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Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, June 16, 2021.

Pope Francis: On the cross, Jesus prayed for you

The general audience marked the pope’s final catechesis on prayer. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, June 9, 2021.

Pope Francis: Say the ‘Jesus Prayer’ throughout the day

At his general audience, the pope recommended the prayer at the heart of Eastern Christianity’s mystical tradition. Read more

Pope Francis greets endurance athlete Michael Haddad at the general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, June 2, 2021.

Pope Francis to paralyzed climate activist: ‘Pray for me at the North Pole’

Michael Haddad was told he would never walk again after a jet ski accident. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, June 2, 2021.

Pope Francis: Never forget that Jesus is praying for you before the Father

At his general audience, the pope said: “We must always keep this in mind: Jesus prays for me.” Read more

Pope Francis blesses Auschwitz survivor Lidia Maksymowicz in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, May 26, 2021.

Pope Francis offers advice for when prayers seem to go unanswered

“To answer this question, we need to meditate calmly on the Gospels,” the pope said at his general audience. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, May 19, 2021.

Pope Francis at the general audience: ‘Praying is not easy’

The pope suggested ways to overcome common obstacles to prayer. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, May 12, 2021.

Pope Francis at the general audience: ‘Prayer works miracles’

The pope expressed delight at holding his first general audience with members of the public for six months. Read more

Pope Francis arrives for his general audience in the San Damaso courtyard at the Vatican, Sept. 16, 2020.

Pope Francis to hold general audience with the public on May 12

For the past six months, the pope has held his Wednesday audiences in the library of the Apostolic Palace. Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 5, 2021.

Pope Francis: The contemplative dimension of being human gives life flavor

The pope has encouraged Catholics to engage in “loving contemplation,” a practice that “does not need many words.” Read more

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace April 28, 2021.

Pope Francis at the general audience: Christian meditation ‘is not a withdrawal into ourselves’

The pope reflected on what distinguishes Christian meditation from other practices popular in the Western world. Read more

Pope Francis gives a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace.

Pope Francis at the general audience: ‘We can all learn from the perseverance of the Russian pilgrim’

At this morning’s general audience, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to read the 19th-century Russian spiritual classic “The Way of a... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace April 7, 2021.

Pope Francis at the general audience: ‘There is no grief in the Church that is borne in solitude’

At this morning’s general audience, Pope Francis said that the communion of saints means that Christians are never alone in... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace March 31, 2021.

Pope Francis: In Christ’s Passion, we remember victims of wars, everyday violence, abortions

At his general audience, Pope Francis said that Holy Week is a time to “remember the ‘sacrificed lambs,’ the innocent... Read more

Pope Francis delivers a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace.

Pope Francis: Jesus entrusted Mary to us as a Mother, ‘not as co-redeemer’

At this morning’s general audience, Pope Francis said that Jesus entrusted the Virgin Mary to us as a Mother, “not... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace March 17, 2021

Pope Francis: ‘I too kneel on the streets of Myanmar and say stop the violence’

At today’s general audience, Pope Francis made an emotional appeal for an end to violence against protesters in Burma. Read more

Pope Francis delivers a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace.

Pope Francis: Keep praying for ‘our sorely tried brothers and sisters’ in Iraq

At this morning’s general audience, Pope Francis urged Catholics worldwide to keep praying for “our sorely tried brothers and sisters”... Read more

Pope Francis holds a general audience at the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican, Oct 28, 2020.

From Pius XII to Pope Francis: A brief history of general audiences

Wednesday papal catecheses date back to before the Second World War Read more

Pope Francis delivers a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace. Credits: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis calls for end to ‘bloody clashes’ in Burma

Pope Francis appealed on Wednesday for an end to “bloody clashes” and the release of political leaders in Burma.  Read more

Pope Francis at a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace. Photo credits: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Christian prayer instills ‘invincible hope’ in the human heart

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that prayer can fortify us as we face the challenges of daily life.  Read more

Pope Francis gives a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Feb. 3, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Without liturgy, Christianity is without the whole of Christ

Pope Francis said Wednesday that it is essential for Christians to participate in the liturgy and the sacraments to encounter... Read more