Pope Francis leads mid-morning prayer during his apostolic visit to the island nation.


Pope Francis addresses Madagascar’s authorities, representatives of the civil society and the diplomatic corps at the presidential palace in the capital, Antananarivo.


Pope Francis begins his apostolic visit to Madagascar.


Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Zimpeto soccer stadium in Maputo, Mozambique. He urged the congregation to put past conflicts behind them and shape the country’s future through reconciliation.


Pope Francis meets with the Mozambique's bishops, priests, seminarians and other religious leaders at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.


Pope Francis attends an inter-religious meeting with youth at the Maxaquene Pavilion in Maputo, Mozambique.


Pope Francis begins his first full day in Mozambique with a visit to the presidential palace. He met with Mozambique’s president, Filipe Nyusi and other authorities.


Pope Francis begins his apostolic visit to Africa. Upon his arrival, he was welcomed at this red-carpet ceremony at the Maputo Airport. He was greeted by Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi.


Angelus prayer with Pope Francis and the faithful in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican.


Pope Francis holds his Wednesday weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Square.


Pope Francis leads the faithful in praying the Angelus in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican.


In his weeekly general audience, Pope Francis greets trhe faithful in Saint Paul Hall at the Vatican.



Pope Francis address at his weekly general audience, Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on the “Our Father”, we now consider the penultimate invocation: “Lead us not into temptation”. Here our dialogue with God enters into the drama of the battle between our freedom and the snares of the evil one. It is not easy to accurately capture the exact meaning of the original Greek, but we can certainly say that God does not seek to put temptations in our way. Both tribulation and temptation, moreover, are mysteriously present even in the life of Jesus, and this experience makes him completely our brother. In the desert and in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus overcomes any temptation to abandon the Father’s will. When we in turn are tempted, we know that we are not alone: for Christ has already taken on himself the weight of our cross, calling us to carry it with him and to entrust ourselves to the Father’s faithful love.