Anyone who utters Christian words without putting them into practice hurts oneself and others, because they are based on pride and cause division in the Church. Those were the Pope Francis' words during his homily at Mass this Thursday morning, according to a Vatican radio report.
The Francis Chronicles
People can say things that sound Christian and call themselves Christian as they tell others what to do, but if they don't pray often and live the Gospel, they harm others and the church, Pope Francis said.
Concelebrating his morning Mass on Thursday with the eight members of the Council of Cardinals advising him on the reform of the Roman Curia and church governance, Pope Francis prayed that God would give all Christians "the grace of humility" to build their lives on the rock that is Christ.
At the end of his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis called on everyone to pray for a group of nuns taken by force from the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Saint Tecla in the ancient Christian town of Ma’lula in Syria.
Pope Francis will help launch a global campaign of prayer and action against world hunger.
Organized by Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based federation of Catholic charities, the global "wave of prayer" will begin at noon Dec. 10 on the South Pacific island of Samoa and head west across the world's time zones.
Pope Francis will offer his blessing and support for the "One Human Family, Food For All" campaign in a five-minute video message being released on the eve of the global launch.
In addition to having worked sweeping floors and running tests in a chemical laboratory as a teenager, Pope Francis revealed he also used to work as a bouncer.
No longer kicking troublemakers out of clubs, he has discovered the secret to bringing people back, this time, into the church, according to the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, Monday.
Pope Francis Friday, in a homily, examined the idea of using one's intelligence and applying it to an examination of the signs of the times, what God is calling us to be, to do. Vatican radio reports.
Highlights from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”) issued today. Women's ordination to the priesthood "is not open to discussion," Francis writes, and this presents a great challenge for discovering what the possible role of women in leadership in the church is.
Highlights from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”) issued today. He says, "... the socioeconomic system is unjust at its root."