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Monday, August 4, 2014
In Pope News for today, Pope Francis sent message to European Scouts to follow Jesus in their lives. And here’s a link to the message itself on the scout website!
And today, Pope Francis sent condolences and message of his prayers to the Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia, regarding the passing of Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy, Archbishop Emeritus of Sydney.
Admittedly, I’m a bit new to all of the Pope Francis News that could be found (mostly in English), and still learning all of the various news avenues to look every day, and I happen to miss two stories from the last week or so: one is about Pope Francis going for a walk to the dentist and back and chatting with children and others along the way (I love it!). Another story was of Pope Francis having a mass for the spouse, of a Vatican Museum worker, who had drowned at sea.
And that’s the news for the day.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Today, Pope Francis marked the Feast of St. Peter Faber with a Mass.
And Pope Francis sent a tweet, today:
When we do not adore God, we adore something else. Money and power are false idols which often take the place of God.
Yes indeed, for those saved in Christ, trusting in God is the only real way to go.
More photos come out from Pope Francis’ dinner with the Jesuits. He is so jolly in the pictures! I love it! And more details came out about the dinner on the CNS site, too.
And in the news, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Florentino Galang Lavarias as the new Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Fernando, in Mabalacat City in the Philippines. And, and by the article, it appears that lots of people are really super happy with this.
Pope Francis is soooo good!
Friday, August 1, 2014
The biggest news right now: Yesterday, Pope Francis made a surprise visit to a Jesuit dinner celebrating the Feast of Saint Ignatius.
I haven’t really covered many of Pope Francis’ tweets, but I’ll work on being on that a bit more. Also yesterday, Pope Francis tweeted:
“May each family rediscover family prayer, which helps to bring about mutual understanding and forgiveness.”
So super cool. Family prayer in general is something that can heal and keep families strong together. And in the larger family of Christians, too. :) I love Pope Francis!
Out and about, there are also some interesting Pope Francis-related articles abounding:
• Pope Francis’ perspectives on why people might not always seem to follow God
• How Pope Francis and Benedict have influenced a growing prominence of women and laypeople in general in the Roman Catholic church
• And though I’m not a big follower of the Roman Catholic blogosphere, it appears that Pope Francis’ influence has been interpreted many ways out in the blogosphere.
And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!
Thursday, July 31, 2014
In the past day or so, lots of Pope Francis news abounds!
Pope Francis sent thank you notes to a 14-year-old girl, Nicole, and to her mother, Marie Kane, in Ireland. The mother was one of six survivors of sexual abuse who met with the Pope in early July. That day, she passed along a note from her daughter to Pope Francis expressing her disappointment in the church. After receiving the thank you letters this week, the mother expressed, “There’s a lot of hope in this house at the moment, that he is going to change things.” I love Pope Francis!!!!
Also yesterday, Pope Francis gave final rites and farewell at the funeral Mass for Archpriest Emeritus of St. Peter's Basilica, Cardinal Francesco Marchisano, who passed away last Sunday. As well, earlier this week, shortly after hearing the news of the passing, Pope Francis also sent a telegram expressing condolences.
I’d already shared a link in one of my earlier posts which summarized Pope Francis’ dialogue with the priests at Caserta, well, the entire dialogue with the priests in Caserta is now translated into English (thank you Zenit!).
Details were also released of Pope Francis’ planned visit to Albania’s capital, Tirana, on September 21st.
Around the Vatican, through the inspiration of God, Pope Francis is directing the courses! The Vatican itself is taking the Pope’s message to the world by issuing Pope Francis’ pleas for peace “to all embassies of countries it has diplomatic relations with, urging ambassadors to work for peace.”
Also, two days ago, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences held a conference at the Vatican “to mark the World Day Against Trafficking.” Providing direction to the academy, Pope Francis has “deemed it important that the pontifical academy should focus on [the ending of] human trafficking.” This is excellent and pleasing work which Pope Francis is directing.
And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day! :)
Monday, July 28, 2014
Yesterday, Pope Francis delivered the Sunday Angelus address, all about finding the kingdom of God in our lives. As well, there is an excellent overview article about Pope Francis’ interaction with priests at Caserta.
Commentary on the Angelus Address:
In the Angelus address this week, Pope Francis said, “Everything makes sense when you find this treasure, which Jesus called "the Kingdom of God," that is, God reigning in your life, in our lives.”
There is so much in the scriptures on the kingdom of God. It is a great treasure, Jesus went about the lands telling people that the kingdom had arrived and showed forth many miracles of the kingdom, and he told his followers that the kingdom was also in their hearts.
Giving up everything else for the kingdom of God is really allowing God to be at the helm instead of trying to do it all yourself. When you’d like some rain, say, “God opens up the heavens and pours out water.” The next thing you know, there’s thunder and lightening and rain, and people around you are telling you, “Lightening has opened up the sky and given us rain!” You know it’s the kingdom of God alive and working in your life.
Trust not in the arm of flesh, “but seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” – Matthew 6:33.
Pope Francis also said, “Read the Gospel, read the Gospel. .... Read a passage of the Gospel every day. Also carry a small copy of the Gospel... in your pocket, in your handbag – have one at hand.... And there, reading a passage, we find Jesus.”
Study, know, and speak God’s word in the Bible, walk out into the wilderness of faith, letting go of everything you think is right and wrong — and God shows you the kingdom.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
In the past day, Pope Francis has gone to Caserta, Italy, where he met with lots of people there, celebrated Mass, and delivered a gorgeous homily!!! which included some beautiful commentary about St. Anne, the patron saint of Caserta.
Today I’ve also found quite an array of new opinion pieces, some with some good historical background presented in many of them:
• The present relationship between the Roman Catholic Church, Evangelical Christians and Pope Francis
• Pope Francis bonding with “Sleazy Televangelists”
• Pope Francis’ new economics in the world today
• How Pope Francis is on the front lines of faith
• Is the Pope Helping Christians in the Middle East?
There are obviously a lot of opinions about Pope Francis floating around, but one thing is for sure: Pope Francis is a really, really good man, one of God’s servants, and one who God’s protection penetrates and surrounds, to cause to help fully reveal God’s New Heaven and the New Earth, the New Jerusalem, here unto this very world.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
In so far as visits in the physical presence of Pope Francis, probably the biggest news of the last day or two, was that Pope Francis had lunch in a Vatican staff cafeteria where he ate with the regular working-folk of the city. A Pope for the people!! Also, a new interview with Pope Francis is scheduled to appear this weekend in a leading Argentine magazine.
In so far as messages exchanged:
• To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the shrine of St. Pantaleon, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis sent a message to the people at the shrine, expressing a prayer for the shrine and his recollections visiting there himself.
• Pope Francis sent a message of condolence to the families of victims killed in the plane crash of Air Algérie Flight 5017 in north Africa, and to families of victims of the crash of Flight GE222 in Taiwan.
• The director of Caritas Jerusalem, Fr. Raed Abusahlia, sent message to Pope Francis asking for him to hold a prayer vigil for the Holy Land.
In the telephone department, Pope Francis spoke on the phone with Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako about improving the situation in Iraq.
From around the globe, people are talking to Pope Francis and they’re working to get God into the equation, and to drop the bits of the equation that are not working good with God.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Part of my inspiration for starting this blog was because I saw the Pope on YouTube through the Kenneth Copeland Ministries. When I watched that video, I knew even more that really good things were happening, and I got excited about it.
Well, the individual who filmed the video, Bishop Tony Palmer, passed away a few days ago and Pope Francis has conveyed a message to his widow. Bishop Palmer helped to build a lot of bridges between the Roman Catholic Church and Evangelical Christians, having numerous meetings with the Pope to build those bridges, even before he became the Pope. And the work continues — bringing all people, united for and with God.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
In the news today on Pope Francis:
Pope Francis met with Meriam Ibrahim. Ibrahim had converted from Islam to Christianity, married a Christian man, and was expecting. In the nation of Sudan, she was accused of apostasy and sentenced to death, and while imprisoned and in shackles there, gave birth to a baby. She has now been freed and has just met with the Pope!
Archbishop Charles Brown also met with Pope Francis in the Vatican and update him on the church in Ireland.
Also in the news today, Pope Francis appointed some new consultors to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Checking out the group’s description page on the Vatican website — it promotes ecumenical theological dialogue and gatherings across the globe. Good stuff. I’m pretty new to learning about so many of the good things that the Vatican does. It is impressive!!!!
As well, the Pope’s travel plans for his Asia trip next month were also announced, which include meeting the K-pop star BoA.
And there’s an interesting article titled, “A Pope and an Atheist Sit Down for a Chat.” Check it out! Pope Francis in dialogue with atheists, too!
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
For today’s headlines on Pope Francis:
The Pope's released plans for his trip on Sunday to the Italian city of Caserta. I adored that Pope Francis speaking with Vatican Radio said, ‘that although 9 days is not long to prepare for a papal visit, the people of the diocese will welcome the Holy Father with joy and gratitude.’ I love the Pope!!!!
This reminds me of an article & youtube I just saw about Pope Francis stopping his motorcade through the country to greet some people in the Italian countryside. Watching the video, Pope Francis is truly one of God’s greatest gifts to our planet.
Pope Francis has also just released a message in remembrance of the bombing of the AMIA centre (an Israeli community-center) in Buenos Aires twenty years ago, in which eighty-five people perished. The text of the message he released is beautiful. Pope Francis – mending the world.
Elsewhere on the web, I found a brief article of a comparison of Pope Francis with St. Francis of Assisi, by the author of “Francis of Rome & Francis of Assisi: A New Springtime for the Church.” Pretty interesting.
Out on the blogs, there’s a great message by Pope Francis to Anglicans, that they are very welcome among the Roman Catholics. Anglicans are super related to Roman Catholics, they’re all under the umbrella of “catholic.” Even the article states, “Anglicans have a true home in the Catholic Church.” Pope Francis reaching out to Anglicans is yet another gesture of ‘We are all part of the body of Christ.’
Among those seeking help from Pope Francis, Mayor de Blasio of New York City met with the Vatican Secretary of State for advice on immigration issues in his city, and to offer to welcome Pope Francis there if he makes a visit to them of their city. People know that Pope Francis is one of the go-to people when it comes to getting everything ship-shape here in the new heaven and the new earth, here in the New Jerusalem.
And in Nigeria, a group there has sent a petition to Pope Francis to help them to bring to a close the bloodshed against Christians there.
Globally, there appears to be a lot of Christian-Muslim-Jewish bloodshed in the news — let it all come to a close, and those chapters and their like, never find opening again.
Pope Francis continues to reach out and the people are reaching out to him.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
One thing that is so impressive to me about the Pope Francis is that he is communicative. He goes to the people and talks with them, he sends individual messages to lots of people around the world, and he even telephones lots of people, too. I was listening to a radio show the other day and they mentioned that when people write to Pope Francis, in a lot of instances he’s been actually calling lay-people up and talking to them. And some are calling him the “Cold Calling Pope”.
In the last week though, Pope Francis has made lots of communicative gestures, such as not only speaking with a priest in Gaza, but other gestures as well:
• The Pope communicating with a life-encouraging fundraiser in the British Isles
• The Pope communicating with prisoners, leaders, and other people to reduce the numbers of people in prisons
• The Pope praying for those that died in Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17
• The Pope speaking with a Christian leader from Iraq about subsiding the bloodshed there
Pope Francis, God’s servant on the earth, communicating, and bringing peace to the world and the universe!!!!
Monday, July 21, 2014
Wow. This is my first entry on this blog! I’m giving this blogging thing a good go and I’ll see how goes, for at least a year. I’ll see how I like it, and then either continue, or give up the blog here — but, for at least a year. Right now, the new heaven and the new earth have arrived, and people are truly learning to live together in it. Pope Francis is central in it all as a leader to help people learn to live in it together.
The latest news to come down the pike, in so far as Pope Francis goes, on Friday the Pope telephoned two of the main leaders of the Israelis and Palestinians, urging them both to end the conflict and foster peace in the region. There’s a Star Trek Voyager episode, I don’t recall which one, but two of the crew people were in a personal conflict and the captain needed the crew to all perform well in a difficult circumstance, she looked them each in the eyes, told them, we don’t have time for conflict, and said simply and firmly the words, “Work it out!” – meaning, fix your conflict quick between the two of you, and lets get on with what is before us. Cool stuff. So, let it be worked out!
As well, Pope Francis has also been in contact with an Argentine parish priest in Gaza through whom he conveyed message to the people there, and it is now spoken that “Pope Francis’ message ha[s] given Christians in Gaza fresh courage and hope.”
In other news, Pope Francis gave a gave a sermon in the past day or so on separating the wheat from the tares. For a great complement sidedish to this, check Gloria Copeland and George Pearson’s series, “How to Reap Your Harvest,” part 1 and part 2.
And speaking of Kenneth Copeland Ministries, one of the reasons I decided to start a blog on Pope Francis is because I saw a message on YouTube by Pope Francis to Kenneth Copeland Ministries — a ministry which God’s hand of protection surrounds and is massively cultivating and growing. Kenneth Copeland Ministries gets it. Those people know Jesus Christ, they have the keys to the kingdom of God, they’re taking people to the doors within the kingdom, and helping them through. If you’re not following them, you should be. God is with them and they are unstoppable in so far helping the people of earth and the larger universe to get acclimated to God’s kingdom being here now.
Then, after the Pope reached out to them with that message of connection to them, at the end of June of this year, at the Pope’s invitation, a group of evangelical ministers, including Kenneth Copeland himself made a pilgrimage to the Vatican and visited the Pope himself to aid in uniting the faiths in the kingdom:
“That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.” – John 17:21
And so, reading and hearing these tales of such really really good things happening in the world, got me interested in blogging about it all.
And that’s about it for a first blog entry. The Pope is making the rounds and calling in the harvest. People are coming together in God’s name and the conflicts of so many ages are coming forever to a close.