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Prudence is focus of weekly papal audience

March 20, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: At his regular weekly public audience on March 20, Pope Francis continued his series of catechetical talks on the virtues, speaking about prudence.

Citing the words of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Pontiff said that prudence is “right reason in action.” Prudence is “not the virtue of the timorous person,” he insisted, but it “means that the action of man is in the hands of his intelligence and freedom.” At times, he added, prudence teaches that “the perfect is the enemy of the good.”

In what has become a familiar routine in recent weeks, the Pope’s prepared address was read by an aide. Pope Francis has been troubled by respiratory problems.

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