers," going out to encounter and accompany sinners with tenderness and compassion, Pope Francis told the world's priests.
  • March 29, 2018

Do not keep quiet, Pope says to youth on Palm Sunday

VATICAN – Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass with thousands of young people, Pope Francis urged them to continue singing and shouting "hosanna" in the world, proclaiming the lordship of Jesus and following his example of outreach to the poor and suffering.
  • March 25, 2018

Confession brings the joy of God's love, Pope says

VATICAN – God always loves and always remains faithful to his children, despite their sin and idolatry, Francis said.
  • March 22, 2018