The Holy Father reflects on the gift of life and the God of Life.
Francis encourages the faithful to be open to the Holy Spirit and to the word of God.
Since he resigned from the papacy on Feb. 28, the former pope has been living at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.
Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syrian Orthodox Church and Archbishop Paul Yagizi of the Greek Orthodox Church were kidnapped April 22 near Aleppo, Syria.
Pope asks for prayers for the Church, that it ‘will continue to grow, unite, to walk in the fear of God and with the security of the Holy Spirit.’
Pope Francis said that believers must be ‘faithful to the Spirit, to proclaim Jesus with our lives, through our witness and our words.’
A Philadelphia-based charity presents Pope Francis with an $8.6-million donation, which he will be able to use during the coming year for his charitable activities.