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Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Jan. 25, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Unpacks Jesus’ Good News: "Today this scripture has been fulfilled"

Jan 25, 2023

Pope Francis told Christians Wednesday that if they want to understand Jesus they should pay close attention to the “good news” he brings in his sermon in the Nazareth synagogue when he says he is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s Old Testament prophecy.

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.

Pope Francis looking at images from Ukraine at the general audience, Dec. 21, 2022 | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Let us Think of the Ukrainian Children Without Heat this Christmas

Dec 21, 2022

Pope Francis has urged Catholics not to forget the many children in Ukraine this Christmas who are suffering without electricity and heating amid the war.

Pope Francis arriving at the general audience at the Vatican, Dec. 14, 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

This is Why Pope Francis Wants You to Spend Less Money this Christmas

Dec 14, 2022

Pope Francis is inviting everyone to have “a more humble Christmas” this year.

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience at the Vatican, Dec. 14, 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Pope Francis: Remain Vigilant Against Pride and "well-mannered demons"

Dec 14, 2022

Pope Francis encouraged Christians Wednesday to be vigilant against spiritual pride and the temptations of “well-mannered demons.”

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience on St. Peter's Square, Nov. 9, 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Pope Francis: Bahrain Trip "a new step" in Christian-Muslim dialogue

Nov 9, 2022

Pope Francis said Wednesday his trip to the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain was a new step on the journey to create “fraternal alliances” between Christians and Muslims.

Pope Francis arriving for the general audience on St. Peter's Square, Oct. 26, 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

"Lazy, tepid, sad": Pope Francis Explains How Desolation Can be Turned to Good

Oct 26, 2022

Pope Francis explained on Wednesday how times of spiritual desolation — described by St. Ignatius of Loyola as feelings of unquiet, temptation, sadness — can also help bring us closer to God.

Pope Francis at the general audience, Oct. 19, 2022 — and St. Augustine of Hippo in a painting by Philippe de Champaigne, ca. 1650. | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA // Wikimedia (CC0)

Pope Francis: Be Like St. Augustine and Examine the Story of Your Life

Oct 19, 2022

St. Augustine’s Confessions recount the fourth-century bishop’s spiritual conversion from his restless youth to finding peace in Christ.

Pope Francis speaking on St. Peter's Square, Vatican, Oct. 12, 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Pope Francis: Desire Points Our Discernment in the Right Direction

Oct 12, 2022

At his public audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke about the role desire plays in spiritual discernment, comparing it to a compass that points one in the right direction.

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 during the weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, Sept. 7, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

God Can Speak to Us in “the unexpected” Moments: Pope Francis at Wednesday Public Audience

Sep 7, 2022

God can speak to us in the unexpected moments of our lives if we learn to listen well to what he is telling us in our hearts, Pope Francis said on Wednesday.

Pope Francis greeting pilgrims and visitors to the weekly general audience on Aug. 31, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Pope Launches New Catechesis Series on Discernment, Says It’s "indispensable for living"

Aug 31, 2022

“God invites us to evaluate and choose: He created us free and wants us to exercise our freedom. For this reason, discernment is demanding,” Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis at the general audience on Aug. 10, 2022. Vatican Media

Desire for "eternal youth" and "unlimited well-being" is Delusional Conceit: Pope Francis

Aug 10, 2022

Pope Francis said Wednesday that it is “delusional” to try to stop the natural passage of time in pursuit of “eternal youth” and “unlimited well-being.”

Pope Francis walked with a cane into Paul VI Hall for his Wednesday audience on Aug. 3, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: Canada "writing a new page" in Church’s Relationship with Indigenous Peoples

Aug 3, 2022

The pope said that his visit to Canada was "a different journey” from the other international trips of his pontificate.

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, June 15, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis: "When you are old, you are no longer in control of your body"

Jun 15, 2022

The 85-year-old pope noted that he needed to walk with a cane.

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Bring the Love of Jesus’ Sacred Heart "to the ends of the earth": Pope Francis

Jun 1, 2022

The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, June 1, 2022. Vatican Media.

Old age a Time to Rediscover Trust in the Lord: Pope Francis

Jun 1, 2022

The pope was speaking at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 25, 2022. Vatican Media.

"Ours is age of fake news, collective superstitions, pseudo-scientific truths": Pope

May 25, 2022

The pope dedicated his general audience address to the Book of Ecclesiastes.

Pope Francis meets Kateryna Prokopenko and Yulya Fedosiuk in St. Peter’s Square on May 11, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Meets Wives of Ukrainian Soldiers Fighting to Defend Mariupol

May 11, 2022

‘You are our last hope. We hope that you can save their lives. Please don’t let them die.’