So the greatest trick of the Devil is convincing people he doesn’t exist?

Pope Francis is not impressed.

Starting with his very first homily as the bishop of Rome, Pope Francis has regularly reminded believers that the Devil is real, that we must be on guard, and that our only hope against him is in Jesus Christ.

Here are are 13 of Pope Francis’ most direct quotes on the matter.

1) “When one does not profess Jesus Christ, one professes the worldliness of the devil.”

First homily, 3/14/2013 – Text

2) “The Prince of this world, Satan, doesn’t want our holiness, he doesn’t want us to follow Christ. Maybe some of you might say: ‘But Father, how old fashioned you are to speak about the devil in the 21st century!’ But look out because the devil is present! The devil is here… even in the 21st century! And we mustn’t be naïve, right? We must learn from the Gospel how to fight against Satan.”

Homily on 4/10/2014 – Text

3) “[The Devil] attacks the family so much. That demon does not love it and seeks to destroy it. […] May the Lord bless the family. May He make it strong in this crisis, in which the devil wishes to destroy it.”

Homily, 6/1/2014 – Text

4) “It is enough to open a newspaper and we see that around us there is the presence of evil, the Devil is at work. But I would like to say in a loud voice ‘God is stronger.’ Do you believe this, that God is stronger?”

General audience, 6/12/2013 – Text

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5) “Let us ask the Lord for the grace to take these things seriously. He came to fight for our salvation. He won against the devil! Please, let us not do business with the devil! He seeks to return home, to take possession of us… Do not relativize; be vigilant! And always with Jesus!”

Homily, 11/8/2013 – Text

6) “The presence of the devil is on the first page of the Bible, and the Bible ends as well with the presence of the devil, with the victory of God over the devil.”

Homily, 11/8/2013 – Text

7) “Either you are with me, says the Lord, or you are against me… [Jesus came] to give us the freedom… [from] the enslavement the devil has over us… On this point, there are no nuances. There is a battle and a battle where salvation is at play, eternal salvation. We must always be on guard, on guard against deceit, against the seduction of evil.”

Homily, 10/11/2013 – Text

8) “The devil plants evil where there is good, trying to divide people, families and nations. But God… looks into the ‘field’ of each person with patience and mercy: he sees the dirt and the evil much better than we do, but he also sees the seeds of good and patiently awaits their germination.”

Homily, 7/20/2014 – Text

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9) “The devil cannot stand seeing the sanctity of a church or the sanctity of a person, without trying to do something.”

Homily, 5/7/2014 – Text

10) “Note well how Jesus responds [to temptation]: He doesn’t dialogue with Satan, as Eve did in the terrestrial Paradise. Jesus knows well that one can’t dialogue with Satan, because he is so cunning. For this reason, instead of dialoguing, as Eve did, Jesus chooses to take refuge in the Word of God and to respond with the power of this Word. Let us remind ourselves of this in the moment of temptation…: not arguing with Satan, but defending ourselves with the Word of God. And this will save us.”

Angelus address, 3/9/2014 – Text

11) “We too need to guard the faith, guard it from darkness. Many times, however, it is a darkness under the guise of light. This is because the devil, as saint Paul, says, disguises himself at times as an angel of light.”

Homily, 1/6/2014 – Text

12) “Behind every rumor there is jealousy and envy. And gossip divides the community, destroys the community. Rumors are the weapons of the devil.”

Homily, 1/23/2014 – Text

13) “Let us always remember… that the Adversary wants to keep us separated from God and therefore instills disappointment in our hearts when we do not see our apostolic commitment immediately rewarded. Every day the devil sows the seeds of pessimism and bitterness in our hearts. … Let us open ourselves to the breath of the Holy Spirit, who never ceases to sow seeds of hope and confidence.”

 Speech, 6/18/2013 – Text

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  1. hOh please, please pray for my family as Pope Francis said these things are happening in my family, they are
    not praying and do not understand ewhat is happening – family discussing divorce, children not baptistedO praying with all my might that the Lord will in terveen before these come about – My sincere thanks uCatholic

  2. Tnk u catholic…We keep on praying to the Lord to strengthen our relationship to our family n to the community.Keep away from evil temptations is only to have strong faith to the Lord, every family is Christ centered always so that Love will persist .If there’s Love, all good deeds will follow.To the Lord ,we borrow our lives in the end we offer our lives back to the Lord.For u Lord thank u for everything and we love you more.To our Pope Francis thank u for reminding us.God bless u forevermore.

  3. It is time to update the language used in the Catholic Church. We need language that is more specific and scientific and less devilish. The devil is a catch-all term for all that is disagreeable. It is a concept that creates divisiveness, duality, and fear. It is a concept that makes us tremble, feel inadequate and held hostage in a war of good against evil.

    • God is good. The devil is evil. The devil is divisive and causes fear. The devil prays on the weak. The Catholic Church comes from Jesus Himself, and follows His Word. The language of the Catholic Church is truth. We need this truth for strength against evil. No change in language is needed. We must walk with The Lord and strive to be Christ-like in order for good to triumph over evil.

      • Absolutely you should be afraid, the devil is real and Godless.. What happened to your sense of good judgement? Don’t you realize in hell your’ll lay on worms and be covered up with them, now that’s ugly and makes me sick, you believe as you wish but I’ll believe in God so I stay on the path of Truth and I will be aware of the evil one trying to tempt me I pray you do to..

  4. Pope Francis hit the nail on the head with these quotes. The devil is real. He’s not an idea. He is a spiritual being and his name is Satan. He is our enemy. He wants to destroy God’s creation,namely us. Jesus mentioned this many times. The Apostles wrote about it. The saints have written about it. I have been reading about St. Padre Pio’s battles with him. God’s people need to realize that we are in a spiritual battle for souls. Thank God that Jesus won the victory on the Cross and rose again! It is up to us to take Him at His Word and claim that victory. We need to get our strength from prayer and the Sacraments.


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