Christianity without mercy is impossible, Pope Francis says at audience

VATICAN CITY -- Mercy, which is at the heart of the Christian life, is not a one-dimensional virtue but instead is the acceptance of God's love and the giving of that love to others, Pope Francis said.

  • March 18, 2020

Pope Francis prays for clergy, public service employees working during lockdown

VATICAN CITY -- Standing in the window of the library of the Apostolic Palace overlooking an empty St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis blessed the city of Rome still under lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • March 16, 2020

Pope Francis prays for Syrian refugees at general audience

VATICAN CITY -- Amid a nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus epidemic, Pope Francis soldiered on with his weekly general audience and called on people to not forget those who suffer from war and violence.

  • March 11, 2020

Live life, don't squander it, Pope Francis says in WYD 2020 message

VATICAN CITY -- The fast-paced nature of the digital age can cause young men and women to focus more on capturing moments for their social media rather than experiencing them, Pope Francis told Catholic young people.

  • March 5, 2020

Shut off cellphone, open Bible for Lent, Pope Francis tells faithful

VATICAN CITY -- Lent is a time to remove all distractions and bitterness from one's life in order to better hear God and those who suffer silently and need help, Pope Francis said.

  • February 26, 2020

Reconciling oneself to God leads to healing, Pope Francis says in Lenten message

VATICAN CITY -- Lent is a time for deeper dialogue with God through prayer, for renewed gratitude for God's mercy and for increased compassion for people whose lives are under attack, Pope Francis said.

  • February 24, 2020

God's commandments lead to freedom, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- Jesus wants his followers to move from a formal observance of God's commands to an interior acceptance of them and, in that way, to no longer be slaves to sin and selfishness, Pope Francis said.

  • February 18, 2020

True sorrow for sins is a gift from God, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- Recognizing and repenting for one's own sins and errors is difficult, but essential, Pope Francis said.

  • February 12, 2020

Pope Francis: God's kingdom is for the poor in spirit, not the proud of heart

VATICAN CITY -- People who recognize and embrace their spiritual poverty will inherit the kingdom of God, not those who place their trust in the comforts of this world, Pope Francis said.

  • February 5, 2020

God's love is worth more than any earthly good, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- When one is totally in love with the Lord, then poverty, chastity and obedience are not sacrifices, but vehicles of freedom, Pope Francis told consecrated men and women.

  • February 3, 2020