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GeneralAudience

 

In the tent of God there will no longer be prevarication

“The Church is called to become a city, the symbol par excellence of human coexistence and relatedness” where “there will no longer be isolation, dishonesty ...

Without end

“Our lives do not end with death”; by his Resurrection, Jesus has opened to us “a door that introduces us to heaven, to the blessed ...

Confessions of a Pope

“Priests and bishops too have to go to confession”. And “even the Pope confesses every 15 days, because the Pope is also a sinner. And ...

The true battle is for life

Baptism is the “identity card of the Christian, his birth certificate”. The Pope said this during his catechesis at the General Audience on Wednesday, 13 ...

An act of love for Noemi

There was quiet weeping on Wednesday morning in St Peter’s Square. It accompanied a surreal moment of silent prayer led by Pope Francis. He had ...

The great family of heaven and earth

“God’s love burns away our selfishness, our prejudices and our interior and exterior divisions” and “even our sins”. Pope Francis said this at the General ...

The Jewish girl's secret

Before the General Audience on Wednesday, 23 October, the Pope met with a group of chaplains working in Italian detention centres and prisons, who were ...

Like a river that courses through time

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 16 October, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father spoke about the Church handed down through the centuries, like ...

God's Orchestra

The Church is like a great orchestra; it is “the orchestra of God”. In God's orchestra, each member - by expressing his particular characteristics and ...

The Church is a mother

“The Church is our mother in faith”, the Holy Father reflected at the General Audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday, 11 September. Resuming his ...

A cry for peace throughout the earth

“May the cry for peace rise loudly throughout the earth!” Pope Francis repeated this call to the many faithful in St Peter's Square on Wednesday ...

A celebration of faith and brotherhood

A great “celebration of faith and brotherhood” is how Pope Francis recalled the spirit of the World Youth Day celebrated in Rio de Janeiro last ...

In the Church we are all equal and no one is useless

The Church is not “a fabric of things or interests” but the “Temple of the Holy Spirit”, where all are equal and no one is ...

Help refugee families

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today I am pausing to reflect on another expression by which the Second Vatican Council indicates the nature of ...

Woe to him who suffocates hope in children

Woe to him who suffocates hope in children. On the World Day Against Child Labour, Pope Francis launched a stern warning to those who “instead ...

The Church both human and divine

The Church “is not an organization established by an agreement between a few people”, but “she is a work of God”, because she was “born ...

The language of reconciliation

The Pope's new appeal to the common responsibility of all believers is to overcome the spirit of division, the inability to understand each other, rivalry, ...

We are not part-time Christians

Pope Francis intends to go to Cagliari this September to pay homage to Our Lady of Bonaria. He announced it himself this morning, Wednesday, 15 ...

An end to violence in Syria

Enough bloodshed in Syria: may a political solution be found as soon as possible which puts an end to the tragic situation which is overwhelming ...

Jesus the Advocate

“Jesus is our Advocate”. Pope Francis used this metaphor to explain the role the Saviour took on as man's defence to the 80,000 faithful present ...

A God as our father

God is a father to Christians, indeed he is father. Our God is a father”, adding this thought to the text prepared for the General ...

The mission of women

The Risen Jesus is alive and present beside people today. It is up to women, especially mothers, to witness to him to their children. It ...

It is people who are Jesus' dwelling place

“Jesus has no house because he dwells in people”. Simplicity is the way Pope Francis chose to make his message go straight to people's hearts. ...

I have never felt alone

Not a return to private life nor abandonment of the Cross of Christ, but a service of prayer carried out still “within the bounds of ...

With simplicity and humility

At the end he won; Pope Benedict XVI transformed the last audience of his pontificate into a moving experience of Christian joy. Even at the ...

The Church is Christ’s

At the General Audience on Wednesday morning, 13 February, in the Paul VI Hall, Benedict XVI repeated his decision to renounce the Pontificate “in full ...

We and God

In the age of science and technology does speaking of creation still make sense? Benedict XVI put this disturbing question to the faithful at the ...

A Father who never tires of us

It is far from easy today to talk about God's fatherhood, especially in the Western world, marked by the break-up of families and by absorbing ...

Christians against the tide

“Christians must not be afraid to swim 'against the tide' in order to live their faith, resisting the temptation to conform”. The Pope said this ...

Seeking God's face

The desire “to see God's face” is innate in every human being, even in non-believers. The Pope said this at the General Audience this morning, ...

The mystery of a God with human hands and a human heart

The Son of God “worked with human hands, he thought with a human mind, he acted with a human will and he loved with a ...

That silent force which triumphs over the din of the powers

The poverty of a Child who is born expresses that silent force of truth and love which overcome the tumult of the powers in the ...

Seeking signs of God in a distracted world

“Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless you all from my ...

International aid for the people of the Congo

At the General Audience on Wednesday morning, 5 December, the Pope asked for peace and aid for the people of the Democratic Republic of the ...

Speaking of God our time

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 28 November, the Holy Father called for access to effective drugs and appropriate treatment for those suffering from AIDS. ...

Brave decisions for peace

The time has come to “make brave decisions for peace” and “to put an end to a conflict” which is having negative repercussions throughout the ...

To respond with gentleness and respect to the practical atheism that clouds the ethical horizon

Christianity is the “life blood” from which to draw to encourage “the renewal of consciences” and a “harmonious orientation to the common good”. The invitation ...

Peace in Syria before it is too late

The Holy Father appeals for peace in Syria. At the end of the General Audience of Wednesday, 7 November, in St Peter's Square, the Pope ...

The Place of the faith

The Pope expressed his prayer and solidarity for those suffering the devastation caused by the hurricane which recently struck the East Coast of the United ...

For the unity and communion of the Church

Six new Cardinals will be created by the Pope at the Consistory on 24 November. Benedict xvi made this announcement at the end of the ...

In Syria on behalf of the Pope and of the Synod

Benedict XVI has arranged to send a delegation to Syria to express solidarity and closeness to the tormented people of that nation, both on behalf ...

The lesson of the Council

The Second Vatican Council documents remain “a compass in our time too that permits the Barque of the Church to put out into the deep”. ...

Towards the Year of Faith and the Synod

The Pope is going to the Shrine of Loreto on 4 October to commend “to the Mother of God the principal ecclesial events for which ...

The liturgy is a service and participation in God's action

The liturgy is a service “on behalf of the people and participation in “God's action”. The Pope said this at the General Audience on Wednesday, ...

Christians and Muslims united for peace

Christians and Muslims united for peace. This was appeal was raised during those intense days of the recent Apostolic Journey to Lebanon, and reiterated on ...

Peace with respect for differences

Two days before departing for Lebanon the Holy Father launched a new appeal for peace in the “land of the cedars” and throughout the Middle ...

Jesus holds the Church in his hand

Jesus holds the Church in his hand, speaks to her with the cutting force of a sharp sword and shows her the splendour of his ...

With love it is impossible to stoop to compromises

“With love for Christ, for his words and for the Truth, we cannot stoop to compromises”. According to the Pope this is the lesson that ...

The Queen who serves

A Queen at the service of humanity who walks beside us every day, who loves us, listens to us and intercedes for us. In this ...

The nine ways of prayer

Bowing as a sign of humility; lying prostrate on the ground to ask forgiveness for his sins; on his knees in penance, participating in the ...

Let us knock at the Lord’s door with trust

The Pope addressed invitation “to knock at the door of the Lord confidently, knowing that he cares for all his children” to the faithful who ...

The way of Christian life

If people of our time want to find themselves, they must empty themselves of their selfishness and fill themselves with the love of God. This ...

Peace and reconciliation in Nigeria

The full collaboration of all the members of Nigerian society” is necessary in order to abandon “the path of revenge” and collaborate “in building a ...

Like fragile earthen vessels

Union with God does not distance us from the world. On the contrary, it gives us the strength to really live and do what must ...

Epiphany of the family

Milan, the city of the family – an epiphany of the family: with these two phrases Benedict XVI summed up the three days he spent ...

The image of the Holy See falsified

Sorrow at what has happened in the Vatican in these past few days, but also trust in the Holy Spirit's support of the Church and ...

Christianity, a religion of trust

Christianity is not “a religion of fear but rather of trust and love”, because it reveals to human beings the true nature of a God ...

Prayer makes us free

Prayer helps to overcome all forms of slavery to free oneself from contradictions, and lets one enjoy the authentic freedom of being God's children. In ...

Peter trusts God

Calm and trusting. St Peter's attitude during his imprisonment was one “which trusted in God, he knew that he was surrounded by solidarity and the ...

God never tires of reaching out to man

God never tires of reaching out to man; even if he often encounters an attitude of misunderstanding and diffidence, if not “obstinate opposition”, as the ...

Charity and justice are a spiritual service

There are no limits to helping our neighbours, but it is essential that it be done in the light of the Holy Spirit, so that ...

A Church that prays

A miracle. This is what happens when believers, tested because of their faith, find themselves united in prayer “like one person” to invoke the Lord's ...

The beginning of the new world

“Today too the Risen One enters our homes and our hearts, even though the doors are sometimes closed”, to bring “joy and peace, life and ...

Days of joy and hope

His Journey to Mexico and Cuba was marked by “unforgettable days of joy and hope” that “are carried in the heart” of the Pope. This ...

Without Mary the Church does not exist

“It is impossible to talk about the Church unless Mary, Mother of the Lord is present”. This comment of Cromatius of Aquileia on the Acts ...

Hope for the Middle East

Benedict XVI made an Appeal during Wednesday's General Audience, 7 March, “to persevere with hope amid the grave suffering that afflicts these beloved peoples” of ...

Towards a new dawn

Today we entered the season of forty days. They are days that represent the salient moments of faith of the People of God, during which ...

Ever in God's hands

Forgiveness, hope and entrustment: these are the three words that make Jesus' invocation in the imminence of death a demanding indication for “our prayer” and ...

When it seems as if God does not hear

At the General Audience of Wednesday, 8 February, the Pope launched an appeal for the people hit by the exceptional wave of cold weather which ...

The yes which frees

Like Christ in the Garden of Olives, we too “should be able to bring to God our labours, the suffering of certain situations, of certain ...

The Church's centre and horizon

The proclamation of the faith is at the heart of the Church's life and is the horizon of every one of her projects and activities. ...

For a common response to the spiritual thirst of our time

“How can we give a convincing witness if we are divided?”. It was in the perspective of the New Evangelization on Wednesday morning, 18 January, ...

The food that gives strength to those who are tired and bewildered

The Eucharist is the food of pilgrims which also becomes strength for those who are weary, worn-out and bewildered”. The Holy Father said this at ...

That wondrous exchange between the divine and the human

Christmas is “the point at which Heaven and earth meet” giving life to what St Athanasius of Alexandria describes as that “wondrous exchange” between divinity ...

At the school of prayer in the house in Nazareth

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Our continuing catechesis on prayer leads us, during this Christmas season, to reflect on the place of prayer in the life ...

Horizons open to entering God's world

Dear Brothers and Sisters, As Christmas approaches, I offer prayerful good wishes to you and your families for a spiritually fruitful celebration of the Lord’s ...

Hearts open to the needs of those beside us

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our continuing catechesis on prayer, we now consider Jesus’ own prayer, particularly in the context of his miracles of healing. ...

With the heart of little children

In our continuing catechesis on Christian prayer, we are considering the teaching and example given us by Jesus himself. In the “cry of exultation” recorded ...

Windows open to Heaven

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our catechesis on prayer, we now turn to Jesus, who by his own example most fully reveals the mystery of ...

A new season of hope

“ The Church in Africa”, the Holy Father said, “can play the lead in a new season of hope”. The Pope, addressing the faithful at ...

Love is stronger than hatred and evil

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our catechesis on Christian prayer, we now turn to Psalm 110, one of the famous “royal psalms”, originally linked to ...

The alphabet of God's law

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our catechesis on Christian prayer, we now turn to Psalm 119, a solemn celebration of the Torah , the Law ...

Man needs eternity

Faced by death “man needs eternity for every other hope is too brief, too limited for him”. The Pope said this at the General Audience ...

The mosaic of peace

«‘Pilgrims of truth, pilgrims of peace’ means the commitment which we want to solemnly renew, together with members of other religions and also with non-believers ...

The history of the goodness of God from creation to salvation

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our continuing catechesis on Christian prayer, we now turn to Psalm 136. Known as the Great Hallel, this Psalm is ...

For a peaceful coexistence in Egypt with respect for minorities

Distressed by the violent episodes targeting Coptic Christians which took place last Sunday, 9 October, in Egypt, the Pope expressed his profound sorrow for the ...

Care, water and food for people in the Horn of Africa

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Continuing our catechesis on Christian prayer, we now turn to Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”. ...

I crossed Germany from north to south, from east to west

This past weekend I made an Apostolic Journey to my native land of Germany, visiting the cities of Berlin, Erfurt, Eichsfeld and Freiburg. The theme ...

The cry of anguish that reveals Heaven

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today we reflect on Psalm Twenty-two, a heartfelt prayer of lamentation from one who feels abandoned by God. Surrounded by enemies ...

God who responds to the cry of man

Dear Brothers and Sisters, We return today to our series of catecheses on prayer with a consideration of Psalm Three, in which the psalmist cries ...

A colourful alphabet

For centuries, artists “have dipped their paintbrush into that colorful alphabet which is the Bible”. Benedict XVI cited an expression used by Marc Chagall to ...

A hope for the future of the Church

“Rejoice in the Lord always”; “Go and make disciples of all nations”. These are the themes chosen for the next two World Youth Days – ...

God speaks in silence

Monasteries are true and proper oases of the spirit in which God speaks to humanity. The Pope said this to the faithful at the General ...

Why not rediscover the Bible during our vacation?

On Wednesday, 3 August, the Holy Father resumed the General Audiences which had been suspended during the month of July. The Audience was held in ...

The language of the encounter with God

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our catechesis on Christian prayer, we have looked to a number of Old Testament figures who represent models of prayer. ...

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Nov. 22, 2019