“I cannot imagine Pope Francis wanting to prevent democratic decisions” on future of Church, says president of Central Committee of German Catholics after pontiff’s controversial remarks at Wednesday General Audience
At the General Audience: The Church is not a “market”, a “new business”, a “political party” or a “human society”: “The Church is the work of the Holy Spirit”
“There is no better way to pray than in openness to God: ‘Lord, what You want, when You want, and how You want'”, encourages Francis in catechesis
Francis expresses “closeness” to survivors day after publication of bombshell Vatican dossier on abuser former cardinal and ex-Archbishop of Washington
Livestreaming catechesis once again, Francis calls on Catholics to “be very attentive to the prescriptions of the authorities to defend ourselves against this pandemic”
Pontiff says he shares in suffering for the at least six children “barbarically killed” in an attack on a school. “May God enlighten hearts” to bring peace and silence weapons, he prays
“Not to recognise the human person as the image of God is a sacrilege, an abomination, the worst offence”, alerts Francis
“Before God we are not strangers, or numbers. We are faces and hearts, known one by one, by name”, Pope stresses in catechesis
In his General Audience today, Pope Francis warned against narcissistic piety, cautioning that “prayer is not about locking oneself up with the Lord to make one’s soul appear beautiful: no, this is not prayer, this is false prayer”. Rather, “the proof of prayer is the real love of one’s neighbour”, the pontiff insisted.
In his Wednesday General Audience today, Pope Francis hit out at what he called the “false prophets” of “trickle-down” economics, lamenting that “the glass grows and grows and never overflows to the poor”. “We must be careful”, he warned.
In his catechesis at the General Audience today, Pope Francis deplored that multinationals and Big Pharma have the ear of government more than the people and healthcare workers.
“Those who live to exploit nature end up exploiting people and treating them like slaves”, Pope Francis warned today in his Wednesday General Audience, insisting that contemplation of and care for the environment are “two attitudes that show the way to correct and rebalance our relationship as human beings with creation”.
At his Wednesday General Audience today, Pope Francis denounced the “partisan interests” and the “devotees of Pontius Pilate” derailing the post-COVID-19 social recovery.
In his Wednesday General Audience today, Pope Francis called for “antibodies” of solidarity to heal “systems of injustice” and “oppression”, and warned that “solidarity today is the road to take towards a post-pandemic world, towards the healing of our interpersonal and social sicknesses”.
The Vatican announced on Wednesday that as of September 2 Pope Francis’ Wednesday General Audiences will once again take place with the participation of the faithful.
In his catechesis today at the General Audience, Pope Francis deplored this “sick” economy, “the fruit of unequal growth that disregards fundamental human values”.
In his Wednesday General Audience today, Pope Francis pleaded for a cure to the “virus” of “social injustice, inequality of opportunity, marginalisation and the lack of protection for the weakest”.
“If we do not take care of one another, starting with the least, we cannot heal the world”, Pope Francis implored today in his Wednesday General Audience.
Resuming his weekly Wednesday General Audience today after a summer break, and beginning a new cycle of catechesis on the Church’s social doctrine, Pope Francis called for a “creative and renewed spirit” to “transform the roots of our physical, spiritual and social infirmities”.
In his greetings to the Spanish-speaking faithful at this morning’s General Audience, Pope Francis prayed for “strength and support” for Mexicans after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck the country’s Pacific coast June 23, killing at least six and seriously injuring dozens more.
In this Wednesday’s General Audience, Pope Francis praised the “upright conscience enlightened by the Word of God” of a Portuguese diplomat who saved Jews and other minorities during World War II.
“We are all responsible” for child labour, Pope Francis warned this morning in the General Audience, launching an appeal ahead of the world day against this scourge June 12 that institutions “protect minors” by “filling the economic and social gaps” that see them fall into “slavery and confinement”.
In the General Audience today, Pope Francis deplored the “sin” of the murder by US police of unarmed black man George Floyd, insisting that in the Church “we cannot tolerate racism and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life”.
In the General Audience Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his cycle of catechesis on prayer, turning his thoughts to the prayer of the just.
In today’s General Audience, the Pope deplored the plight of farm workers – among them “many migrants” – who are “harshly exploited” in the Italian countryside.
“We have no future if we destroy the very environment that sustains us”, Pope Francis warned general audience today, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.