Perseverance is necessary for prayer, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- Those who overcome distractions or obstacles when praying learn the value of perseverance in times of trial, Pope Francis said.

  • May 19, 2021

Pope Francis appeals for peace in Holy Land, says death of children 'unacceptable'

VATICAN CITY -- The injury and death of so many innocent people, especially children, caused by escalating violence between Israel and the Gaza Strip is "terrible and unacceptable," putting the area at risk of sinking into "a spiral of death and destruction," Pope Francis said.

  • May 17, 2021

By abiding in Christ, people can do good in the world, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- People can't be good Christians if they do not choose to remain in Jesus, Pope Francis said.

  • May 3, 2021

Jesus always loves, defends his flock, seeks out everyone, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- Jesus is the good shepherd who knows, loves and defends his sheep, embracing everyone without exception, Pope Francis said.

  • April 26, 2021

Prayers said aloud lead the way to God, Pope Francis says at audience

VATICAN CITY -- Because prayer is a dialogue with God, people should not dismiss or be embarrassed by saying their prayers out loud or in a whisper, Pope Francis said.

  • April 21, 2021

Saying he missed people, Pope Francis returns to window for Sunday prayer

VATICAN CITY -- Greeting visitors in St. Peter's Square after nearly a month of tight restrictions due to the pandemic, Pope Francis said he was happy to see people allowed to gather and be present for Sunday noonday prayer.

  • April 19, 2021

Pope Francis: Easter season is time to seek the risen Lord, experience joy

VATICAN CITY -- The Easter season, which lasts until Pentecost, is a time for rejoicing and for always seeking out the risen Christ, Pope Francis said.

  • April 6, 2021

Gift of the Holy Spirit connects people to Christ, Pope Francis says at audience

VATICAN CITY -- Every Christian is unique because the Holy Spirit inspires something new and original in each person, creating "an endless field of holiness," Pope Francis said.

  • March 17, 2021

Cleanse your hearts of anger, live the Gospel, Pope Francis says at Mass in Irbil

IRBIL, Iraq -- Having witnessed or even experienced persecution for their faith, the Christians of Iraq must be careful not to harbor thoughts of revenge, Pope Francis told them.

  • March 8, 2021

Living the beatitudes can change the world, Pope Francis says in Iraq

BAGHDAD -- Pope Francis told Iraqi Christians that when they suffer discrimination, persecution or war, the Eight Beatitudes are addressed to them.

  • March 7, 2021