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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

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

Pope Francis decries excessive ‘exaltation of youth’ as he begins new catechesis series on old age

Feb 23, 2022

By Courtney Mares

He said that idealized youth was ‘the dominant image of 20th-century totalitarianism.’ Read more

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

Ukraine crisis: Pope Francis calls for global day of fasting for peace on Ash Wednesday

Feb 23, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope called for people to pray and fast for peace in Ukraine on March 2, Ash Wednesday. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Feb. 16, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘Let us ask ourselves if, in our hearts, we love the Church’

Feb 16, 2022

By CNA Staff

At the general audience, he concluded his 12-week catechesis on St. Joseph. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Feb. 9, 2022.

Pope Francis: The dying need palliative care, not euthanasia or assisted suicide

Feb 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

He said that the ethical principle ‘applies to everyone, not just Christians or believers.’ Read more

A man who shouted at Pope Francis during the General Audience is escorted from the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Feb. 2, 2022.

Shouting man removed from General Audience by Vatican police, Swiss Guards

Feb 2, 2022

By Blanca Ruiz

The Vatican gendarmerie and the Swiss Guard removed from the Paul VI audience hall on Wednesday a man between 40... Read more

Pope Francis prays at his General Audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Feb. 2, 2022.

Pope Francis: Christ is the bond uniting the communion of saints

Feb 2, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

Pope Francis prayed for the Burmese people and for the success of the upcoming Winter Olympics during his general audience... Read more

Pope Francis during his general audience in the Paul VI Hall on Jan. 26, 2022.

Pope Francis on day of prayer for Ukraine: ‘Please, no more war’

Jan 26, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘I invite you to pray for peace in Ukraine and to do so often throughout this day.’ Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 26, 2022.

Pope Francis to parents: Never condemn a child

Jan 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

He encouraged parents to turn to St. Joseph for help, including those whose children are of ‘different sexual orientations.’ Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 19, 2021.

Pope Francis offers prayers for the people of Tonga after volcanic eruption and tsunami

Jan 19, 2022

By Courtney Mares

He said: ‘I invite everyone to join me in praying for these brothers and sisters.’ Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 19, 2021.

Pope Francis: ‘God is not afraid of our sins’

Jan 19, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope made the comment at his general audience. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 12, 2021.

Pope Francis prays for workers ‘crushed by an unbearable burden’ in COVID-19 recession

Jan 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

He led a moment’s silence at his general audience. Read more

Pope Francis with Paolo Bonavita and Elsa Morra at his general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Oct. 20, 2021

Mom says son’s impromptu encounter with Pope Francis led to ‘miracle’

Jan 8, 2022

By CNA Staff

The meeting was one of the viral Vatican moments of 2021. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 5, 2021.

Pope Francis: Society loses when ‘dogs and cats take the place of children’

Jan 5, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The general audience featured a circus performance. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Dec. 15, 2021.

Pope Francis: Learn from St. Joseph to cultivate silence

Dec 15, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope appealed for prayers for Haiti at his general audience. Read more

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Pope Francis: St. Joseph shows engaged couples what real love looks like

Dec 1, 2021

By Courtney Mares

‘We need to move from infatuation to mature love,’ the pope said. Read more