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Pope Francis gives a blessing to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square during his general audience on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Tells faithful: Learn Some of the Psalms by Heart

Jun 19, 2024

“It is necessary to make the Psalms our prayer,” the pope said at his general audience in an overcast but hot and muggy St. Peter’s Square on June 19.

Pope Francis prays during his general audience address in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican on Dec. 27, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

This is Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for the Month of January

Jan 3, 2024

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of January is for the gift of diversity in the Church.

Pope Francis presides at the annual celebration of “first vespers,” or evening prayer, for the vigil of the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, on Dec. 31, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Faith Allows Christians to Live Transition into the New Year "differently"

Dec 31, 2023

Pope Francis rang in the new year and gave thanks for 2023 at a special New Year’s Eve Vatican liturgy.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Oct. 18, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Seven Ways to Participate in Day of Prayer and Fasting Called for by Pope Francis

Oct 26, 2023

Amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war in the Holy Land, Pope Francis has called for a day of prayer and fasting on Oct. 27. Here’s how to participate.

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“Miracles of the Eucharist” Theme for 2023 International Week of Prayer and Fasting

Oct 15, 2023

The 31st annual International Week of Prayer and Fasting for our nation, leaders, families, and the Church will take place Oct. 20-28.

Rendition of the Eternal Wall interactive monument being constructed near Birmingham, England, featuring a million prayers. It is expected to be completed in 2026. | Photo courtesy of Eternal Wall

Christian Monument "Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer" Being Constructed in England

Aug 26, 2023

The building of a major Christian monument in the heart of the United Kingdom is expected to be completed by 2026.

Pope Francis greets staff at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, July 11, 2021. | Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Returns to the Vatican After 3 Days in the Hospital

Apr 1, 2023

Pope Francis was discharged from the hospital Saturday morning after a three-night stay in Rome’s Gemelli Hospital.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé | Credit: Shutterstock

Hundreds of Fans of Soccer Legend Pelé Pray in Front of Hospital for his Recovery

Dec 6, 2022

More than a hundred Santos Soccer Club fans gathered Sunday in front of the hospital in Brazil where Pelé, one of the greatest soccer players of all time, is undergoing treatment, to pray for his recovery.

Pope Francis at the general audience, Nov. 16, 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Pope Francis’ Prayer Advice: Just be with Jesus "without ulterior motives"

Nov 16, 2022

Pope Francis offered advice on Wednesday for building “a more mature and more beautiful relationship with the Lord” through prayer.

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on September 28. Credit: Pablo Esparza/CNA

Pope Francis: The First Element of Discernment is Prayer

Sep 28, 2022

Prayer is the first element of discernment, Pope Francis said in his general audience message on Wednesday.

Pope Francis with a statue of the Virgin and Child. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Prays That Young People Will Follow Mary’s Example

May 3, 2022

‘You young people, who want to build something new, a better world, follow her example, take risks,’ the pope urged.

Pope Francis waves to crowd gathered for the Angelus at St. Peter's Square on March 13, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Ask the Holy Spirit to Awaken your Desire to Pray

Mar 13, 2022

Noting that the Gospel reveals that Peter, James, and John had fallen asleep prior to Jesus' Transfiguration, Pope Francis urged the faithful during his Angelus reflection Sunday to call on the Holy Spirit to awaken their desire to pray.

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Pope Francis’ March Prayer Intention: For Christians Facing New Bioethical Challenges

Mar 8, 2022

‘Let us pray that we may give a Christian response to bioethical challenges,’ the pope said.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on Dec. 19, 2021. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Asks Catholics to Offer Their Sufferings for Christian Unity

Jan 16, 2022

During his Sunday Angelus address, the pope called on people to take part in the upcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Pope Francis prays at Hosh al-Bieaa (Church square) in Mosul, Iraq, on March 7, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis’ January 2022 Prayer Intention is for Victims of Religious Persecution

Jan 4, 2022

The pope called persecution ‘inhuman’ and ‘insane.’

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address on Oct. 24, 2021. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Appeals That Migrants Not Be Sent Back to Unsafe Countries

Oct 24, 2021

Pope Francis called on the international community to stop deporting migrants to unsafe countries.

A website and smartphone app to help Catholics pray for the synod on synodality was launched Oct. 19, 2021. Click to Pray 2.0.

Vatican Launches Prayer Website "to accompany" Synod on Synodality

Oct 20, 2021

The app Click To Pray will also promote prayer for the synodal process.

Children in South Sudan participating in the rosary campaign. ACN

"One million children praying rosary": Kids Join Rosary Initiative Inspired by Padre Pio

Oct 15, 2021

Children from 44 countries have already registered to take part in the rosary campaign.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at this Angelus address on Sept. 4, 2021. Vatican Media/CNA

Silent Prayer With the Gospel Every Day the “secret to spiritual health”: Pope Francis

Sep 5, 2021

Pope Francis has said that silent prayer with the Gospel is the “secret to spiritual health.”

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Aug. 3, 2021. Vatican Media.

"With the truth of the Gospel, one cannot negotiate": Pope Francis

Aug 4, 2021

It was the pope’s first general audience since he underwent colon surgery.