Prayer is powerful, life-giving, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- Prayer is powerful not because it changes God or God's plans, but because it changes individuals and communities, one heart at a time, Pope Francis said.

  • May 27, 2020

Pope Francis blesses visitors on feast of Ascension

VATICAN CITY -- St. Peter's Square was open to the public May 24, the feast of the Ascension, and scores of visitors turned up for Pope Francis' noonday prayer and blessing.

  • May 26, 2020

St. John Paul was a good shepherd, Pope Francis says on saint's birthday

VATICAN CITY -- St. John Paul II was a man of deep prayer, who loved being close to people and loved God's justice and mercy, Pope Francis said.

  • May 18, 2020

Pope Francis: Prayer establishes trusting relationship with God

VATICAN CITY -- Prayer is more than just a physical, emotional or intellectual act; it is an inner desire to encounter God, Pope Francis said.

  • May 13, 2020

Know heaven is your destiny, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- Just as Jesus told the disciples, "Do not let your hearts be troubled," he says the same thing to his followers today amid "the dramas of life," Pope Francis said.

  • May 11, 2020

Pope Francis encourages people to rediscover the need for prayer

VATICAN CITY -- The coronavirus pandemic is a "favorable time to rediscover the need for prayer in our lives; let us open the doors of our hearts to the love of God our father, who will listen to us," Pope Francis said.

  • May 6, 2020

Pope Francis prays for fallen priests on Good Shepherd Sunday

VATICAN CITY -- Priests and doctors who gave their lives caring for the spiritual and physical well-being of others during the coronavirus pandemic are like Jesus, the good shepherd, who laid down his life for his flock, Pope Francis said.

  • May 4, 2020

Love the church, care for society, Pope says at Wednesday audience

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis asked Christians to join their love for the church with a caring concern for civil society, particularly at this time of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • April 29, 2020

Pope Francis writes rosary prayers to end pandemic

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis asked Catholics to make a special effort in May to pray the rosary, knowing that by doing so they will be united with believers around the world asking for Mary's intercession in stopping the coronavirus pandemic.

  • April 27, 2020

Creation is sacred gift deserving respect, Pope Francis says on Earth Day

VATICAN CITY -- Humanity has failed to take care of the earth and its inhabitants, sinning against God and his gift of creation, Pope Francis said.

  • April 22, 2020