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Pope Francis greets a young boy a Mass in Juba, South Sudan on Feb. 5, 2023.

Pope at Mass in South Sudan: In the name of Jesus, lay down the weapons of hatred

Feb 5, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis urged Christians in the war-torn South Sudan to make a decisive contribution to changing history by refusing to... Read more

Pope Francis led the Angelus for All Saints' Day from a window above St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis on All Saints’ Day: True happiness is found by following Jesus

Nov 1, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis gave a special Angelus address for the Catholic feast of All Saints’ Day. Read more

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address Nov. 1, 2020.

Pope Francis: The saints are 'authoritative witnesses of Christian hope'

Nov 1, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

On the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis encouraged everyone to follow the model of the saints, who pursued virtue... Read more

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Online course for Catholic politicians to study Thomas More, John Paul II, Dag Hammarskjöld

Sep 18, 2020

What do St. Thomas More, St. John Paul II, and Dag Hammarskjöld have in common?  Read more

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the apostolic palace April 1, 2020.

Don't be afraid to let the Holy Spirit purify your heart, says Pope Francis

Apr 1, 2020

It is the Holy Spirit who leads us away from our sins and towards purity of heart, Pope Francis said... Read more

Pope Francis gives his apostolic blessing at the end of the general audience March 18, 2020.

Everyone is in debt to God's mercy, Pope Francis says

Mar 18, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Showing and receiving God’s mercy are central aspects of Christian life – and everyone is in debt to God for... Read more

Pope Francis gives his general audience address via video livestream March 11, 2020.

Pope Francis: Humanity needs Christ's justice

Mar 11, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Wednesday Catholics must spread the Gospel to a world which hungers and thirsts for the justice of... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in Paul VI Hall Jan. 22, 2020.

Pope Francis: The meek are not pushovers

Feb 19, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Wednesday that a meek Christian is not weak, but defends his faith and controls his temper.  Read more

Pope Francis delivers his General Audience address at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Feb. 12, 2020.

Pope Francis: The gift of tears is precious

Feb 12, 2020

During his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis discussed the second beatitude, Blessed are those who mourn for they shall... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience on March 18, 2015.

Pope Francis: Poverty of spirit does not hide shortcomings from the world

Feb 5, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Wednesday that a focus on achieving fame or having a perfect image in the eyes of the... Read more

Pope Francis at the end of the Angelus address Jan. 26, 2020.

Pope Francis: 'The beatitudes always bring joy'

Jan 29, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The beatitudes should be a defining feature of a Christian’s identity because they reveal the way that Jesus lived his... Read more

Pope Francis walks in St. Peter's Square Sept. 12, 2018.

Pope Francis asks for prayers ahead of Vatican abuse summit

Feb 17, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Sunday asked for prayers for a meeting of the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world slated to... Read more

Pope Francis blesses a child at the Feb. 5, 2019 Mass in Abu Dhabi.

Seek Christ and his humble love, Pope Francis exhorts Catholics in UAE

Feb 5, 2019

Preaching on the Beatitudes during his visit to the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, Pope Francis called on those present... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Santiago, Chile Jan. 16, 2018.

In Chile, Pope says Beatitudes aren't 'cheap words', but sources of hope

Jan 16, 2018

By Elise Harris

On his first full day in Chile, Pope Francis told Catholics in the country that the Beatitudes aren't just a... Read more

Sermon on the Mount by artist Carl Bloch. Public Domain.

What’s the secret to happiness? The beatitudes, this priest says

Jan 11, 2018

By Perry West

A parish priest in South Carolina has developed a beatitude challenge that seeks to combat cultural misunderstanding of happiness and... Read more

Can the Beatitudes inspire great cinema? These filmmakers think so.

Oct 22, 2017

Cinematic reflections on the Eight Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount will be the focus of a movie project... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square for the general audience Sept. 21, 2016.

Pope Francis: Spiritual poverty is a cure for polemics

Jan 29, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis said being poor in spirit doesn’t necessarily mean giving things up, but instead is rooted in... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, May 4, 2016.

Want to get close to Jesus? Be meek, Pope Francis says

Jun 6, 2016

Meekness of heart is not foolishness, Pope Francis said Monday, but rather “the capacity to be deep and to understand... Read more

Pope Francis delivers a homily on the Solemnity of All Saints, Nov. 1, 2014.

Pope on All Saints Day: Beatitudes will lead us to God

Nov 1, 2014

During Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints at Rome’s Verano cemetery, Pope Francis exhorted believers to follow the way... Read more

Pope Francis meets with students in Paul VI audience hall on May 31, 2014.

Pope: mercy, compassion at heart of new covenant

Aug 6, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his first general audience since June, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Church, explaining that Jesus fulfills the... Read more