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Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight, August, 2014.

Pope laments recent violence in Syria, renews call for dialogue

May 1, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis on Sunday decried the resurgence of violence in Syria in recent days, especially in Aleppo, and renewed the... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass at the chapel of Santa Marta house in the Vatican, April 11, 2016.

Be open to the surprises of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis advises

Apr 28, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his homily Thursday Pope Francis stressed the need to be open to the novelty of the Holy Spirit, by... Read more

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

Pope: Spend a lot of time looking in the mirror? You might be a narcissist

Jan 9, 2015

By Elise Harris

In his homily Friday Pope Francis cautioned against the narcissism of those who close their hearts out of fear, insecurity... Read more

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

How do we praise God? Pray like Saint Paul, Pope Francis says

Oct 23, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his homily on Thursday, Pope Francis said no one has the strength to be a Christian without the Holy... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for the Italian Sporting Center's celebration of sports June 7, 2014.

Pope: Fear of the Lord an alarm reminding us of what's right

Jun 11, 2014

By Elise Harris

During his general audience Pope Francis spoke on the Holy Spirit’s gift of Fear of the Lord, saying it does... Read more

Pope Francis preaches the Pentecost homily in St. Peter's Basilica on June 8, 2014.

Holy Spirit enlivens Church, preaches Pope on Pentecost

Jun 8, 2014

On the feast of Pentecost, Pope Francis focused his homily and Angelus address on the work of the Holy Spirit... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his Wednesday General Audience May 21, 2014.

Gift of piety fosters fraternal solidarity, Pope observes

Jun 4, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his weekly general audience Pope Francis reflected on the gift of piety, explaining that it is not just a... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during the Wednesday General Audience on April 23, 2014

Gift of knowledge attunes us to vision of God, Pope says

May 21, 2014

By Elise Harris

During his general audience address Pope Francis spoke on the Holy Spirit’s gift of knowledge, explaining that it enlightens our... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience on May 14, 2014

Pope warns against superficial peace that rusts and fades away

May 20, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned attendees not to place their security in the worldly peace of wealth, vanity... Read more

Pope Francis greets the faithful at St. Stanislaus parish in Rome on May 4, 2014

Have a firm heart fixed on the Holy Spirit, Pope affirms

May 19, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on the various challenges St Paul faced in his ministry, explaining that it... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience on May 14, 2014

Pope: gift of fortitude not just for 'extraordinary circumstances'

May 14, 2014

By Elise Harris

During his General Audience address Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke on the gift of fortitude, explaining that it helps us to... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience on May 7, 2014

Pope warns against closed-mindedness of 'intellectual aristocracy'

May 13, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily Mass Pope Francis cautioned against those who seek to understand the faith only with the intellect, explaining... Read more

Pope Francis meets with seminarians from the Pontifical Roman universities on May 12, 2014

Holy Spirit is what keeps the Church going, Pope reflects

May 12, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily Pope Francis recalled the conversion of the first pagans to Christianity, explaining that the Holy Spirit... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during the Wednesday General Audience on April 23, 2014

Pope Francis: gift of counsel illuminates the will of God

May 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

During his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis reflected on the Holy Spirit’s gift of counsel, explaining that through it... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience on October 2, 2013.

Holy Spirit's gift of understanding enlightens minds, Pope says

Apr 30, 2014

Pope Francis explained that the Holy Spirit’s gift of understanding allows Christians to obtain “intimacy with God” and helps them... Read more

Pope Francis begins his popemobile tour of the May 15, 2013 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Christian life is not a 'collage' of activities, Pope says

Jul 6, 2013

In his July 6 homily, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to be open to the renewal of the Holy Spirit,... Read more

Pope Francis greets some of the cardinals who will concelebrate Pentecost Mass with him on May 19, 2013.

Spirit's surprises are way to happiness, Pope teaches

May 19, 2013

Around 200,000 pilgrims packed St. Peter’s Square to celebrate Pentecost with Pope Francis, who called on them to be open... Read more