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Pope Francis takes off his zucchetto as he leaves his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 6. Pope Francis takes off his zucchetto as he leaves his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 6.

Top 10 Pope Francis quotes

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In his formal documents, many speeches and unscripted morning homilies the past year, Pope Francis has given the church a bounty of memorable sound bites.

Here’s a look at what could be the top 10 most quotable quotes, in chronological order.

March 13, 2013: First words as pope

“Brothers and sisters, good evening. You all know that the duty of the conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems that my brother cardinals have gone almost to the ends of the earth to get him… but here we are.”

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he appears for the first time on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican March 13. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected the 266th Roman Catholic pontiff. (CNS photo by L’Osservatore Romano)
March 17, 2013: First Angelus as pope

“The Lord never tires of forgiving. It is we who tire of asking for forgiveness.”

A huge crowd overflows St. Peter’s Square as Pope Francis delivers his blessing during his first Angelus at the Vatican March 17. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Chrism Mass, March 28, 2013: Chrism Mass

“This is precisely the reason for the dissatisfaction of some, who end up sad — sad priests — in some sense becoming collectors of antiques or novelties, instead of being shepherds living with ‘the odor of the sheep.’ This I ask you: Be shepherds, with the ‘odor of the sheep,’ make it real, as shepherds among your flock, fishers of men.”

Pope Francis gives the homily during the Holy Thursday chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican March 28. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
May 18, 2013: Pentecost vigil

“Ask yourselves this question: How often is Jesus inside and knocking at the door to be let out, to come out? And we do not let him out because of our own need for security, because so often we are locked into ephemeral structures that serve solely to make us slaves and not free children of God.”

Pope Francis greets a child after celebrating Mass on the feast of Pentecost in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 19. (CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo)
June 5, 2013: General audience

“Men and women are sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption: it is the ‘culture of waste.’ If a computer breaks it is a tragedy, but poverty, the needs and dramas of so many people end up being considered normal. … When the stock market drops 10 points in some cities, it constitutes a tragedy. Someone who dies is not news, but lowering income by 10 points is a tragedy! In this way people are thrown aside as if they were trash.”

Pope Francis looks on as he leads his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 5. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
June 29, 2013: “Lumen Fidei”

“Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light.”

Pope Francis leads Benediction during the World Youth Day vigil on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro July 27. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
July 28, 2013: Flight from Brazil to Rome

“If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him? … The problem is not having this tendency, no, we must be brothers and sisters to one another. The problem is in making a lobby of this tendency: a lobby of misers, a lobby of politicians, a lobby of masons, so many lobbies.”

Pope Francis addresses journalists on his flight from Rio de Janeiro to Rome July 28. The pope spent 80 minutes answering questions from 21 journalists on the plane. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Nov. 24, 2013: “Evangelii Gaudium”

“An evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral.”

Pope Francis gives a thumbs up as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Jan. 15. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Feb. 14, 2014: Meeting with engaged couples

“The perfect family doesn’t exist, nor is there a perfect husband or a perfect wife, and let’s not talk about the perfect mother-in-law! It’s just us sinners.” A healthy family life requires frequent use of three phrases: “May I? Thank you, and I’m sorry” and “never, never, never end the day without making peace.”

Pope Francis greets Miriam and Marco, an engaged couple who spoke during an audience for engaged couples in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. At left is Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Feb. 16, 2014: Angelus

“Gossip can also kill, because it kills the reputation of the person! 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.”

Pope Francis rubs his face after completing the speaking part of his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Jan. 15. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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