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Pope's Masses at Casa Santa Marta: 10 best quotes of the year

2014-12-26

He kicked off the year 2014...giving priests some advice.

POPE FRANCIS
January 13, 2014
"These "greasy” priests cause so much harm to the Church!  Those who put their energies into artificial things, into vanity, or in a specific  attitude and 'cute' type of language.”

A lot of pilgrims dream about attending a Mass celebrated by the Pope himself...But Pope Francis warned them that the important thing is the Mass itself, not the person presiding over it.

POPE FRANCIS
February 10, 2014
"It’s a tourist stop, right? No! We are all here to take part in God's mystery.”

One of the Pope's main themes is the Holy Spirit. Back in February, he explained why Christians should always be open to it.

POPE FRANCIS
February 20, 2014
"The Holy Spirit is a great worker, not a 'trade unionist.' He is a great worker, and He works in us, always. He does this work of explaining the mystery of Jesus, and of giving us this sense of Christ.”

Along with the Holy Spirit, the Pope usually asks Christian to rejoice...And not to look as they were attending a lifelong funeral.

POPE FRANCIS
April 24, 2014
"And with a little sense of humor we can say that there are Christian bats who prefer the shadows to the light of the presence of the Lord."

By May, the Islamic State had already caught the world's attention. Pope confessed he wept when he heard about Christians being crucified in Syria.

POPE FRANCIS
May 2, 2014
"In some countries, if you carry the Gospel, you can go to jail. You can't carry a cross, because you'll have to pay a fine. But still, the heart rejoices.”

The family was also one the main topic's of the year. The Pope repeatedly asked Christian marriages to be open to life.

POPE FRANCIS
June 3, 2014
"It might be better – more comfortable – to have a dog and two cats. All the love is focused on the cats and the dog. Am I right or wrong here? Have you seen it? At the end of this marriage, comes old age and loneliness.” 

But without any doubt, the Pope's strongest words were addressed to all those who give in to corruption.

POPE FRANCIS
June 17, 2014
"As Christians, our duty is to pray for them and ask the Lord to give them the grace of penance, so that they don't die with a corrupt heart, because otherwise the dogs of hell will take their blood.”

In July, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass, where a group of victims of sex abuses present. In the name of the Church, he begged their forgiveness.

POPE FRANCIS
July 7, 2014
"Before God and his people I express my sorrow for the sins and grave crimes of clerical sexual abuse committed against you. And I humbly ask forgiveness."

The Pope's daily Masses are very well known for his examples...Pope Francis likes to take everyday's life situations to light up difficult ideas.

POPE FRANCIS
October 9, 2014
"There is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, they are persons, they are not some vague idea in the clouds. This God spray does not exist! The three persons exist!”

The Pope usually explains that God inspires both unity and diversity in the Church. He also warned about the dangers that threat that harmony.

POPE FRANCIS
November 3, 2014
"We see that there are two worms that eat the fabric of the Church, weakening Her. Rivalry and vainglory go against this harmony, this agreement."

The Pope's daily Masses help understand why Pope Francis sees himself as an average parish priest who must stay close to people.

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