Pope Francis quotes

  • So many of you have lost everything. I don't know what to say to you. But the Lord does know what to say to you. Some of you have lost part of your families. All I can do is keep silence and walk with you all with my silent heart.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Heart #Silence #Doe

  • I have neither silver nor gold, but I bring with me the most precious thing given to me: Jesus Christ.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Jesus #Gold #Silver

  • I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Hurt #Dirty #Church

  • The world is polarized. The middle class becomes smaller. The polarization makes the difference between rich and the poor big. This is true.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Class #Differences #World

  • You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. That's how prayer works.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Prayer #Praying #Hungry

  • Poverty is part of the natural condition and that is bad enough. But my task is to prevent the aggravation of this condition.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Aggravation #Poverty #Tasks

  • The great biblical tradition enjoins on all peoples the duty to hear the voice of the poor.  It bids us break the bonds of injustice and oppression which give rise to glaring, and indeed scandalous, social inequalities.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Biblical #Voice #Giving

  • God chooses the Pope and God also made men and women different.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Men #Different #Pope

  • This is God's way, the way of humility. It is the way of Jesus; there is no other. And there can be no humility without humiliation.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Jesus #Humility #Way

  • There is nothing the Church can do except try to educate people to become good consumers.
    -- Pope Francis

    #People #Church #Trying

  • Let Jesus preach to you, and and let Jesus heal you. We are all wounded. Everyone.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Jesus #Heal #Wounded

  • I'm the type of human who is interested most in the truth. God gave me a healthy love for the truth.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Healthy #Type #Humans

  • The Lord is always there waiting to give us his love: it is an amazing thing, one which never ceases to surprise us!
    -- Pope Francis

    #Giving #Waiting #His Love

  • In our families we learn to love and to recognise the dignity of all, especially of the elderly
    -- Pope Francis

    #Elderly #Dignity #Our Family

  • How I wish everyone had decent work! It is essential for human dignity.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Wish #Essentials #Dignity

  • To change the world we must be good to those who cannot repay us.
    -- Pope Francis

    #World #Changing The World #Be Good

  • God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Divine #Magician #Creator

  • There is no cross, big or small, in our life which the Lord does not share with us.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Doe #Lord #Share

  • God’s faithfulness is stronger than our unfaithfulness and our infidelities.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Infidelity #Stronger

  • Do I pray that the Lord gives me the desire to do his will, or do I look for compromises because I'm afraid of God's will?
    -- Pope Francis

    #Giving #Desire #Looks

  • In the face of so many wounds that hurt us and could lead to a hardness of heart, we are called to dive into the sea of prayer, which is the sea of the boundless love of God, in order to experience his tenderness
    -- Pope Francis

    #Hurt #Prayer #Heart

  • I would like that all of us, after these days of grace, might have the courage - the courage - to walk in the presence of the Lord, with the Cross of the Lord: to build the Church on the Blood of the Lord, which is shed on the Cross, and to profess the one glory, Christ Crucified. In this way, the Church will go forward.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Blood #Grace #Church

  • As your captain, I'm going to push you to not fall back on defense, but to play offense, and to play our match -- the Gospel, together.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Fall #Play #Together

  • I cannot live without people. I need to live my life with others.
    -- Pope Francis

    #People #Needs #Living My Life

  • In the roughest moments, remember: God is our Father; God does not abandon his children.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Children #Father #Doe

  • We are all sinners. But God heals us with an abundance of grace, mercy and tenderness
    -- Pope Francis

    #Grace #Abundance #Mercy

  • To follow Jesus means putting him first, and stripping ourselves of all the things that oppress our hearts.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Jesus #Mean #Heart

  • If money and material things become the center of our lives, they seize us and make us slaves.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Slave #Materials #Material Things

  • Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more
    -- Pope Francis

    #Children #Home #Men

  • Jesus intercedes for us each day. Let us pray: Lord, have mercy on me; intercede for me!
    -- Pope Francis

    #Jesus #Each Day #Praying

  • Let us learn to live with kindness, to love everyone, even when they do not love us.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Kindness

  • The Christian truth is attractive and persuasive because it responds to humanity's deepest needs.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Faith #Christian #Inspiration

  • How powerful prayer is! May we never lose the courage to say: Lord, give us your peace.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Powerful #Prayer #Giving

  • Holiness doesn't mean doing extraordinary things, but doing ordinary things with love and faith.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Mean #Holiness #Ordinary Things

  • Let's return to our first love, in order to receive the fire which Jesus has kindled in the world and to bring that fire to all people, to the very ends of the earth.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Jesus #First Love #Order

  • Let us seek to live in a way that is always worthy of our Christian vocation
    -- Pope Francis

    #Christian #Way #Worthy

  • Our faith in Christ, who became poor, and was always close to the poor and the outcast, is the basis of our concern for the integral development of society’s most neglected members.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Development #Christ #Poor

  • Only by becoming poor ourselves, by stripping away our complacency, will we be able to identify with the least of our brothers and sisters.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Brother #Able #Complacency

  • If I repeated some passages from the homilies of the Church Fathers, in the second or third century, about how we must treat the poor, some would accuse me of giving a Marxist homily.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Father #Giving #Justice

  • Dearest brothers and sisters who are so persecuted, I know how much you suffer, I know that you are stripped of everything. I am with you in the faith of the one who has conquered evil!
    -- Pope Francis

    #Brother #Evil #Suffering

  • Lord, help us to live the virtue of generosity, to love without limits.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Generosity #Limits #Helping

  • Ask Jesus what he wants from you and be brave!
    -- Pope Francis

    #Jesus #Brave #Want

  • Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others, and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place: on the street, in a city square, during work, on a journey.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Faith #Jesus #Inspiration

  • Too often we participate in the globalization of indifference. May we strive instead to live global solidarity.
    -- Pope Francis

    #May #Indifference #Globalization

  • 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

    #Jesus #Catholic #Arms

  • You cannot insult the faith of others.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Insult

  • I want to express my closeness to the people of the Philippines who have been struck by a strong earthquake, and I invite you to pray for that dear nation, which in recent days has suffered different calamities.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Strong #Earthquakes #People

  • To be a mother is a great treasure. Mothers, in their unconditional and sacrificial love for their children, are the antidote to individualism; they are the greatest enemies against war.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Mother #Children #War

  • Lent is a time of grace, a time to convert and live out our baptism fully.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Grace #Baptism

  • May every Church and Christian community be a place of mercy amid so much indifference.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Christian #Community #Church

  • The Christian mission has only one focus: to change individual's lives so they can change the world.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Christian #Focus #World

  • Let us build our lives of faith on the rock who is Christ.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Rocks #Christ

  • God always forgives, always. But he asks that I forgive. If I don't forgive, in a certain sense I am closing the door to God's forgiveness.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Doors #Forgiving #Certain

  • God never tires of forgiving us.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Forgiving #Tire

  • Humility saves man: pride makes him lose his way.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Humility #Pride #Men

  • May the God of peace arouse in all an authentic desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence cannot be overcome with violence. Violence is overcome with peace.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Desire #May #Violence

  • Sometimes it is possible to live without knowing our neighbours: this is not Christian
    -- Pope Francis

    #Christian #Knowing #Sometimes

  • How many of us, myself included, have lost our bearings; we are no longer attentive to the world in which we live; we don’t care; we don’t protect what God created for everyone, and we end up unable even to care for one another.
    -- Pope Francis

    #World #Care #Ends

  • The family is where we are formed as people. Every family is a brick in the building of society
    -- Pope Francis

    #People #Bricks #Building

  • The real power is love, that which empowers others, that which arouses action, that which no chain is able to hold back, for even on the Cross or on the death bed one is able to love. One does not need youthful beauty, nor recognition or approval, nor money or prestige. Let love simply bloom...and it is unstoppable.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Real #Empowering #Doe

  • Filipinos are called to be outstanding missionaries of faith in Asia
    -- Pope Francis

    #Asia #Filipino #Outstanding

  • We must walk united with our differences: there is no other way to become one. This is the way of Jesus.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Jesus #Differences #Way

  • Lent is a good time for sacrificing. Let us deny ourselves something every day to help others,
    -- Pope Francis

    #Sacrifice #Helping Others #Good Times

  • Let us remember well, however, that whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor, from the hungry!
    -- Pope Francis

    #Economic Inequality #Tables #Remember

  • 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

    #Jesus #May #Wealth

  • Lord Jesus, make us capable of loving as you love.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Jesus #Lord #Capable

  • Lord, with so much violence in Iraq, may we persevere in our prayer and generosity.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Prayer #Iraq #Generosity

  • Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity
    -- Pope Francis

    #Humanity #Pawns #Migrants

  • Dear young people, please, don’t be observers of life, but get involved. Jesus did not remain an observer, but he immersed himself. Don’t be observers, but immerse yourself in the reality of life, as Jesus did.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Jesus #Reality #People

  • Mercy is the true power that can save humanity and the world from sin and evil.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Evil #Humanity #World

  • Some think, excuse me if I use the word, that in order to be good Catholics, we have to be like rabbits - but no.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Thinking #Order #Catholic

  • The fact is, woman was taken from a rib.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Taken #Facts #Ribs

  • God is not afraid of new things.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Not Afraid

  • May no one use religion as a pretext for actions against human dignity and against the fundamental rights of every man and woman.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Men #Rights #Use

  • When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so. He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Running #Law #Risk

  • To be wise use three languages: think well, feel well and do well. And to be wise allow yourselves to be surprised by the love of God. That will guarantee a good life.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Wise #Good Life #Thinking

  • Essential to the attainment of these national goals is the moral imperative of ensuring social justice and respect for human dignity. The great biblical tradition enjoins on all peoples the duty to hear the voice of the poor. It bids us to break the bonds of injustice and oppression which give rise to glaring, and indeed, scandalous social inequalities. Reforming the social structures which perpetuate poverty and the exclusion of the poor first requires a conversion of mind and heart.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Heart #Biblical #Voice

  • If you don’t learn how to cry, you cannot be a good Christian. When they posed this question to us – why children suffer, why this or that tragedy occurs in life – our response must be either silence or a word that is born of our tears. Be courageous, don’t be afraid to cry.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Christian #Children #Silence

  • When I saw from Rome that catastrophe (brought by Yolanda) I had to be here. And on those very days I decided to come here. I am here to be with you – a little bit late, but I’m here.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Rome #Littles #Saws

  • Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Evolution #Creation #Evolve

  • May the deepest spiritual values of the Filipino people continue to find expression in your efforts to provide your fellow citizens with an integral human development.  In this way, each person will be able to fulfill his or her potential, and thus contribute wisely and well to the future of this country.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Spiritual #Country #Expression

  • We must learn from Mary, and we must imitate her unconditional readiness to receive Christ in her life.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Christ #Mary #Unconditional

  • I have great love for St. Joseph, because he is a man of silence and strength. On my table I have a statue of St. Joseph sleeping. Even when he is asleep, he is taking care of the church! Yes! We know that he can do that. So when I have a problem, a difficulty, I write a little note and I put it underneath St. Joseph, so that he can dream about it! In other words I tell him: pray for this problem!
    -- Pope Francis

    #Dream #Writing #Sleep

  • Many powerful people don't want peace, because they live off war
    -- Pope Francis

    #Powerful #War #People

  • The love of God is not generic. God looks with love upon every man and woman, calling them by name.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Men #Names #Looks

  • Through humility, soul searching, and prayerful contemplation we have gained a new understanding of certain dogmas. The church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God. God is not a judge but a friend and a lover of humanity. God seeks not to condemn but only to embrace. Like the fable of Adam and Eve, we see hell as a literary device. Hell is merely a metaphor for the isolated soul, which like all souls ultimately will be united in love with God.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Believe #Humility #Judging

  • Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Rights #Terrorism #Economic

  • Since many of you do not belong to the Catholic Church and others are non-believers, from the bottom of my heart I give this silent blessing to each and every one of you, respecting the conscience of each one of you but knowing that each one of you is a child of God.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Children #Heart #Blessing

  • Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Brother #Jesus #Body

  • We have to work harder to develop a profound theology of women within the church. The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Profound #Decision #Important

  • Wretched are those who are vindictive and spiteful.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Spiteful #Vindictive

  • It is true that going out on to the street implies the risk of accidents happening, as they would to any ordinary man or woman. But if the church stays wrapped up in itself, it will age. And if I had to choose between a wounded church that goes out on to the streets and a sick, withdrawn church, I would definitely choose the first one.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Men #Sick #Risk

  • I love tango, and I used to dance when I was young.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Young #Used #Tango

  • Although the life of a person is in a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Trust #Weed #Land

  • Sometimes negative news does come out, but it is often exaggerated and manipulated to spread scandal. Journalists sometimes risk becoming ill from coprophilia and thus fomenting coprophagia: which is a sin that taints all men and women, that is, the tendency to focus on the negative rather than the positive aspects.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Men #Focus #Risk

  • Inconsistency on the part of pastors and the faithful between what they say and what they do, between word and manner of life, is undermining the Church's credibility.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Faithful #Church #Life Is

  • We have observed that, in society and the world in which we live, selfishness has increased more than love for others, and that men of good will must work, each with his own strengths and expertise, to ensure that love for others increases until it is equal and possibly exceeds love for oneself.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Men #Selfishness #World

  • A Christian who does not pray for those who govern is not a good Christian.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Christian #Doe #Praying

  • Grace is not part of consciousness; it is the amount of light in our souls, not knowledge nor reason.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Light #Soul #Grace

  • The people of God want pastors, not clergy acting like bureaucrats or government officials.
    -- Pope Francis

    #Government #People #Acting