Share-ready quotes from Pope Francis

“And here the first word that I wish to say to you: joy! Do not be men and women of sadness: a Christian can never be sad! Never give way to discouragement! Ours is not a joy born of having many possessions, but of having encountered a Person: Jesus, in our midst.”

Pope Francis
—Pope Francis

“Before all else, the Gospel invites us to respond to the God of love who saves us, to see God in others and to go forth from ourselves to seek the good of others.”

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—Pope Francis

“God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy.”

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—Pope Francis

“God's image is the married couple, a man and woman, together. Not just the man. Not just the woman. No, both of them. That's God's image.”

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—Pope Francis

“How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure but it is news when the stock market loses two points?”

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—Pope Francis

“I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.”

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—Pope Francis

“...I think that we succumb to attitudes that do not permit us to dialogue: domination, not knowing how to listen, annoyance in our speech, preconceived judgments and so many others.”

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—Pope Francis

“Idolatry, then, is always polytheism, an aimless passing from one lord to another. Idolatry does not offer a journey but rather a plethora of paths leading nowhere and forming a vast labyrinth.”

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—Pope Francis

“If I'm not mistaken, Sigmund Freud said that in every idealisation there's an aggression. Depicting the Pope as a sort of Superman, a star, is offensive to me. The pope is a man who laughs, cries, sleeps calmly and has friends like everyone else. A normal person.”

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—Pope Francis

“If our hearts are closed, if our hearts are made of stone, the stones find their way into our hands and we are ready to throw them.”

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—Pope Francis

“Indifference is dangerous, whether innocent or not.”

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—Pope Francis

“Instead of imposing new obligations, (Christians) should appear as people who wish to share their joy, who point to a horizon of beauty and who invite others to a delicious banquet.”

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—Pope Francis

“It is not 'progressive' to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.”

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—Pope Francis

“Jesus on the cross feels the whole weight of the evil, and with the force of God's love he conquers it; he defeats it with his resurrection. This is the good that Jesus does for us on the throne of the cross. Christ's cross, embraced with love, never leads to sadness, but to joy, to the joy of having been saved and of doing a little of what he did on the day of his death.”

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—Pope Francis

“Living together is an art. It's a patient art, it's a beautiful art, it's fascinating.”

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—Pope Francis

“No one can grow if he does not accept his smallness.”

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—Pope Francis

“Once man has lost the fundamental orientation which unifies his existence, he breaks down into the multiplicity of his desires; in refusing to await the time of promise, his life-story disintegrates into a myriad of unconnected instants.”

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—Pope Francis

“Situations can change; people can change. Be the first to seek to bring good. Do not grow accustomed to evil, but defeat it with good.”

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—Pope Francis

“The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ, all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”

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—Pope Francis

“The media only writes about the sinners and the scandals, he said, but that's normal, because 'a tree that falls makes more noise than a forest that grows.”

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—Pope Francis

“The most important thing in the life of every man and every woman is not that they should never fall along the way. The important thing is always to get back up, not to stay on the ground licking your wounds.”

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—Pope Francis

“The question of truth is really a question of memory, deep memory, for it deals with something prior to ourselves and can succeed in uniting us in a way that transcends our petty and limited individual consciousness. It is a question about the origin of all that is, in whose light we can glimpse the goal and thus the meaning of our common path.”

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—Pope Francis

“This is the struggle of every person: be free or be a slave.”

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—Pope Francis

“To be faithful, to be creative, we need to be able to change. To change! And why must I change? So that I can adapt to the situations in which I must proclaim the Gospel. To stay close to God, we need to know how to set out; we must not be afraid to set out.”

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—Pope Francis

“We don't have to expect everything from those who govern us; that would be juvenile.”

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—Pope Francis

“We have only one heart, and the same wretchedness which leads us to mistreat an animal will not be long in showing itself in our relationships with other people. Every act of cruelty towards any creature is contrary to human dignity.”

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—Pope Francis

“Where there is truth, there is also light, but don't confuse light with the flash.”

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—Pope Francis