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Pope Francis addresses pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his general audience on Wednesday, June 12, 2024.

Pope Francis: Keep your homilies short or ‘people will fall asleep’

Jun 12, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Speaking at his Wednesday catechesis on June 12, the pope explained that the goal of a homily is to “help... Read more

Archbishop Arthur Roche at a Vatican press conference on Feb. 10, 2015.

Vatican’s liturgy czar rejects German Church’s plans for laity to preach homilies, conduct baptisms

Mar 30, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Cardinal Arthur Roche also said allowing laypeople to regularly perform baptisms goes against canon law. Read more

Alex Shingleton and Landon Duyka deliver a 'Gospel reflection' during Mass at Old St. Patrick's in Chicago, Ill., June 19, 2022.

Can laity preach at Mass? Chicago parish offers pulpit to same-sex couple

Jun 22, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A Chicago Catholic parish is facing questions after the pastor allowed a couple in a same-sex marriage to offer a... Read more

E-Book: "Francis in Iraq," download all the Pope's messages

E-Book: 'Francis in Iraq' - Download all of Pope Francis' messages from his trip to Iraq

Mar 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

In this e-book you will find all the homilies, prayers and speeches that Pope Francis gave during his historic visit... Read more

People sitting in pews in church. Stock photo via Shutterstock.

Catholic homilies shortest of all denominations, study finds

Dec 16, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

A survey of more than 6,000 churches found that Catholic homilies were shorter on average than any Protestant denomination.  Read more

Bishop Robert Barron speaks during the Word on Fire Conference in Huntington Beach, Calif., August 2018. Photo courtesy of Word on Fire.

Priests call Word on Fire conference a consoling encounter with scripture

Aug 23, 2018

By Carl Bunderson

Returning from Bishop Robert Barron's conference held this week on preaching, several priests said the experience was a grace-filled time... Read more

Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Jan. 17, 2105.

Archbishop to priests: Here's how to not give bad homilies

Jul 16, 2015

In a practical bullet-pointed letter to priests and deacons, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit spelled out the types of... Read more

Pope Francis lays flowers at the foot of the statue of Our Lady of Lujan on May 8, 2013.

Seek God through his Mother, Pope encourages faithful

Sep 22, 2013

During his Sunday homily in Sardinia, the Pope explained how we should seek Christ through the intercession of our Blessed... Read more

Pope Francis incenses the Blessed Sacrament on May 30, 2013 outside of St. John Lateran Basilica.

Spiritual generosity is form of solidarity, Pope states

May 30, 2013

Pope Francis says that even though solidarity is an idea “frowned down upon by the world,” people need to practice... Read more

Pope Francis preaches April 19, 2013 to employees of the Vatican press and newspaper.

Pope: answering God with the heart protects against ideologies

Apr 19, 2013

Pope Francis spent his homily today reflecting on responding to God’s invitations with the heart and not just the intellect,... Read more


US bishops say homilies should invite Catholics to conversion

Nov 14, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Sunday homilies should promote repentance, instill a sense of mission and lead Catholics to grow in understanding their faith, the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope upholds Saints Peter, Paul as witnesses of Christian brotherhood

Jun 29, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI reflected that St. Peter and St. Paul are prime examples of the brotherhood that all Christians should... Read more