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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Pope Francis on family, mercy, homosexuality, youth, poor, compassion, Christmas, inspiration, forgiveness, liberalism, faith, love, idolatry, joy, gospel and wisdom.

175 Of Pope Francis' Most Inspiring Quotes

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Born as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis is the 266th and present Pope of Roman Catholic Church. He holds this title ex officio as Bishop of Rome. Before starting his liturgical career he worked as a chemical technician and bight-club bouncer. It was in 1969 that he was ordained as a Catholic priest. After the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI in February 2013, the papal conclave elected Bergoglio as the new Pope. He opted to reside in the ‘Domus Sanctae Marthae’ guesthouse rather than papal apartments of the Apostolic Palace. He refused the traditional papal mozzetta cape upon his election and preferred his piscatory ring to be silver instead of gold. These actions have justified his persona of a simple clergyman working for the faith and people and not for fame and power. Pope Francis does not support Marxism and its versions of liberation theology and capitalism. He opposes consumerism, overdevelopment and supports actions on climate change. He helped to restore full diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba and made it to the political news. The Pope has spoken about several issues that are very close to his heart. His sppeches, thoughts, sayings and quotes encapsulate most of the issues that he wants to work on - humanity, uplifting poor and emphasizing the mercy of God. We have put together some of Pope Francis' thoughts and quotations that are sure to guide you in the hour of tide.

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.

- 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.

- Pope Francis

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

- Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis

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

- 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

Life is a journey. When we stop, things don't go right.

- 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

A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.

- 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

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?

- Pope Francis

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

- Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel, 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

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

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

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

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.

- The Church of Mercy, 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

Find new ways to spread the word of God to every corner of the world.

- Pope Francis

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

- Pope Francis

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

- 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.

- Lumen Fidei: Enciclica sulla Fede, 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

Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace.

- 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

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

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.

- Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis

I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity.

- Pope Francis

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

- Pope Francis

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

- 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

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

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

Worshipping is stripping ourselves of our idols, even the most hidden ones, and choosing the Lord as the centre, as the highway of our lives.

- 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.

- Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel, 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

One who believes may not be presumptuous; on the contrary, truth leads to humility, because believers know that, rather than ourselves possessing truth, it is truth that embraces and possesses us.

- The Church of Mercy, Pope Francis

Indifference is dangerous, whether innocent or not.

- 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.

- On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Pope Francis

Whenever we encounter another person in love, we learn something new about God.

- The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium, 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.

- Pope Francis

The Lord never tires of forgiving. It is we who tire of asking for forgiveness.

- 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

Not to share one’s wealth with the poor is to steal from them and to take away their livelihood. It is not our own goods which we hold, but theirs. - St John Chrysostom

- Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel, 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.

- 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 God created the world, He also created reality.

- Pope Francis

The root of this possibility of doing good - that we all have - is in creation.

- Pope Francis

We are impatient, anxious to see the whole picture, but God lets us see things slowly, quietly.

- 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

If we start without confidence, we have already lost half the battle and we bury our talents.

- Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis

The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven, and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.

- The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis

Often it is better simply to slow down, to put aside our eagerness in order to see and listen to others, to stop rushing from one thing to another and to remain with someone who has faltered along the way.

- Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis

God always has patience.

- Pope Francis

Mercy will always be greater than any sin, no one can put a limit on the love of the all-forgiving God. Just

- The Name of God Is Mercy, Pope Francis

Some people want to know why I wished to be called Francis. For me, Francis of Assisi is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation.

- The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, Pope Francis

God makes Himself felt in the heart of each person. He also respects the culture of all people...God is open to all people. He calls everyone. He moves everyone to seek Him and to discover Him through creation.

- On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Pope Francis

Our faith in Christ, who became poor, and was always close to the poor and the outcast, is the basis of our concern for the integral development of society’s most neglected members.

- The Church of Mercy, Pope Francis

Truth, according to the Christian faith, is God's love for us in Jesus Christ. Therefore, truth is a relationship.

- 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.

- The Name of God is Mercy, 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

In the Western Church to which I belong, priests cannot be married as in the Byzantine, Ukrainian, Russian or Greek Catholic Churches. In those churches, the priests can be married, but the bishops have to be celibate. They are very good priests.

- Pope Francis

He who doesn't pray to the Lord prays to the devil.

- Pope Francis

A church without women would be like the apostolic college without Mary. The Madonna is more important than the apostles, and the church herself is feminine, the spouse of Christ and a mother.

- Pope Francis

In Europe first and now in America, elected men have taken it upon themselves to indebt their people to create an atmosphere of dependency. And why? For their own selfish need to increase their own personal power.

- Pope Francis

I love tango, and I used to dance when I was young.

- Pope Francis

The Church is or should go back to being a community of God's people, and priests, pastors and bishops, who have the care of souls, are at the service of the people of God.

- Pope Francis

The Church does not exist to condemn people but to bring about an encounter with the visceral love of God’s mercy. I

- The Name of God Is Mercy, Pope Francis

Ecumenical relations it is important not only to know each other better, but also to recognize what the Spirit has sown in the other as a gift for us.

- A Big Heart Open to God: A Conversation with Pope Francis, Pope Francis

Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures, even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved.

- Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis

Truth is a relationship. As such, each one of us receives the truth and expresses it from within, that is to say, according to one's own circumstances, culture, and situation in life.

- Pope Francis

See everything; turn a blind eye to much; correct a little.

- A Big Heart Open to God: A Conversation with Pope Francis, 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

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

The Roman Curia has its defects, but it seems to me that people often overemphasize its defects and talk too little about the health of the many religious and laypeople who work there.

- Pope Francis

Leaders of the Church have often been Narcissus, flattered and sickeningly excited by their courtiers. The court is the leprosy of the papacy.

- Pope Francis

We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity.

- 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!

- Pope Francis

A Christian who does not pray for those who govern is not a good Christian.

- 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

Wretched are those who are vindictive and spiteful.

- 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 need to remember and remind ourselves where we come from, what we are, our nothingness.

- The Name of God is Mercy, Pope Francis

Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.

- ENCYCLICAL LETTER LAUDATO SI' ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME, Pope Francis

Justice on its own is not enough. With mercy and forgiveness, God goes beyond justice, he subsumes it and exceeds it in a higher event in which we experience love, which is at the root of true justice.

- The Name of God Is Mercy, Pope Francis

...only the exclusive and indissoluble union between a man and a woman has a plenary role to play in society as a stable commitment that bears fruit in new life.

- Amoris Laetitia: Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, Pope Francis

You can, you must try to seek God in every human life. Although the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.

- A Big Heart Open to God: A Conversation with Pope Francis, 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.

- ENCYCLICAL LETTER LAUDATO SI' ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME, Pope Francis

Frequently, we act as arbiters of grace rather than its facilitators. But the Church is not a tollhouse; it is the house of the Father, where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems.

- The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis

When Man ceases to worship God he does not worship nothing but worships everything.

- The Name of God Is Mercy, Pope Francis

G. K. Chesterton: “When Man ceases to worship God he does not worship nothing but worships everything.

- The Name of God Is Mercy, Pope Francis

The Church does not exist to condemn people but to bring about an encounter with the visceral love of God’s mercy.

- The Name of God Is Mercy, Pope Francis

We can get angry: it's even healthy to get angry from time to time.

- Pope Francis

The language of the Spirit, the language of the Gospel, is the language of communion that invites us to get the better of closedness and indifference, division and antagonism.

- The Church of Mercy, Pope Francis

A good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of himself, so that those who govern can govern. But what is the best that we can offer to those who govern? Prayer!

- 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

It makes me sad when I find sisters who aren't joyful. They might smile, but with just a smile they could be flight attendants!

- 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

Every child that isn't born, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ, has the face of the Lord.

- Pope Francis

If, hypothetically, Western Catholicism were to review the issue of celibacy, I think it would do so for cultural reasons, not so much as a universal option.

- Pope Francis