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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

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?

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

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

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

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

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 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.