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

Full text: Pope Francis’ Easter Urbi et Orbi blessing 2021

Apr 4, 2021

By Pope Francis

On Easter Sunday 2021, Pope Francis offered Mass at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica. Afterward, he... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Easter Sunday April 4, 2021.

Pope Francis on Easter: Christ’s wounds are the ‘seal of his love for us’

Apr 4, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

May those who suffer take refuge in the wounds of Christ, and through them, receive the hope which does not... Read more

Pope Francis gives an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing from the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica March 27, 2020

Book marks 1st anniversary of Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi blessing as pandemic swept world

Mar 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Vatican Dicastery for Communication has released a book marking the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ extraordinary “Urbi et Orbi”... Read more

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 25, 2020

Giving his traditional Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” blessing Friday, Pope Francis called for coronavirus vaccines to be made available to... Read more

Triduum liturgies took place in an empty St. Peter's Basilica due to the pandemic.

Full text: Pope Francis' Easter Urbi et Orbi Message 2020

Apr 12, 2020

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

Pope Francis gives the Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" blessing Dec. 25, 2018.

Pope Francis to give a special Urbi et Orbi blessing amid coronavirus pandemic

Mar 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis announced Sunday that he will give an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing on March 27 with the opportunity... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing from the center loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica Dec. 25, 2019.

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

Dec 25, 2019

By Courtney Mares

On Christmas, Pope Francis prayed for Christ to bring light to the instability in Iraq, Lebanon, Venezuela, Yemen, Ukraine, Burkina... Read more

Pope Francis gives his apostolic blessing on Easter Sunday April 21, 2019.

Easter brings a 'new world,' Pope Francis says in Urbi et Orbi

Apr 21, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Christ’s resurrection ushers in a new world – one of peace, love, and fraternity, Pope Francis said on Easter Sunday,... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" blessing Dec. 25, 2018.

Pope’s Christmas Wish: Peace & brotherhood in world’s conflicts

Dec 25, 2018

By Courtney Mares

On Christmas, Pope Francis prayed for peace and renewed brotherhood in Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and other parts of the... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing on Easter morning April 1, 2018.

Death doesn't have the final word, Pope Francis says on Easter

Apr 1, 2018

By Elise Harris

During his Urbi et Orbi Easter blessing, Pope Francis said Jesus' death and resurrection provide hope to a world marred... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing on Christmas Day Dec. 25, 2017.

On Christmas, Pope says we see Jesus in every suffering child

Dec 25, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis on Christmas Day said the commemoration of Christ's birth is an occasion to remember and pray for every... Read more

Pope Francis at a Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square June 22, 2016.

Pope on Easter: The Resurrection is more than a party – it’s the source of eternal life

Apr 16, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis reminded Christians on Easter Sunday that the Resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith – and that even... Read more

Pope Francis gives

On Christmas Day, Pope Francis prays for peace around the world

Dec 25, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" blessing Christmas Day, Pope Francis prayed that the Child Jesus, also called the Prince... Read more

Pope Francis delivers Urbi et Orbi blessing at St Peters Basilica on March 27, 2016.

Pope: Easter message brings hope to victims of terrorism, persecution

Mar 27, 2016

By Ann Schneible

In his Urbi et Orbi message for Easter, Pope Francis encouraged victims of terrorism and Christian persecution to find hope... Read more

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Only God can overcome 'monstrous' evil in the world, Pope says on Christmas

Dec 25, 2015

By Elise Harris

In his annual Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” blessing Pope Francis prayed for all those affected by violence, conflict and poverty... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 24, 2014.

The Pope's Christmas prayer – deliver children who suffer due to violence

Dec 25, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” blessing Pope Francis prayed for all who suffer due to war and conflict, asking... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Easter morning mass in St. Peter's Square on April 20, 2014.

'Love has triumphed over hatred,' says Pope on Easter

Apr 20, 2014

In his Easter “urbi et orbi” Easter message “to the city and the world,” Pope Francis focused on the victory... Read more

A young family brings the offertory to Pope Francis at the Christmas Vigil Mass on December 24.

Peace requires 'daily commitment,' says Pope in Christmas message

Dec 25, 2013

In his Christmas message, Pope Francis prayed for peace throughout the world as a fruit of God`s grace, to be... Read more