Where we find hate and darkness, may we bring love and hope, in order to give a more human face to society.
The challenge of life is to learn how to love.
Let us never lose hope! God loves us always, even with our mistakes and sins.
I ask everyone with political responsibility to remember two things: human dignity and the common good.
Violence and war lead only to death.
Let us learn to live with kindness, to love everyone, even when they do not love us.
Money has to serve, not to rule.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the silence of the Cross, the uproar of weapons ceases and the language of reconciliation, forgiveness, dialogue and peace is spoken.
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.
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.
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.
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.