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Pope Francis offers the Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 1, 2021.

Pope Francis tells priests at Chrism Mass: ‘The cross is non-negotiable’

Pope Francis told priests at Thursday’s Chrism Mass at the Vatican that “the cross is non-negotiable” when preaching the Gospel. Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Angelus address Feb. 21, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis: The Lord does not permit darkness to have the last word

Pope Francis said Sunday that it is important to remember when facing a difficult trial that the “Lord is Risen... Read more

Pope Francis, pictured April 17, 2013. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Pope Francis calls for a commitment to 'take care of each other' in 2021

Pope Francis warned Sunday against the temptation to ignore the suffering of others during the coronavirus pandemic and said that... Read more

How should a Christian respond to suffering? Archbishop Sample reflects

Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland discussed the meaning of suffering - and how Catholics should respond to it - in... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 16, 2016.

Pope Francis thanks sick and elderly priests for proclaiming Gospel of life

Pope Francis thanked sick and elderly priests for their quiet witness to the Gospel Thursday in a message that conveyed... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta May 8, 2020.

Pope Francis: 'Allow yourself to be consoled by Jesus'

We must learn to let ourselves be consoled by Jesus when we are suffering, Pope Francis said at his morning... Read more

Pope Francis blesses a woman at a general audience in Paul VI Hall Dec. 5, 2018.

Pope Francis: God acts in the midst of our trials and failures

Love for God is always fruitful, Pope Francis said Wednesday, stressing that Christ can bring good out of any circumstance... Read more

Pope Francis venerates the cross on Good Friday April 19, 2019.

Pope Francis' message to those suffering 'at the foot of the cross'

Pope Francis told those who are sick and suffering Friday that the world needs their prayers.  Read more

Pope Francis: In times of suffering, know that you are never alone

Pope Francis wrote a heartfelt letter Tuesday to an Italian community still suffering one year after a bridge collapse. His... Read more

Pope Francis venerates the cross on Good Friday 2015.

Pope Francis: Divine Mercy is found in Christ’s wounds

On Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on Christ’s wounds, which he said contain the difficulties and persecutions endured by... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square April 17, 2019.

Pope Francis: Christ's glory is found in suffering for love

Jesus’ glory is not found in the acclaim or applause of the world, but in the act of suffering and... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Guayaquil in Ecuador on July 6, 2015.

Pope Francis calls for 'gestures of peace' in wake of mosque attacks

Pope Francis called for gestures of peace to oppose hatred and violence Sunday in the wake of attacks on two... Read more

Pope Francis prays before a statue of Our Lady of Fatima May 13, 2015.

Pope Francis entrusts those who are suffering to the Virgin Mary

On the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, Pope Francis entrusted any person who is suffering, in mind... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin at an Aid to the Church in Need press conference in Rome, Italy on Sept. 28, 2017.

Cardinal Parolin: Palliative care means accompanying, not abandoning

Palliative care is a reminder that love for those who are dying means accompaniment, not abandonment, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said... Read more

Servant of God Chiara Corbella Petrillo. Photo Courtesy of Christian Gennari/www.chiaracorbellapetrillo.it

'A saint for our times' – the inspiring story of Chiara Corbella Petrillo

Chiara Corbella Petrillo lived a short life. She met her husband Enrico Petrillo at age 18, became the mother of... Read more

Commentary: Giving thanks for trials - and for providence

The best feast our family has ever had was in a hospital room, four years ago, on Christmas. Our daughter was... Read more

JJ Hanson. Screenshot of Patients Rights Action Fund video.

Three years later, this terminally ill man is glad he rejected assisted suicide

Three years ago, J.J. Hanson received a diagnosis that no one wants to hear. He had terminal brain cancer, and... Read more

Pope Francis embraces a child at the St. Joseph Children's Home in Medellin, Colombia Sept. 9, 2017.

The suffering of children wounds the heart, Pope Francis says

In a visit to a children’s home in Colombia, Pope Francis said Saturday that we can never accept the mistreatment... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 22, 2015.

Christ doesn’t promise freedom from difficulties, Pope says

In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis reminded the faithful that following Christ does not mean our lives will... Read more

Pope Francis and the cross at the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2015.

Pope Francis: True peace comes through the Cross

Only God can give true peace amid tribulations, Pope Francis said in his May 16 homily at his Casa Santa... Read more