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Pope Francis describes Canada trip as 'penitential pilgrimage'

Asking for prayers ahead of his visit to Canada July 24-29, Pope Francis described the trip as a "penitential pilgrimage" as part of a commitment to healing and reconciliation with the country's Indigenous people.

  • July 18, 2022

Christ's resurrection brings hope amid 'Easter of war,' Pope Francis says

The joy of Christ's resurrection is needed now more than ever in a time when war in Ukraine and other parts of the world makes the hope for peace seem like an illusion, Pope Francis said before giving his Easter blessing.

  • April 17, 2022

Risen Christ brings peace to broken world, Pope Francis says at Easter Vigil

The joy of Jesus' resurrection from the dead gives joy and strength to those who are called to bring peace, reconciliation and justice to the suffering and the downtrodden, Pope Francis said.

  • April 16, 2022

Victory is not raising a flag on pile of rubble, Pope Francis says on Palm Sunday

Jesus obeyed the most challenging of commandments: to love one's enemies; and he invites humanity to do the same by breaking a vicious cycle of evil, sorrow and hatred with love and forgiveness, Pope Francis said on Palm Sunday.

  • April 11, 2022

'With a heart broken,' Pope Francis prays for peace in Ukraine

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said his heart was "broken" by the war in Ukraine, and he pleaded again, "Silence the weapons!"

  • February 28, 2022

Pope Francis appeals for peace in Kazakhstan

VATICAN CITY -- With dozens of people reported dead and thousands detained in Kazakhstan, Pope Francis prayed for the victims and for a return of peace in the former Soviet republic.

  • January 10, 2022

Preserve Christian identity received at baptism, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- Before baptizing 16 babies in the Sistine Chapel, Pope Francis reminded parents and godparents of their responsibility to care for and preserve the Christian identity the infants were about to receive.

  • January 10, 2022

On New Year's, Pope Francis says a mature faith is realistic, but hope-filled

VATICAN CITY  -- As Catholics begin a new year contemplating the motherhood of Mary, they should be inspired not to let problems weaken their faith or prevent them from helping others grow, Pope Francis said.

  • January 3, 2022

Tombs of fallen soldiers are cry for peace, pope says on All Souls' feast

ROME -- The tombstones of soldiers killed in war cry out to people today to end all wars and to stop the production of weapons, Pope Francis said.

  • November 2, 2021

Faith is not a transactional relationship with God, Pope Francis says at Angelus

VATICAN CITY -- People should ask themselves whether their faith has become a "commercial relationship" with God or if it is a relationship built on freedom, love and generosity, Pope Francis said.

  • October 12, 2021