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Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience on Nov. 29, 2014.

Pope rallies Catholics to be 'mediators of mercy' during jubilee

Jan 27, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis renewed his appeal for faithful to put the works of mercy into practice during the jubilee,... Read more

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

Nothing can stop God's mercy – not even sin, Pope says

Jan 13, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis launched a new series of catechesis on mercy for his general audiences, telling pilgrims that the... Read more

Pope Francis has dinner with Jesuits on the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola July 31, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Jesuit General Curia.

Eat with your family, not with your smartphone, Pope says

Nov 11, 2015

By Elise Harris

For Pope Francis the dinner table is a key place to strengthen family bonds and foster a sense of “togetherness,”... Read more

Pope Francis at the Vatican on April 3, 2014.

Pope Francis asks forgiveness for scandals in the Church

Oct 14, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis opened this Wednesday's general audience by apologizing for unspecified scandals that have recently arisen in the Vatican.  Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience Sept. 9, 2015.

Churches, families must be places of welcome, Pope says

Sep 9, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis Wednesday spoke of the bond which must exist between families and the Christian community, stressing that the Church,... Read more

Pope Francis walking up to St. Peter's Basilica on June 3, 2015 before the Wednesday general audience.

War is the mother of poverty, Pope Francis says

Jun 3, 2015

By Ann Schneible

In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis lamented the suffering inflicted on families already struggling from poverty in countries torn... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Oct. 29, 2014 General Audience.

Pope: Mary and Joseph exemplify mission, vocation of family life

Dec 17, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis spoke today about Jesus’ choice to be born into a family, saying that it shows the importance of... Read more

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

Pope Francis prays, issues strong appeal for Ebola victims

Sep 24, 2014

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis made an appeal for prayer and aid for the victims of the Ebola outbreak which has been sweeping... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wed. general audience on April 16, 2014.

True Christians aren't elitist – they generate life, Pope says

Sep 17, 2014

By Ann Schneible

At his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke on what it means to evangelize, calling it apostolic work born of... Read more

Pope Francis greets Salvatore D'argento on Sept. 10, 2014.

Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him

Sep 10, 2014

By Elise Harris

A man paralyzed from the neck down made his way to Pope Francis' general audience, saying he took the massively... Read more

Pope Francis meets with students in Paul VI audience hall on May 31, 2014.

Pope: mercy, compassion at heart of new covenant

Aug 6, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his first general audience since June, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Church, explaining that Jesus fulfills the... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Wednesday General Audience April 23, 2014.

Being a Christian means belonging to the Church, Pope affirms

Jun 25, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his general audience address Pope Francis drew attention to how God formed the Church to unify humanity, stating that... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Wednesday audience on Oct. 2, 2013.

Resurrection pours 'fresh hope' on the world, Pope reflects

Apr 23, 2014

During his general audience Wednesday Pope Francis emphasized the certainty of Christ's presence in the world today, noting how his... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 6, 2014.

Lent is a 'strong' time of conversion, Pope Francis reflects

Mar 5, 2014

By Elise Harris

During his general audience on Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis called Lent a moment of renewal which allows us to look... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during the Wednesday general audience on Jan. 8, 2014

Pope: Eucharist helps us to see the face of Christ in others

Feb 12, 2014

By Elise Harris

During his general audience, Pope Francis reflected on how we live the Eucharist in our daily lives, explaining that it... Read more

Fr. Fabian Baez speaking with CNA in St. Peter's Square, Jan. 16.

The Pope 'came out to meet me', says priest who rode on popemobile

Jan 17, 2014

“I was in Rome to meet the Pope, but it was the Pope who came out to meet me.” This... Read more

Pope Francis greets the crowds outside the Basilica of St. John Lateran on April 7, 2013

Love of God 'scorches' our selfishness, Pope says

Oct 30, 2013

By Elise Harris

In his general audience Pope Francis continued his reflections on the Creed, stressing the centrality of the Communion of Saints... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on Pentecost Sunday, May 19, 2013.

Pope Francis: the Church nurtures, loves us as a mother

Sep 11, 2013

Pope Francis told thousands gathered for his weekly general audience that the Church is like our mother, who gives life... Read more

CNA

Pope calls for end to 'plague' of child labor

Jun 12, 2013

Pope Francis has launched an appeal against child labor, calling it an “deplorable phenomenon" during his Wednesday general audience.  Read more

Pope Francis greets faithful at the end of the June 12, 2013 general audience in St. Peter's Square. ANSA/Maurizio Brambatti.

'God is stronger,' Pope insists as he urges outreach

Jun 12, 2013

Pope Francis asked the tens of thousands of Catholics gathered in Saint Peter’s Square to overcome divisions and the fear... Read more