Dear brothers and sisters, the true treasure is the love of God shared with our brethren. That love which comes from God and enables us to share it with one another and to help each other. Those who experience it do not fear death and their hearts are at peace. Let us entrust this intention, the intention of receiving God’s love and sharing it with our brothers and sisters, to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


After the Angelus


Dear Brothers and Sisters,


I greet you all and I thank you for your presence despite the heat.


I am glad to greet in particular several young groups: the Carmelite Youth from Croatia; the young people from Sandon e Fossò, in the Diocese of Verona; those from Mozzanica in the Diocese of Cremona; those from Moncalieri, who have walked part of the way; and those from Bergamo who have come by bicycle. My thanks to you all! There are lots of young people in the Square today! It’s like Rio de Janeiro!


I would like to assure you of my special remembrance for parish priests and for all the priests in the world because today we are commemorating their Patron, St John Mary Vianney. Dear confreres, let us be united in prayer and in pastoral charity.


Tomorrow as Romans we commemorate our Mother, the Salus Populi Romani: let us ask her to protect us; and now, all together, let us greet her with a Hail Mary. All together, “Hail Mary...”. A greeting to our Mother, all together, a greeting to the Mother! (He applauds with the people).


I am also pleased to remember the liturgical Feast of the Transfiguration which will be the day after tomorrow, with a thought of deep gratitude for Venerable Pope Paul VI, who departed this life on the evening of 6 August 35 years ago.


Dear friends, I wish you a good Sunday and a good month of August. And a good lunch! Goodbye!


Acknowledgment: We thank the Vatican Publisher for allowing us to publish the Homily of Pope Francis I, so that it could be accessed by more people all over the world; as a source of God’s encouragements to all of us.  

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18 August 2013

I saw a Big, Proud & Haughty fellow throwing Abusive Words unreasonably at a gentle man that looks like a little lamb.

The “little lamb” came and told me later, ‘This haughty fellow is going to get it! I’m going to turn him into a PRATA “Psychologically” in no time; you will see how I am going to use legally acceptable ways to do this and all would applaud when he is defeated.’

Now I know why this “little lamb” was able to keep his cool.        - An observer (2012)