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Quotes by Pope Francis

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Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; Spanish: Francisco; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 17 December 1936) is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Francis is the first pope to be a member of the Society of Jesus, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since Gregory III, a Syrian who reigned in the 8th century.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bergoglio worked for a time as a bouncer and a janitor as a young man before training to be a chemist and working as a technician in a food science laboratory. After recovering from a severe illness, he was inspired to join the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1958. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1969, and from 1973 to 1979 was the Jesuit provincial superior in Argentina. He became the archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was created a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II. He led the Argentine Church during the December 2001 riots in Argentina. The administrations of Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner considered him to be a political rival. Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, a papal conclave elected Bergoglio as his successor on 13 March. He chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Throughout his public life, Francis has been noted for his humility, emphasis on God's mercy, international visibility as pope, concern for the poor and commitment to interreligious dialogue. He is credited with having a less formal approach to the papacy than his predecessors, for instance choosing to reside in the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse rather than in the papal apartments of the Apostolic Palace used by previous popes.

Francis maintains the traditional views of the Church regarding abortion, clerical celibacy, and the ordination of women, but has initiated dialogue on the possibility of deaconesses and has made women full members of dicasteries in the Roman Curia. He maintains that the Church should be more open and welcoming for members of the LGBT community, and favors legal recognition of same-sex couples. Francis is an outspoken critic of unbridled capitalism and free market economics, consumerism, and overdevelopment, and advocates taking action on climate change, a focus of his papacy with the promulgation of Laudato si'. In international diplomacy, he helped to restore full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba and supported the cause of refugees during the European and Central American migrant crises. Since 2018, he has been a heavily vocal opponent of neo-nationalism. He has faced criticism from theological conservatives on many questions, including his promotion of ecumenism, as well as admitting civilly divorced and remarried Catholics to communion with the publication of Amoris laetitia.


I ask everyone with political responsibility to remember two things: human dignity and the common good.



Where we find hate and darkness, may we bring love and hope, in order to give a more human face to society.



Whenever people listen to one another humbly and openly, their shared values and aspirations become all the more apparent. Diversity is no longer seen as a threat, but as a source of enrichment.



Politics is the most important of the civil activities and has its own field of action, which is not that of religion.



Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ...It is a crime against humanity.



If someone is gay nd he searches for the lord and has good will, who am I to judge?



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.



It's the duty of everyone to defend religious freedom and promote it for all people.



We have to be humble, but with real humility, from head-to-toe.



The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty!



How many solutions are found to family problems if we take time to reflect? If we think of a husband or wife and we dream about their good qualities that they have? Don't ever lose the illusion of when you were boyfriend and girlfriend!



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



We have to go out and talk to people in the city who we've seen on their balconies. We have to come out of our shell and tell them that Jesus lives... to say it with joy...even though it seems a little crazy sometimes.



Jesus teaches us another way. Go out! Go out! 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 in spirit.



Terrorism grows when there are no other options, and when the center of the global economy is the god of money and not the person men and women this is already the first terrorism!



Human dignity is the same for all human beings: when I trample on the dignity of another, I am trampling on my own.



The tyranny of relativism is the spiritual poverty of our time.



To be merciful means to grow in a love which is courageous, generous and real.



Seeking happiness in material things is a sure way of being unhappy.



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



The fruits of this profound union with Jesus are marvelous: our whole being is transformed by the grace of the Holy Spirit: soul, intelligence, will, affections and even the body, because we are united in body and spirit.



I extend my appreciation to the associations, movements and all those who defend human life.



If a company can declare bankruptcy, why can't a country do so?



The human person is in danger: this is certain, the human person is in danger today, here is the urgency of human ecology! And it is a serious danger because the cause of the problem is not superficial but profound: it is not just a matter of economics, but of ethics and anthropology.



It is not possible to go backwards. We must go forward. Always forward.



Ask Jesus what he wants from you and be brave!



We hear many offers from the world around us; but let us take up God's offer instead: his is a caress of love. For God, we are not numbers, we are important, indeed we are the most important thing to him; even if we are sinners, we are what is closest to his heart.



Resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good.



Families have a citizenship which is divine. The identity card they have is given to them by God. So that within the heart of the family, truth, goodness and beauty may truly grow.



First, we can pray in communion with the Church on earth and in heaven. Let us not underestimate the power of so many voices united in prayer!



Consumerism has accustomed us to waste. But throwing food away is like stealing it from the poor and hungry.



Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a 'disposable' culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new.



We also try to reach out to people who are far away, via digital means, the web and brief messaging.



We need to include the excluded and preach peace.



In a family, parents, grandparents and children feel at home; no one is excluded. If someone has a problem, even a serious one, even if he brought it upon himself, the rest of the family comes to his assistance; they support him. ... Should the same not happen in society?



Today too, as at her origins, the Church... cries out:Veni, Sancte Spiritus! Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love! Amen.



We can observe the Fourth Commandment by loving visits to our aging grandparents.



Once capital becomes an idol and guides people's decisions, once greed for money presides over the entire socioeconomic system, it ruins society, it condemns and enslaves men and women, it destroys human fraternity, it sets people against one another and it even puts at risk our common home.





This is ideological colonization. They colonize people with ideas that try to change mentalities or structures, but this is not new. This was done by the dictatorships of the last century.



There is an ideological colonization we have to be careful of that tries to destroy the family.



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.



Where the elderly are not honored, there is no future for the young.



It is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day.



If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?... No one should marginalize these people for this, they must be integrated into society.



I don't know how things stand in the thinking of the Italian parliament. The Pope doesn't get mixed up in Italian politics.



We don't have to expect everything from those who govern us; that would be juvenile.



Prayer is all-powerful. Let us use it to bring peace to the Middle East and peace to the world.



Let us not be satisfied with a mediocre life.





Let us ask Mary to help us fix our eyes intently on Jesus, to follow him always, even when this is demanding.



Sometimes we know what we have to do, but we lack the courage to do it. Let us learn from Mary how to make decisions, trusting in the Lord.





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



It is by God's mercy that we are saved. May we never tire of spreading this joyful message to the world.



Let us be renewed by God's mercy ... and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.



I think that even the Mexican society is a victim of all of this, of these crimes of cleaning people, of discarding people.



I would like to say something just about the Mexican people. It is a population that has a wealth, such great wealth, a people that surprises.



There are martyrs between Mexican people, now I will canonize two. It is a population that you can't explain, you can't explain it because the word 'people' is not a logical category, it's a mythical category.





When you meet the needy your heart grows bigger.





Obsession with a consumerist lifestyle, above all when few people are capable of maintaining it, can only lead to violence and mutual destruction.



To live as true children of God means to love our neighbour and to be close to those who are lonely and in difficulty.



Men and women are sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption: it is the culture of waste. If you break a computer it is a tragedy, but poverty, the needs, the dramas of so many people end up becoming the norm.



Let us never forget this, he is pure mercy, let us go to Jesus!



I want to see the church get closer to the people. I want to get rid of clericalism, the mundane, this closing ourselves off within ourselves, in our parishes, schools or structures. Because these need to get out!



May the power of Christ, which brings freedom and service, be felt in so many hearts afflicted by war, persecution and slavery.



If globalization seeks to bring all of us together, but to do so respecting each person, each individual person's peculiarity, that globalization is good and makes us good and grow and leads to peace.



To live charitably means not looking out for our own interests, but carrying the burdens of the weakest and poorest among us.



The Pope doesn't get mixed up in Italian politics.



God chooses the Pope and God also made men and women different.



Humanity needs justice, peace and love and we can have this only by returning with our hearts towards God who is the source of all this.



Let us be protectors of all of Gods Creatures.



Do I take the Gospel message of reconciliation and love into the places where I live and work?



In the silence of the Cross, the uproar of weapons ceases and the language of reconciliation, forgiveness, dialogue and peace is spoken.



To celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation means to be wrapped in a warm embrace.



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.



May all people here find inspiration and strength to build a future of reconciliation, justice and peace for all the children of this beloved land.



A society which abandons children and the elderly severs its roots and darkens its future.



Every time we give in to selfishness and say No to God, we spoil his loving plan for us.



Jesus fought Satan in 'hand to hand combat' ... 'you need to protect this victory.'



Where there is calumny, there is Satan himself.



Support your priests with your love and prayers, that they may always be shepherds after Christ's heart.







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



From the way children are treated society can be judged.



We can study the whole history of salvation, we can study the whole of Theology, but without the Spirit we cannot understand. It is the Spirit that makes us realize the truth or -- in the words of Our Lord -- it is the Spirit that makes us know the voice of Jesus.



God never tires of forgiving us.



We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities, they will get into drugs and be vulnerable to suicide.



A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel.



Let love simply bloom... and it is unstoppable.



It is God who gives life.  Let us respect and love human life, especially vulnerable life in a mother's womb.



Workers should have Sundays off because Sunday is for the family. Calling for Sundays to be a holiday.



When Christians forget about hope and tenderness they become a cold Church, that loses its sense of direction and is held back by ideologies and worldly attitudes, whereas God's simplicity tells you: go forward, I am a Father who caresses you.





Let us seek to live in a way that is always worthy of our Christian vocation.



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



We don't need youth museums but we do need holy young people.



When I had to say something that I didn't like to Turkey, but of which I was sure, I said it, with the consequences that you all know Editor's note: a reference to his comments on the Armenian Genocide. I said these words ... I was sure.



The first genocide of the 21st century was against you, the Armenian people.



Jesus washes the feet of the Apostles. Are we ready to serve others like this.



A Church without women is like the college of the Apostles without Mary... Our Lady is more important than the Apostles! She is more important! The Church is feminine. She is Church, she is bride, she is mother.





An evangelizing community gets involved in word and deed in people's daily lives; it bridges distances, it is willing to abase itself if necessary, and it embraces human life, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others.



We are living in a time of many wars. The call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet. Peace if always proactive and dynamic.



Take care of brothers and sisters who are weaker ... the elderly, the sick, the hungry, the homeless and strangers, because we will be judged on this.



Do not be content to live a mediocre Christian life: walk with determination along the path of holiness.



Let us pray for all good and faithful priests who dedicate themselves to their people with generosity and unknown sacrifices.





The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.



Politics, according to the Social Doctrine of the Church, is one of the highest forms of charity, because it serves the common good. I cannot wash my hands, eh? We all have to give something!







Many people who are forced into emigration suffer and often die tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be subjected to racist attitudes and xenophobia.





All Christians need an 'ecological conversion', whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them.



The Pope appeals for disinterested solidarity and for a return to person-centred ethics in the world of finance and economics.



A credible witness to truth and to the values of the Gospel is urgently needed.


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