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Pope Francis offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 1, 2019.

Pope Francis: 'Advent is the season for remembering the closeness of God'

Nov 29, 2020

By Courtney Mares

On the first Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis recommended a traditional Advent prayer to invite God to draw close during... Read more

Bishop Claudio Maniago, president of the Italian bishops’ conference’s liturgy commission.

Bishop hopes new Italian missal will help Catholics rediscover beauty of Mass

Nov 26, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

As the Church in Italy prepares to introduce its new translation of the Roman Missal on Sunday, the bishop in... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during a general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace.

Pope Francis: ‘The Church is the work of the Holy Spirit’

Nov 25, 2020

Catholics risk going astray if they neglect the four essential characteristics of Church life, Pope Francis said at the general... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Nov. 18, 2020.

Pope Francis: Mary teaches us to pray with a heart open to God’s will

Nov 18, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis pointed to the Blessed Virgin Mary as a model of prayer that transforms restlessness into openness to God’s... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Nov. 11, 2020.

McCarrick Report: Pope Francis prays for victims of sexual abuse

Nov 11, 2020

Pope Francis acknowledged the publication of the McCarrick Report at the general audience Wednesday.  Read more

Pope Francis gives a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace.

Pope Francis: Consistent prayer strengthens us in times of tribulation

Nov 4, 2020

Jesus teaches us that we must be consistent in our prayer, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.  Read more

Pope Francis delivers his general audience address in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican, Oct. 28, 2020.

Pope Francis supports Polish Catholics in fight against abortion

Oct 28, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis told Polish Catholics Wednesday that he asks St. John Paul II’s intercession for respect for life, amid protests... Read more

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican Oct. 21, 2020. Photo

Pope Francis: ‘Prayer is the center of life’

Oct 21, 2020

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christians should pray from the heart and not “like parrots.”   Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican Oct. 14, 2020.

Pope Francis: ‘All human pains for God are sacred’

Oct 14, 2020

Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Psalms shed new light on suffering, showing that “all human pains for God are... Read more

Seminarians for the Diocese of Providence. Photo courtesy of Our Lady of Providence Seminary.

Prayers answered: Diocese of Providence sees decades-high number of new seminarians  

Aug 6, 2020

By Perry West

The Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, is welcoming eight new seminarians this year - the highest number of incoming seminarians... Read more

St. Francis of Assisi.

On Aug. 2, you can get this St. Francis-themed indulgence

Aug 2, 2020

By Carl Bunderson

Today's feast of Our Lady of the Angels of Porziuncola and its associated indulgence is a way to focus on... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.

San Francisco’s Archbishop Cordileone urges Friday fasting for an end to COVID

Jul 31, 2020

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco is urging Catholics to fast every Friday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.  Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29, 2019.

Pope Francis on feast of Saints Peter and Paul: 'Only prayer unlocks chains'

Jun 29, 2020

By Courtney Mares

On the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul on Monday, Pope Francis urged Christians to pray for one another and... Read more

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace, June 24, 2020.

Pope Francis: In life’s ups and downs, make prayer your constant

Jun 24, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

King David is an example of being consistent in prayer no matter what life throws at you or what good... Read more

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address June 7, 2020.

Pope Francis: Catholics cannot ignore the poverty caused by the pandemic

Jun 13, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic has revealed poverty that Catholics cannot ignore.  Read more

Banner at the 2019 March for Life.

Catholic fraternal groups call for prayer and justice amid George Floyd protests

Jun 4, 2020

The Knights of Columbus have announced a forthcoming novena for an end to racism, as Catholic fraternal organizations urge prayer... Read more

Pope Francis gives a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace.

Pope Francis says prayer opens the door of hope

May 20, 2020

Prayer opens the door of hope, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.  Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta May 14, 2020.

Pope Francis calls people of all religions to pray for end of pandemic

May 14, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis urged people of every religion to fast and pray Thursday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic and... Read more

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 13, 2020.

Pope Francis: Christians can pray to the Father without fear

May 13, 2020

Jesus has transformed the human experience of prayer, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.  Read more

Pope Francis looks out at an empty St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis: As humanity trembles from pandemic, let us unite in prayer

Mar 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has asked Christians around the world to unite in praying the Our Father prayer at noon on March... Read more