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Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Jan. 25, 2023.

Pope Francis unpacks Jesus’ good news: ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled’

Jan 25, 2023

By Zelda Caldwell

Pope Francis told Christians Wednesday that if they want to understand Jesus they should pay close attention to the “good... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Jan. 18, 2023.

Pope Francis: Jesus is ‘the unsurpassed model of evangelization’

Jan 18, 2023

By Courtney Mares

At his weekly public audience, Pope Francis said that one of the best images to represent Jesus’ style of life... Read more

Pope Francis stops to pray before an image of Our Lady and the Child Jesus during his weekly general audience on Jan. 11, 2023.

Pope Francis: We don’t have to be perfect to evangelize

Jan 11, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Here is the message for us: we do not have to wait until we are perfect and have come a... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience on Dec. 28, 2022.

Pope Francis: The manger ‘is the throne of our King’

Dec 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“The manger and the cross, this is the throne of Jesus,” Pope Francis said. Read more

Pope Francis looking at images from Ukraine at the general audience, Dec. 21, 2022

Pope Francis: Let us think of the Ukrainian children without heat this Christmas

Dec 21, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has urged Catholics not to forget the many children in Ukraine this Christmas who are suffering without electricity... Read more

Pope Francis arriving at the general audience at the Vatican, Dec. 14, 2022

This is why Pope Francis wants you to spend less money this Christmas

Dec 14, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis is inviting everyone to have “a more humble Christmas” this year. Read more

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience at the Vatican, Dec. 14, 2022

Pope Francis: Remain vigilant against pride and ‘well-mannered demons’

Dec 14, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis encouraged Christians Wednesday to be vigilant against spiritual pride and the temptations of “well-mannered demons.” Read more

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