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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

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 4, 2022.

Pope Francis: Faith is not something only ‘for old people’

May 4, 2022

By Courtney Mares

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

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 4, 2022.

Pope Francis apologizes for not leaving his chair at Wednesday audience

May 4, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘Unfortunately, I won’t be able to stop among you due to my knee injury,’ the pope said. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, April 27, 2022.

Pope Francis tells general audience pilgrims his knee is ‘still not healing’

Apr 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

The 85-year-old pope canceled his engagements the day before the audience due to knee pain. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, April 27, 2022

Pope Francis wants Catholics to rediscover this book of the Bible

Apr 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope praised the book’s ‘valuable teaching on the alliance of the generations.’ Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on April 20, 2022.

Pope Francis: To discard the elderly ‘is a grave sin’

Apr 20, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

It was the first Wednesday audience in St. Peter's Square since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, April 13, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘Armed aggression’ is ‘an outrage against God’

Apr 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope described war as ‘a blasphemous betrayal of the Lord of Passover.’ Read more

Pope Francis speaks during his weekly general audience on April 6, 2022.

Pope Francis: We are witnessing the ‘impotence’ of the UN in the Ukraine war

Apr 6, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope made the comments during a reflection on his recent trip to Malta at his weekly general audience. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, March 30, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘Rhetoric of inclusion’ is not enough to forge a ‘culture of social tenderness’

Mar 30, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope said that ‘the rhetoric of inclusion is the ritual formula of every politically correct discourse.’ Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, March 23, 2022.

Pope Francis: My grandfather taught me to loathe war

Mar 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope said that the suffering of war ‘isn’t learned in books or in other ways,’ but rather ‘from grandparents... Read more

Pope Francis prays for children in Ukraine, March 16, 2022.

Pope Francis: After a nuclear war, humanity would have to ‘start from scratch’

Mar 16, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope was speaking on the 21st day of the war in Ukraine. Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in Paul VI Hall on March 2, 2022.

Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday: Lent is a time for conversion and interior renewal

Mar 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope was speaking at his Wednesday general audience. Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in Paul VI Hall on March 2, 2022

Pope Francis thanks Polish people for opening homes to Ukrainians fleeing war

Mar 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope was speaking at his weekly general audience. Read more