Pope Francis quotes

Born
17 December 1936, Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Occupation
Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope FrancisĀ  is the 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, a title he holds ex officio as Bishop of Rome, and sovereign of Vatican City. He chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere.

He who doesn’t pray to the Lord prays to the devil.
– Pope Francis
We must always walk in the presence of the Lord, in the light of the Lord, always trying to live in an irreprehensible way.
– Pope Francis
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.
– Pope Francis
Human self-understanding changes with time, and so also human consciousness deepens.
– Pope Francis
In our ecclesiastical region there are priests who don’t baptize the children of single mothers because they weren’t conceived in the sanctity of marriage. These are today’s hypocrites. Those who clericalize the church. Those who separate the people of God from salvation.
– Pope Francis
Despite the slowness, the infidelity, the errors and sins it committed and might still commit against its members, the Church, trust me, has no other meaning and goal but to live and witness Jesus.
– Pope Francis
We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. The teaching of the church is clear, and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.
– Pope Francis
Money has to serve, not to rule.
– Pope Francis
I am always wary of decisions made hastily. I am always wary of the first decision, that is, the first thing that comes to my mind if I have to make a decision. This is usually the wrong thing. I have to wait and assess, looking deep into myself, taking the necessary time.
– Pope Francis
Wretched are those who are vindictive and spiteful.
– Pope Francis
You cannot be in a position of power and destroy the life of another person.
– Pope Francis
Grace is not part of consciousness; it is the amount of light in our souls, not knowledge nor reason.
– Pope Francis
Among us, who is above must be in service of the others. This doesn’t mean we have to wash each other’s feet every day, but we must help one another.
– Pope Francis
God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.
– Pope Francis
This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good.
– Pope Francis
We all have the duty to do good.
– Pope Francis
Life is a journey. When we stop, things don’t go right.
– Pope Francis
Although the life of a person is in a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.
– Pope Francis
I believe in God – not in a Catholic God; there is no Catholic God. There is God, and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation. Jesus is my teacher and my pastor, but God, the Father, Abba, is the light and the Creator. This is my Being.
– Pope Francis
An example I often use to illustrate the reality of vanity, is this: look at the peacock; it’s beautiful if you look at it from the front. But if you look at it from behind, you discover the truth… Whoever gives in to such self-absorbed vanity has huge misery hiding inside them.
– Pope Francis
Find new ways to spread the word of God to every corner of the world.
– Pope Francis
A Christian who does not pray for those who govern is not a good Christian.
– Pope Francis
In the Church, and in the journey of faith, women have had and still have a special role in opening doors to the Lord.
– Pope Francis
Once elected, the Pope is by virtue of the promise of Jesus to Peter, the Pope is preserved from the possibility of error. God would change any spend thrift politician into a responsible Pope.
– Pope Francis
The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly human goal.
– Pope Francis
When we walk without the cross, when we build without the cross and when we proclaim Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord. We are worldly. We may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, all of this, but we are not disciples of the Lord.
– Pope Francis
Let us all remember this: one cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of one’s life.
– Pope Francis
A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.
– Pope Francis
Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.
– Pope Francis
We have observed that, in society and the world in which we live, selfishness has increased more than love for others, and that men of good will must work, each with his own strengths and expertise, to ensure that love for others increases until it is equal and possibly exceeds love for oneself.
– Pope Francis
Every man, every woman who has to take up the service of government, must ask themselves two questions: ‘Do I love my people in order to serve them better? Am I humble and do I listen to everybody, to diverse opinions in order to choose the best path?’ If you don’t ask those questions, your governance will not be good.
– Pope Francis
From my point of view, God is the light that illuminates the darkness, even if it does not dissolve it, and a spark of divine light is within each of us.
– Pope Francis
The Jesuits have a vow to obey the pope, but if the pope is a Jesuit, maybe he should have a vow to obey the superior general… I feel like I’m still a Jesuit in terms of my spirituality, what I have in my heart.
– Pope Francis
A beautiful homily, a genuine sermon, must begin with the first proclamation, with the proclamation of salvation. There is nothing more solid, deep and sure than this proclamation.
– Pope Francis
Right now, we don’t have a very good relation with creation.
– Pope Francis
Anyone who wants to be pope doesn’t care much for themselves, God doesn’t bless them. I didn’t want to be pope.
– Pope Francis
Today, the news is scandals; that is news, but the many children who don’t have food – that’s not news. This is grave. We can’t rest easy while things are this way.
– Pope Francis
We need to avoid the spiritual sickness of a church that is wrapped up in its own world: when a church becomes like this, it grows sick.
– Pope Francis
Those who today always look for disciplinarian solutions, those who long for an exaggerated doctrinal ‘security,’ those who stubbornly try to recover a past that no longer exists – they have a static and inward-directed view of things. In this way, faith becomes an ideology among other ideologies.
– Pope Francis
My authoritarian and quick manner of making decisions led me to have serious problems and to be accused of being ultraconservative. I have never been a right-winger. It was my authoritarian way of making decisions that created problems.
– Pope Francis
Vanity, showing off, is an attitude that reduces spirituality to a worldly thing, which is the worst sin that could be committed in the church.
– Pope Francis
My choices, including those related to the day-to-day aspects of life, like the use of a modest car, are related to a spiritual discernment that responds to a need that arises from looking at things, at people and from reading the signs of the times. Discernment in the Lord guides me in my way of governing.
– Pope Francis
Since many of you do not belong to the Catholic Church and others are non-believers, from the bottom of my heart I give this silent blessing to each and every one of you, respecting the conscience of each one of you but knowing that each one of you is a child of God.
– Pope Francis
Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.
– Pope Francis
We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.
– Pope Francis
If one has the answers to all the questions – that is the proof that God is not with him. It means that he is a false prophet using religion for himself. The great leaders of the people of God, like Moses, have always left room for doubt. You must leave room for the Lord, not for our certainties; we must be humble.
– Pope Francis
I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.
– Pope Francis
Worshipping the Lord means giving Him the place that he must have; worshipping the Lord means stating, believing – not only by our words – that He alone truly guides our lives; worshipping the Lord means that we are convinced before Him that He is the only God, the God of our lives, the God of our history.
– Pope Francis
When I was a seminarian, I was dazzled by a girl I met at an uncle’s wedding. I was surprised by her beauty, her intellectual brilliance… and, well, I was bowled over for quite a while.
– Pope Francis
The Pope loves everyone, rich and poor alike, but the Pope has the duty, in Christ’s name, to remind the rich to help the poor, to respect them, to promote them.
– Pope Francis
Politics is a noble activity. We should revalue it, practise it with vocation and a dedication that requires testimony, martyrdom, that is to die for the common good.
– Pope Francis
The proclamation of the saving love of God comes before moral and religious imperatives. Today sometimes it seems that the opposite order is prevailing.
– Pope Francis
We have to work harder to develop a profound theology of women within the church. The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions.
– Pope Francis
Inconsistency on the part of pastors and the faithful between what they say and what they do, between word and manner of life, is undermining the Church’s credibility.
– Pope Francis
To say that you can kill in the name of God is blasphemy.
– Pope Francis
More and more people work on Sundays as a consequence of the competitiveness imposed by a consumer society.
– Pope Francis
The Son of God became incarnate in the souls of men to instill the feeling of brotherhood. All are brothers and all children of God.
– Pope Francis
Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?… It is necessary to accompany them with mercy.
– Pope Francis
Agape, the love of each one of us for the other, from the closest to the furthest, is in fact the only way that Jesus has given us to find the way of salvation and of the Beatitudes.
– Pope Francis
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.
– Pope Francis
If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? We shouldn’t marginalise people for this. They must be integrated into society.
– Pope Francis
It is true that going out on to the street implies the risk of accidents happening, as they would to any ordinary man or woman. But if the church stays wrapped up in itself, it will age. And if I had to choose between a wounded church that goes out on to the streets and a sick, withdrawn church, I would definitely choose the first one.
– Pope Francis
Even today we raise our hand against our brother… We have perfected our weapons, our conscience has fallen asleep, and we have sharpened our ideas to justify ourselves as if it were normal we continue to sow destruction, pain, death. Violence and war lead only to death.
– Pope Francis
Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is good… Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.
– Pope Francis
Abortion isn’t a lesser evil, it’s a crime. Taking one life to save another, that’s what the Mafia does. It’s a crime. It’s an absolute evil.
– Pope Francis
Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that finds new roads, that is able to step outside itself and go to those who do not attend Mass, to those who have quit or are indifferent.
– Pope Francis
Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and 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 spirit.
– Pope Francis
Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace.
– Pope Francis
Unrestrained liberalism only makes the strong stronger and the weak weaker and excludes the most excluded.
– Pope Francis
Politics is the most important of the civil activities and has its own field of action, which is not that of religion.
– Pope Francis
A mother defends herself with a heart filled with love before doing so with words. I wonder whether there is any love for the church in the hearts of those who pay so much attention to the scandals.
– Pope Francis
You tell me: Can you live crushed under the weight of the present? Without a memory of the past and without the desire to look ahead to the future by building something, a future, a family? Can you go on like this? This, to me, is the most urgent problem that the Church is facing.
– Pope Francis
Oh, how I would like a poor Church, and for the poor.
– Pope Francis
Work ends up dehumanizing people.
– Pope Francis