Critical need by 8/31:   $10,000 to cover a crippling immediate shortfall.   $5,340 to go.   Please help now!
Click here to advertise on

At weekly audience, Pope speaks about Holy Spirit

Catholic World News - May 08, 2013

At his regular weekly public audience on May 8, Pope Francis continued his series of talks on the Creed, focusing on the line: “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life.”

The Easter season, leading up to Pentecost, is the ideal time to consider the activity of the Holy Spirit, the Pontiff told the 75,000 people who gathered for his Wednesday audience. “Jesus has come to give us the living water that is the Holy Spirit.” After reflecting on all the different ways in which water nourishes life, the Pope said that the Holy Spirit “abides in us, purifies us, enlightens us, renews us, and transforms us.”

“This is the precious gift that that the Holy Spirit brings to our hearts: the very life of God, the life of true children, a relationship of confidence, freedom, and trust in the love and mercy of God,” the Pope said.

After his catechetical address, the Pope offered greetings to some of the groups that were present at the audiences, including the families of new members of the Swiss Guards. He called attention to a special prayer session that would take place that day at the Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary in Pompei, Italy, praising it as “an act of popular piety and devotion.”

The Pope also noted the feast day of Our Lady of Lujan, the patron of his native Argentina. “Let’s hear some applause for the Virgin of Lujan,” the Pope said. “Louder! I can’t hear it! Louder!”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($15,654 to go):
$35,000.00 $19,346.18
45% 55%
Sound Off! supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: John J Plick - May. 09, 2013 11:26 PM ET USA

    "We need to reach out to our 'unchurched' brothers and sisters and feed them with the Word of God." And God will help anyone who wishes to do this..., for He has given us this Pope... JP

  • Posted by: chady - May. 09, 2013 6:50 AM ET USA

    We have risen with Christ from the tomb. The stone has been rolled away. There is now no obstruction. Additionally he has promised us the Holy Spirit to help,guide us and bring us to maturity - he said he would not leave us orphans. More of us in the Catholic Church need to follow the example of our Apostolic Fathers and leave the cosy and supposed safety of the 'upper room'. We need to reach out to our 'unchurched' brothers and sisters and feed them with the Word of God.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on

Recent Catholic Commentary

Church Fathers: The Third Century and the School of Alexandria 13 hours ago
Every Aspect of the Catholic Thing August 28
News Posturing: How the dramatis personae use each other August 28
The intractable practical problems with the Kasper proposal August 28
No, the Pope did not endorse a gay-friendly children's book August 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: welcome with compassion those who have remarried outside the Church CWN - August 5