A collection of the Pope’s Wednesday Audiences.

Pope at Audience: God transforms our sinful lives to make us missionaries

(CNS photo/Vatican Media) June 30, 2021 At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the Letter of St. Paul to the Galatians, and says God’s grace turned sinful Saul into the Apostle to the Gentiles. By Devin Watkins Pope Francis held the Wednesday General Audience in the San Damaso Courtyard, and continued his [...]

Pope at Audience: Evangelization requires us to follow unexpected paths

  (CNS photo/Paul Haring) June 23, 2021 At the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis starts a new cycle of catechesis on themes from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians, highlighting the problems faced by the Christian communities in Galatia. By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ Pope Francis began a new cycle of catechesis at [...]

Pope at Audience: On the Cross, Jesus prayed for each of us

(CNS photo/Paul Haring) June 16, 2021 At the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis concludes a long series of catechetical lessons on “prayer,” focusing on the priestly prayer of Jesus. By Christopher Wells As he concluded his catechetical cycle on prayer – which began over a year ago, in May 2020 – Pope Francis [...]

Pope: Prayer, life, faith keep flame of Christian life alight

(CNS photo/Paul Haring) June 9, 2021 In his penultimate catechesis on prayer, Pope Francis emphasises the relationship between constant prayer, faith, and daily life. By Christopher Wells For more than a year – beginning in May 2020 – Pope Francis has offered an ongoing cycle of teaching on “prayer” during his weekly General Audience. [...]

Pope to priests: Be “shepherds with ‘the smell of the sheep'”

(CNS photo/Vatican Media) June 7, 2021 Pope Francis on Monday meets with a group of French priests pursuing higher ecclesiastical studies in Rome, and speaks to them about their future pastoral work and their community witness. By Robin Gomes Pope Francis on Monday recalled a favourite imagery of a pastor, urging that priests be [...]

Pope at Audience: Jesus the model of prayer for His disciples

(CNS photo/Vatican Media) June 2, 2021 Pope Francis continues his catechesis on Christian prayer at the Wednesday General Audience, and explains that prayer was fundamental in Jesus’ relationship with His disciples. By Robin Gomes Pope Francis picked out a few examples from the Gospel to explain that prayer was fundamental in Jesus’ relationship with [...]

Pope at Audience: Your prayers are being heard, do not give up

(CNS photo/Paul Haring) May 26, 2021 Pope Francis continues his cycle of catechesis dedicated to Christian prayer during his Wednesday General Audience, reflecting on how at times it would seem that prayers are not responded to, but that no matter how long it takes, they are always heard. By Vatican News staff writer "There [...]

Overcoming difficulties in prayer: Pope at General Audience

Overcoming difficulties in prayer: Pope at General Audience Wednesday, May 19, 2021 Speaking at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis identified three difficulties we often experience in prayer: distraction; feelings of dryness or barrenness; and “acedia,” a certain listlessness in prayer. Distractions Distraction is a common experience, not only in prayer but in all we do. [...]

Pope at General Audience: ‘Jesus is with us at all times although we may not know it’

(CNS photo/Paul Haring) May 12, 2021 Pope Francis continues his cycle of catechesis dedicated to Christian prayer during the weekly General Audience reflecting on how prayer is sometimes hard and on how many great Christian figures struggled to overcome discouragement and crisis in times of trial. By Linda Bordoni “Christian prayer, like all Christian [...]

Pope at Audience: Contemplative prayer ‘a guide along path of love’

(CNS photo/Vatican Media) May 5, 2021 At the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis focuses his catechesis on contemplative prayer, and says contemplation helps guide us in following Jesus along the path of love. By Devin Watkins Continuing his catechesis on Christian prayer at the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflected on contemplative prayer. He [...]

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