General Audience

Pope at General Audience: ‘Commandments open heart to God’

In his catechesis at the General Audience, Pope Francis says the Ten Commandments help us open our hearts to receive the mercy of God and to show compassion to others. Pope Francis turned his attention to the Ninth and Tenth Commandments at the Wednesday General Audience. The Holy Father said the injunctions – “You shall not [...]

Pope on Bible: No other book has same power to transform lives

Before the General Audience on Wednesday Pope Francis greeted a delegation from the American Bible Society in the Paul VI complex. Transform lives through God’s word  The American Bible Society’s mission statement is “to transform lives through God’s word” and in his greetings to members of the society in the Vatican on Wednesday, Pope Francis encouraged [...]

“Christians turn our gaze to Christ crucified”

Pope at Audience: Christians turn our gaze to Christ crucified At his General Audience, Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the Ten Commandments, this week once again reflecting on the topic of idolatry. Pope Francis continued his meditation on the Ten Commandments at Wednesday’s General Audience, focusing on the theme of idolatry. He took his cue [...]

Love Incompatible with Idolatry

Pope at General Audience: 'Love incompatible with idolatry’ In his continued catechesis on the Ten Commandments at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis warns against the temptation to idolatry present in modern society, saying the true God teaches us to love. "Dear brothers and sisters: As we resume our catechesis on the Ten Commandments, we now [...]

General Wednesday Audience August 1st

Dear Brothers and Sisters Good morning! We have heard the first commandment of the Decalogue: “You shall have no other Gods before me” (Ex 20:3). It is good to pause on the theme of idolatry which is significant and timely. The commandment bans us from setting up idols or images of any kind of reality. Indeed, [...]

‘We are called to be gifts for others’

Pope Francis dedicated his catechesis on Wednesday to the Sacrament of Confirmation, a gift – he said – that in turn enables us to become a gift for others. Pope Francis urged Christians who receive the many gifts of the Holy Spirit to give back to others, and not to keep those gifts only for themselves “as [...]

‘Let yourselves be shaped by the Spirit’

Pope Francis dedicated his catechesis on Wednesday to the Sacrament of Confirmation and thanked a group of athletes from the Korean peninsula for their message of peace. Pope Francis has reminded believers that Confirmation is an “undeserved gift” to be welcomed with gratitude, safeguarded with care and lived with docility allowing oneself to be shaped and moulded by the [...]

‘Without the Holy Spirit we are nothing’

During the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis prayed for war ravaged eastern Ukraine and reflected on the Sacrament of Confirmation. "Only the Spirit of Christ can make us "salt that gives taste" and "light that illuminates the world" said Pope Francis during his catechesis on Wednesday morning. He was speaking to the pilgrims gathered in [...]

The Pope invites the faithful to open their ears and their hearts to God’s Word

During his catechesis at the weekly General Audience Pope Francis told those present that Christians need to be constantly open to and challenged by the Word of God. Pope Francis invited the faithful to place themselves in silent openness to God’s saving message as it resounds in the ecclesial assembly and is a fundamental aspect of God’s [...]

Liturgy a true school of prayer

Pope Francis greets thousands of pilgrims for the General Audience telling them that the liturgy is a true school of prayer Pope Francis on Wednesday continued his catechesis on the Holy Eucharist during his General Audience, focusing his attention on the Gloria and the opening prayer of the Mass. Speaking to the estimated 7 thousand pilgrims and [...]

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