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Pope Francis Homilies

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  • In his homily today, Pope Francis warned pastors of the dangers of becoming “intellectuals of religion.”

    The poor and humble people who have faith in the Lord are the victims of the “intellectuals of religion,” and those who are “seduced by clericalism.”

    The pope directed his attention to Jesus, who in the day’s Gospel turns to the chief priests and the elders of the people, and focuses precisely on their role. “They had juridical, moral, religious authority,” he said. “They...

  • On Monday Pope Francis warned against excessive rigidity. Speaking during the homily at morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta, the pope said that God gives us the freedom and the gentleness to be merciful.

    Drawing inspiration from the Gospel reading of the day which tells of when Jesus, who was teaching in the synagogue, healed a crippled woman and ignited the anger of the righteous, Pope Francis said, “It is not easy to keep to the path indicated by God’s law.”

    The reading of...

  • Pope Francis said a good shepherd is one who follows Jesus rather than power, money or cliques and is never embittered, even if deserted by everyone. He was speaking at his morning Mass on Tuesday, celebrated in the chapel of the Santa Marta Residence.

    Taking his inspiration from the Second Letter to Timothy, the pope’s homily was a reflection on the difficulties faced by apostles such as Paul, who are deserted by everyone at the end of their lives.

    “Alone, begging, abandoned...

  • Pope Francis said Jesus asks us to perform good deeds with humility and reject a “cosmetics” religion that is concerned with its outward appearance and pretending to be what it’s not. The pope was speaking at his morning mass on Tuesday, celebrated in the Santa Marta residence.

    The inspiration for the pope’s homily was taken from the day’s readings of St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians and the gospel account when Jesus rebukes a Pharisee for concentrating on the outward appearance of...

  • Don’t envy the rich and powerful or conspire against your neighbor, but instead nurture the light of faith in your lives. That was Pope Francis’s message in his homily at the Santa Marta Mass on Monday morning.

    Reflecting on the reading from St. Luke’s Gospel the pope talked about the many ways in which we hide the light of faith, through jealousy and arguments, by plotting evil against our neighbors or simply by putting off until tomorrow the good that we should do today.

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  • Pope Francis said Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Friday. In remarks to the faithful following the readings of the day, the Holy Father reflected on the “logic” of Christian faith—the fundamental way of thinking that arises from real assent to the truth claims that Christianity advances. He describes this logic as shaped by “the day after tomorrow”— it is a logic that looks forward to the resurrection of the body.

    Beginning with a passage from the First Letter of Paul...

  • In a “world that suffers the crisis of a great orphanhood,” we have a mother who accompanies and defends us. That was the message of Pope Francis during the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

    The Gospel of the day brings us to Calvary. All the disciples had fled, except for St. John and a few women. At the foot of the cross is Mary, the mother of Jesus. Everyone is looking at her, saying, “That’s the mother of this delinquent! That is the mother...

  • In his homily for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul , Pope Francis focused on the themes of “closing” and “opening” in the lives of the two patrons of Rome.

    The church must avoid the risk of closing in on itself out of persecution and fear, the pope said. At the same time, she must be able to see “the small openings through which God can work.”...

  • Praying for our enemies can heal our hearts: that was Pope Francis’ message at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta chapel on Tuesday morning. Recalling his own childhood in Argentina, when people prayed that dictators would go to hell, the pope recalled how Jesus himself tells us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us.

    Reflecting on the Gospel reading from St. Matthew where Jesus tells his disciples to love their enemies, Pope Francis noted that this instruction was in...

  • Pope Francis warned on Thursday against an excessive rigidity, saying those within the church who tell us “it’s this or nothing” are heretics and not Catholics. His remarks came the morning Mass on Thursday celebrated at the Santa Marta residence.

    In his homily the pope reflected on the harm caused by churchmen who do the opposite of what they preach and urged them to free themselves from a rigid idealism that prevents reconciliation.

    Taking his...