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Pope Francis with a statue of the Virgin and Child. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Prays That Young People Will Follow Mary’s Example

May 3, 2022

‘You young people, who want to build something new, a better world, follow her example, take risks,’ the pope urged.

Pope Francis waves to crowd gathered for the Angelus at St. Peter's Square on March 13, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Ask the Holy Spirit to Awaken your Desire to Pray

Mar 13, 2022

Noting that the Gospel reveals that Peter, James, and John had fallen asleep prior to Jesus' Transfiguration, Pope Francis urged the faithful during his Angelus reflection Sunday to call on the Holy Spirit to awaken their desire to pray.

Human Embryo, File Photo. Firstbrook Just Click 100 via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Pope Francis’ March Prayer Intention: For Christians Facing New Bioethical Challenges

Mar 8, 2022

‘Let us pray that we may give a Christian response to bioethical challenges,’ the pope said.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on Dec. 19, 2021. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Asks Catholics to Offer Their Sufferings for Christian Unity

Jan 16, 2022

During his Sunday Angelus address, the pope called on people to take part in the upcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Pope Francis prays at Hosh al-Bieaa (Church square) in Mosul, Iraq, on March 7, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis’ January 2022 Prayer Intention is for Victims of Religious Persecution

Jan 4, 2022

The pope called persecution ‘inhuman’ and ‘insane.’

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address on Oct. 24, 2021. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Appeals That Migrants Not Be Sent Back to Unsafe Countries

Oct 24, 2021

Pope Francis called on the international community to stop deporting migrants to unsafe countries.

A website and smartphone app to help Catholics pray for the synod on synodality was launched Oct. 19, 2021. Click to Pray 2.0.

Vatican Launches Prayer Website "to accompany" Synod on Synodality

Oct 20, 2021

The app Click To Pray will also promote prayer for the synodal process.

Children in South Sudan participating in the rosary campaign. ACN

"One million children praying rosary": Kids Join Rosary Initiative Inspired by Padre Pio

Oct 15, 2021

Children from 44 countries have already registered to take part in the rosary campaign.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at this Angelus address on Sept. 4, 2021. Vatican Media/CNA

Silent Prayer With the Gospel Every Day the “secret to spiritual health”: Pope Francis

Sep 5, 2021

Pope Francis has said that silent prayer with the Gospel is the “secret to spiritual health.”

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Aug. 3, 2021. Vatican Media.

"With the truth of the Gospel, one cannot negotiate": Pope Francis

Aug 4, 2021

It was the pope’s first general audience since he underwent colon surgery.

Pope Francis smiles during the general audience in the Vatican's San Damaso Courtyard on June 30, 2021./ Credit: Pablo Esparza/CNA.

God “weaves our history”, Has a Plan for Our Lives: Pope Francis at General Audience

Jun 30, 2021

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that the dramatic conversion of St. Paul should remind us that God has a plan for our lives.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on June 13, 2021./ Vatican Media/CNA

Pope Francis: How Often Do We Fixate on our Problems Rather than Bringing them to God?

Jun 20, 2021

In his Angelus message this Sunday, Pope Francis offered a reminder that the Lord wants us to seek his presence in the trials and storms of life.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, June 16, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: On the Cross, Jesus Prayed for You

Jun 16, 2021

Catholics should take courage in the fact that even as Jesus was dying on the cross, his most agonizing moment on earth, he was praying for them, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, June 2, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Never Forget that Jesus is Praying for you before Father: Pope Francis at General Audience

Jun 2, 2021

Pope Francis said Wednesday that just as Jesus prayed for his friends while on earth, he also prays for each person eternally before the Father in heaven.

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

May 19, 2021

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

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

May 5, 2021

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”

Apr 28, 2021

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

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

Apr 7, 2021

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

Apr 6, 2021

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

Feb 3, 2021

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.