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Great Short Quotes From Pope Francis   https://twitter.com/Pontifex


Pope Francis ‪@Pontifex    ·   

O Lord, comfort all those who suffer, especially the sick, the poor and the unemployed.
The spiritual power of the Sacraments is boundless.  With grace, we can overcome every obstacle.
Dear young people, Christ is counting on you to be His friends and witnesses to His infinite love.
Let us ask the Lord for the grace not to speak badly of others, not to criticize, not to gossip, but rather to love everyone.
Come, Holy Spirit. Bestow upon us Your gifts during the Synod. ‪#prayforsynod
As we begin the Synod on the Family, let us ask the Lord to show us the way forward. ‪#prayforsynod
As Jesus told Martha in the Gospel, one thing is necessary: prayer. ‪#praywithus
Happy families are essential for the Church and for society.  ‪#prayforsynod
A Synod means walking together but also praying together.  I ask all the faithful to participate. ‪#praywithus
Division within a Christian community is a very grave sin; it is the work of the devil.
There is the tendency to place ourselves and our ambitions at the center of our lives. This is very human, but it is not Christian.
Jesus understands our weaknesses and sins; and He forgives us if we allow ourselves to be forgiven.
When a society lacks God, even prosperity is joined by a terrible spiritual poverty.
Dear young people, listen within: Christ is knocking at the door of your heart.
Mary, give us the grace of being joyful as we walk in the freedom of the children of God.

The Lord is always there waiting to give us his love: it is an amazing thing, one which never ceases to surprise us!
Despite our sins, we can say with Peter: Lord, You know everything, You know that I love You.
We cannot trust in our own strength, but only in Jesus and in His Mercy.
God’s faithfulness is stronger than our unfaithfulness and our infidelities.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd.  He seeks us out and he stays near us even though we are sinners, indeed because we are sinners.
I pray every day for all who are suffering in Iraq. Please join me. 
Our Christian witness is authentic when it is faithful and unconditional.
The Christian who does not feel that the Virgin Mary is his or her mother is an orphan.
The Lord always forgives us and walks at our side.  We have to let Him do that.
From the Cross, Christ teaches us to love even those who do not love us.
God’s love is unbounded: it has no limits! 
Christians knows how to give.  Their lives are filled with generous acts – often hidden – towards their neighbor.
Pope Francis @Pontifex  
Christians knows how to give.  Their lives are filled with generous acts – often hidden – towards their neighbor.
Pope Francis @Pontifex  Aug 21
Let us ask the Lord for this grace: that our hearts become free and filled with light, so that we can rejoice as children of God.
So many innocent people have been driven from their homes in Iraq. Lord, we pray they may go back soon.

Pope Francis @Pontifex    Aug 18

Trust in the power of Christ’s Cross!  Receive His reconciling grace and share it!
Lord, with so much violence in Iraq, may we persevere in our prayer and generosity.
It is by God’s mercy that we are saved. May we never tire of spreading this joyful message to the world.
Let us pray that the Church be holier and more humble, loving God by serving the poor, the lonely and the sick.
Let us not forget the cry of Christians and all vulnerable populations in Iraq.
The martyrs teach us that wealth, prestige and honor have little importance: Christ is the only true treasure.
My heart bleeds especially when I think of the children in Iraq. May Mary, Our Mother, protect them.
Dear young people, Christ asks you to be wide awake and alert, to see the things in life that really matter.
Mary, Queen of Heaven, help us to transform the world according to God’s plan.
Mary, Queen of Peace, help us to root out hatred and live in harmony.
Saint John Paul II, pray for us and especially for our youth.
May God bless Korea – and in a special way, the elderly and the young people.
I thank all those who are courageously helping our brothers and sisters in Iraq.
As I begin my trip, I ask you to join me in praying for Korea and for all of Asia.
An appeal to all families: when you say your prayers, remember all those forced from their homes in Iraq. #PrayForPeace
The news coming from Iraq pains me. Lord, teach us to live in solidarity with all those who suffer.
Those driven from their homes in Iraq depend on us. I ask all to pray, and for those who are able, to give material assistance.
Violence is not conquered by violence. Lord, send us the gift of peace. #prayforpeace
I ask the international community to protect all those suffering violence in Iraq.
I ask all Catholic parishes and communities to offer a special prayer this weekend for Iraqi Christians.
Lord, we pray that  you sustain those who have been deprived of everything in Iraq. #prayforpeace
Please take a moment today to pray for all those who have been forced from their homes in Iraq. #PrayForPeace
I ask all men and women of goodwill to join me in praying for Iraqi Christians and all vulnerable populations.
The Christian is someone who can decrease so that the Lord may increase, in his heart and in the heart of others.
If you hoard material possessions, they will rob you of your soul.
When we do not adore God, we adore something else.  Money and power are false idols which often take the place of God.
May each family rediscover family prayer, which helps to bring about mutual understanding and forgiveness.
May we be always more grateful for the help of domestic workers and caregivers; theirs is a precious service.
When one lives attached to money, pride or power, it is impossible to be truly happy.
The great threat in today’s world is the loneliness of hearts oppressed by greed.
The Lord loves a cheerful giver.  May we learn to be generous in giving, free from the love of material possessions.
The Church, by her nature, is missionary. She exists so that every man and woman may encounter Jesus.
Dear young people, do not be mediocre; the Christian life challenges us with great ideals.
The World Cup allowed people from different countries and religions to come together. May sport always promote the culture of encounter.
Do not be afraid to cast yourselves into the Arms of God; whatever He asks of you, He will repay a hundredfold.
With God, nothing is lost; but without Him, everything is lost.
Dear young people, do not give up your dreams of a more just world!
To live as true children of God means to love our neighbor and to be close to those who are lonely and in difficulty.
Jesus, help us to love God as Father and our neighbor as ourselves.
May Saints Peter and Paul bless the city of Rome and the entire pilgrim Church throughout the world.
To be friends with God means to pray with simplicity, like children talking to their parents.
In the face of life’s difficulties, let us ask the Lord for the strength to remain joyful witnesses to our faith.
The family is essential to sustaining human and social development.
How I wish everyone had decent work!  It is essential for human dignity.
Let us pray for the Christian communities in the Middle East, that they may continue to live in the land where Christianity was born.
There is so much indifference in the face of suffering.  May we overcome indifference with concrete acts of charity. 
There is never a reason to lose hope. Jesus says: “I am with you until the end of the world”.
Sometimes we cast the elderly aside, but they are a precious treasure: to cast them aside is an injustice and an irreparable loss.
May the Lord bless the family and strengthen it in this moment of crisis.
We run the risk of forgetting the suffering which doesn’t affect us personally. May we respond to it, and may we pray for peace in Syria.
May we not resist the Holy Spirit but allow him to work in our lives, so that he can renew us, the Church and the world.
I wish everyone a wonderful World Cup, played in a spirit of true fraternity.
Let us pray for all victims of sexual violence in conflict, and those working to end this crime. #TimeToAct
May we never talk about others behind their backs, but speak to them openly about what we think.
I ask all people of good will to join us today in praying for peace in the Middle East. #weprayforpeace
Prayer is all-powerful. Let us use it to bring peace to the Middle East and peace to the world. #weprayforpeace
Peace is a gift of God, but requires our efforts. Let us be people of peace in prayer and deed. #weprayforpeace
Like the Good Samaritan, may we not be ashamed of touching the wounds of those who suffer, but try to heal them with concrete acts of love.
Thank you to all teachers: educating is an important mission, which draws young people to what is good, beautiful and true.
At times we can be self-absorbed. Lord, help us to open our hearts to others and to serve those who are most vulnerable.
In the difficult moments of life, Christians can turn to the Mother of God and find protection and care.
Every Christian can witness to God in the workplace, not only with words, but above all with an honest life.
May we enter into true friendship with Jesus, so that following him closely, we may live with and for him.
Dear friends, please pray for me during my pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
To live by faith means to put our lives in the hands of God, especially in our most difficult moments.
We will never be disillusioned or lose our way if we are guided by God.
I ask all of you to pray for the victims of the floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Serbia and in other countries in the region.
Come, Holy Spirit! Help us to overcome our selfishness.
The one who listens attentively to the Word of God and truly prays, always asks the Lord: what is your will for me?
The month of May, dedicated to Mary, is a fitting time to begin to recite the rosary daily.
Our mission as Christians is to conform ourselves evermore to Jesus as the model of our lives.
Let us ask the Holy Spirit for the grace to live daily according to the mind of Jesus and his Gospel.
Let us pray for the miners who died in Turkey and for the latest victims of shipwreck in the Mediterranean.
Let us read the Gospel, a small section each day. This way we will learn what is most essential in our lives: love and mercy.
Our life has been saved by the blood of Christ. Let us always be renewed by this love.
Let us all join in prayer for the immediate release of the schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria. #BringBackOurGirls
A family enlightened by the Gospel provides a school for Christian living! There one learns faithfulness, patience and sacrifice.
In our families we learn to love and to recognise the dignity of all, especially of the elderly.
A society which abandons children and the elderly severs its roots and darkens its future.
What does “evangelise” mean? To give witness with joy and simplicity to what we are and what we believe in.
Do not be afraid! Open the doors to Christ!
No one is more patient than God the Father; no one understands and knows how to wait as much as He does.
I ask everyone with political responsibility to remember 2 things: human dignity and the common good.
Who among us can presume to be free of sin?  No one. Let us ask God to forgive our sins.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Apr 28  
Holiness means giving ourselves in sacrifice every day. And so married life is a tremendous path to sanctity!
Inequality is the root of social evil.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Apr 26  
None of us can think we are exempt from concern for the poor and for social justice.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Apr 25   
We must not let ourselves fall into the vortex of pessimism. Faith can move mountains!
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Apr 24   
A simple lifestyle is good for us, helping us to better share with those in need.
.     Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Apr 21 
Each encounter with Jesus fills us with joy, with that deep joy which only God can give.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Apr 20      
Christ is risen!  Alleluia!
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Apr 19 
Please join me in praying for the victims of the ferry disaster in Korea and their families
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Apr 18 
It is not easy to follow Jesus closely, because the path he chooses is the Way of the Cross.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Apr 15 
Each encounter with Jesus changes our life.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Apr 14 
Holy Week is a good occasion to go to confession and to take up the right path again.
    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Apr 12 
How beautiful it is to stand before the Crucifix, simply to be under the Lord’s gaze, so full of love. 
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Apr 11 
Only trust in God can transform doubts into certainty, evil into good, night into radiant dawn.
 Apr 10 
Jesus teaches us to not be ashamed of touching human misery, of touching His Flesh in our brothers and sisters who suffer.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Apr 8 
We need to rediscover a contemplative spirit, so that the love of God may warm our hearts.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Apr 7 
How good it is for us when the Lord unsettles our lukewarm and superficial lives.
 Apr 5    
In the Gospel we can hear Jesus speaking to us every day: may we always carry with us a small copy of the Gospel!
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Apr 4     
 With Jesus our life becomes full. With Him everything makes sense.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Apr 3    
May we never get used to the poverty and decay around us. A Christian must act.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Apr 1       
Dear parents, teach your children to pray. Pray with them .
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 31 
Lent is a time to change direction, to respond to the reality of evil and poverty.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 29 
We live in a society that leaves no room for God; day by day this numbs our hearts.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 28 
We all need to improve, to change for the better. Lent helps us fight against our faults.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 27 
Lent is a time of grace, a time to convert and live out our baptism fully.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 25 
We cannot be tepid disciples.  The Church needs our courage in order to give witness to truth.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 24 
Jesus is never far from us sinners.  He wants to pour out on us, without limit, all of His Mercy.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 22 
Jesus is our hope.  Nothing – not even evil or death – is able to separate us from the saving power of His love.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 21 
Sickness and death are not taboo subjects.  They are realities that we must face in Jesus’ Presence.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 20 
May we learn to say “thank you” to God and to one another.  We teach children to do it, and then we forget to do it ourselves!
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 19 
I greet the World School Network for Encounter..    Today we plant the first virtual olive tree for peace.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 18 
Christian love is loving without counting the cost.  This is the lesson of the Good Samaritan; this is the lesson of Jesus.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 17 
Thank you for all your warm wishes on my anniversary. Please continue praying for me.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 13 
Please pray for me.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 8 
The challenge for Christian spouses:remaining together, knowing how to love one another always, and doing so in a way that their love grows.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 7 
Our deepest joy comes from Christ: remaining with Him, walking with Him, being His disciples.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 6 
Let us pray for Christians who are victims of persecution, so that they may know how to respond to evil with good.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 5 
Lent is a good time for sacrificing.  Let us deny ourselves something every day to help others.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 4
In life we all make many mistakes. Let us learn to recognize our errors and ask forgiveness.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 3 
How to live a good marriage? United to the Lord, Who always renews our love and strengthens it to overcome every difficulty.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Mar 1 
Let us thank all those who teach in Catholic schools. Educating is an act of love; it is like giving life.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 28 
The Eucharist is essential for us: it is Christ Who wishes to enter our lives and fill us with His grace.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 27 
In a family it is normal to take charge of those who need help. Do not be afraid of frailty!
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 25 
All of us who are baptized are missionary disciples. We are called to become a living Gospel in the world.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 24 
Our Lady is always close to us, especially when we feel the weight of life with all its problems.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 22 
Let us never lose hope! God loves us always, even with our mistakes and sins.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 21 
Confirmation is important for Christians; it strengthens us to defend the faith and to spread the Gospel courageously.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 20 
Lord Jesus, make us capable of loving as You love.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 18 
Let us learn from Christ how to pray, to forgive, to sow peace, and to be near those in need.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 17 
To all who are sick, do not lose hope, especially when your suffering is at its worst.  Christ is near you.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 15 
Let us pray for peace in Africa, especially in the Central African Republic and in South Sudan.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 14 
Dear young people, don’t be afraid to marry.  A faithful and fruitful marriage will bring you happiness.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 13
Let us pray for seminarians, that they may listen to the Voice of the Lord and follow it with courage and joy.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 11 
I greet all those who are sick and suffering.  Christ Crucified is with you; cling to Him!
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 11 
Today I ask you to join me in prayer for His Holiness Benedict XVI, a man of great courage and humility.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 10 
Let us pray for all good and faithful priests who dedicate themselves to their people with generosity and unknown sacrifices.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 8 
The Sacraments, especially Confession and the Eucharist, are privileged places of encountering Christ.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 7 
What zest life acquires when we allow ourselves to be filled by the love of God!
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 6 
The world makes us look towards ourselves, our possessions, our desires.The Gospel invites us to be open to others, to share with the poor.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 4 
Dear young people, Jesus gives us life, life in abundance. If we are close to Him we will have joy in our hearts and a smile on our face.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 3 
It is important to have friends we can trust. But it is essential to trust the Lord, Who never lets us down.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 2 
May the World Day of Consecrated Life be a timely occasion to rediscover the centrality of Jesus in our lives.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Feb 1 
Sometimes we are saddened by the weight of our sins. May we not be discouraged. Christ has come to lift this burden and give us peace.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 31 No one saves oneself. The community is essential.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 30
   Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 28 
Let us pray for Christian unity. There are so many beautiful things which unite us.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 27 
Dear young people, let us not be satisfied with a mediocre life. Be amazed by what is true and beautiful, what is of God!
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 25 
It is easy to ask God for things; we all do it. When will we also learn to give Him thanks and to adore Him?
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 24 
We are called to live our baptism every day, as new creatures, clothed in Christ.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 23 
Like Mary, may we nurture the light born within us at Christmas. May we carry it everywhere in our daily lives.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 22 
I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 21 I
f we live the faith in our daily life, then our work too becomes a chance to spread the joy of being a Christian.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 20 
It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 18 
Wars shatter so many lives. I think especially of children robbed of their childhood.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 17 
How powerful prayer is! May we never lose the courage to say: Lord, give us Your peace.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 16 
Let us pray for peace, and let us bring it about, starting in our own homes!
Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 14 
May we always say thank you to God, especially for His patience and mercy.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 13 
The Lord is knocking at the door of our hearts. Have we put a sign on the door saying: “Do not disturb”?
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 11
No elderly person should be like an “exile” in our families. The elderly are a treasure for our society.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 10 
May we stop before the Child of Bethlehem and allow the tenderness of God to warm our hearts.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 9 
Let us contemplate the humility of the Son of God born into poverty. Let us imitate Him by sharing with those who are weak.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 7 
Let us leave a spare place at our table: a place for those who lack the basics, who are alone.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 5 
Dear friends, I wish to thank you for the many kind Christmas greetings.  May the Lord bless you all
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 4 
Dear young people, Jesus wants to be your friend, and wants you to spread the joy of this friendship everywhere.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 3 
The Child Jesus reveals the tenderness of God’s immense love surrounding each one of us.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Jan 2 
God does not reveal himself in strength or power, but in the weakness and fragility of a newborn babe.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Dec 31 
Let us draw from the crib the joy and deep peace that Jesus comes to bring to the world.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Dec 30 
In the Face of the Child Jesus we contemplate the Face of God. Come, let us adore Him!
Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Dec 29 
Our Mother Mary is full of beauty because She is full of grace.
Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Dec 27 
I cannot imagine a Christian who does not know how to smile. May we joyfully witness to our faith. 
May the joy of the Gospel be always in our hearts, especially this Christmas.
Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Dec 26 
Before the Nativity scene, may we pray in a particular way for those suffering persecution for the faith.
Christ comes among us at Christmas: it is the perfect time for a personal encounter with the Lord.
The Lord is coming. May we await him with open hearts!
Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem. May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God made man.
Christmas celebrations are often full of sound. It would be good for us to make room for silence, to hear the voice of Love.
This Christmas may we be consistent in living the Gospel, welcoming Jesus into the center of our lives.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Dec 19 
Let us pray that God grant us the grace of knowing a world where no one dies of hunger.
    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Dec 17 
The love of God is not generic. God looks with love upon every man and woman, calling them by name.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Dec 16 
We cannot resign ourselves to think of a Middle East without Christians.  Let us pray every day for peace.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Dec 14 
This is Christian hope: that the future is in God’s Hands.
 Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Dec 13 
Don’t be afraid to go to the Sacrament of Confession, where you will meet Jesus Who forgives you.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Dec 12 
We cannot think of a Church without joy.  This is the joy of the Church: announcing to all the name of Jesus
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Dec 10 
Mary, Our Mother, sustain us in moments of darkness, difficultlyand apparent defeat.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Dec 9 
If we see someone who needs help, do we stop? There is so much suffering and poverty, and a great need for good Samaritans.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Dec 7 
Dear young people, put your talents at the service of the Gospel, with creativity and boundless charity.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Dec 6 
The cross is the price of true love. Lord, give us the strength to accept and carry our crosses!
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Dec 5 
Holiness doesn’t mean doing extraordinary things, but doing ordinary things with love and faith.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Dec 4 
Fifty years ago, Vatican II spoke of communications. Let us listen to, dialogue with, and bring to Christ all those we encounter in life.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Dec 3 
We are all called to be friends with Jesus. Don’t be afraid to love the Lord.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Dec 2 
Your sins are great? Just tell the Lord: Forgive me, help me to get up again, change my heart!
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Nov 30 
The Church invites everyone to be embraced by the Father’s tenderness and forgiveness.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Nov 29 
It is hard to forgive others. Lord, grant us your mercy, so that we can always forgive.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Nov 28 
Let’s try to be open to God’s word, and open to the Lord’s surprises when he speaks to us.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Nov 26 
The Church is missionary. Christ sends us forth to bring the joy of the Gospel to the whole world.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Nov 25 
To live charitably means not looking out for our own interests, but carrying the burdens of the weakest and poorest among us.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Nov 23 
The Sacraments are Jesus Christ’s presence in us.  So it is important for us to go to Confession and receive Holy Communion.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Nov 22 
The Kingdom of Heaven is for those who place their trust in the love of God, not in material possessions.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Nov 21 To be saints is not a privilege for the few, but a vocation for everyone.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Nov 19 
The Saints were not superhuman.  They were people who loved God in their hearts, and who shared this joy with others.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Nov 18 
Confessing our sins may be difficult for us, but it brings us peace.  We are sinners, and we need God’s forgiveness.
.    Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Nov 16 
Jesus kept his wounds so that we would experience His mercy.  This is our strength and our hope.
Pope Francis‪@Pontifex Nov 15 
Dear young people, always be missionaries of the Gospel, every day and in every place.

The Pope's Christmas message:
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom He favors (Lk 2:14)

Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, Happy Christmas!
I take up the song of the Angels who appeared to the shepherds in Bethlehem on the night when Jesus was born. It is a song which unites heaven and earth, giving praise and glory to heaven, and the promise of peace to earth and all its people.

I ask everyone to share in this song: it is a song for every man or woman who keeps watch through the night, who hopes for a better world, who cares for others while humbly seeking to do his or her duty.

Glory to God!

Above all else, this is what Christmas bids us to do: give glory to God, for He is good, He is faithful, He is merciful. Today I voice my hope that everyone will come to know the True Face of God, the Father Who has given us Jesus. My hope is that everyone will feel God’s closeness, live in His Presence, love Him and adore Him.

May each of us give glory to God above all by our lives, by lives spent for love of Him and of all our brothers and sisters.

Peace to mankind.

True peace is not a balance of opposing forces. It is not a lovely “façade” which conceals conflicts and divisions. Peace calls for daily commitment, starting from God’s gift, from the grace which He has given us in Jesus Christ.

Looking at the Child in the manger, our thoughts turn to those children who are the most vulnerable victims of wars, but we think too of the elderly, to battered women, to the sick… Wars shatter and hurt so many lives!

Too many lives have been shattered in recent times by the conflict in Syria, fueling hatred and vengeance. Let us continue to ask the Lord to spare the beloved Syrian people further suffering, and to enable the parties in conflict to put an end to all violence and guarantee access to humanitarian aid. We have seen how powerful prayer is! And I am happy today too, that the followers of different religious confessions are joining us in our prayer for peace in Syria. Let us never lose the courage of prayer! The courage to say: Lord, grant Your peace to Syria and to the whole world.
Grant peace to the Central African Republic, often forgotten and overlooked. Yet You, Lord, forget no one! And you also want to bring peace to that land, torn apart by a spiral of violence and poverty, where so many people are homeless, lacking water, food and the bare necessities of life. Foster social harmony in South Sudan, where current tensions have already caused numerous victims and are threatening peaceful coexistence in that young state.

Prince of Peace, in every place turn hearts aside from violence and inspire them to lay down arms and undertake the path of dialogue. Look upon Nigeria, rent by constant attacks which do not spare the innocent and defenseless. Bless the land where you chose to come into the world, and grant a favorable outcome to the peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. Heal the wounds of the beloved country of Iraq, once more struck by frequent acts of violence.

Lord of life, protect all who are persecuted for Your Name. Grant hope and consolation to the displaced and refugees, especially in the Horn of Africa and in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Grant that migrants in search of a dignified life may find acceptance and assistance. May tragedies like those we have witnessed this year, with so many deaths at Lampedusa, never occur again!

Child of Bethlehem, touch the hearts of all those engaged in human trafficking, that they may realize the gravity of this crime against humanity. Look upon the many children who are kidnapped, wounded and killed in armed conflicts, and all those who are robbed of their childhood and forced to become soldiers.

Lord of heaven and earth, look upon our planet, frequently exploited by human greed and rapacity. Help and protect all the victims of natural disasters, especially the beloved people of the Philippines, gravely affected by the recent typhoon.

Dear brothers and sisters, today, in this world, in this humanity, is born the Savior, Who is Christ the Lord. Let us pause before the Child of Bethlehem. Let us allow our hearts to be touched, let us allow ourselves to be warmed by the tenderness of God; we need His caress. God is full of love: to Him be praise and glory forever! God is peace: let us ask Him to help us to be peacemakers each day, in our life, in our families, in our cities and nations, in the whole world. Let us allow ourselves to be moved by God’s goodness.