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Spanish bishop: We’re creating ‘monsters’ if youth don’t grow up to be loving and generous

Aug 6, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Juan Carlos Elizalde of Vitoria, Spain, warned that some young people are “at risk” for self-centeredness because of the... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in the Megaron Concert Hall in Athens, Greece on Dec. 5, 2021.

Pope Francis in Greece: ‘Let us ask for the grace of hope’

Dec 5, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope encouraged the 2,000 people gathered in Athens’ Megaron Concert Hall to be “witnesses of hope and sowers of... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass for the fifth World Day of the Poor on Nov. 14, 2021.

Pope Francis on World Day of the Poor: Be ‘tireless builders of hope’ amid suffering

Nov 14, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope offered Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in the presence of 2,000 people living in poverty and the volunteers... Read more

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address on Oct. 3, 2021.

Pope Francis: Greatness is not found in self-sufficiency but in trust in the Lord

Oct 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said that recognizing one’s own frailty allows for the possibility to discover that true strength comes from placing... Read more

Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in Aug. 2019

Vatican statement on Ramadan: 'Christians and Muslims are called to be bearers of hope'

Apr 16, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican’s interreligious dialogue council released a statement Friday sending “fraternal good wishes” to Muslims for the month of Ramadan. Read more

Pope Francis meets with the artists of the Christmas Concert Dec. 12, 2020.

Pope Francis: Art which transmits truth and beauty gives joy

Dec 12, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

When truth and beauty are transmitted in art, it fills the heart with joy and hope, Pope Francis told a... 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'

Nov 29, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

In trying times, how can Catholics stay hopeful?

Jun 13, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

Amid the worldwide panic surrounding coronavirus and lockdowns, as well as protests and unrest in many parts of the country... Read more

Pope Francis greets Japanese Catholics at Mass in Nagasaki, Japan Nov. 24, 2019.

Be witnesses of hope in the face of evil, Francis urges Catholics in Nagasaki

Nov 23, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

On the Feast of Christ the King Sunday, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to not be indifferent to evil, but to... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Camerino, Italy June 16, 2019.

Pope Francis: Whatever happens, 'hope does not disappoint!'

Jun 16, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Hope, which is more than mere optimism, gives one a deep-rooted confidence in the love and care of God, no... Read more

Stations of the Cross at World Youth Day Panama Jan. 25, 2019.

Pope Francis: Heal the 'wearied hope' within a wounded Church

Jan 26, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Saturday that he recognized the weariness felt in the priesthood and in religious communities due to the... Read more

Pope Francis in the Paul VI Hall Dec. 6, 2017.

Pope Francis: Advent is a time of joy-filled waiting

Dec 1, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

As the Advent season begins, it is a good time to reflect on the Christian call to joyful expectancy, finding... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his Oct. 25, 2017, general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope: Heaven isn't a 'fairy tale' – it's an embrace with God

Oct 25, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Wednesday spoke about the hope Christians have at the end of life, which is found in God’s... Read more

Pope Francis blesses pilgrims during his Oct. 11, 2017 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope: Christians are never bored – they persevere with love

Oct 11, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis said Christians are never bored or hopeless, but know how to wait patiently – even when... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his May 31, 2017, general audience.

Christians must be 'missionaries of hope,' Pope Francis says

Oct 4, 2017

By Elise Harris

True Christians are not sad or gloomy, but have the specific task of being bearers of hope, Pope Francis said... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Sept. 27, 2016 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

When tempted to give up hope, turn to Jesus, Pope Francis says

Sep 27, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday Pope Francis spoke about the enemies of hope that often lead us into discouragement and melancholy, and urged... Read more

Pope Francis greets locals at the Cross of Reconciliation in the Parque de los Fundadores in Villavicencio, Colombia on September 8, 2017.

Pope Francis: Parents cherishing their kids is a sign of hope for the future

Sep 11, 2017

On his return flight from Colombia, Pope Francis said that seeing parents’ devotion for their children gives him hope for... Read more

Hurricane Harvey victims.

God is present, Cardinal DiNardo tells Hurricane Harvey victims

Sep 5, 2017

Amid the immense devastation left behind in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston assured the people... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his May 31, 2017, general audience.

A little bit of 'youthful euphoria' is healthy for Christian life, Pope says

Aug 30, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday, Pope Francis told pilgrims to ignore gloomy people that drag others down, and stressed the need to maintain... Read more

Pope Francis during his June 7, 2017, Wendesday general audience in St. Peter's Square.

For Christians, life always has meaning – even when it's hard, Pope says

Aug 23, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday, Pope Francis said going through life downcast as if it has no meaning is not the attitude of... Read more