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Pope Francis  November 2019

Dialogue and reconciliation in the Middle East

Let us pray that a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Middle East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.  

In the Middle East, concord and dialogue among the three monotheistic religions is based on spiritual and historic bonds. The Good News of Jesus, risen out of love, came to us from these lands. Today, many Christian communities, together with Jewish and Muslim communities, work here for peace, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Let us pray that a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Middle East.  

Pope Francis Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica  09.11.19

Evangelization

There is no human heart in which Christ does not want to be and cannot be reborn. In our lives as sinners, we often turn away from the Lord and extinguish the Spirit. We destroy the temple of God that is in each of us. Yet this is never a definitive situation: it takes the Lord three days to rebuild his temple within us! 

No one, no matter how wounded by evil, is condemned to be separated from God on this earth forever.

Pope Francis  Angelus 10.11.19

Resurrection

This earthly dimension in which we live now is not the only dimension, but that there is another dimension, no longer subject to death, in which it will be fully manifested that we are children of God. It gives great consolation and hope to listen to this simple and clear word of Jesus about life beyond death; we need it so much especially in our time, so rich in knowledge about the universe but so poor in wisdom about eternal life.
After this earthly pilgrimage, what will become of our lives? Will it belong to nothing, to death?
There is no life where one has the pretension of belonging only to oneself and of living as an island: in these attitudes death prevails. It's selfishness. If I live for myself, I am sowing death in my heart. Eternal life is our destiny. It is this life that we are called to prepare through evangelical choices.   

Pope Francis - World Day of Care for Creation  01.09.19

Care for our common home / Laudato Si / Climate Change

God, offers creation to men and women as a precious gift to be preserved.

Tragically, the human response to this gift has been marked by sin, selfishness and a greedy desire to possess and exploit..
The environment itself is endangered: something good in God’s eyes has become something to be exploited in human hands. Deterioration has increased in recent decades: constant pollution, the continued use of fossil fuels, intensive agricultural exploitation and deforestation are causing global temperatures to rise above safe levels. The increase in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather phenomena and the desertification of the soil are causing immense hardship for the most vulnerable among us. Melting of glaciers, scarcity of water, neglect of water basins and the considerable presence of plastic and microplastics in the oceans are equally troubling, and testify to the urgent need for interventions that can no longer be postponed.

We have caused a climate emergency that gravely threatens nature and life itself, including our own...

I strongly encourage the faithful to pray in these days...

It is also a season to reflect on our lifestyles, and how our daily decisions about food, consumption, transportation, use of water, energy and many other material goods, can often be thoughtless and harmful...
Now is the time to abandon our dependence on fossil fuels and move, quickly and decisively, towards forms of clean energy and a sustainable and circular economy...

This too is a season for undertaking prophetic actions.

Many young people all over the world are making their voices heard and calling for courageous decisions. They feel let down by too many unfulfilled promises, by commitments made and then ignored for selfish interests or out of expediency. The young remind us that the earth is not a possession to be squandered, but an inheritance to be handed down. They remind us that hope for tomorrow is not a noble sentiment, but a task calling for concrete actions here and now. We owe them real answers, not empty words, actions not illusions...

The forthcoming United Nations Climate Action Summit is of particular importance. There, governments will have the responsibility of showing the political will to take drastic measures to achieve as quickly as possible zero net greenhouse gas emissions and to limit the average increase in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius with respect to pre-industrial levels...

May God, “the lover of life” (Wis 11:26), grant us the courage to do good without waiting for someone else to begin, or until it is too late.


 


100 inspiring Quotes from Pope Francis listed in Subject order with the date and occasion when the quote was made

Pope Francis General Audience 13.11.19

Through the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, we continue to follow a journey: the journey of the Gospel in the world.

The Acts

Paul with Priscilla and Aquila - a couple in the service of the Gospel - Acts 18: 1-26


Pope Francis Requiem Mass for Cardinals and Bishops who died in the last year 04.11.19

Resurrection

Today did I do everything while thinking only of my concerns, rejoicing only in things that went well for me and complaining about those that didn’t? In a word, did I live my day coming to the Lord, or was I simply orbiting around myself? And where am I headed? Do I seek only to make a good impression, to protect my role, my schedule and my free time?
Do I feel and practise compassion for those in need?

Pope Francis - All Souls - 02.11.19

All Souls

Even today there are persecuted Christians, more than in the first centuries.  Today in so many, many countries where being a Christian is a crime, it is forbidden, they have no right.
The identity of a Christian is this: the Beatitudes. There's no other. If you do this, if you live like this, you're a Christian. There is another passage of the gospel that helps us better understand this.  It's Matthew 25.
Today we can ask ourselves: but me, where do I feel most secure? In the hands of God or with other things, with other certainties that we trust ourselves to but that will eventually fall, that are not substantial?
Our hope is in Heaven, our hope is anchored there and we, with the rope in hand, we support ourselves looking at that other shore that river that we have to cross.

Pope Francis - All Saints - 01.11.19

All Saints

The Saints are not simply symbols, or distant and unreachable people. On the contrary, they are people who have lived with their feet on the ground; they have experienced the daily toil of existence with its successes and failures, finding in the Lord the strength to always rise up and continue the journey. 
The Saints leads us to raise our eyes to Heaven: not to forget the realities of the earth, but to face them with more courage, and with more hope. 

Pope Francis Holy Mass World Day for Migrants and Refugees 29.09.19

Migrants

We must pay special attention to the strangers in our midst as well as to widows, orphans and all the outcasts of our time.

The Lord calls us to practise charity towards all those in existential peripheries who, together with migrants and refugees, are victims of the throwaway culture. He calls us to restore their humanity, as well as our own, and to leave no one behind.


As Christians, we cannot be indifferent to the tragedy of old and new forms of poverty, to the bleak isolation, contempt and discrimination experienced by those who do not belong to “our” group.
We must not fail to weep. We must not fail to respond.



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The Gospel in your pocket 


"How do we receive the Word of God?”. The response is clear: “As one receives Jesus Christ. The Church tells us that Jesus is present in the Scripture, in His Word”.
"Always carry a small Gospel with you in your purse, in your pocket, and read a passage from the Gospel during the day. Not so much “to learn” something, but mostly “to find Jesus, because Jesus actually is in His Word, in His Gospel”.  “Every time I read the Gospel, I find Jesus”.  - Pope Francis 01.09.14
 
Daily Readings - read the entire New Testament over a 2 year period (reading plan courtesy of Gideon International)

Pope Francis - Holy Mass, Santa Marta ( Domus Sanctae Marthae) 05.11.19

Salvation

We will be faced with this choice, this option, many times along the journey of life: either the lavishness of the Lord, going to visit the Lord, encountering the Lord, or closing myself in on my own affairs, my own interests.

The Lord's reaction to our refusal is firm: he wants all sorts of people called to the feast, brought there, even forced to come, good people and bad. Everyone is invited. Everyone. No one can say, 'I am bad, I can’t ...'. No. The Lord is waiting for you in a special way because you are bad.

Pope Francis - Holy Mass, Santa Marta ( Domus Sanctae Marthae) 31.10.19

God's love

Paul was sure that the Lord would never abandon him. He understood the love of Christ in his own life. This is the path that Paul shows us: the path of love at all times, through thick and thin, at every moment.

Christ’s love, cannot be described. It is immeasurable.


Pope Francis - Holy Mass, Santa Marta ( Domus Sanctae Marthae) 29.10.19

Hope

Hope is in fact like throwing an anchor to the other shore and clinging to the rope.
Hope is this living in tension, always; knowing that we cannot make a nest here: the life of the Christian is in ongoing tension.


Pope Francis
Sunday of the Word of God
Aperuit Illis 30.09.19

Pope Francis  30.09.19  Sunday of the Word of God

"He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Lk 24:45).  

A Sunday given over entirely to the word of God, so as to appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in that constant dialogue between the Lord and his people - the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.


Pope Francis - Christ is Alive!
25.03.19

Pope Francis - Christ is Alive

Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world, and everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life. The very first words, then, that I would like to say to every young Christian are these: Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!


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Abortion

Accusers

Acts of mercy

Adultery

Advent

Adversary

Afraid

Agreement

All Nations

All Saints

All Souls

Alone

Always beside us

Anger

Annoyed

Annunciation of the Lord

Anointing

antichrist

Anxiety

Apostle

Apostolic zeal

Ascension

Ash Wednesday

Ashamed

Ask

Asylum seekers

Authority 

Bad Times

Baptism

Baptism of the Lord

Beatitudes

Beauty

Belittling

Birth of Jesus

Bishops

Black

Bleakest moments

Bless

Body and Blood

Born Christians

Broadmindedness

Building

Bullying

Busy 

Call to Holiness - Gaudete Exsultate

Canonization

Care

Care for our common home / Laudato Si / Climate Change

Careers

Catechists

Catechumen

Catholic

 Celebration

Change your Life

Charity

Choices in Life

Chrism Mass

Christ the King

Christian community

Christian Life

Christian Unity

Christian vigilance

Christian Witness

Christianity as a social habit

Christians of action and truth

Christians of words

Christmas

Church

Cleaner

Closed door Church

Come out of ourselves

Comfort

Commandments

Communion

Comparison to others constantly

Compassion

Complaining

Condemnation

Confession

Conflict

Confraternities

Conscience

Consecrated Life

Consolation

Consumerism

Consumption

Contemplative Prayer

Contempt

Conversion

Corpus Christie

Correction

Corruption

Courage

Covenant

Cowardice

Creation

Cross

Cry Out

Culture of Waste

Cursing


Death

Deception

Deeds

Defeat

Defending ourselves

Demons

Desires

Desolation

Destruction

Devastation

Devil

Dictatorial Governments

Difficulties

Disabled

Disappointment

Discarding

Discernment

Disciple

Discouraged

Discrediting

Disdain

Distances

Disunity

Docility

Drugs 

Easter

Ecclesial spirit

Economics

Ecumenism

Elderly

End of the world

Endurance

Enemies

Environment

Envy

Epiphany

Ethics

Eucharist

Evangelical spirit

Evangelization

Evil

Exorcism

Exploitation

J 

 Failures

Faith

False accusation

Fame

Family

Fasting

Fat

Father

Fear

First Communicants

Flattery

Flee from God

Following

Forgiveness

the Forgotten

Fortune telling

Fraternity

Freedom

Future

 Gardener

Generosity

Gentleness

Give freely

Give Thanks to God

Go out

God calls

Godliness

God Remembers You

God's love

God's Power and Weakness

God walks with us

Good

Good Friday

Good Samaritan

Good Shepherd

Gossip

Government

Grace

Greatest

Guardian Angels

Harmony 

Hatred

Heal this wound

Healing

Healthy Restlessness

Hear the voice of God

Heart of stone

our Heart

Heaven

Hell

Help me

Help one another

Holy Family

Holy Saturday

Holy Spirit

Holy Thursday

Holy Week

Homeless

Hope

How to know God

Human Fraternity

Humiliation

Humility

Hungry

Hypocrisy of the just

Hypocrites

Idle 

Idols

Impatient

the Important

Indifference

In my name

Insecurity

Insults

Jealousy

Jesus Christ

Journeying

Joy

Joy of the Gospel/ Evangelii Gaudium

Judging

Justice 

 Killing

Kindness

Kingdom of God

Lamentations

Last Judgement

the Law

Lazarus

Lazy

Leaders

the Least Ones

Leave something

Lent

Liberation

Lies

Life

Light

Listen to the word of Jesus

Living stones

Lord's Supper

Lost Faith

Lost sheep

Love

Love God

Love in the Family - Amoris Laetitia

Love of God

Love our neighbour

Lukewarm Christians

Lumen Fidei

Lust

Luxury

 

 Magnanimity

Marginalized

Marriage

Martyrs

Mary

Mass of the Lord's Supper

Material things

Mediocrity

Meekness

Memory

Mercy

Migrants

Ministry

Miracles

Misinformation

Mission

Missionary spirit

Mistreat

Mock

Moments of Desolation

Money

Mud-slinging

Murmuring

My Image

My Lifestyle


Near to people

Neighbour

New life

Newness

New things of God

Night of the sinner

Nostalgia

Not speaking

 

Obey God

Omission

Open door Church

Oppressed

Our Lady 

 S T

Pagan worship

Palm Sunday - Passion of the Lord

Past

Pastors

Pastoral Customs Office

Path of Life

Patience

Peace

Pentecost / Whitsunday

People of God

Persecution

Perseverance

Personal success

Pessimism

Pleasure

Politics

Poor

Possessions

Power

Prayer

Present

Presentation of the Lord

Pride

Priests

Prince of the World

Prisoners

Privilege

Problems

Proclaim the Gospel

Proclamation 

Prodigal Son

Professing

Profession of Faith

Profit

Promotion

Prophet

Prostitutes

Protect

 

Read the Gospel

Reassurance 

Receiving

Reconciliation

Refugees

Refusing Jesus

Regret

Remain steadfast in the Lord

Remember

Renewal

Repent

Resentment

Respect

Resurrection

Retaliation

Return to God

Revenge

Riches

Ridicule

Rifts

Righteousness

Rigid Christians

Rivalry

Ruins of Life

Rule for Daily Life

Rulers


Sacred Heart

Sadness

Saint

Salt

Salvation

Sanctification

Satan

Scorn

Seduction

See the Good

Seeking God

Self-importance

Self-justification 

Selfish

Separation

Serenity

Service

Setbacks

Settle the matter

Shame

Sharing

Shouting

Sick

Silence

Sin

Slander

Slavery

Smiling

Something Stupid

Son

St John

St Joseph

St Paul

St Peter

St Stephen

Stifling Life

Stop and Choose

Strength

Struggle

Success

Suffering

Surprises

Swim against the tide

Talents

Take life as it comes

Tarot cards

Tears

Temple

Temptations 

Tenderness

Thank You

Thoughts

Time

Today

Tragedies

Transfiguration

Trials of Life

Treasure

Trinity

Triumphalism

Trust in God

Truth

 XY Z 

Urbi et Orbi

 Uncertainty

Unemployed

Unity

Vanity

Verbal abuse

Victims

Victory

Vigilance

Violence 

Wants

Wars

Weakest

Weakness

Wealth

Well-being

Witness

 Women

Word of God

Words

Work

Works of charity

Works of mercy

World institutions

Worldliness

Worship

Wounds

Wrongdoing endured

 

Young people