General Audience

‘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 [...]

Penitential rite prepares us for Eucharist

At his first General Audience of the new year, Pope Francis talks about the importance of the penitential rite in preparation for the Holy Eucharist Greeting pilgrims and visitors gathered in the Paul VI Hall on Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his reflections on the celebration of the Eucharist, focusing on the penitential rite which helps us [...]

God’s gift of Jesus at Christmas

During his General Audience of 27 Dec., Pope Francis urged Christians to make Jesus the center of all ‎celebrations and gift themselves to others, especially the marginalized. ‎ Pope Francis held his General Audience of Wednesday during Christmas week, stressing that the celebration of the birth of Jesus is a sign of our gratitude for the Father’s [...]

Mass is an encounter of love with Christ

Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Holy Mass at Wednesday's General Audience, beginning a series of reflections on the various parts of the Mass with a consideration of the introductory rites. At his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Holy Mass, beginning a series of reflections on the various parts of the liturgy. [...]

Pope tells Christians that Mass gives meaning to Sundays

Pope Francis told the faithful on Wednesday that missing out on Mass on Sundays means missing out an encounter with the Lord. Speaking to those present in the Paul VI Hall for the weekly General Audience, the Pope reflected on the question: “why go to Mass on Sunday?” Continuing his catechesis on the Eucharist Pope Francis reminded Christians that we [...]

Pope at General Audience: English Summary

Pope Francis before his General Audience on Wednesday, greeted a Palestinian delegation hosted by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Speaking to those gathered, the Pope told them that it was his hope “that your consultations may help to open a space of sincere dialogue for the benefit of all the members of Palestinian society, and [...]

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