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Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his Nov. 30, 2016, general audience in the Paul VI Hall.

We have to pray for both the living and the dead, Pope Francis says

Nov 30, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his last set of catechesis on mercy, Pope Francis focused on the works of praying for the living and... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square for the general audience Sept. 21, 2016.

Pope Francis: we all have doubts, but living the faith helps

Nov 23, 2016

By Elise Harris

While the Jubilee might be over, Pope Francis hasn’t stopped talking about mercy, telling faithful Wednesday that the works of... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Nov. 16, 2016, general audience.

Pope reminds Catholics to practice what they preach

Nov 16, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

The spiritual works of mercy – especially teaching the faith and putting up with the annoyances of others – are... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 22, 2015.

Pope Francis: don't interrupt others – it won't end well

Oct 22, 2016

By Elise Harris

Dialogue is a key element of mercy, Pope Francis said Saturday, explaining that when we interrupt others in order to... Read more

Pope Francis meets with former prostitutes assisted by the Pope John XXIII Community in Rome Aug. 12, 2016.

God’s mercy overcomes human desperation, Pope Francis says

Sep 28, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis said that Jesus’ salvific mission reaches its culmination on the Cross in his conversation with the... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his Aug. 31 2016, general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Have the courage to ask for forgiveness, Pope Francis says

Aug 31, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis stressed the importance of having the courage to recognize our sins and ask God for forgiveness,... Read more

Pope Francis leads pilgrims in praying for the victims of an earthquake in Italy during his Aug. 24, 2016, general audience.

Pope tosses audience speech, prays rosary for victims of Italy quake

Aug 24, 2016

By Elise Harris

Instead of giving the usual catechesis during his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis decided to postpone the speech, leading pilgrims... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his June 30, 2016 Jubilee general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Mercy without works is dead, Pope Francis says

Jun 30, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his Jubilee general audience for the month of June, Pope Francis focused his speech on the works of mercy... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his June 15, 2016 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Are you 'bothered' by the cry of the poor? If so, it’s a problem, Pope says

Jun 15, 2016

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis said Wednesday that we must listen to the cries of the poor and needy, resisting the temptation to... Read more

Pope Francis laughing outside of St. Peter's Basilica during the general audience on April 1, 2015.

Pope Francis: Want to celebrate well? Drink wine.

Jun 8, 2016

By Elise Harris

In an in-depth look at Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana, Pope... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience, June 1, 2016.

Pope Francis: Pray to God, not to a mirror

Jun 1, 2016

One who prays with humility and self-awareness of his or her sin speaks to God, Pope Francis said on Wednesday,... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his May 25, 2016 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pray without ceasing – not just when you want to, Pope says

May 25, 2016

By Elise Harris

For Pope Francis, prayer is neither a “magic wand” used to get what we want nor something casual we do... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience May 21, 2014.

'To ignore the poor is to despise God,' Pope Francis says

May 18, 2016

By Elise Harris

If we don’t show mercy to others we shouldn’t expect to get it from God, Pope Francis said, stressing that... Read more

Pope Francis with a group of disabled children, led by Unitalsi Lazio in Santa Martha on May 29, 2015.

No one can take our dignity – not even the devil, Pope Francis says

May 11, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis said the father’s embrace in the Parable of the Prodigal Son is a reminder that we... Read more

Pope Francis hands rosaries to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his general audience May 4, 2016.

Jesus' closeness to sinners isn’t a scandal – it's an example, Pope says

May 4, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis said the parable of the Good Shepherd is a key example of God’s mercy, because it... Read more

Pope Francis met with street children during his visit to the Philippines on Jan. 16, 2015.

Pope: When giving to the poor, look them in the eyes

Apr 9, 2016

By Ann Schneible

In Saturday's address for the monthly Jubilee of Mercy general audience, Pope Francis said almsgiving is not just about the... Read more

Pope Francis prays at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope Francis observes moment of silence for Belgium attack victims

Mar 23, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his general audience the day after terrorist attacks in Belgium claimed the lives of at least 30 people and... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his jubilee general audience March 12, 2016.

Love is the hidden service we do for others, Pope Francis says

Mar 12, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Saturday Pope Francis said that love is more than just saying nice words and doing things – it means... Read more

Pope Francis gives a rosary to a disabled child during his general audience Feb. 24, 2016.

Pope: wealth and power are good, but only when used to serve

Feb 24, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis cautioned that unless wealth and power are put at the service of society, especially the poor,... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience Jan. 13, 2016.

Make a daily commitment to spreading God’s mercy, Pope Francis says

Feb 20, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Saturday Pope Francis held his second Saturday general audience of the Jubilee, encouraging pilgrims to make a daily commitment... Read more