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General Audience

 

God takes the first step

“The first step that God takes towards us is that of a love that anticipates and is unconditional”. Pope Francis explained this concept to the ...

Taking the biblical road

In the encounter with the disciples of Emmaus, “there is the entire destiny of the Church” which “is not enclosed within a fortified citadel, but ...

Mothers never abandon us

“We have all known strong women who have faced their children’s suffering”, because “mothers do not abandon”. The Pope placed great emphasis on this fact ...

From slavery to freedom

Lent should be lived as a “journey of hope” which leads Christians “from slavery to freedom”. This reminder was at the heart of the Holy ...

Unity is possible

“When things become dark, more prayer is needed! And there will be more hope”. This lesson from the Book of Jonah was offered by Pope ...

Manufacturers of idols

At the General Audience held in the Paul VI Hall on Wednesday, 11 January, warning against the false hopes that idols offer, Pope Francis continued ...

A mother’s tears

Rachel’s tears reflect “the suffering of all the mothers of the world, of all time, and the tears of every human being who suffers irreparable ...

​More than just stars

“Complaining to the Lord is a way of praying”. Pope Francis expressed this in his reflection at the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall ...

​The virtue of the little ones

“Hope is the virtue of the little ones”, because “the great ones ... do not know what it is”. Thus, Christian hope is the focal ...

Food and water are universal rights

“Food and access to water as universal rights of all human beings” was emphasized by Pope Francis at the General Audience held in St Peter’s ...

Dialogue and respect for coexistence in the Caucasus

“That all of the peoples of the Caucasus may live in peace and mutual respect”: this was the wish expressed by Pope Francis following his ...

For the loved and tormented nation of Syria

An “appeal to the consciences of those responsible for the bombing” in Syria, “who will have to give an account before God”, was made by ...

Two pillars

To “forgive” and to“give”: these are the two “pillars” of Christian life and, in particular, of the witness of mercy to which every believer is ...

No obstacle to mercy

Jesus did not come to punish sinners but to proclaim the mercy of God and to invite everyone to convert. This was the theme of ...

For the dignity of women

“We are all on guard, even Christian communities, of views of femininity that are affected by prejudice and detrimental suspicions of their intangible dignity”. Pope ...

Moved by compassion and sorrow

Within hours of an earthquake that devastated areas of central Italy early Wednesday morning, 24 August, Pope Francis expressed “heartfelt sorrow” and “closeness to all ...

Anna’s greeting to Benedict

“Christ makes us feel at home everywhere, all brothers and sisters because we are children of the same Father, and he helps us to hope, ...

Capable of compassion

Serve others with the same compassion that Jesus had towards the people who followed him: this is the mission of every believer, who is called ...

From the heart to the hands

Mercy “is a journey which starts in the heart in order to arrive at the hands”. This was explained by Pope Francis at the General ...

A mosaic of fraternity

Dear Brothers and Sisters,Good morning!Today I should like to reflect briefly on the Apostolic Journey to Poland that I made in recent days.The occasion for ...

The silent cry of the poor throughout the ages

In the parable of Lazarus and the rich man the Pope finds “the silent cry of the poor throughout the ages and the contradictions of ...

Who is a neighbour

Everyone “can become the neighbour to any needy person you meet”, so long as your heart has “the capacity so suffer with the other”. Pope ...

A forgotten conflict

The armed conflict in Ukraine “forgotten by many” that inspired that Pope’s appeal at the General Audience on Wednesday 20 April. Pope Francis called for ...

Closeness and solidarity

Francis will travel on Saturday, 16 April, to the island of Lesbos “in order to express closeness and solidarity both to the displaced people and ...

Waiting in line with sinners

Jesus went to the River Jordan and “waited in line with sinners. He wasn’t ashamed”. Instead, “from the very beginning of his ministry, he manifested ...

The ocean and the snow

God in his goodness “does not hide the sin but destroys and blots it out”. Indeed, “he blots it out from the very root, not ...

​Cruel abominations

Pope Francis requested a collective ‘Hail Mary’ along with silent prayer “for the victims, for the injured, for the families and for all the people ...

Doors open to immigrants

So many “migrants who suffer the cold, are without food. They cannot enter”, because in some border areas the doors are closed in their faces. ...

A door always open

God “always leaves the door open to hope”. Extemporaneously, the Pope added that “always” to his prepared text for the General Audience on Wednesday, 2 ...

​Power play

When the dimension of service is lost, “power transforms into arrogance and becomes domination and oppression”, nourishing the “underhanded dealings of human beings”. Pope Francis ...

The Jubilee must touch the pocket

“If the Jubilee does not touch the pocket, it is not a true jubilee”. At the General Audience on Ash Wednesday morning, the Holy Father ...

Another kind of justice

“God does not want our condemnation, but our salvation”; the “Lord of mercy” was the heart of the Pope’s reflection during the General Audience on ...

A reserve of gold and silver

We are all “precious gems in the the hands of the good and merciful Father”. Moreover, we are “his personal ‘reserve of gold and silver’, ...

​Mercy is stronger than division

On Wednesday morning, 20 January, the Holy Father greeted the thousands of people gathered in the Paul the VI Hall for the General Audience. Pope ...

May God convert the hearts of aggressors

At the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall on Wednesday, 13 January, the day following the tragic terrorist attack in Istanbul, Pope Francis invited ...

With coloured markers and a great will to live

There are those who were drawing, crouching on the steps and those who were sitting on their mom's knees. Then there are those who – ...

​Saved by a Child

With the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square for the last General Audience of 2015, Pope Francis spoke about Christmas and addressed a special thought ...

A sign of the Jubilee

“Salvation is not paid for. Salvation is not bought. The Door is Jesus, and Jesus is free!”. Pope Francis spoke at the General Audience on ...

My Africa

“The coexistence of wealth and poverty is a scandal, it is a disgrace for humanity”. Pope Francis made this denunciation just hours after concluding his ...

At the door of mercy

“Take heart! Let us enter through this door!”. As “the threshold of the Jubilee” approaches, Pope Francis invited the entire Church to come to “the ...

Around the dinner table

Conviviality is “a sure thermometer for measuring the health of relationships”, the Pontiff said, as he met with the faithful at the General Audience in ...

A training ground for giving and forgiving

The Pope characterized the family as “a great training ground” for “mutual giving and forgiving”, as he spoke to the faithful gathered in St Peter’s ...

We are brothers

With representatives of the world’s various religions, Pope Francis recalled the 50th anniversary of ‘Nostra Aetate’, the Council’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church ...

Because fidelity does not detract from liberty

In marriage, “liberty and fidelity do not oppose one another, but rather, they support each other”. Pope Francis said this at the General Audience on ...

​Say ‘no’ to poverty and exclusion

Pope Francis expressed a twofold ‘no’ to poverty and exclusion, and renewed the appeal for all to be guaranteed the material and spiritual goods that ...

Laudato Si’ set to rock music

To spread the message of Laudato Si’ among the young people of Latin America through rock music. This is the goal of the Pontifical Academy ...

A constitutional charter for the Church

“Family spirit” is like “a constitutional charter for the Church”. Indeed, “this is how Christianity must appear, and this is how it must be”. The ...

The golden knot

“The World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and the Synod of Bishops here in Rome” correspond “to the universal dimension of Christianity as well as ...

A crucial covenant

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning!Today I would like to focus our attention on the connection between the family and the Christian community. This bond ...

​Work gives dignity

“Work is sacred” and “gives dignity to a family”. This was reaffirmed by Pope Francis at the General Audience on Wednesday, 19 August, in the ...

Never slaves to work

We “must never be slaves to work, but ‘lords’” of our work. Thus cautioned Pope Francis at the General Audience on Wednesday, 12 August. Thousands ...

No closed doors

“No closed doors!”, Pope Francis repeated to the to the faithful who gathered for the General Audience on Wednesday, 5 August, in St Peter’s Square. ...

The nearest hospital

The hidden heroism of families who help their loved ones with a generous spirit of sacrifice was the focus of the Holy Father’s catechesis at ...

Return from exile

“It is time for fathers and mothers to return from their exile – for they have exiled themselves from bringing up their children – and ...

Treat one another well

“May I?”, “thank you”, “pardon me”. The “three key expressions for family life” were proposed by Francis to the faithful who took part in the ...

The lesson of history

May society “learn from the mistakes of the past” and “faced with the current conflicts that are tearing asunder various regions of the world”, may ...

At the wedding feast

God’s “masterpiece” is the family. And at a wedding feast, Jesus “begins his own miracles with this masterpiece: a man and a woman”. The Pope ...

The masterpiece

God guards and protects with tenderness his “masterpiece”, the man and woman created to give life to “a covenant” of communion and fullness. This was ...

Creativity and courage

“Men and women need to speak to one another more, listen to each other more, get to know one another better, love one another more”, ...

Children are never a mistake

Continuing his Catecheses on the family at the General Audience on 8 April in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis turned his attention to children who ...

The stone rolled back

On Wednesday, 1 April, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis described the great mystery of Easter and on the eve of ...

Within the fold and without

A special “pause in prayer” for the family and for life: this was the heart of the General Audience on Wednesday, 25 March, the Solemnity ...

The treasure of humanity

Addressing the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square for the General Audience on Wednesday, 18 March, Pope Francis spoke about humanity’s treasure: children. The following ...

Poets of prayer

Pope Francis spoke about the role of grandparents in the family and described the prayer of grandparents and the elderly as “a treasure” and “a ...

We are the elderly

“Attention to the elderly is what makes the difference in a civilization”: the catechesis on Wednesday, 4 March, at the General Audience in St Peter’s ...

From the same flesh

It is necessary to “place fraternity back at the centre of our technocratic and bureaucratic society”. These were the words of Pope Francis at the ...

Like the fingers of a hand

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 11 February, Pope Francis continued his series on the family. “Children are the joy of the family and of ...

The only right word is peace

Pope Francis launched a new appeal for peace in Ukraine at the General Audience on Wednesday, 4 February, in the Paul VI Hall. He asked ...

On the periphery a new beginning of history

“The Incarnation of the Son of God opens a new beginning in the universal history”, and this happens in a family, in a “ in ...

The fruit of dialogue

On Wednesday morning, 3 December, just before going to address the faithful in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis greeted a group of sick faithful, who ...

This is the goal

On Wednesday morning, 26 November, the Pope continued his catecheses on the Church and asked all faithful to pray that his visit this Friday to ...

Unacceptable violence

“Building peace is difficult, but living without peace is torment!”. Concerning the “alarming growth of tension in Jerusalem and other regions of the Holy Land”, ...

Every effort to weaken Ebola

The Pope is close in love and prayer to those struck by ebola and to those who are “working heroically to help our ill brothers ...

One single body

“The Church is the Body of Christ! And this is not simply a catchphrase: we truly are! “It is the great gift that we receive ...

Let us not give in to division

During the General Audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday, 8 October, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the nature and beauty of the Church, ...

Able to love

There are many charisms in the Church, but one is common to everyone: the ability to love. Pope Francis highlighted this message on Wednesday morning, ...

The courage of a people

Albanians are “a courageous, hard-working people who seek unity in peace”. Recalling his recent visit to the Balkan country, Pope Francis made these remarks at ...

Catholic and Apostolic

Pope Francis spoke about the catholic and apostolic nature of the Church to the faithful in St Peter’s Square at the General Audience on Wednesday, ...

In the heart of the Church

Christians are not “orphans” because they have the Church as a “mama”. These were Pope Francis words to the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square ...

Less gossip in the parish

When one speaks of “sins against the unity” of the Church, not only the great schisms should be considered but also parishes. Regrettably, rather than ...

The first and last name of a Christian

What is the first name and last of a Christian? “I am Christian” and “I belong to the Church”. Following many references to the “Christian ...

A people who bless

Pope Francis began a new series of catecheses at the General Audience on Wednesday, 18 June, in St Peter’s Square. This series will be centred ...

Who warms the heart

It isn't just compassion or pietism, but awareness of the Lord's love, which “warms the heart and moves us quite naturally to prayer and to ...

Peter and Andrew meet again

Ecumenism and peace are the key words for the Holy Father’s journey to the Holy Land, which will begin on Saturday 24 May. He said ...

Human rights a top priority

At the General Audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, 14 May, Pope Francis continued his series of catecheses on the Gifts of the Holy ...

Higher counsel

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 7 May, Pope Francis delivered a catechesis on the Holy Spirit’s gift of counsel to thousands of faithful gathered ...

To look beyond

Understanding is the gift of the Holy Spirit that allows us to recognize the Lord who walks with us and enables us to understand things ...

The path to Jesus

“Why do you seek the living among the dead?”. Pope Francis began his General Audience catechesis on Wednesday, 23 April, making his own the Angel’s ...

A humble victory

The only answer to the suffering and death of children is the humility of Christ’s victory. At the Wednesday General Audience on 16 April in ...

No more war in Syria

“Please, silence the weapons, put an end to the violence! No more war! No more destruction! May humanitarian laws be respected, may the people who ...

And the two become one

Marriage is “the icon of God's love for us”, since it makes two spouses “one”. At the Wednesday General Audience this morning in St Peter's ...

How one becomes a priest

One enters the priesthood only through the Lord's initiative. “He calls each of those whom he wills to become priests”. The Sacrament of Holy Orders ...

The mission of a guardian

On Wednesday, 19 March, the Solemnity of St Joseph, Pope Francis spoke to the faithful at the General Audience in St Peter’s Square about the ...

Work a source of dignity

At the General Audience on Wednesday 29 January, Pope Francis spoke to the faithful about the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is a sacrament, he said, ...

Urgency for peace in Syria

Pope Francis again prayed for an end to violence and war this morning. At the General Audience on Wednesday, 22 January, the Holy Father launched ...

All disciples and missionaries

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 15 January, the Holy Father expanded on last week’s reflection on Baptism, focusing on its role in the transmission ...

A date to remember

Pope Francis once again asked the faithful to learn the date of their Baptism and celebrate it like a feast day. This was at the ...

Like one of us

Dear Brothers and Sisters,Good morning. Our meeting is taking place in the spiritual climate of Advent, which is made all the more intense by the ...

Every day we face the final judgment

“The final judgment is already in progress, it begins now over the course of our lives”. Pope Francis spoke these words to the faithful gathered ...

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