ROME, 17-05-2017 ROME, 17-05-2017 LIVE: General Audience with Pope Francis May 17, 2017. It begins at 9:45 a.m., Rome local time. Pope at General Audience: Mary Magdalen as a symbol of Christian hope May 17, 2017. He said that just as God helped Mary Magdalen when she was suffering, He helps everyone. Pope Francis: “God is moved by our sadness and disappointment, and says our name” May 17, 2017. He explained the impact of Resurrection in everyday life.