Pope Francis quotes

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

Occupation
Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope Francis 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oh, how I would like a poor Church, and for the poor.
– Pope Francis

Work ends up dehumanizing people.
– Pope Francis