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Pope Francis speaks at his general audience Dec. 13, 2023, in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "The Christian must be open to the word of God and to the service of others"

Dec 13, 2023

Pope Francis on Wednesday closed his catechetical series on apostolic zeal, delivered during his recent general audiences, by noting that the attitude of being open is a duty for every Christian and a precondition for authentically announcing the Gospel. 

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience on Dec. 6, 2023, in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis at General Audience: "The Spirit is the protagonist" of Evangelization

Dec 6, 2023

Pope Francis’ multi-week catechetical series on the essential components of the proclamation of the Gospel culminated with a fourth and final component: the Holy Spirit as the protagonist of evangelization. 

Pope Francis at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 20, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Lauds St. Daniel Comboni’s “apostolic zeal”, Efforts to End Slavery in Africa

Sep 20, 2023

St. Daniele Comboni witnessed “the horror of slavery” as a missionary in the mid-19th century in what is now Sudan.

Pope Francis offers Mass on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 12, 2020. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Like Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mothers Can Be Great Evangelizers Today

Aug 23, 2023

Our Lady of Guadalupe proclaimed the Gospel in “mother tongue,” Pope Francis said Wednesday in a message that highlighted the important role mothers play in passing on the faith to the next generation.

Catholic Bishops in Chad. Credit: CET

Why Evangelizing Chad Remains Challenging despite Rapid Growth of Church in Africa

Aug 4, 2023

“There are many challenges,” says Sacred Heart Fr. Emile Hathouna, parish priest of Saint Francis of Assisi Church in the Chad Diocese of Lai. “The mission of evangelization is not an easy one in Chad, economically, politically, and morally. We are still carrying out primary evangelization in the country which is so demanding.” 

Members of the African Synod Digital Youth Faith Influencers (ASDYFI). Credit: PACTPAN

Meet Young Catholic Influencers from 50 African Countries Evangelizing Digital Peripheries

Jul 2, 2023

Sergent Gomez yearns to see his parish grow. The member of Blessed Sacrament parish of the Catholic Diocese of Banjul in the Gambia laments about the lack of vitality in the Catholic Church in the West African country owing to the absence of new “faces” among young people participating in church activities.

Pope Francis appeared in the window of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Sunday, June 18 to make his first public speech since his release from the hospital. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Makes First Public Speech Since Hospitalization for Abdominal Surgery

Jun 18, 2023

Pope Francis appeared in the window of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Sunday to make his first public speech since his release from the hospital on Friday.

Pope Francis at his general audience in St Peter’s Square on May 31, 2023. | Adi Zace/EWTN

Pope Francis Praises Venerable Jesuit Missionary for Proclaiming the Gospel in China

May 31, 2023

Pope Francis dedicated his entire general audience on Wednesday to sharing the life of Venerable Matteo Ricci, a 16th-century Jesuit missionary in China.

“Evangelization a matter of communication”: Cardinal on Communications Week in Nigeria

May 20, 2023

Communication and evangelization are intimately connected, John Cardinal Onaiyekan has said in his Tuesday, May 16 Message on the occasion of this year’s ongoing Communications Week (COMWEEK), an initiative of Catholic Bishops in Nigeria.

Pope Francis at his general audience on May 17, 2023 (left) and a painting of St. Francis Xavier in the Church of the Gesù in Rome (right). | Daniel Ibanez/Creative Commons

Pope Francis: Share the Gospel with Zeal Like St. Francis Xavier

May 17, 2023

In a world in which there are “so many people who need Jesus,” St. Francis Xavier is an exemplary model of how to live and share the Gospel with zeal, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

Pope Francis at his general audience in St Peter’s Square on April 26, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: Monks and Nuns are "the beating heart" of Evangelization

Apr 26, 2023

It is no accident that the patron saint of foreign missionaries is a cloistered nun, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

Pope Francis at his Wednesday general audience on April 12, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Tells "keyboard warriors" to Put Aside Online Polemics to Proclaim the Gospel

Apr 12, 2023

Pope Francis has told “keyboard warriors” to put aside online polemics and get out from behind their desks to proclaim the Gospel.

Pope Francis' General Audience in St. Peter's Square on March 29, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: "The true Christian is one who receives Jesus within"

Mar 29, 2023

Pope Francis on Wednesday spoke against a comfortable Christianity that keeps Jesus at arm’s length rather than inviting him into the heart to change it.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 22, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: Christian Witness Requires Consistency Between Lifestyle, What one Proclaims

Mar 22, 2023

To effectively witness to the Gospel, Christians need to be consistent in what they believe, how they live, and what they preach, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

Pope Francis at his Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 15, 2023 | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

A Christian Life Based on Achieving Higher Positions is "pure paganism": Pope Francis

Mar 15, 2023

Pope Francis said Wednesday that everyone in the Church is equal in dignity, thus a focus on hierarchical advancement is “pure paganism.”

Pope Francis greets pilgrims from the popemobile in St. Peter’s Square on March 8, 2023. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Pope Francis: There is no Option to be Passive Catholics when it Comes to Evangelization

Mar 8, 2023

Pope Francis said Wednesday that there is no option to be “passive subjects” when it comes to evangelization because every baptized Catholic has a mission to actively proclaim the Gospel.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Feb. 15, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Bring the Gospel into the World Without Becoming Worldly

Feb 15, 2023

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christians are called to bring the Gospel into the world without becoming worldly.

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Jan. 18, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: Jesus is "the unsurpassed model of evangelization"

Jan 18, 2023

Pope Francis invited Christians on Wednesday to pray for the grace to have a “pastoral heart” like Jesus that “suffers and takes risks” out of love for others.

Pope Francis stops to pray before an image of Our Lady and the Child Jesus during his weekly general audience on Jan. 11, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: We Don’t Have to be Perfect to Evangelize

Jan 11, 2023

We do not have to be perfect already to live in a way that gives witness to Christ and attracts others to him, Pope Francis said on Wednesday.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin speaks at an EWTN dinner in Frascati, Italy, Oct. 19, 2022. | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Vatican’s Secretary of State to EWTN: Truth Must be "fearlessly upheld"

Oct 21, 2022

The Vatican’s Secretary of State told employees and collaborators of EWTN this week that the truth must be “fearlessly upheld” with a merciful and listening style.