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Heaven isn't a 'fairytale', it's an embrace with God, Pope says

VATICAN – Pope Francis on Wednesday spoke about the hope Christians have at the end of life, which is found in God’s promise to be with us at the moment of our death, and to give us eternal life with him in heaven.

  • October 25, 2017

Pope's homily: Only Jesus, in his infinite mercy, would die for sinners, Pope says

VATICAN – Going to Mass regularly, praying and doing good works are not enough to make a person a good Christian, Pope Francis said.
  • October 24, 2017

Pope's homily: Do not be foolish

VATICAN – Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday, Oct. 17 – the Feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr. Following the Readings of the Day, the Holy Father reflected on the “foolishness” of those, who are unable to hear the Word of God, preferring appearances, idols, or ideologies – like the people of Jerusalem, whose faithlessness caused Our Lord to weep nostalgic tears.
  • October 17, 2017

Pope's homily: Look to new saints to practice Christian love every day

VATICAN – Inviting all faithful to practice Christian love every day, Pope Francis on Sunday canonized 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs, holding them up as models who “point the way”. 

  • October 16, 2017

Have courage, pray fervently, pope tells churches facing persecution

VATICAN – No matter how much suffering Christians face in the world, God never forgets those who trust in and serve him, Pope Francis told leaders of Eastern Catholic churches.
  • October 12, 2017

Pope's homily: "God's omnipotence is manifested in His mercy"

Pope Francis on Tuesday reminded the faithful that God’s infinite mercy prevails over all, but he warned against rigidity and invited Christians to always open their hearts.
  • October 10, 2017

Pope's homily: Shame for one's sins is God's grace

"No one can say, 'I'm right' or 'I'm not like him or her.' I'm a sinner, I'd say it's almost the first name we all have – sinners.” Pope Francis focused on man’s sinfulness and the need for remorse in his homily at Mass, Friday morning at the Casa Santa Marta residence in the Vatican. He was commenting on the first reading from Prophet Baruch who said, ‎"Justice is with the Lord, our God; and we today are flushed with shame.”

  • October 6, 2017

Pope's homily: Rediscover your roots

Pope Francis said Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday morning, Oct. 5. In remarks to the faithful following the Readings of the Day, the Holy Father reflected on the importance of keeping tethered to our roots – especially our spiritual roots – and avoiding what he called “psychological self-exile”.
  • October 6, 2017

Pope's homily: Ask the Lord for the courage to follow Jesus

Pope Francis has invited Christians to turn to God to in search of the courage and strength needed to follow Jesus in our lives. Speaking on Tuesday morning, Oct. 3, during the homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta, the Pope reflected on Jesus’s journey to Jerusalem as the moment of His crucifixion drew near.
  • October 6, 2017

Pope's homily: 'Let us give Jesus our sins'

Pope Francis on Friday celebrated Mass for the maintenance staff of Vatican City State, reminding them that our joy and our salvation lies in the fact that Jesus came so that we can all be forgiven our sins.

  • July 10, 2017