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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 prays at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 2, 2013. / Elise Harris/CNA. /

Pope Francis Urges Catholics to Pray for People Risking Lives Searching Fundamental Rights

Pope Francis is inviting Catholics around the world to pray this month for people risking their lives by standing up for fundamental rights.

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.

Entrance to École Jeunesse Bonheur, a Catholic school of prayer and evangelization located in the Archdiocese of Cotonou in Benin. / Jeunesse Bonheur School

Lay Formation School in Benin Where Youth Spend a Year of Isolation, Spiritual Intimacy

How about taking a break from your studies or a hectic work schedule to embark on a year of spiritual formation? In Benin, this life of intense spiritual formation is not just reserved for men and women who choose Religious Life. It is open to lay people as well, the founder of the facility has told ACI Africa.

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, pictured on April 17, 2013. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk. /

Pope Francis Establishes Worldwide Prayer Network as Vatican Body

Pope Francis has established the global network that promotes his monthly prayer intentions as a Vatican body.

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 offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 1, 2019. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

"Advent is the season for remembering the closeness of God": Pope Francis

On the first Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis recommended a traditional Advent prayer to invite God to draw close during this new liturgical year.

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.

Bishop George Nkuo of Cameroon's Kumbo Diocese leading a peaceful march for peace in the Anglophone regions. / Kumbo Diocese/Facebook Page.

“Fight violence with weapons given by God, Rosary, Holy Mass, Prayer”: Cameroonian Prelate

A Prelate in the midst of the protracted Anglophone crisis in Cameroon has underscored the need for Christians to employ God-given “weapons” in their fight against violence that has affected the people of God in the North West and South West regions of the Central African nation since 2016.

The five Deacons ordained Priests for the Archdiocese of Maputo Saturday, September 12. / Samuel Antonio

Embrace Sacrifice, Prayer, Cross, Prelate Urges at Priestly Ordination in Mozambique

A Prelate in Mozambique has, during the ordination of five Deacons as Priests for the Archdiocese of Maputo in the Southern African country, urged members of the Clergy to embrace a life of sacrifice and prayer “as if we had died on the cross,” in solidarity with other ordained ministers.

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address June 7, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

Catholics Cannot Ignore the Poverty Caused by the Pandemic: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic has revealed poverty that Catholics cannot ignore.

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 looks out at an empty St. Peter's Square. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis: As Humanity Trembles from Pandemic, let us Unite in Prayer

Pope Francis has asked Christians around the world to unite in praying the Our Father prayer at noon on March 25 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Feb. 26, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Pope Francis' Lent Advice: Put Down Phone, Pick up Bible

Pope Francis urged Catholics Wednesday to use the season of Lent to spend less time immersed in the chatter and noise of the world through television and their phones, and to spend more time in silence and in conversation with God.

Pope Francis prays during the Good Friday Via Crucis in Rome April 19, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Pope Francis Prays for Victims of German Shooting

Pope Francis prayed Friday for the victims of a shooting in Germany that killed nine people at two hookah bars.

Pope Francis prays at Auschwitz July 29, 2016. Credit: Vatican Media. /

'Never again': Pope Francis Calls For Prayer on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Pope Francis has asked for people to spend a moment in prayer and recollection on Monday for International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Pope Francis at the general audience Jan. 31, 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Pope Francis Prays for Coronavirus Victims in China

Pope Francis prayed Sunday for people infected by the coronavirus, which has killed 56 people in China.