-St. Peter’s Basilica, March 13, 2015
“Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought about how the Church might make clear its mission of being a witness to mercy. It is journey that begins with a spiritual conversion. For this reason, I have decided to call an extraordinary Jubilee that is to have the mercy of God at its center. It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live this Year in the light of the Lord's words: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Lk 6:36)
-St. Peter’s Basilica, March 13, 2015
“This is what Jesus teaches us about forgiveness: first, asking forgiveness is not a simple apology, it is to be aware of the sin, of the idolatry that I have committed, of the many idolatries; second, God always forgives, always – but He asks me to forgive [others]. If I do not forgive, in a sense, I close the door to God’s forgiveness. ‘Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.’”
-Mass at Santa Marta residence, March 10, 2015
"Dear brothers and sisters, the Lord never tires of having mercy on us, and wants to offer us His forgiveness once again — we all need it — inviting us to return to Him with a new heart, purified of evil, purified by tears, to take part in His joy...Please, let us stop, let us stop a while and let ourselves be reconciled to God.”
-Ash Wednesday Homily, Feb 18, 2015
“Dear young friends, [the] search for happiness is shared by people of all times and all ages. God has placed in the heart of every man and woman an irrepressible desire for happiness, for fulfillment. Have you not noticed that your hearts are restless, always searching for a treasure which can satisfy their thirst for the infinite?”
-World Youth Day Message, Jan 31, 2015
"Those who never set out on [the] journey, will never know the image of God, will never find the face of God. Sedentary Christians, lethargic Christians will not know the face of God: They do not know Him. They say: 'God is like this...', but those who are lethargic do not know Him. The lethargic. You need a certain restlessness to set out on this path, the same restlessness that God placed in each of our hearts and that brings us forward in search of Him”.
-Homily, Feb 10, 2015
“We are all sinners. We are called to a conversion of heart.”
-Pope Francis via Twitter, 2/3/15
"On his way from Judea to Galilee, Jesus passes through Samaria. He has no problem dealing with Samaritans, who were considered by the Jews to be heretics, schismatics, others. His attitude helps us to realize that encounter with those who are different than ourselves can make us grow. Weary from his journey, Jesus does not hesitate to ask the Samaritan woman for something to drink. His thirst, as we know, is much more than physical: it is also a thirst for encounter, a desire to enter into dialogue with that woman and to invite her to make a journey of interior conversion. Jesus is patient, respectful of the person before him, and gradually reveals himself to her.
His example encourages us to seek a serene encounter with others. To understand one another, and to grow in charity and truth, we need to pause, to accept and listen to one another. In this way, we already begin to experience unity. Unity grows along the way; it never stands still. Unity happens when we walk together.”
— Homily at Vespers, January 25, 2015
“Although the common goal of full and visible unity of Christians sometimes seems to become more difficult to achieve because of different Interpretations regarding the church and its unity, we must not give in to resignation but concentrate on the next possible step. Do not forget that we are walking together the path of friendship, mutual respect, and theological research. It is a path that makes us look with hope to the future.”
— Audience with delegation from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany, Dec. 18, 2014
"The Holy Spirit, that fully inspired the life and ministry of Jesus, is the same Spirit that today guides Christian existence, the existence of a man and a woman who say they wish to be Christians. Placing under the action of the Holy Spirit our life as Christians and the mission that we have all received by virtue of our Baptism means rediscovering the apostolic courage necessary to overcome easy worldly comforts. … A Christian or a community that is deaf to the voice of the Holy Spirit, Who urges us to take the Gospel to the outermost limits of the world and of society, also becomes a mute Christian or community, unable to speak or to evangelize.”
— Angelus, January 11, 2015
"And so we can ask ourselves: what is the mystery in which God is hidden? Where can I find him?... The wise men entered into the mystery. They passed from human calculations to the mystery: this was their conversion. And our own? Let us ask the Lord to let us undergo that same journey of conversion experienced by the wise men. Let us ask him to protect us and to set us free from the temptations which hide the star. To let us always feel the troubling question: “Where is the star?”, whenever – amid the deceptions of this world – we lose sight of it.”
— Epiphany Homily, January 6, 2015
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