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Pope Francis addresses the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on May 15, 2024, at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

Love, Charity “culmination” of Theological Virtues: Pope Francis at Wednesday General Audience

May 15, 2024

Pointing to the Sermon on the Mount and repeating twice “love your enemy,” the pope noted that this teaching “embraces what is not lovable; it offers forgiveness.”

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square during his Wednesday general audience on May 8, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Hope "is a gift that comes directly from God"

May 8, 2024

“Christians have hope not through their own merit. If they believe in the future, it is because Christ died and rose again and gave us his Spirit,” the pope said.

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican for his Wednesday general audience on April 24, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Theological Vrtues are the "fundamental attributes" of a Christian Life

Apr 24, 2024

The Holy Father bolstered his analysis by looking to the legacy of St. John Paul II.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his general audience on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "A Christian without courage" is "a useless Christian"

Apr 10, 2024

“A Christian without courage, who does not turn his own strength to good, who does not bother anyone, is a useless Christian,” the pope declared.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gather in Paul VI Audience Hall for his Wednesday general audience on March 27, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Amid Holy Week, Pope Francis Points to "beautiful testimony" of Fathers who Lost Daughters

Mar 27, 2024

The Holy Father called attention to two men present at his general audience in the Paul VI Hall on Wednesday, one Palestinian, one Israeli.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on March 20, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Highlights Importance of Prudence, Calls for End to War

Mar 20, 2024

“War is always a defeat. You can’t go on in war. We must make all efforts to negotiate, to negotiate, to end the war. Let’s pray for this,” the pope said Wednesday.

Pope Francis appeared in a wheelchair at his general audience on Feb. 28, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "Of all vices, pride is the great queen"

Mar 6, 2024

“Those who give in to this vice are far from God, and the correction of this evil requires time and effort, more than any other battle to which the Christian is called.”

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his Wednesday general audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican on Feb. 28, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis, weakened by ‘a bit of a cold,’ has aide read reflection before hospital visit

Feb 28, 2024

The pope did not walk to his chair in the Paul VI Audience Hall on Wednesday as he normally does.

Pope Francis delivers an address during his Wednesday general audience on Feb. 14, 2024, in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Sloth is a "very dangerous temptation" akin to Apathy

Feb 14, 2024

During his Feb. 14 Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the human dimension of the vice of acedia, more commonly known as sloth.

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Sorrow is an "ailment of the soul"

Feb 7, 2024

The Holy Father warned that sorrow is “a constant affliction that prevents man from feeling joy at his own existence.”

Pope Francis delivers a message at his general audience on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Wrath is a Vice that is "pervasive," "dark"

Jan 31, 2024

Pope Francis dedicated his Jan. 31 general audience to the subject of wrath, characterizing it as a vice that is “pervasive” and “particularly dark.”

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his general audience on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, at the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Avarice is a "sickness of the heart, not of the wallet": Pope Francis

Jan 24, 2024

In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said the preoccupation with the accumulation of material goods reflects a greater “pathological accumulation.”

Pope Francis gives a blessing at his general audience on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "In Christianity, there is no condemnation of the sexual instinct"

Jan 17, 2024

In a continuation of his catechetical series on vice and virtue, Pope Francis on Wednesday dedicated his general audience to the difference between love and lust.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his Wednesday general audience on Jan. 10, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis at audience: Gluttony is Perhaps the Most Dangerous Vice

Jan 10, 2024

In the third installment of his catechetical series on vice and virtue, Pope Francis on Wednesday focused on the sin of gluttony.

Pope Francis delivers a message on the topic of “vices and virtuesc” at his Wednesday general audience on Jan. 3, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Never Forget that Jesus is Beside You in Your Worst Moments

Jan 3, 2024

In life’s worst moments, never forget that Jesus is beside you, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

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 greets members of the public attending his weekly general audience in Paul VI Hall in Vatican City on Nov. 29, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Technological Focus on Efficiency Dehumanizes Today’s Society

Nov 29, 2023

The desire for efficiency “absorbs the uniqueness of each into a bubble of uniformity,” Pope Francis warned.

Pope Francis speaks at his Wednesday audience in Paul VI Hall on Nov. 29, 2023. | Elizabeth Alva/EWTN

Pope Francis Says He is "still not well," Has Aide Read General Audience Speech

Nov 29, 2023

One day after canceling his trip to Dubai at the request of his doctors, Pope Francis appeared at his public Wednesday audience and shared with a raspy voice that he was still not feeling well as he recovers from the flu.

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on Nov. 15, 2023. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Gospel is Universal

Nov 22, 2023

During his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, Pope Francis highlighted the universal nature of the Church’s mission to proclaim the Gospel.