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Pope Francis speaking at the general audience on St. Peter's Square, Nov. 9, 2022

Pope Francis: Bahrain trip ‘a new step’ in Christian-Muslim dialogue

Nov 9, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“The first visit of a pope in Bahrain represents a new step on the journey between Christian and Muslim believers... Read more

Pope Francis arriving for the general audience on St. Peter's Square, Oct. 26, 2022

‘Lazy, tepid, sad’: Pope Francis explains how desolation can be turned to good

Oct 26, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis explained on Wednesday how times of spiritual desolation — described by St. Ignatius of Loyola as feelings of... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience, Oct. 19, 2022 — and St. Augustine of Hippo in a painting by Philippe de Champaigne, ca. 1650.

Pope Francis: Be like St. Augustine and examine the story of your life

Oct 19, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Why Pope Francis recommends examining the story of your life like this great doctor of the church. Read more

Pope Francis speaking on St. Peter's Square, Vatican, Oct. 12, 2022.

Pope Francis: Desire points our discernment in the right direction

Oct 12, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

At his public audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke about the role desire plays in spiritual discernment, comparing it to... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 28, 2022

Pope Francis: The first element of discernment is prayer

Sep 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Prayer is the first element of discernment, Pope Francis said in his general audience message on Wednesday. Read more

General audience with Pope Francis on St. Peter's Square, Vatican, Sept. 21, 2022

Pope Francis: ‘The cross of Christ remains the anchor of salvation’

Sep 21, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis on Wednesday said that offering Mass for the feast of the Holy Cross led him to think about... Read more

Pope Francis during the weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, Sept. 7, 2022.

Pope Francis: God can speak to us in the unexpected

Sep 7, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

God can speak to us in the unexpected moments of our lives if we learn to listen well to what... Read more

Pope Francis greeting pilgrims and visitors to the weekly general audience on Aug. 31, 2022

Discernment is ‘indispensable for living’: Pope Francis launches new catechesis series

Aug 31, 2022

By Courtney Mares

“God invites us to evaluate and choose: He created us free and wants us to exercise our freedom. For this... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience on Aug. 10, 2022

Pope Francis: The desire for ‘eternal youth’ and ‘unlimited well-being’ is delusional conceit

Aug 10, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Wednesday that it is “delusional” to try to stop the natural passage of time in pursuit of... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Aug. 3, 2022.

Pope Francis calls for 'justice and truth' ahead of Beirut blast anniversary

Aug 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Lebanon will mark the anniversary of the Beirut port explosion with a National Day of Mourning. Read more

Pope Francis walked with a cane into Paul VI Hall for his Wednesday audience on Aug. 3, 2022.

Pope Francis: Canada is ‘writing a new page’ in Church’s relationship with indigenous peoples

Aug 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope said that his visit to Canada was "a different journey” from the other international trips of his pontificate. Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience on June 22, 2022.

Pope Francis: Do not sugarcoat your witness of the Gospel

Jun 22, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

"Jesus is not like that sugary image in those little pictures, no: Jesus is at our side," Pope Francis said... Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, June 15, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘When you are old, you are no longer in control of your body’

Jun 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

The 85-year-old pope noted that he needed to walk with a cane. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, June 8, 2022.

Pope Francis: Don’t hide wrinkles, it’s ‘the heart that matters’

Jun 8, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope praised the ‘wise Italian actress’ Anna Magnani for refusing to conceal her wrinkles. Read more

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Pope Francis: Bring the love of Jesus’ Sacred Heart ‘to the ends of the earth’

Jun 1, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, June 1, 2022.

Pope Francis: Old age is a time to rediscover trust in the Lord

Jun 1, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope was speaking at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, June 1, 2022.

Pope Francis: Do not use wheat as a ‘weapon of war’ in Ukraine

Jun 1, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘Please do not use wheat, a staple food, as a weapon of war,’ he urged at the general audience. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 25, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘Ours is the age of fake news, collective superstitions, and pseudo-scientific truths’

May 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope dedicated his general audience address to the Book of Ecclesiastes. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 18, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘God is not afraid of our prayer of protest’

May 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope dedicated his general audience address to the Book of Job. Read more

Pope Francis meets Kateryna Prokopenko and Yulya Fedosiuk in St. Peter’s Square on May 11, 2022.

Pope Francis meets wives of Ukrainian soldiers fighting to defend Mariupol

May 11, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘You are our last hope. We hope that you can save their lives. Please don’t let them die.’ Read more