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Pope Francis sat at the front of the congregation in St. Peter's Basilica on the Solemnity of Pentecost on June 5, 2022. Vatican Media

On Pentecost, Pope Francis Explains How to Recognize the Voice of the Holy Spirit

Jun 5, 2022

The pope delivered his homily from a wheelchair in front of the main altar of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Duccio's Pentecost (1308). public domain

Pentecost Novena: Here's How to Pray the First Novena

May 28, 2022

The first novena ever prayed is the Pentecost Novena, or the Novena to the Holy Spirit. This year, it began on Friday, May 27, and concludes on Saturday, June 4.

Pope Francis greets a crowd of an estimated 25,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square in Rome for his Regina Caeli address on May 22, 2022. Vatican Media

Ask the Lord for the Gift of Peace: Pope Francis

May 22, 2022

An estimated 25,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square in Rome on Sunday to hear Pope Francis' Regina Caeli reflections on Jesus' words, “My peace I give to you” (Jn 14:27).

Bishop João Noé Rodrigues during his homily at the opening Eucharistic Celebration for the first annual Plenary Assembly of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). Credit: Sheila Pires

The Holy Spirit Fosters Unity among Church Leaders, Catholic Bishop in South Africa Says

Jan 19, 2022

The sense of communion among Church leaders is “a fruit of the Holy Spirit” in their respective lives, a Catholic Bishop in South Africa has said. 

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Nov. 10, 2021. Vatican Media.

This is the Prayer to the Holy Spirit Pope Francis Wants Every Catholic to Know

Nov 10, 2021

The pope urged Catholics to keep a copy of the prayer with them.

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the Paul VI Hall of the Vatican Oct. 27, 2021. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis’ recommendations for Reigniting Spiritual Life after Falling Out of Practice

Oct 27, 2021

Pope Francis gave Catholics some recommendations for how to restart their spiritual life after falling out of practice.

Pope Francis celebrates Pentecost Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, May 23, 2021./ EWTN News/Daniel Ibáñez/Vatican Pool

“If your heart has a festering wound … open your heart to the Holy Spirit”: Pope Francis

May 23, 2021

Pope Francis on Sunday urged those who feel trapped by loneliness, despair, and pain to open themselves to the Holy Spirit.

Pope Francis celebrates Pentecost Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica May 31, 2020. / Vatican Media

Pope Francis Asks Catholics To See Church With 'eyes of the Spirit'

Jun 1, 2020

Pope Francis urged Catholics to view the Church “with the eyes of the Spirit” as he celebrated Pentecost Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Pope Francis celebrates Pentecost Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica May 31, 2020. Credit: EWTN-CNA Photo/Daniel Ibáñez/Vatican Pool

Full text: Pope Francis’ Homily On Pentecost Sunday

May 31, 2020

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' Pentecost Sunday homily, delivered May 31 at the Basilica of St. Peter, and checked against delivery.

Pope Francis. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis calls for “a more just, equitable and Christian society” after coronavirus crisis

May 30, 2020

Our suffering during the coronavirus crisis will have been in vain if we fail to build “a more just, more equitable, more Christian society,” Pope Francis said May 30.

Pope Francis waves from a window of the apostolic palace May 10, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

St. John Paul II is Remembered With 'affection and gratitude': Pope Francis

May 17, 2020

Pope Francis Sunday recalled the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. Pope John Paul II, saying his predecessor is remembered “with much affection and gratitude.”

Pope Francis speaks at the opening of the Amazon synod Oct. 7, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Holy Spirit is 'main actor' of Amazon synod, pope says in opening remarks

Oct 7, 2019

In his opening remarks for the Amazon synod Monday, Pope Francis said the assembly’s working document is meant to be “destroyed” as the starting point of the work of the Holy Spirit, who he prays will guide the synodal process.

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience Sept. 18, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Through sin and scandal, God's Church remains, Pope Francis says

Sep 18, 2019

Because of sinfulness, human projects will always fail, but the Church remains steadfast, even in times of scandal, because she is sustained by the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square June 19, 2019 / Daniel Ibañez/ACI Africa

Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit Unites the Church, Despite Sin and Scandal

Jun 25, 2019

Dedicating his Wednesday catechesis to the Acts of the Apostles’ account of the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Pope Francis reflected on how the Holy Spirit transformed and strengthened St. Peter.