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Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace April 7, 2021. / Vatican Media.

Pope Francis at the general audience: ‘There is no grief in the Church that is borne in so

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that the communion of saints means that Christians are never alone in the darkest moments of their lives.

Pope Francis at his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace March 31, 2021. / Vatican Media. /

In Christ’s Passion, We Remember Victims of Wars, Daily Violence, Abortions: Pope Francis

At his general audience, Pope Francis said that Holy Week is a time to “remember the ‘sacrificed lambs,’ the innocent victims of wars, dictatorships, everyday violence, abortions.”

Pope Francis gives a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Feb. 3, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Without Liturgy, Christianity is Without the Whole of Christ: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Wednesday that it is essential for Christians to participate in the liturgy and the sacraments to encounter the Real Presence of Jesus.

Pope Francis gives a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Urges Catholics to Praise God in Happy “but above all in difficult moments”

Pope Francis urged Catholics on Wednesday to praise God not only in happy times, “but above all in difficult moments.”

Pope Francis speaks during a general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace. Credit: Vatican Media. /

"Bearers of gratitude" Make the World a Better Place: Pope Francis at General Audience

Catholics can change the world by being “bearers of gratitude,” Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.

Pope Francis speaks during a general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace. Credit: Vatican Media. /

"Even death trembles when a Christian prays": Pope Francis

Prayer is so powerful that “even death trembles when a Christian prays,” Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.

Pope Francis speaks at a general audience in the apostolic library. Credit: Vatican Media /

"A sinner can remain in error for long time, God is patient till the end": Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Wednesday that God does not wait for us to stop sinning to start loving us, but always holds out hope for the conversion of even the most hardened sinner.

Pope Francis speaks during a general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace. Credit: Vatican Media. /

"The Church is the work of the Holy Spirit": Pope Francis

Catholics risk going astray if they neglect the four essential characteristics of Church life, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims at his general audience at the Paul VI Audience Hall Oct. 28. 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis’ General Audience Again Moves Behind Closed Doors

After nine weeks of public general audiences, Pope Francis’ weekly gathering will again take place behind closed doors, the Vatican said Thursday.

Pope Francis delivers his general audience address in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican, Oct. 7, 2020. /

Rediscover the Beauty of the Holy Rosary Prayer: Pope Francis

Pope Francis invited Catholics to rediscover the beauty of the rosary prayer this month, encouraging people to carry a rosary with them in their pockets.

Pope Francis arrives for his general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard at the Vatican, Sept. 2, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA. Other photos: Vatican Media. /

Tourists in Rome Surprised by Chance to See Pope Francis

Tourists in Rome had an unexpected chance to see Pope Francis at his first public audience for almost six months.

Pope Francis gives a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace. Credit: Vatican Media /

“We all have an appointment with God in the night of our lives”: Pope Francis

In our darkest moments God awaits us and is ready to transform us, Pope Francis said at his general audience Wednesday.

Pope Francis speaks at a general audience in the apostolic library. Credit: Vatican Media /

"Prayer is a refuge and protection against the evil of the world": Pope Francis

Prayer is a refuge and protection against the evil of the world, Pope Francis said in his general audience address Wednesday.

Pope Francis gives a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace. Credit: Vatican Media /

Pope Francis Says Prayer Opens the Door of Hope

Prayer opens the door of hope, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the apostolic palace April 1, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Ponder Christ’s Passion Amid the Coronavirus Crisis, Pope Urges

Meditating on Christ's Passion can help us as we struggle with questions about God and suffering during the coronavirus crisis, Pope Francis said at his general audience Wednesday.