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Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Sept. 22, 2021.

Pope Francis: Christian faith in Europe is being ‘diluted by consumerism’

The pope recapped his visit to Hungary and Slovakia at his general audience. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Sept. 8, 2021.

Pope Francis: ‘Rediscover the beauty of being children of God’

At his general audience, the pope appealed for peace in Ethiopia. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Sept. 1, 2021.

Pope Francis: Choose faith in Christ over formalities

At the general audience, the pope continued to reflect on Galatians. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Aug. 25, 2021.

Pope Francis: ‘Hypocrisy in the Church is particularly detestable’

The pope said that hypocritical behavior undermined Church unity. Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience on Aug. 18, 2021.

Pope Francis: 'What justifies us is Jesus Christ'

Pope Francis said that Catholics must observe the commandments with the knowledge that justification comes from Jesus Christ. Read more

Pope Francis spoke on the phone at the end of his general audience Aug. 11, 2021.

Pope Francis speaks on phone at end of general audience

Pope Francis made an unknown phone call at the end of his weekly general audience on Wednesday. Read more

Pope Francis makes the sign of the cross during his general audience on Aug. 11, 2021.

Pope Francis saddened by murder of French priest Fr. Olivier Maire

Pope Francis said he learned of the murder of the priest in western France “with great sorrow.” Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Aug. 3, 2021.

Pope Francis: ‘With the truth of the Gospel, one cannot negotiate’

It was the pope’s first general audience since he underwent colon surgery. Read more

Pope Francis warns against preachers who sow division online

The pope said that these “new preachers” can be recognized by their “rigidity.” Read more

Mattia Villardita, a 28-year-old Italian who dresses up as Spider-Man, attends the general audience at the Vatican, June 23, 2021.

Why was Spider-Man at Pope Francis’ general audience?

The man who met the pope dressed as a superhero has a remarkable story of his own. Read more

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