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Pope Francis addresses pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square during his Wednesday general audience on May 8, 2024.

Pope Francis: Hope ‘is a gift that comes directly from God’

May 8, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“Christians have hope not through their own merit. If they believe in the future, it is because Christ died and... Read more

Pope Francis takes a figure of the Christ child in his arms at the end of the Vatican's Mass for the Nativity of the Lord on Dec. 24, 2023.

Pope Francis’ Christmas Mass: Jesus was born to save the world

Dec 24, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis shared a message in his Christmas homily for anyone who may be feeling sad or discouraged. Read more

Pope Francis smiles while addressing pilgrims at a vigil gathering on Aug. 5, 2023, at World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal.

Pope Francis invites young people to be ‘God’s answer’ to a hopeless world

Nov 14, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope’s message on the theme “Rejoicing in Hope,” was released ahead of the next diocesan World Youth Day, to... Read more

Pope Francis smiles during his general audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 27, 2023.

Europe needs hope, Pope Francis says

Sep 27, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“How can we welcome others if we ourselves do not first have a horizon open to the future?” the pope... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims from the pope mobile in St. Peter’s Square on April 5, 2023.

Pope Francis’ advice for Holy Week: Look to the cross, our hope is there

Apr 5, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has offered advice for how to have a fruitful Holy Week, urging people to focus on the essentials... Read more


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