Prayer and the health crisis also return in the catecheses of the general audiences of the year 2020. The Pope dedicates an entire cycle to prayer that begins on May 6 and resumes on October 7. "Prayer is the breath of faith," "it is its most appropriate expression. Like a cry that comes from the hearts of those who believe and trust in God," the Pope teaches.
On the theme of "Healing the World," the Supreme Pontiff has been reflecting since August, recalling in particular, on Wednesday the 19th, the importance of universal access to vaccines. "How sad it would be to give priority to the richest! How sad it would be if this vaccine became the property of this or that nation and was not universal and for all".
A third cycle of catechesis, from January to the end of April, is instead devoted to the Beatitudes. Until December 31, there are 46 general audiences this year. They have been held in various places, depending on the more or less alarming health situation: St. Peter's Square hosted only one, on February 26, Ash Wednesday, while the other audiences were held in Paul VI Hall, in the Courtyard of St. Damascus or live from the Library of the Apostolic Palace, without the physical presence of the faithful.