Pope Francis described 2016 as a "packed year," one full of initiatives that helped Catholics "see and touch with their hands the fruits of the mercy of God."
Praying with genuine candor and honesty, the way a child pours out his emotions to his father, is how we must pray in the most terrible, desolate, crushing moments.
The pope had prepared a normal audience talk, but given the devastation in central Italy, he decided to lead the recitation of the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary.
Christians "must seize the opportunities of salvation" and not waste time on trivial things before the gate is closed,
"The crisis of marriage is because people do not know what the sacrament is, the beauty of the sacrament; they do not know that it is indissoluble, that it is for one's entire life."
I prefer a wounded family that makes daily efforts to put love into play to a society that is sick from isolationism and is habitually afraid of love,
"...his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects."
"Being a Christian entails promoting the dignity of our brothers and sisters, fighting for it, living for it."
If you learn as a child to turn to God with spontaneity, you've learned it forever.
Pope Francis prayed that "the international community would not stand by mute and unresponsive before such unacceptable crimes."