To change the world we must be good to those who cannot repay us.
Total openness to serving others is our hallmark, it alone is our title of honour!
Such self-denial 'may appear demanding,' but it will allow you, so to speak, to be and to breathe within the heart of the church.
Don't be afraid to go to the Sacrament of Confession, where you will meet Jesus who forgives you.
Let us keep the flame of faith alive through prayer and the sacraments: let us make sure we do not forget God.
Be sanctuaries of respect for life, proclaiming the sacredness of every human life from conception to natural death.
Wars shatter so many lives. I think especially of children robbed of their childhood.
Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us.
The rosary is spiritual medicine.
Filipinos everywhere are known for their love of God, their fervent piety and their warm devotion to Our Lady and her rosary.
The Rosary is a school of Prayer. The Rosary is a school of Faith.
If we live according to the law an eye for an eye..., we will never escape from the spiral of evil.
Trade unions have been an essential force for social change, without which a semblance of a decent and humane society is impossible under capitalism.
Only by becoming poor ourselves, by stripping away our complacency, will we be able to identify with the least of our brothers and sisters.
To follow Jesus means putting him first, and stripping ourselves of all the things that oppress our hearts.
Every expression of true beauty can be acknowledged as a path leading to an encounter with the Lord Jesus.
When one lives attached to money, pride or power, it is impossible to be truly happy.
I would love to be a well-educated black, because I believe they do have an actual advantage.
The true strength of the Christian is the power of truth and love, which leads to the renunciation of all violence. Faith and violence are incompatible.
It is through an unbroken chain of witnesses that we come to see the face of Jesus.
Each person, and every people hungers and thirsts for peace; therefore, it is necessary and urgent to build peace!
Dear young people, Christ asks you to be wide awake and alert, to see the things in life that really matter.
The fact is that woman was taken from a rib.
If we live the faith in our daily life, then our work too becomes a chance to spread the joy of being a Christian.
We are far from the so called 'end of history,' since the conditions for a sustainable and peaceful development have not yet been adequately articulated and realized.
In the roughest moments, remember: God is our Father; God does not abandon his children.
The Sacraments are the manifestation of the Father's tenderness and love towards each of us.
God does not reveal himself in strength or power, but in the weakness and fragility of a newborn babe.
From the Cross, Christ teaches us to love even those who do not love us.
There is never a reason to lose hope. Jesus says: I am with you until the end of the world.
Putin has big plans for Russia...Hats off to the Russians. I think I would just get along very well with Vladimir Putin.
Some people believe that -- pardon my language -- in order to be good Catholics, we should be like rabbits. No.
I want to say one word to you and this word is Joy. Wherever there are consecrated people, seminarians, men and women religious, young people, there is joy, there is always joy!
In the poor and outcast we see Christ's face; by loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ.
It's like in soccer: you have to deal with the penalties where they fall; you can't choose where they're going to land. Life is like that, and you have to deal with it even if you don't like it.
And with the grace of Baptism and of Eucharistic Communion I can become an instrument of God's mercy, of that beautiful mercy of God.
We are called to live our baptism every day, as new creatures, clothed in Christ.
We are not alone. We have many brothers who in this moment of catastrophe came to help. And we too, because of this, we feel more like brothers and sisters because we helped each other.
Indifference towards those in need is not acceptable for a Christian.
Wherever there are men and women who have consecrated their lives to God, there you find joy.
Let those desert places in our hearts bloom.
The Earth is our environment to protect and the garden to tend to.
I had a long conversation with the imam, the Grand Imam of the Al-Azhar University, and I know how they think... They seek peace, encounter.
May Christ the Savior give peace to Nigeria, where more blood is being shed and too many people are unjustly deprived of their possessions, held as hostages or killed.
Let us pray for peace in Africa, especially in the Central African Republic and in South Sudan.
The Church of Rome, the Pope has always said, 'Seek peace.'
The one thing that the Catholic Church desires, and that I seek as Bishop of Rome, the Church which presides in charity, is communion with the Orthodox Churches.
People in every nation enhance the social dimension of their lives by acting as committed and responsible citizens.
True love does not pay attention to the evil it suffers. It rejoices in doing good.
Holy Week is a good occasion to go to confession and to take up the right path again.
Let's return to our first love, in order to receive the fire which Jesus has kindled in the world and to bring that fire to all people, to the very ends of the earth.
Who am I to judge a gay person?
A Senate vote on gay marriage is a destructive pretension against the plan of God.
The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts, especially in its causes.
To imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place.
Our prayer cannot be reduced to an hour on Sundays. It is important to have a daily relationship with the Lord.
Sunday is the Lord's Day. Let us find time to be with him.
Let us learn from Christ how to pray, to forgive, to sow peace, and to be near those in need.
Suffering is a call to conversion: it reminds us of our frailty and vulnerability.
We cannot trust in our own strength, but only in Jesus and in his mercy.
Vocations are born in prayer and from prayer; and only in prayer can they persevere and bear fruit.
Accept the risen Jesus into your life. Even if you have been far away, take a small step towards Him. He awaits you with open arms.