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Pope Francis embraced a man while meeting disabled people at his general audience Feb. 1 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. The pope continued a series of talks on Christian hope, with a look at St. Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians (5:4-11) and what it teaches about the Christian belief in life after death.
February 02, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Christian hope isn't about believing in something that may or may not come true, like hoping tomorrow's weather will be pleasant, according to Pope Francis.

"Christian hope is the expectation of something that already has been fulfilled and that...

January 26, 2017

VATICAN CITY — At a time when the media seem to feed a "vicious cycle of anxiety" and a "spiral of fear," Christians should respond with honest stories that identify problems and evil, but also inspire real solutions, Pope Francis said.

"Every new tragedy that...

Pope Francis greeted Anglican Archbishop David Moxon, the archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Vatican, Jan. 25 at his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ended Jan. 25.
January 26, 2017

VATICAN CITY — The humble counsel of courageous women should never be disregarded but rather embraced as advice full of God's divine wisdom, Pope Francis said.

Women such as the biblical heroine Judith are an example of trusting God amid sufferings and...

January 19, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Last year, more than 13 million people around the world watched Pope Francis explain one of his specific prayer intentions each month.

The 90-second, personal explanations in "The Pope Video," first launched in January 2016, encouraged people to...

Pope Francis walks near violinists at his general audience Jan. 18 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. Prayer has the power to awaken hope in men and women, even in the face of death and destruction, Pope Francis said in his catechesis talk.
January 19, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Prayer has the power to awaken hope in men and women, even in the face of death and destruction, Pope Francis said.

People often feel unworthy to turn to God when they are in need "as if it were a self-interested prayer and, thus, imperfect," the...

Pope Francis baptized one of 28 babies in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Jan. 8.
January 11, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Parents are charged with guarding the faith given to their children at Baptism and helping them become true witnesses by example rather than just rules, Pope Francis said.

By asking the Church for faith for their children through the sacrament of...

January 11, 2017

VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church is "very far" from a situation in which the pope is in need of "fraternal correction" because he hasn't put the faith and Church teaching in danger, according to Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of...

Pope Francis arrived for a photo in the Sistine Chapel with the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See during the traditional exchange of new year’s greetings at the Vatican Jan. 9. The pope said that all religions are “called to promote peace.”
January 11, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Watch out for the tempting promises and easy rewards of false gods and idols because they always lead to confusion, disappointment and even death, Pope Francis said.

"We are tempted to seek even fleeting comfort, which seems to fill the emptiness of...

Pope Francis greeted people in St. Peter’s Square after leading vespers on New Year’s Eve at the Vatican Dec. 31.
January 05, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Whether the new year will be good or not depends on us choosing to do good each day, Pope Francis said.

"That is how one builds peace, saying 'no' to hatred and violence — with action — and 'yes' to fraternity and reconciliation," he said Jan. 1,...

Pope Francis listened to a speaker as he leads his weekly audience Jan. 4 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican.
January 05, 2017

VATICAN CITY — In the depths of despair, when no words or gestures will help, then cry with those who suffer, because tears are the seeds of hope, Pope Francis said.

When people are hurting, "it is necessary to share in their desperation. In order to dry the tears...

Pope Francis leads the Angelus from the window of his apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square Dec. 18 at the Vatican.
December 22, 2016

VATICAN CITY — The birth of Christ is a reminder for Christians to take a moment and reflect on the hope of salvation given by God to the world, Pope Francis said.

Those who are humble and poor like the shepherds come to realize the promise of hope that comes from...

Pope Francis celebrated Mass marking the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 12.
December 15, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Christmas is a time to open your heart to the little and wondrous things found in baby Jesus — born poor and defenseless so He could be near and bring hope to everyone, Pope Francis said.

"The most beautiful joy of Christmas is that inner joy of...

December 14, 2016

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christmas is a time to open your heart to the little and wondrous things found in baby Jesus -- born poor and defenseless so he could be near and bring hope to everyone, Pope Francis said.

"The most beautiful joy of Christmas is that inner...

Pope Francis waved as he led the Angelus Dec. 4 from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
December 13, 2016

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Even though Pope Francis was planning a "normal" workday for his birthday, well-wishers can help brighten it up with special tweets and emails.

Turning 80 Dec. 17, Pope Francis was going to start the day with Mass together with cardinals...

Pope Francis attended an Advent reflection given by Capuchin Franciscan Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the papal household, Dec. 2 in the Redemptoris Mater chapel at the Vatican.
December 08, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Christian hope is not the same as being optimistic about the future, but is knowing that whatever dark or frightening things are going on in one's life, God is there offering protection and light, Pope Francis said.

Holding his general audience in...

Pope Francis touched a rosary at his general audience Nov. 30 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. The pope concluded a series of catechesis talks on the Works of Mercy by reflecting on burying the dead and praying for the living and the dead.
December 01, 2016

VATICAN CITY — The Year of Mercy and its series of papal reflections may be over, but compassion and acts of mercy must continue and become a part of everyone's daily lives, Pope Francis said.

"Let us commit ourselves to praying for each other so that the corporal...

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