Wednesday Audience

A collection of the Pope’s Wednesday Audiences.

Pope at Audience: we are called to live the fullness of life

CNS photo/Vatican Media Pope Francis marks the 25th anniversary of Saint John Paul II’s Encyclical, Evangelium vitae, confirming that the fight to preserve human life and dignity is more important than ever. March 25, 2020 March 25 marks both the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord and the 25th anniversary of Evangelium vitae. [...]

Pope at Audience: Make mercy the air you breathe

Pope Francis during his General Audience (AFP or licensors) During his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis re-calls “Mercy” as the first theme he chose to discuss as Pope, adding that as the new Bishop of Rome, he felt its message had to be transmitted. March 18, 2020  The fifth beatitude, began Pope Francis, [...]

Pope at Audience: Every human person has a thirst for God

CNS photo/Vatican Media At his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis thanks all those working to respond to the coronavirus emergency. In his catechesis, the Pope explains the fourth beatitude: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied”. March 11, 2020 Pope Francis on Wednesday held his first [...]

Pope at Audience: ‘disconnect from TV, smart phones and connect to the Gospel in Lent’

  CNS photo/Paul Haring Pope Francis holds the General Audience in St. Peter’s Square on Ash Wednesday, reflecting on how the coming forty days are a good time to make room for the Word of God in our lives. February 26, 2020 “Lent,” Pope Francis said to some 12,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s [...]

Pope at Audience: Meekness unites us, anger drives us apart

CNS/Paul Haring At the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on Jesus’ invitation to meekness in the third Beatitude and urges Christians to be people of mercy and hope. February 19, 2020 Turning his attention to the third Beatitude of Matthew’s Gospel – “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” – [...]

Pope at Audience: Sorrow is rooted in love for God

CNS photo/Paul Haring Pope Francis during his weekly General Audience in the Paul VI hall, reflects on the second Beatitude: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”, and he explains that there are two types of sorrow. February 12, 2020 The Pope continued his journey through the Beatitudes on Wednesday reflecting [...]

Pope at Audience: Being poor in spirit is true freedom

CNS/Paul Haring Pope Francis reflects on the Beatitude “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” as he continues his catechesis on the Beatitudes during the weekly General Audience. February 5, 2020 In his catechesis on the first Beatitude — “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is [...]

Pope at Audience: the Beatitudes are a message for humanity

CNS photo/Paul Haring Inaugurating a new cycle of catechesis dedicated to the Beatitudes, Pope Francis reflects on Jesus’ invitation to conduct a life of humility, poverty, and mercy. January 29, 2020 Pope Francis said that in order to give Himself to us, God often chooses "unthinkable" paths that point us beyond our “limitations, tears, [...]

Pope at Audience: Give migrants the same hospitality St Paul received

CNS photo/Vatican Media Dedicating his Catechesis to “hospitality” - the theme of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Pope Francis urges the faithful to be like the people of Malta, who welcomed and accepted St Paul and his companions in their moment of difficulty, as they were shipwrecked on the island. [...]

Pope at Audience: Even if Church is persecuted, it never tires of welcoming

  CNS photo/Paul Haring Pope Francis, concluding his catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles tells pilgrims that even if the Church is persecuted and chained, it never tires of welcoming with a motherly heart. Joining pilgrims in the Paul VI hall on Wednesday, Pope Francis concluded his catechesis on the Acts of the [...]

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