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Date: March 17, 2014

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Since his election March 13, 2013, Pope Francis has said many quotable things
that have gotten Catholics and non-Catholics alike talking.
Here are some of his most memorable quotes. (Created by ncronline on Mar 10, 2014)

“Aseptic priests -- those who seem like they are working in a laboratory and are all clean and perfect -- don't help the church. ... We priests have to be there, close to the people.”
Mar 6, 2014
Pope Francis met with pastors of Rome parishes on his Lenten retreat.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/72071

“The church needs genuine pastors” who will “argue with God on behalf of [their] people.”
Feb 27, 2014
Pope Francis to the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/71531


“It is so terrible to gossip! At first it may seem like a nice thing, even amusing, like enjoying a candy. But in the end, it fills the heart with bitterness, and even poisons us.”
Feb 16, 2014
Pope Francis met parish youngsters preparing for first Communion and confirmation, the parents of babies recently baptized, and members of a group for families with children who have disabilities at the parish of St. Thomas the Apostle.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/70751

Marriage is “an art, a patient, beautiful and fascinating journey ... which can be summarized in three words: please, thank you and sorry.”
Feb 14, 2014
Francis talking to 10,000 engaged couples in St. Peter's Square for the feast of St. Valentine.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/70531

“What would happen if there were no nuns? No nuns in hospitals, in missions, in charitable institutions, in schools ... Can you even imagine a church without nuns ... ? No, it is unthinkable!”
Feb 2, 2014
Pope Francis highlighted the great value that nuns bring to the church.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/69546


“A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive. Media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the networks of human communication have made unprecedented advances. The Internet, in particular, offers.”
Jan 24, 2014
Pope Francis in his message for the 48th World Communications Day.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/72246

“Jesus never disappoints us.”
Jan 6, 2014
During a visit to St. Alfonso Maria Liguori Parish in Rome to visit a "living Nativity set,"
organized by the parish each year, a lamb was draped over Francis' shoulders.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/68391

“Formation [of priests] is a work of art, not a police action. We must form their hearts. Otherwise we are creating little monsters. And these little monsters mold the people of God. This really gives me goosebumps.”
Nov 29, 2013
Francis addressing the leaders of men's religious orders meeting in Rome.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/68036

“Just as the commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say 'Thou shalt not' to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. ...”
Nov 24, 2013
From Francis' apostolic exhortation, "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel").
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/64966

“When a person is attached to money, he destroys himself, he destroys the family. Money destroys! It does, doesn't it? It binds you. Money serves to bring about many good things, so many works for human development, but when your heart is attached in this way, it destroys you.”
Oct 21, 2013
Pope Francis has spoken several times on the issue of money and the economy.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/62296

“The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old. The old need care and companionship; the young need work and hope but have neither one nor the other, and the problem is they don't even look for them anymore.”
Oct 1, 2013
Francis' interview with Eugenio Scalfari in the Italian newspaper "La Repubblica."
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/69626

“This church ... is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people. We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity.”
Sep 19, 2013
Interview with Jesuit publications.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/61596

“All the faithful, considered as a whole, are infallible in matters of belief. ... We should not even think that ‘thinking with the church’ means only thinking with the hierarchy of the church.”
Sep 19, 2013
Francis' interview with Jesuit publications, titled "A Big Heart Open to God" in "America" magazine.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/61591

“If [gay people] accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them?”
Jul 29, 2013
Francis speaking to journalists aboard the papal plane on his way back to Rome.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/56896

“Central bureaucracy is not sufficient. There's also a need for increased collegiality and solidarity.”
Jul 27, 2013
Francis addressing Brazil's bishops in Aparecida, a side event during World Youth Day.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/56876/

“I want things messy and stirred up in the congregations. I want you to take to the streets. I want the church to take to the streets.”
Jul 25, 2013
Francis addressing youth on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro during World Youth Day.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/57681


“Faith is no refuge for the fainthearted, but something which enhances our lives.”
Jul 5, 2013
From "Lumen Fidei" ("The Light of Faith"), the encyclical issued under Francis' name
but largely written by his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/55401

They should be “gentle, patient and merciful; animated by inner poverty, the freedom of the Lord and also by outward simplicity and austerity of life.” They should “not have the psychology of ‘princes.’ ”
Jun 21, 2013
Francis advising his diplomatic corps of the types of bishop-candidates he wants to see nominated.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/59666

“May the church be the place of God's mercy and love, where everyone can feel themselves welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live according to the good life of the Gospel. ... To make others feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged, the church must have open doors so that all might enter.”
Jun 12, 2013
Francis offering a series of meditations on the church
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/62371

“That some homeless people freeze to death on the street, that is not news. On the other hand, a drop of 10 points in the stock markets of some [countries] is a tragedy. That is how people are thrown away. We, people, are thrown away, as if we were trash.”
Jun 5, 2013
Pope Francis at a general audience
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/69916

“We understand reality better not from the center, but from the outskirts.”
May 27, 2013
Francis visited Sts. Elizabeth and Zechariah Parish in the northern suburbs of Rome.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/52671

“Don't worry, I am twice a month in crisis.”
May 8, 2013
Francis' reply to a woman religious who told him she had been experiencing "a crisis of faith in the church" but had experienced a revival since his election as pontiff.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/51601

“I see him with the eyes of my heart.”
Apr 2, 2013
Francis talking about Pope John XXIII during a phone call with Archbishop Loris Francesco Capovilla,
the late pope's former secretary. Francis would later name Pope John XXIII for canonization
and make Capovilla a cardinal.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/48926

“This is what I am asking you -- be shepherds with the smell of sheep.”
Mar 28, 2013
Francis addresses the world's Catholic priests during his homily at the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/47781


“Mercy is the Lord's most powerful message. ... Let us never tire of asking God's forgiveness.”
Mar 17, 2013
At his first public Mass, Francis preached on John 8:1-11, the woman caught in adultery.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/47781

“May God forgive you for what you have done.”
Mar 13, 2013
At supper later that night, Francis responds to a toast from the cardinals.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/47591

“I am going on the bus because I came here on the bus with all of you. I will go back on the bus.”
Mar 13, 2013
After his election, Francis declines to ride in papal limo, takes a shuttle bus with other cardinals back to Casa Santa Marta.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/47591

“Before the bishop blesses his people, he asks that you pray to the Lord to bless me, the prayer of the people for the blessing of their bishop,” he said, bowing his head and clasping his hands.
Mar 13, 2013
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is elected the 266th bishop of Rome.
He takes the name Francis.
Link: http://ncronline.org/node/47486