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Pope Francis greets pilgrims at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 22, 2017.

This little pilgrim got a big blessing from Pope Francis

Mar 3, 2018

By Elise Harris

When pilgrims in the Eternal City hope to get an up-close view of the pope, or even shake his hand,... Read more

Pope Francis venerates the cross on Good Friday 2015.

The first Christian altar was the cross, Pope Francis says

Feb 28, 2018

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis said Wednesday that having Mass centered around the altar is meant to remind faithful that the cross is... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany Jan. 6, 2018.

Mass-goers have a right to a well-prepared homily, Pope says

Feb 14, 2018

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis again offered some reflections and tips for the Liturgy of the Word, saying faithful who attend... Read more

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

Pope tells priests to keep homilies brief: 'no more than 10 minutes!'

Feb 7, 2018

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis touched on a topic close to home for both parish priests and people in the pews,... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his April 26, 2017 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope: Mass is for the Eucharist, not pictures. Put the phone away.

Nov 8, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday a fiery Pope Francis chastised those who spend Mass talking to others, looking at their phone or even... Read more

Pope Francis at The Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2015.

Pope Francis prays for victims of Somalia massacre

Oct 18, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday, Pope Francis offered prayers for the more than 300 victims of a terrorist bombing in the African country... Read more

Pope Francis blesses pilgrims during his Oct. 11, 2017 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope: Christians are never bored – they persevere with love

Oct 11, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis said Christians are never bored or hopeless, but know how to wait patiently – even when... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his May 31, 2017, general audience.

Christians must be 'missionaries of hope,' Pope Francis says

Oct 4, 2017

By Elise Harris

True Christians are not sad or gloomy, but have the specific task of being bearers of hope, Pope Francis said... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Sept. 27, 2016 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

When tempted to give up hope, turn to Jesus, Pope Francis says

Sep 27, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday Pope Francis spoke about the enemies of hope that often lead us into discouragement and melancholy, and urged... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his May 31, 2017, general audience.

A little bit of 'youthful euphoria' is healthy for Christian life, Pope says

Aug 30, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday, Pope Francis told pilgrims to ignore gloomy people that drag others down, and stressed the need to maintain... Read more

Pope Francis during his June 7, 2017, Wendesday general audience in St. Peter's Square.

For Christians, life always has meaning – even when it's hard, Pope says

Aug 23, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday, Pope Francis said going through life downcast as if it has no meaning is not the attitude of... Read more

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

Pope Francis: Jesus went to the cross for sinners, not the perfect

Aug 9, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis said the Church doesn't exist for people without faults, but for sinners in need of God's... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Aug. 2 2017, general audience in the Paul VI Hall.

To be a Christian means to have hope even in darkness, Pope Francis says

Aug 2, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday Pope Francis said that to be a Christian means to have hope in the light of Christ, which... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 15, 2017.

Don’t think holiness is for you? The saints can help, Pope Francis says

Jun 21, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday, Pope Francis said the saints show us that despite what we might think, holiness is possible for everyone,... Read more

Pope Francis smiles in St. Peter's Square June 14, 2017.

We don't earn God's love - it's freely given, Pope Francis says

Jun 14, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday, Pope Francis said that God’s love isn’t something we earn or deserve by our good works, but that... Read more

Pope Francis during his June 7, 2017, Wendesday general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope: Don't be afraid to call on the Father – he won't abandon you

Jun 7, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday Pope Francis said that one of the greatest mysteries of the Christian faith is that we have a... Read more

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

Pope Francis: Even in the darkest moments, Jesus walks with us

May 24, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday Pope Francis said that no matter what trials we might face, we have hope because Jesus is always... Read more

Pope Francis during his May 10, 2017 Wednesday general audience.

Pope points to Mary Magdalene as an apostle of hope

May 17, 2017

By Elise Harris

By calling Mary Magdalene by name after his resurrection, Jesus shows us just how personal his relationship with mankind is,... Read more

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

Pope: Mary's 'yes' echoes the joy, suffering of every mother

May 10, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Days before his trip to Fatima, Pope Francis said Mary’s ‘yes’ at the Annunciation was more than a yes to... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his May 3, 2017, general audience in St. Peter's Square.

After visit, Pope Francis says Egypt is a 'sign of hope'

May 3, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis recalled his recent visit to Egypt, saying that given its rich biblical and cultural history, the... Read more