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

Pope Francis: ‘The Church is a great school of prayer’

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

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace April 7, 2021.

Pope Francis at the general audience: ‘There is no grief in the Church that is borne in solitude’

At this morning’s general audience, Pope Francis said that the communion of saints means that Christians are never alone in... Read more

Pope Francis prays at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope Francis urges Catholics to pray for people risking lives to fight for fundamental rights

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

Pope Francis delivers a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace.

Pope Francis: Jesus entrusted Mary to us as a Mother, ‘not as co-redeemer’

At this morning’s general audience, Pope Francis said that Jesus entrusted the Virgin Mary to us as a Mother, “not... Read more

Pope Francis delivers a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace. Credits: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis calls for end to ‘bloody clashes’ in Burma

Pope Francis appealed on Wednesday for an end to “bloody clashes” and the release of political leaders in Burma.  Read more

A prayer for COVID-19 victims at Westminster Cathedral in London, England, pictured July 3, 2020. Credit: Mazur/cbcew.org.uk.

Catholic bishops across Europe join in Lent prayer for victims of coronavirus pandemic

Catholic bishops across Europe will join together in prayer throughout Lent for victims of the coronavirus pandemic.   Read more

Celtic Cross on the hill at Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland.

As Lent begins, Irish bishop urges that political leaders be told worship is essential

The worship of God is ‘utterly essential’ and political leaders need to be told this, the Bishop of Raphoe wrote... Read more

Pope Francis at a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace. Photo credits: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Christian prayer instills ‘invincible hope’ in the human heart

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that prayer can fortify us as we face the challenges of daily life.  Read more

Pope Francis gives a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Feb. 3, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Without liturgy, Christianity is without the whole of Christ

Pope Francis said Wednesday that it is essential for Christians to participate in the liturgy and the sacraments to encounter... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Jan. 27, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis on Holocaust Remembrance Day: ‘These things can happen again’

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that commemorating the Holocaust means to be aware that “these things can happen again.”   Read more

Pope Francis gives a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Praise God 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.”  Read more

 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) leads the opening prayer for the U.S. House of Representatives Jan. 3. Credit: CSPAN

‘Amen’ is not gendered, and ‘A-woman’ is nonsense, Hebrew scholar says

The word “amen” is not a gendered word and the term “a-women” is entirely made up, a professor of theology... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during a general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: ‘Bearers of gratitude’ make the world a better place

Catholics can change the world by being “bearers of gratitude,” Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.  Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Dec. 16, 2020.

Pope Francis: ‘Those who pray never turn their backs on the world’

People who pray for others are like God’s antennas, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.  Read more

Fr. Patrick Peyton. Courtesy of Holy Cross Family Ministries.

Film chronicles life and legacy of Fr Patrick Peyton, 'The Rosary Priest'

The life of Fr. Patrick Peyton, an Irish-American priest who traveled the world hosting hundreds of rosary rallies and encouraging... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during a general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace.

Pope Francis: ‘Even death trembles when a Christian prays’

Prayer is so powerful that “even death trembles when a Christian prays,” Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.  Read more

Pope Francis, pictured on April 17, 2013.

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.  Read more

Pope Francis speaks at a general audience in the apostolic library.

Pope Francis: God is patient and never stops waiting for a sinner’s conversion

Pope Francis said Wednesday that God does not wait for us to stop sinning to start loving us, but always... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 1, 2019.

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

On the first Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis recommended a traditional Advent prayer to invite God to draw close during... Read more

Bishop Claudio Maniago, president of the Italian bishops’ conference’s liturgy commission.

Bishop hopes new Italian missal will help Catholics rediscover beauty of Mass

As the Church in Italy prepares to introduce its new translation of the Roman Missal on Sunday, the bishop in... Read more