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Pope Francis: 'You, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm'

Mar 28, 2020 - 3:38 PM

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' homily at his Extraordinary 'Urbi et Orbi' to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic

URBI ET ORBI. Pope Francis gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing after presiding over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter's Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the facade of the Church, on March 27, 2020 at the Vatican. Photo by Yara Nardi/Pool/AFP

Pope Francis faces coronavirus 'tempest' alone in St Peter's Square

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:49 AM

'We were not shaken awake by wars or injustice across the world, nor did we listen to the cry of the poor or of our ailing planet. We carried on regardless, thinking we would stay healthy in a world that was sick.'

TEMPEST. A general view shows Pope Francis (center) presiding over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church on March 27, 2020 at St. Peter's Square the Vatican. Photo by Yara Nardi/Pool/AFP

FULL TEXT: Pope Francis' Christmas 2017 message

Dec 25, 2017 - 8:46 PM

On Christmas Day, Pope Francis prays for peace and urges the world to see Jesus in the faces of little children caught in the middle of war

Pope Francis (C) waves from the balcony of St Peter's basilica during the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" Christmas address and blessing given to the city of Rome and to the World, on December 25, 2017 at St Peter's square in Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / Andreas SOLARO

Pope seeks peace in Jerusalem, highlights plight of war-scarred children

Dec 25, 2017 - 8:01 PM

'We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians,' Pope Francis says in his 5th Urbi et Orbi message

Pope urges end to Syria 'horror' in Easter address

Apr 16, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The pontiff also speaks out against the hostilities and famine in South Sudan Sudan Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo

In this file photo, a Syrian man carries his two girls as he walks across the rubble following a barrel bomb attack on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 17, 2015. Karam al-Masri/AFP

In Christmas message, Pope Francis speaks out on conflicts, migrants

Dec 25, 2015 - 9:23 PM

The Pope asks God to repay all those both individuals and states who generously work to provide assistance and welcome migrants

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. Pope Francis speaks to the faithful during the traditional Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world) Christmas Day message and blessing from the central balcony of St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City, December 25, 2015. Alessandro di Meo/EPA

Pope Francis' Easter message: Be respectful, ready to help

Apr 05, 2015 - 8:58 PM

Christians should seek to live in service to one another not to be arrogant but rather respectful and ready to help

EASTER MESSAGE. Pope Francis greets the crowd from the central loggia of St Peters' basilica after the 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing for Rome and the world following the Easter Mass on April 5, 2015 in VaticanFILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP

Pope Christmas message, PH communists, Jordan pilot | The wRap

Dec 26, 2014 - 6:51 PM

Pope Francis says: “so many tears this Christmas Communists resume talks with the Philippine government Jordan vows to save its pilot held captive by ISIS

Pope Francis: 'So many tears this Christmas'

Dec 25, 2014 - 8:19 PM

UPDATED In his annual Christmas urbi et orbi message Pope Francis calls for an end to brutal religious persecution killings and hostage takings as well as violence against children

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. Pope Francis gives his traditional Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" blessing from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2014 at the Vatican. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

In Christmas message, Pope prays for PH

Dec 25, 2013 - 7:29 PM

2nd UPDATE In his Christmas message Francis also appeals for peace in conflict stricken countries including Syria South Sudan Israel and Palestine

URBI ET ORBI. Pope Francis delivers his traditional Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" blessing from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on December 26, 2013 at the Vatican. AFP / Filippo Monteforte

HIGHLIGHTS: Pope Francis' Christmas message

Dec 25, 2013 - 6:07 PM

Pope Francis delivers his first Christmas message addressing a world that reels from disaster and conflict

Pope prays for peace in Korean peninsula

Mar 31, 2013 - 6:38 PM

In his first Urbi et Orbi message Pope Francis prays for peace in the Korean peninsula Syria and other war torn areas