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Beware of hypocrisy, which leavens selfishness, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – Hypocrisy is the leaven that causes men and women to be self-centered and indifferent to the world around them, Pope Francis said.
  • October 19, 2018

Saints risk all to follow Jesus with love, Pope says at canonization Mass

VATICAN – Carrying Pope Paul VI's pastoral staff and wearing the blood-stained belt of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, Pope Francis formally recognized them, and five others, as saints of the Catholic Church.
  • October 14, 2018

Devil uses friendliness to destroy, encouraging people to be lukewarm, Pope says

VATICAN – The devil is more dangerous when he is polite and friendly, persuading people to be "lukewarm" and worldly, than when he shows his true face and blatantly pushes people to sin, Pope Francis said.
  • October 12, 2018

Reach out to cohabitating couples, support newlyweds, Pope urges

ROME – The Catholic Church must reach out to couples living together without being married, Pope Francis told those involved in family ministry in the Diocese of Rome.

  • September 28, 2018

Some cry 'scandal' to cover their own faults, Pope says at Mass

VATICAN – While God's holy church is made up of sinners, it also has its share of hypocrites who love to cry "scandal" to point out the failings of others and make themselves appear pure, Pope Francis said at morning Mass.
  • September 20, 2018

Satan is attacking bishops by revealing their sins, Pope says

VATICAN – Bishops must remember, particularly when under attack, that their role is to pray, be humble in knowing God chose them and remain close to the people, Pope Francis said in his morning homily.
  • September 11, 2018

Being a Christian demands that we accuse ourselves, not others, Pope says

VATICAN – Christian conversion does not entail accusing others, but is shamefully recognizing and sincerely repenting one's own sins, Pope Francis said.
  • September 6, 2018

Everyday is a fight against worldly mentality, pride, gossip, Pope says

VATICAN – Christians must engage in spiritual combat every day against a worldly spirit that leads down a path of arrogance and petty gossip, Pope Francis said.
  • September 4, 2018

Christ responded to lies, divisiveness with silence, Pope says at Mass

VATICAN – Jesus himself showed that the best way to respond to scandal and divisiveness is to stay silent and pray, Pope Francis said Sept. 3 as he resumed his early morning Masses with invited guests.
  • September 4, 2018

Pope's homily: 'Sterile hypocrisy' behind mistreatment of migrants

VATICAN – Hearts that are closed to welcoming migrants and refugees are similar to those of the Pharisees, who often would preach sacrifice and following God's law without exercising mercy to those in need, Pope Francis said.
  • July 6, 2018