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Urbi et Orbi

Pope Francis gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing for Easter 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

In Urbi et Orbi Blessing 2022, Pope Francis Laments "Easter of War"

Apr 17, 2022

“Brothers and sisters, let us allow the peace of Christ to enter our lives, our homes, our countries,” Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Square for Easter 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Celebrates Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Square for Easter 2022

Apr 17, 2022

An estimated 50,000 people were in St. Peter's Square for the pope's Easter Sunday Mass.

Pope Francis gives his Christmas ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing Dec. 25, 2021. Vatican Media

Christmas Urbi et Orbi Blessing 2021: Pope Asks World Leaders to Be Open to Dialogue

Dec 25, 2021

He spoke from the central balcony overlooking a rainy St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Easter Sunday April 4, 2021. / Credit: Vatican Media.

Christ’s Wounds are the "seal of his love for us": Pope Francis on Easter Sunday

Apr 4, 2021

May those who suffer take refuge in the wounds of Christ, and through them, receive the hope which does not disappoint, Pope Francis prayed on Easter Sunday.

Pope Francis with an icon of Christ during the Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica April 4, 2021. / Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis’ Easter Urbi et Orbi Blessing 2021: Full Text

Apr 4, 2021

On Easter Sunday 2021, Pope Francis offered Mass at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica. Afterward, he gave the Urbi et Orbi message and blessing. The following is the full text of the pope’s Easter message.

Pope Francis gives his Christmas ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing Dec. 25, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Calls for "vaccines for all" as He Gives Christmas Urbi et Orbi Blessing

Dec 26, 2020

Giving his traditional Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” blessing Friday, Pope Francis called for coronavirus vaccines to be made available to the world’s neediest people. 

Triduum liturgies took place in an empty St. Peter's Basilica due to the pandemic. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis' Easter Special Apostolic Blessing "Urbi et Orbi" Message 2020: Full text

Apr 12, 2020

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' Urbi et Orbi message, delivered April 12 at the Basilica of St. Peter.

Pope Francis gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing from the center loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica Dec. 25, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis on Christmas: Christ's light is greater than the darkness of world's conflicts

Dec 26, 2019

On Christmas, Pope Francis prayed for Christ to bring light to the instability in Iraq, Lebanon, Venezuela, Yemen, Ukraine, Burkina Faso, and other parts of the world experiencing conflict.