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Pope Francis blesses Auschwitz survivor Lidia Maksymowicz in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, May 26, 2021./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Offers Advice for When Prayers Seem to go Unanswered

Pope Francis confronted the “scandal” of prayers that seem to go unanswered during his Wednesday general audience by pointing to the hope found in the Resurrection, “when all human longings … will be fulfilled.”

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, May 19, 2021./ Vatican Media.

"Praying is not easy": Pope Francis at Wednesday General Audience

Pope Francis acknowledged Wednesday that praying is hard, but suggested ways to overcome common obstacles.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, May 12, 2021./ Daniel Ibañez/CNA.

Persistent Prayer Can Lead to Miracles: Pope Francis at General Audience

Pope Francis said Wednesday that persistent prayer can lead to miracles “because prayer goes directly to the heart of the tenderness of God.”

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 5, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Contemplative Dimension of Being Human Gives Life Flavor: Pope Francis at General Audience

Pope Francis on Wednesday encouraged people to embrace the contemplative dimension of being human both in prayer and their daily lives.

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace April 28, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis at General Audience: Christian meditation “not a withdrawal into ourselves”

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christian meditation is a way of encountering Jesus and not “a withdrawal into ourselves.”

Pope Francis speaks from the Apostolic Palace during his general audience livestream April 14, 2021./ Vatican Media/CNA

"The Church is a great school of prayer": Pope Francis at General Audience

Pope Francis said Wednesday that an essential task of the Church today is to teach people how to pray.

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.