Pope Francis

Pope: ‘Welcome, promote, accompany, and integrate’ refugees

At his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis urges compassion for “all those who are forced to flee their homes in search of peace and security.”

  St. Peter's Square, the Vatican

Ahead of the UN’s World Refugee Day, which will be celebrated on the 20th June, Pope Francis has called for called for better treatment for refugees.

Speaking at the end of his weekly General Audience, the Pope called for the World Day to be “an opportunity to turn an attentive and fraternal gaze to all those who are forced to flee their homes in search of peace and security.”

“We are all called to welcome, promote, accompany and integrate those who knock on our doors,” the Pope added… Read more »

Pope at Audience: The Psalms, ‘the prayer of Jesus,’ are for all seasons

  Saint Peter's Square, the Vatican

Cycle of Catechesis. The Spirit and the Bride. The Holy Spirit guides the people of God towards Jesus our hope. 4. The Spirit teaches the Bride to pray. The Psalms, symphony of prayer in the Bible

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

In preparation for the next Jubilee, I invited the devotion of the year 2024 “to a great ‘symphony’ of prayer”.  … Read more »

Pope at Angelus: Be generous and confident sowers of the Gospel

  St Peter's Square, the Vatican

Dear brothers and sisters, happy Sunday!

Today the Gospel of the liturgy speaks to us of the Kingdom of God through the image of the seed (cf. Mk 4:26-34). Jesus uses this simile several times (cf. Mt 13:1-23; Mk 4:1-20; Lk 8:4-15), and today He does so by inviting us to reflect in particular on an important attitude connected to the image of the seed: it is the attitude of confident expectationRead more »

Pope to hold bilateral talks with world leaders at G7 Summit

  Puglia, Italy

The Holy See Press Office had announced that Pope Francis would participate in the G7 Summit that is currently underway in the town of Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy, on 26 April.

A statement on that occasion said he would intervene in the Session devoted to Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The Group of Seven industrialized nations, under the presidency of Italy, runs from 13 to 15 June and foresees the participation of the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan… Read more »

Pope at Audience: The Holy Spirit makes Scripture living and active

  Saint Peter's Square, the Vatican

Cycle of Catechesis. The Spirit and the Bride. The Holy Spirit guides the people of God towards Jesus our hope. 3. “All Scripture is inspired by God”. Knowing God’s love through God’s words.

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning, welcome!

Let us continue the catechesis on the Holy Spirit who guides the Church towards Christ our hope… Read more »

Pope at Angelus: Am I free like Christ or imprisoned by worldliness?

  St Peter's Square, the Vatican

Dear brothers and sisters, blessed Sunday!

The Gospel of today’s liturgy (cf. Mk 3:20-35) tells us that Jesus, after beginning His public ministry, faced a twofold reaction: that of his relatives, who were worried and feared He had gone a little mad, and that of the religious authorities, who accused Him of acting under the influence of an evil spirit… Read more »

Pope Francis gives catechesis in garage of Roman condominium

Pope Francis gives catechesis in Rome

  Borgata Ottavia, Rome

For his third appointment of the ‘School of Prayer’ preparing for the 2025 Jubilee, Pope Francis meets an unsuspecting group of about 30 families in a Roman condominium garage from a parish in the city’s western outskirts, and acknowledges that while fighting is normal, to try to make amends.

This time the venue was not a parish hall or theater, but rather a condominium garage with a gravel floor, brick walls, trees and ivy all around, with shutters hiding parked cars and residents peering from balconies… Read more »

Pope at Audience: The Holy Spirit makes us truly free

  St Peter's Square, the Vatican

Cycle of Catechesis. The Spirit and the Bride. The Holy Spirit guides. the people of God towards Jesus our hope. 2. “The wind blows where it wishes”. Where there is the Spirit of God, there is freedom

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

In today’s catechesis, I would like to reflect with you on the name by which the Holy Spirit is called in the Bible… Read more »

Pope at Angelus: “Jesus made a gift of His entire life”

  St Peter's Square, the Vatican

Dear brothers and sisters, happy Sunday!

Today, in Italy and in other countries, we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Domini. The Gospel of the liturgy today tells us about the Last Supper (Mk 14:12-26), during which the Lord performs a gesture of handing over: in fact, in the broken bread and in the chalice offered to the disciples, it is He who gives Himself for all humanity, and offers Himself for the life of the world… Read more »

Pope at Audience: The Holy Spirit guides God’s people towards Jesus our hope

  St Peter's Square, the Vatican

Cycle of Catechesis. The Spirit and the Bride. The Holy Spirit guides. the people of God towards Jesus our hope. 1. The Spirit of God was hovering over the waters

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Today, with this catechesis we begin a cycle of reflections with the theme ‘The Holy Spirit and the Bride” – the bride is the Church – “The Holy Spirit guides God’s people towards Jesus our hope’… Read more »