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Outside of Ourselves with Generosity

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily on receiving those on the periphery of one’s life (more details, summary video).

Pope Francis had a new book released on Feb. 1st, 2016 titled Dear Pope Francis (purchase link, summary video) and today Pope Francis received in audience a group of children who had asked him questions for the book (summary video).

Additionally, Pope Francis received one audience, Cardinal Tiffany Parker, of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Outside of those, it was reported that he was a bit under the weather today and cancelled some of his scheduled meetings for the day.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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For The Land Is Mine

Today at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis held a General Audience and spoke on the topic of healing with God’s mercy the wounds of exploitation and undoing those exploitations (full text, full video, summary video). Additionally, he also received Cardinal Mario Aurelio Poli of Buenos Aires, Argentina. And in attendance at the General Audience was soccer star Ronaldo (summary video).

Pope Francis also made one appointment.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Come, Let Us Talk It Over

At Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily regarding living a Christian life (more details, summary video).

Also today he received one audience, and it was announced that through the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, Pope Francis donated $50,000 to victims of the magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Taiwan from a few weeks ago.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Love That Knows No Boundaries

This morning, for the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle and for the Jubilee of the Roman Curia, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and gave a homily on seeking after the lost sheep of God’s flock and showing “sign[s] of the love that knows no boundaries” (more details, full text, full video pt1, full video pt2, summary video).

Also today, Pope Francis received two audiences, including:

Ambassador of East Timor, Egas da Costa Freitas
Ambassador of Argentina, Rogelio Pfirter Francisco Emilio (summary video) and during the audience, a meeting between Pope Francis and the new president of Argentina was arranged for this coming Saturday (summary video)

Also today, Pope Francis made an appointment.

In Pope Francis related news:

In accordance with Pope Francis’ directives, restructuring of various Vatican communications departments is moving forward. As part of the changes, it was announced that Fr. Federico Lombardi is stepping down as director general of Vatican Radio, but not as director of the Holy See Press Office (more details).

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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The Harmony of a Common Faith

Today overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis delivered an Angelus Address regarding his latest journey to Mexico (full text, full video, summary video). Also in the address, he spoke of the potential to redeem all prisoners, and that they be better reintegrated in society. And concluding the address, Pope Francis had distributed to those in attendance, a dose of “spiritual medicine” or Misericordin in the form of small boxes containing a small Rosary and an image of the Merciful Jesus.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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The Living Expression Of God’s Mercy

Today at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis held a Jubilee General Audience and spoke regarding God’s commitment to us (full text, full video).

Today Pope Francis made one appointment.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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For the Dignity of Jesus

This morning at the Redemptoris Mater Chapel, Pope Francis attended the preacher to the Papal household Raniero Cantalamessa’s first Lenten sermon (full text).

Today Pope Francis received in audience Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue with Bishop Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot.

As well in the news today, the Society of Jesus in Mexico has published a brief video message by Pope Francis addressed to the Jesuit community in the country (full video). It was likely filmed the Mexico City nunciature the evening of Sun., Feb. 14th, 2016.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Pope Francis Returns From Mexico

Pope Francis spent a lot of today in the air, flying back from his latest apostolic journey to Mexico. While in the air, he held a press conference with journalist (extensive text, full text, more details, summary video 1, summary video 2). Also of note from the press conference, Pope Francis was asked regarding some criticism of Pope Francis by one U.S. politician, to which Pope Francis gave an answer. The U.S. politician then issued some responses (more and more details).

Upon landing in Rome, but before returning to the Vatican, Pope Francis made his usual stop at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major to offer thanks for the success of his journey.

Today Pope Francis also made several appointments (details in English).

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Pope Francis in Mexico – Day 6

This morning Pope Francis departed the Apostolic Nunciature in Mexico City and departed by plane for Ciudad Juárez. He arrived in the Abraham González International Airport in Ciudad Juárez at approximately 10 a.m. and was welcomed by the city’s Bishop José Guadalupe Torres Campos, some local dignitaries, and a large number of faithful. He then traveled by popemobile to the State Social Rehabilitation Center No. 3, a local prison. At the prison, he was welcomed by the facility’s director and relatives of some of the inmates. In the chapel of the Center, he was welcomed by staff and priests in charge of prison Ministry. Pope Francis gave them the gift of a crucifix for the Chapel and said a few words (full text). He then went to a courtyard of the Center where he met with 700 inmates there, and addressed them (more details, full text, alt trnsln, full video, summary video). Here are a couple of really good lines from this address:

The one who has suffered the greatest pain, and we could say “has experienced hell”, can become a prophet in society. Work so that this society which uses people and discards them will not go on claiming victims.

I ask you that... we broaden our hearts to be able to also forgive society, which didn’t know how to help us and which many times has pushed us, from the intimacy of the heart, that he [God] helps us to believe in his mercy.

Pope Francis also greeted a small orchestra made up of inmates who had performed for him, made his way among the inmates in a popemobile greeting them (summary video), and then departed by popemobile.

Pope Francis’ next stop was the School of Bachelors Sports Hall for an encounter with the about 3000 workers and entrepreneurs, he heard some of their testimonies and then addressed them (full text, full video, summary video). Concluding the meeting, he traveled by popemobile to the Diocesan Seminary of Ciudad Juárez.

Also while going between venues today in a helicopter, a group of volunteers stood together to make an image of Pope Francis which he saw from the air and waved (summary video).

After having lunch at the seminary, Pope Francis traveled by popemobile to the trade fair complex of Ciudad Juárez, located at the border fence between Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas in the U.S.  Pope Francis circled in the popemobile greeting the crowds and then went to a large wooden cross placed high on the border. At the cross, he stopped in silent prayer, laid a floral tribute, and blessed the faithful gathered (summary video). Next he went and presided over the celebration of Mass, and gave a homily on the prophet Jonah getting the city of Nineveh to follow God (full text, full video, summary video). I especially liked the following lines from the homily:

Let us together ask our God for the gift of conversion, the gift of tears, let us ask him to give us open hearts like the Ninevites, open to his call heard in the suffering faces of countless men and women. No more death! No more exploitation!

There is still time to change, there is still a way out and a chance, time to implore the mercy of God.

And just for context, here’s a bit of the story from right out of the Bible (Jonah 3:4-10 NLT):

On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!” The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow. When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes. He dressed himself in burlap and sat on a heap of ashes. Then the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city:

“No one, not even the animals from your herds and flocks, may eat or drink anything at all. People and animals alike must wear garments of mourning, and everyone must pray earnestly to God. They must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence. Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will change his mind and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.”

When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened.

Following Mass, Bishop José Guadalupe Torres Campos gave some words of thanks and Pope Francis delivered the farewell address for this apostolic journey to Mexico (full text).

Pope Francis then departed for the Abraham González International Airport. Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto held a farewell ceremony there (full video, summary video), after which at approximately 7:15 p.m. (local hour), Pope Francis departed Mexico for Rome. While in the air, he sent messages of greetings to Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto (full text) and to heads of state of other nations he flew over (full text). Also, here’s a nice video montage of the journey.

It was reported today that Pope Francis also sent message of condolences regarding the passing of U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali (full text).

Additionally today Pope Francis made an array of appointments, and sent a bunch of tweets:

The mercy of Jesus embraces everyone in every part of the world: open your hearts! (link)

Celebrating the Jubilee of Mercy means learning how to not remain prisoners of the past. It means believing things can be different. (link)

Dear prisoners, while you have experienced great pain, you can become prophets of a better society without violence and exclusion. (link)

All of us must struggle so that work can become a reality of humanization and a positive future. (link)

Earnings and capital are not more important than the human person, but should be at the service of the common good. (link)

Do not forget that the mercy of God is our shield and strength against injustice, destruction and oppression. (link)

Tears can generate a fracture which is able to open ourselves for conversion. (link)

I have felt welcomed and received with affection and hope by the Mexican people. Thank you for opening the doors to your lives. (link)

Thank you to Mexico and to all Mexicans. May the Lord and the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe accompany you always. (link)

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Pope Francis in Mexico – Day 5

Today Pope Francis traveled to the city of Morelia, capital of the Mexican state Michoacán (city details).

Upon arrival at the airport, he was welcomed by the Archbishop of Morelia, Cardinal Alberto Suárez Inda, and local dignitaries. He then traveled by helicopter for about 20 km, and then by popemobile for about 9 km to Morelia’s Venustiano Carranza Stadium where he met and celebrated Mass with priests, seminarians and men and women religious and he gave a homily (more details, full text, alt trnsln, full video, summary video 1, summary video 2, pic). Also during the Mass, Pope Francis used the chalice and crosier which belonged to 16th century bishop Vasco de Quiroga (summary video). At the end of Mass, he greeted Bishop Salvador Rangel Mendoza of Chilpancingo-Chilapa, and then traveled to the Archbishop of Morelia’s house for lunch.

In the afternoon, Pope Francis visited the Cathedral of Morelia and while there met with rectors and leaders of some other local Christian communities, and met with a large gathering of children to whom he gave an off-the-cuff address (more details, full text in Spanish, full video, summary video). While there, the children’s choir of the cathedral sang for him (summary video) and he got a tour of the Cathedral and then in front of the Cathedral, he received the keys to the city from the president of the municipality of Morelia.

Next he then traveled by popemobile to the José María Morellos y Pavón Stadium, in Morelia where he met with tens of thousands of young people. There was some singing and dancing, Cardinal Alberto Suárez Inda, Archbishop of Morelia, and Bishop Héctor Luis Morales Sánchez, Bishop of Ciudad Nezahualcóytl and in charge of Youth Ministry both gave addresses, some young people shared their testimonies, and then Pope Francis addressed them (more details, full text, alt trnsln, full video, summary video). And there’s an interesting post on one of the young people pulling on Pope Francis’ arm to the point of nearly causing Pope Francis to fall – Pope Francis responded by telling them, “Don’t be selfish” (summary video). His address in general to the young people is one more testament that Pope Francis is one of God’s main leaders in leading and fulfilling His plans for the planet Earth.

After meeting with young people, Pope Francis traveled by helicopter to the airport of Morelia and from there he returned by plane to the Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City, and then by car returned to the Apostolic Nunciature for the night. Upon arrival at the nunciature, he met and prayed with pilgrims gathered outside.

As well today, Pope Francis sent a bunch of tweets:

We learn how to pray, just as we do to walk, speak and listen. If you tell me how you pray, I can tell you how you live. (link)

Our first calling is to learn how to say the “Our Father”. Father, help us to avoid the temptation of resignation. (link)

In Jesus I have met the one who is able to bring out the best in me. (link)

You have asked me for a word of hope: what I have to offer you has a name: Jesus Christ. (link)

Jesus would never ask us to be assassins; he calls us to be disciples. He would never send us to die. He invites us to life. (link)

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Pope Francis in Mexico – Day 4

This morning Pope Francis departed the Apostolic Nunciature, went to the Benito Juárez Airport in Mexico City, and departed by plane to the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez (wikipedia page), which is a city within the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas. Pope Francis landed at the Ángel Alino Corzo airport shortly after 9:00 a.m. and was welcomed on arrival by the city’s Archbishop Fabio Martínez Castilla and local dignitaries (summary video). From there, he took off by helicopter to the municipal sports center in the city of San Cristobal de Las Casas (or St. Christopher of the Houses) where, at approximately 10:15 a.m. he presided at Mass with various indigenous communities of Chiapas and delivered a homily (full text, full video, summary video, pic 1, pic 2). The readings of the Mass were spoken in indigenous languages as Pope Francis had given a decree authorizing it, as well as other texts. At conclusion of the Mass, a representative of the indigenous communities addressed Pope Francis with words of thanks.

Afterwards, Pope Francis traveled to San Cristobal de Las Casas’ Diocesan Curia center for where he had lunch with eight natives representing the different members of the community (summary video).

At approximately 3 p.m. he visited the Cathedral of San Cristobal de Las Casas. While there, he offered a bouquet of flowers to the image of the Madonna, prayed at the tomb of Bishop Samuel Ruiz of San Cristóbal, and met with a gathering of elderly and sick people (full video, summary video).

After, Pope Francis boarded a popemobile and traveled to a local helipad from where he departed for the Victor Manuel Reyna stadium in Tuxtla Gutierrez. He toured around in a popemobile among the faithful outside and inside the stadium (pic 1, pic 2), and was later welcomed by the governor of Chiapas who presented him with the keys to the city. At approximately 4:15 p.m. began a gathering on the topic of families. Archbishop Fabio Martínez Castillo gave a welcoming address, a number of people gave their insights on the topic, and then Pope Francis spoke regarding the topic of families (full text, alt trnsln, full video, summary video). Also during the meeting, a disabled child in a wheelchair was lifted up from the crowds and Pope Francis went out to greet and bless the child (summary video). He also led all of those present who were married to renew their marriage vows with him officiating.

After the meeting concluded, he departed for the airport by popemobile. Along the way, after about 10 km he also stopped to unveil a plaque commemorating the visit. He then departed by plane to return to Mexico City and then back to the Apostolic Nunciature for the night. As usual at the nunciature, large crowds were gathered and Pope Francis addressed them, encouraged them to pray, and led them in praying a Hail Mary.

Additionally, in a press briefing today, Father Federico Lombardi revealed that Pope Francis is planning to visit his homeland of Argentina, but no dates have been set.

Also today, Pope Francis sent three tweets:

In the heart of every person is a desire to live in freedom, in a place where change is possible in fellowship and solidarity. (link)

Among the poor being treated worst is our planet. We cannot pretend all is fine in the face of the great environmental crisis. (link)

I prefer a family with a tired face from sacrifices made rather than a pretty one which is unfamiliar with tenderness and compassion. (link)

Additionally today, it was announced that Pope Francis personally announced on a website of the Roman Catholic diocese of Padua that the diocese would now be using the Whatsapp app to deliver content to many of its faithful.

In Pope Francis related news:

Acting on assignment of Pope Francis, some on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors have expressed frustration at some Vatican officials resisting the group’s recommendations.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Pope Francis in Mexico – Day 3

This morning Pope Francis greeted contributors and benefactors of the Apostolic Nunciature in Mexico City. Following that, he boarded the popemobile and traveled to the a nearby military camp where he took off by helicopter for the city of Ecatepec (wikipedia page), which is a city within the Mexico City metropolis area.

Upon his arrival at Ecatepec he was welcomed by the Bishop Oscar Roberto Domínguez Couttolenc, as well as by some local authorities, including the President of the Municipality, who presented him with the keys to the city. He then boarded a popemobile and traveled to Ecatepec’s Centre for Advanced Studies where at approximately 11:30 a.m. he celebrated Mass with hundreds of thousands of faithfuls and gave a homily (more details, full text, full video, summary video). Bishop, Mons. Oscar Roberto Domínguez Couttolenc then expressed some thanksgiving for the occasion, after which Pope Francis gave an Angelus Address (full text) and then led them reciting the Angelus prayer.

Following that, Pope Francis then traveled to the Diocesan Seminary of Ecatepec. While there, he signed the guestbook with a message (full text, full image).

Afterwards, Pope Francis boarded a helicopter from Ecatepec back to Mexico City where at approximately 5 p.m. he visited the Federico Gómez Children’s Hospital (pic 1, pic 2, pic 3). At the hospital, he was welcomed by First Lady Angelica Rivera, other officials, staff, and met with child patients and their parents. While there, he helped administer medicine to a young child (summary video), one patient sang Ave Maria to him (summary video), he gave an address (full text, alt trnsln, full video, summary video, pic), and visited the Hematology-Oncology department and various child patients there. He then returned by popemobile to the Apostolic Nunciature.

After arriving at the nunciature, he addressed the crowds outside (pic 1, pic 2), and met with a small gathering of Mexican Jesuits who had come to visit him (pic 1, pic 2, pic 3, pic 4).

Also today, Pope Francis made some appointments and sent four tweets:

Simply looking at you, O Mother, to have eyes only for you, looking upon you without saying anything... (link – Pope Francis’ second tweet with a picture)

Lent is a time for reconsidering our feelings, for letting our eyes be opened to injustice, to open our hearts to those suffering. (link)

May the Lord help us overcome the temptations of wealth, vanity and pride which seek to destroy the truth of the Gospel. (link)

Jesus is waiting for us and wants to heal our hearts of all that tears us down. He is the God who has a name: Mercy. (link)

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Pope Francis in Mexico – Day 2

This morning Pope Francis departed the Apostolic Nunciature and traveled to the National Palace of Mexico City where upon arrival at approximately 9:30 a.m., Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto and the First Lady held a welcome ceremony. Following that, he met privately with the president and afterwards exchanged gifts, including Pope Francis giving President Nieto the gift of a mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe produced by the Vatican Mosaic Studio. He then met with a gathering of Mexican diplomats and addressed them (full text, full video, summary video, img 1, img 2). Afterward he walked around some of the palace with the president and then departed by popemobile to the nearby Cathedral of the Assumption for a meeting with local bishops.

Pope Francis arrived at the Cathedral of the Assumption at approximately 11 a.m. where he received the keys to the city from the head of the Federal District Government, he entered the Cathedral, prayed for a while (summary video), and then met a gathering of Mexican bishops and addressed them (more details, full text, full video, summary video). At the conclusion, he led them in reciting the Angelus prayer. Following that, he greeted the individual archbishops, signed the Book of Honour, and took a photo with the bishops. In the Greater Sacristy, he greeted members of the Travel organizing committee, as well as representatives of other Christian denominations. Lastly, he met the family of the head of the Federal District Government, and then departed by popemobile to the Apostolic Nunciature. And here’s a nice picture of a line of popemobiles/cars at the cathedral.

After lunch at the nunciature, Pope Francis traveled by popemobile to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe where he celebrated Mass and gave a homily (more details in Italian, full text, full video, summary video, img). After Mass, Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera spoke, and then Pope Francis placed a crown on the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. He then also visited the “Camarín” which houses the original image of the Virgin of Guadalupe and dwelt a while there in silent prayer (more details, summary video, img 1, img 2). After all of that, he returned by popemobile to the nunciature.

Upon arrival at the nunciature, crowds once again were gathered outside and he addressed them, encouraged them to pray to God through Our Lady, and led them in reciting a Hail Mary.

Today Pope Francis also made an array of appointments and sent several tweets:

Mexico has a young face. This makes it possible to contemplate and plan for a future, for a tomorrow. This offers hope. (link)

Mary is the woman who says yes, a yes of surrender to God, a yes of surrender to her brothers and sisters. May we follow her example. (link)

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Pope Francis in Cuba & Mexico – Day 1

This morning Pope Francis departed Rome (summary video) on an apostolic journey to Mexico with a brief stop in Cuba to visit Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox church. As he departed he sent telegram to the president of Italy, Sergio Mattarella and while in the air, he sent telegrams to heads of state of the nations he few over (full text). Also on the flight, Pope Francis addressed reporters aboard (full text). Also in the in-flight comments, in celebration of Dr. Gasbarri retirement (the papal journey organizer) and thus this being his final official journey with Pope Francis, he thanked him for all his work over the years and invited the reporters to celebrate with a little party for him onboard. Also while on the flight, Mexican journalist Valentina Alazraki gave Pope Francis the gift of a Mexican sombrero (summary video), journalist Noel Diaz, shined his shoes (summary video 1, summary video 2), and he received other gifts from various reporters. Also while on the flight, Pope Francis sent special greetings and blessing to EWTN’s foundress Mother Angelica (more details).

Upon arriving at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, he was welcomed at the airport by President of Cuba (summary video), Raul Castro and then proceeded to the airport’s Presidential Lounge where for about three hours he met with Patriarch Kirill (more details, summary video). Also while together, they exchanged gifts and signed a joint declaration (full text, full video pt1, full video pt2, summary video). Also, here’s a nice analysis by a spokesman from the Russian Orthodox church, and some after-comments by Kirill on the meeting. The meeting is quite historically significant in that it is the first meeting between the heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches since the Great Schism of 1054 (summary video).

Some super good parts of the declaration include:

We are pained by the loss of unity, the outcome of human weakness and of sin, which has occurred despite the priestly prayer of Christ the Saviour: “So that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you... so that they may be one, as we are one” (Jn17:21). ...It is our hope that our meeting may contribute to the re–establishment of this unity willed by God, for which Christ prayed. May our meeting inspire Christians throughout the world to pray to the Lord with renewed fervour for the full unity of all His disciples.

We exhort all Christians and all believers of God to pray fervently to the providential Creator of the world to protect His creation from destruction and not permit a new world war. In order to ensure a solid and enduring peace, specific efforts must be undertaken to rediscover the common values uniting us, based on the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Differences in the understanding of religious truths must not impede people of different faiths to live in peace and harmony. In our current context, religious leaders have the particular responsibility to educate their faithful in a spirit which is respectful of the convictions of those belonging to other religious traditions.

We call upon Christians... to unite in their shared witness to Christ and the Gospel....

We urge Catholics and Orthodox in all countries to learn to live together in peace and love, and to be “in harmony with one another” (Rm15:5). .... We are called upon to put into practice the precept of the apostle Paul: “Thus I aspire to proclaim the gospel not where Christ has already been named, so that I do not build on another's foundation” (Rm15:20).

Orthodox and Greek Catholics are in need of reconciliation and of mutually acceptable forms of co–existence.

Catholics and Orthodox are called to work together fraternally in proclaiming the Good News of salvation, to testify together to the moral dignity and authentic freedom of the person, “so that the world may believe” (Jn17:21).

At the conclusion of the signing, Pope Francis gave some further remarks (full text) as well as Patriarch Kirill (full text in Spanish), including:

I don’t want to go without giving a heartfelt thank you to Cuba, to the great Cuban people, and to their president here present, Raul Castro. I thank you for your active availability. If it continues like this, Cuba will be the capital of unity.

After the meeting in Cuba, Pope Francis continued his journey by returning to his plane and taking off for Mexico. After take-off, Pope Francis sent a telegram to Cuban President Raul Castro, thanking him for hosting the encounter between himself and Patriarch Kirill (full text). Also while on the plane, Pope Francis spoke again with journalists regarding the encounter (full text in Italian, summary video). He then arrived in Mexico City’s Benito Juárez International Airport just before 7:30 p.m. local hour and was greeted with a ceremony at the airport by the president and the first lady of Mexico (full video, summary video 1, summary video 2), and then retired for the night to the local Apostolic Nunciature. Upon arrival at the nunciature, crowds had gathered outside and Pope Francis briefly addressed them; he told them that he “needed to rest” after a very long day, but he encouraged them to look to the Virgin Mary and he prayed a Hail Mary with the crowd before returning inside.

As well, here is a good follow-up interview with Fr. Lombardi regarding the day’s events. Additionally, he revealed that Pope Francis has of late been calling a youth prison in Buenos Aires about every two weeks.

Also it was reported today that Pope Francis sent condolences to victims of a prison riot in Mexico. And today, Pope Francis made several appointments and sent several tweets:

In Mexico I will look into the eyes of the Virgin Mary and implore her to look upon us always with mercy. I entrust my journey to her. (link)

Today is a day of grace. The meeting with Patriarch Kirill is a gift from God. Pray for us. (link)

Dear Mexican friends, you are in my heart. Let us put our trust in the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe who always looks on us with tenderness. (link)

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Common Home, Our Responsibility

As is Pope Francis’ custom before embarking on a big journey abroad, he visited the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome where he prayed before an icon there. Following this he traveled to the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran where he heard the confessions of several priests and shared copies of his new book The Name of God is Mercy.

As part of a Lenten fraternity campaign promoted by the Bishops of Brazil, today Pope Francis sent a Lenten message to Brazilian faithful (full text).

And he made an appointment.

In Pope Francis related news:

There’s a nice summary article of the planned journey of Pope Francis to Mexico largely quoting a press conference with Father Federico Lombardi.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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This Pope Doesn’t Invent It

Organized by the Prelature of the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, this morning, Pope Francis inaugurated the “KeepLent” initiative by sending a voice message broadcast through the “Telegram” instant messaging app (full text).

Later, he held a General Audience at St. Peter’s Square and spoke regarding adopting God’s plans for the planet Earth through the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy – and in general (full text, full video, summary video 1, summary video 2). During the address, he also invited people to pray for his upcoming meeting this Friday with Patriarch Kirill. Also, here are a few good quotes from his address:

I’ll tell you something: if this desire, if the jubilee doesn’t reach pockets, it isn’t a jubilee. Have you understood? And this is in the Bible! This Pope doesn’t invent it: it’s in the Bible. The aim – as I said – was a society based on equality and solidarity, where liberty, land and money were to be a good for all, not for some.

There was also the law concerning the “first fruits.” What is this? The first part of the harvest, the most precious part, was to be shared with the Levites and with strangers (Cf. Deuteronomy 18:4-5; 26:1-11), who didn’t have fields, so that for them also land would be the source of nutrition and life. “The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with me,” says the Lord (Leviticus 25:234). We are all guests of the Lord, in expectation of our heavenly homeland (Cf. Hebrews 11:13-16; 1 Peter 2:11), called to render the world, which receives us, habitable and human.

Contribute to bring about a land without poor means to build a society without discriminations, based on solidarity that leads to sharing what one has, in a distribution of resources founded on brotherhood and justice.

I love Pope Francis! He understands clearly God’s plans for the planet Earth and leads people to follow those plans. Additionally during the General Audience, Pope Francis met with Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi (summary video).

Also today, with cardinals, bishops and over 700 Jubilee missionaries, Pope Francis concelebrated an Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and he gave a homily on returning to God with all your heart (full text, full video, summary video).

Additionally, he received in audience Prime Minister of Iraq, His Excellency Haydar al-Abadi (more details, press release, summary video).

Today Pope Francis also made some and some other appointments.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Forgiveness Is A Seed

Early this morning in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis celebrated Mass jointly with the Friars Minor Capuchin and the Council of Cardinals and gave a homily on being a good forgiver in the confessional (full text, full video, summary video).

Later, Pope Francis continued his meetings with the Council of Cardinals, and concluded this week’s meetings with them today.

In the afternoon, Pope Francis received in audience the Jubilee missionaries of mercy (full text, full video, summary video).

And today, Pope Francis made some appointments.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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The Depths Of The Father’s Mercy

Today and tomorrow, Pope Francis has resumed meeting with the Council of Cardinals.

Additionally, Pope Francis made a surprise visit today to St. Peter’s Basilica to venerate the remains of Padre Pio and Leopold Mandic (summary video).

As well, today was released an interview of Pope Francis by the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

And he made one appointment and sent a tweet:

Entering through the Holy Door means discovering the depths of the Father’s mercy, who seeks each of us personally. (link)

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Acceptance And Mercy To Everyone

Today overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis gave an Angelus Address on the meaning of being fishers of men (full text, full video). Also as part of the address, he expressed his support and prayers for Syria’s recovery and for his meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (summary video).

Additionally today, Pope Francis released a video message to the people of Mexico in anticipation of his arrival in a few days (full text, full video).

Also today, Pope Francis sent message of condolences to victims of an earthquake which struck Taiwan (full text).

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Prayer Groups to be Power Stations of Mercy

Today Pope Francis received several audiences including:

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops
members of Padre Pio prayer groups (full text, alt trnsln, full video). In speaking to the prayer groups, I really liked several quotes:

Prayer, in fact, is a true and proper mission, that brings the fire of love to the whole of humanity. Padre Pio said that prayer is a “force that moves the world.” Prayer is a force that moves the world! But do we believe this? It is so. Try it!

Prayer, therefore, as Padre Pio loved to say, is “the best weapon we have, a key that opens God’s heart.” A key that opens God’s heart: it is an easy key. God’s heart is not armoured with many means of security. With prayer, you can open it with an ordinary key, because He has a heart of love, the heart of a Father.

I encourage the prayer groups to be “power stations of mercy”: power stations that are always open and active, that with the humble power of prayer provide the light of God to the world and the energy of the love of the Church.

Also today, Pope Francis made a bunch of appointments.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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A New Way Of Living

At Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis had Mass and gave a homily regarding living for the glory of God (more details, summary video).

Today Pope Francis received several audiences, including:

President of the Republic of Zambia, Edgar Chagwa Lungu (pic 1, pic 2)
• Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
• several Argentine bishops

Also today, he released another of his new videos sharing his monthly prayer intentions (full video, videos to date). In the video Pope Francis shares one of the primary parts of God’s plans for the planet Earth:

The relationship between poverty and the fragility of the planet requires another way of managing the economy and measuring progress, conceiving a new way of living.

As Pope Francis says, part of God’s plans is for “a new way of living.”

It was announced that Pope Francis and the Russian Orthodox Church’s Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia are planning to meet together in Cuba next week on February 12th (encounter details, more & more & more details, summary video). As well, Cardinal Peter Erdo, president of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, expressed praise and prayers for the meeting (full text).

And Pope Francis made some appointments.

In Pope Francis related news:

In accordance with Pope Francis’ request, today, by a procession, the relics of the two saints Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) and Leopoldo of Castelnovo (Leopold Mandic) were transported to the Vatican and into St. Peter’s Basilica (full video, summary video 1, summary video 2). Also here’s a good outline of related events for the coming week.

Relatedly, here’s a really really good interview with an expert on Padre Pio, Stefano Campanella.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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To Live Amidst His Sons And Daughters

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis had Mass and gave a homily on the inheritance of faith (more details, summary video).

At approximately 9 o‘clock this morning, Pope Francis visited the Jubilee Welcoming Center, as well as some dicasteries/departments in the Roman Curia, particularly: the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” and the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.

And today, he sent a tweet:

God wants to live amidst his sons and daughters. Let us make space for him in our hearts. (link)

In Pope Francis related news:

On the mission to fulfil God’s plans for the planet Earth, today in London, at a conference of donor countries for support of Syria and its region, Holy See Secretary for Relations with States Mons. Paul R. Gallagher spoke of Pope Francis’ continued humanitarian support for the full social and economic wellestness of Syria (full text).

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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An Impassioned Appeal Full Of Love

Today Pope Francis held a General Audience and spoke on the justice of God’s mercy (full text, full video, summary video). During the audience, an American circus troupe performed for him (summary video) and he thanked them. Also during the audience, Rinaldo Mirmara, historian and president of Caritas Turkey, presented Pope Francis with a copy of his new history book regarding the Battle of the Dardanelles (more details). As well, Hollywood actor Joseph Fiennes and his family, as well as Argentinian actress Maria Botto were in attendance and met Pope Francis (summary video, follow-up interview, pic 1, pic 2, pic 3).

In the afternoon, at a special press conference, Pope Francis announced that another interreligious soccer Match for Peace will be held in Rome’s Olympic Stadium on Sunday, May 29, sponsored by Scholas Occurrentes (summary video). Also at the press conference was Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho and Scholas Occurrentes president Jose Maria del Corral (summary video, pic 1, pic 2).

As well, today was released a video interview in which Pope Francis responded to questions by people in Mexico (full text, full video).

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Prayer is the “Medulla” of Consecrated Life

Today Pope Francis had Mass with participants of the Year of Consecrated Life and gave a homily (full text pt1, full text pt2, full video, summary video). I liked in his after-Mass comments:

There is always something to do. The main thing is to pray. Prayer is the “medulla” of consecrated life: to pray!

Also today, Pope Francis made some appointments and sent a tweet:

Mary, Mother of Jesus, help us to share the wonders of the Lord with all whom we meet on the way. (link)

Additionally today was published an interview with Pope Francis done by the online daily Asia Times (full text).

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Something That Is More True, More Beautiful

In the morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis had Mass and gave a homily on having humility (more details, summary video).

Also today he received several audiences, including:

• Rev mother Zulema Nelly Zayas, Superior General of the society “Daughters of the Divine Saviour”
participants of the Year of Consecrated Life (full text given, full text prepared, full video, summary video). And there’s a good article on the final festivities of the Year of Consecrated Life. There were some great quotes from his address:

Prophecy is to say that there is something that is more true, more beautiful, greater, more good to which we are all called.

The Brother or the Sister of the Community. He is your first neighbor – and you must also have an agreeable, good proximity with love.

Announced today was that Pope Francis came forward with the idea for a film, contacted some filmmakers, and now he is set to be featured in the film to be titled “Beyond the Sun” (more details).

Also today, Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for the present month were released.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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He Comes to Visit Us with His Mercy

Today overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis delivered an Angelus Address on building societies of inclusion (full text, full video, summary video).

Also today Pope Francis sent video message to participants in the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, Philippines (full text, full video, full video with subtitles). Also in the video, Pope Francis announced that the news that the next International Eucharistic Congress would be held in 2020 in Budapest, Hungary.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Every Christian is a Cristoforo

Today Pope Francis held a special General Audience which he is having on one Saturday per month during the Jubilee of Mercy (full text, full video). During the address, he explained the term “Cristoforo”:

To encounter Jesus is the same as encountering His love. This love transforms us and enables us to transmit to others the strength that it gives us. In some way, we can say that from the day of Baptism each one of us was given a new name, in addition to the one already given by our mother and father, and this name is “Cristoforo”: we are all “Cristofori.” What does it mean? “Bearers of Christ.” It is the name of our attitude, an attitude of bearers of the joy of Christ, of the mercy of Christ. Every Christian is a “Cristoforo,” that is a bearer of Christ!

I love Pope Francis!!!! Also while at the audience, Pope Francis spoke of his mourning at the death of one of the workers at the Casa Santa Marta (summary video).

As well today, Pope Francis received one other audience, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

Of messages, today he sent message to Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski for him being his Special Envoy to the celebration of the twenty-forth World Day of the Sick, in Nazareth on Feb. 11th, 2016 (full text in Latin).

Also today, he made some appointments.

In Pope Francis related news:

In following a mandate issued by Pope Francis on Dec. 7th, 2015 (seemingly misreported as being on Jan. 14th, 2016), Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has now officially formed a “Pontifical Commission for public health sector activities of legal entities of the Church.”

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Ask the Lord for this Grace

At Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily on healing the wound of corruption (more details, full video).

Today Pope Francis received several audiences, including participants in the plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (more details, full text, summary video).

Also today, Pope Francis made some appointments.

In Pope Francis related news:

Today a press conference was held in regard to the remains of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina and Saint Leopold Mandic, to be transported, at Pope Francis’ request, to Rome for the Jubilee of Mercy (full text, summary video).

As well in the news there is a super good interview with Archbishop David Moxon, the director of Rome’s Anglican Centre and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See, in which he spoke of how Pope Francis is dramatically advancing ecumenical relations.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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The Christian Heart Is Magnanimous

Today in the morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis had Mass and gave a homily on what it means to have a Christian heart (more details, summary video).

Today Pope Francis received a number of people in audience, including:

President of Togo, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé (press release)
members of the Italian National Committee for Bioethics (full text, summary video). For more about bioethics, there is a good related article regarding what it is and how one might approach it
American actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio (more details, summary video 1, summary video 2)

Also today, Pope Francis made an appointment and sent a tweet:

As Christians, we cannot be self-centred, but must always be open to others and for others. (link)

Furthermore today, it was announced that Pope Francis would likely visit the Auschwitz concentration camp during his journey abroad to Krakow this coming summer.

Also today a press conference was held regarding Pope Francis’ message for the 24th World Day of the Sick (full text in Italian, full video). His message was released back on Sept. 15th, 2015.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Embrace And Forgive One Another

Today at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis had a General Audience and spoke on mending broken families during the Holy Year of Mercy, and how God had mercy upon Old Testament Patriarchs and that he desires to have like mercy upon the faithful today (full text, full video, summary video). Also during the address, in greetings to Arabic-speaking pilgrims he expressed prayers and blessings unto them (full text of greetings in different languages). As well, a group of circus performers did a show at the audience (summary video) and Pope Francis expressed praise. He also interacted with a second group of clowns in attendance, from the organization Antas Onlus, who focus on bringing joy to Roman hospitals and other places (summary video). Moreover, he invited people to participate in a Day of Spiritual Retreat organized by the Pontifical Council Cor Unum within their individual dioceses during Lent.

It was also reported today that Pope Francis signed a flag for the Jubilee day (Nov. 6th) dedicated to prisons.

He also made one appointment.

As well today, it was announced that Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation from the synods on the family shall likely be released in March.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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I Desire Mercy, Not Sacrifice

Of audiences, Pope Francis received just one, the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani (press release, more details, summary video).

Also today, Pope Francis released his message for Lent 2016 on the theme: “I desire mercy, not sacrifice” (Matt 9:13). The works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee (full text). By another translation, it reads, “The works of mercy in the Jubilee path.” A press conference was held to share his lenten message (full text mostly in Italian, full video).

I find it quite interesting that when Jesus said, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice” he was actually quoting Hosea 6:6 (NIV):

For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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The Mission of the Whole People of God

Today Pope Francis received a number of people in audience, including:

Ambassador of Croatia, Neven Pelicaric (summary video)
• Ambassador of Indonesia, Budiarman Bahar
• several archbishops
the community of the Pontifical Lombard Seminary in Rome (full text)

In the evening, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls to conclude this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and gave a homily (more & more details, full text, alt trnsln, full video, summary video).

It was announced that Pope Francis is planning now to travel to the town of Lund, Sweden in October for a joint ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary (more details, summary video).

As well today, Pope Francis made some and some more appointments, including erecting a new diocese (more details in Italian).

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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The Strength of the Gospel of God

Today overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis gave an Angelus Address regarding evangelization (full text, full video, summary video).

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Higher Testimonies of Piety and Humanity

Today Pope Francis received a number of people in audience, including:

Ambassador of Taiwan, Matthew S.M. Lee (more details)
Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai and entourage
Commissioner of the city of Rome, Francesco Paolo Tronca
• an array of bishops from South America, including Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga found out during the audience that Pope Francis is now planning to visit Columbia in 2017 (summary video)

Of messages, he sent message to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on the occasion of their 51st International Eucharistic Congress (more details). Additionally, he sent letter to Cardinal Vinko Puljic, his Special Envoy to the celebrations planned in Croatia for the February 3rd, 2016, on the occasion of the 17th centenary of the martyrdom of San Biagio, patron of the Diocese of Dubrovnik, and the 600th anniversary of law ragusina against the slave trade (full text in Latin).

And he made one appointment.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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The Pillars of the Church

Pope Francis meeting and exchanging gifts with Tim Cook of Apple Inc., at the Vatican, Jan. 22th, 2016.
Pope Francis meeting and exchanging gifts with Tim Cook of Apple Inc., at the Vatican, Jan. 22th, 2016.

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily regarding bishops (more details, summary video).

Today Pope Francis received in audience an array of people (more full list in Italian), including:

President Charles Angelo Savarin of the Commonwealth of Dominica (summary video)
Managing Director Timothy Donald Cook of Apple Inc. (more details, summary video). They exchange gifts, including a donation from Mr. Cooke to aid Pope Francis’ work
officials and lawyers of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota (more details, full text)

Of messages, today was published Pope Francis’ message for the 50th World Day of Social Communications to be celebrated May 8th, 2016 (full text). A press conference was held today to present the message (more details in Italian, full video, summary video).

And today, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

In today’s society, in which forgiveness is so rare, mercy is ever more important. (link)

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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The Washing of the Feet

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and delivered a homily on keeping oneself from envy and jealousy (more details, summary video).

Today Pope Francis received some audiences, which included:

• Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, during which Pope Francis authorized a number of decrees (summary video regarding one of the decrees)
• ambassador of Burkina Faso, Robert Compaore
Friars from the Abbey of the Tre Fontane in Rome, with the lambs to be blessed on the feast of St. Agnes, and whose wool will be used to weave new pallia
leaders of pilgrimages and rectors of shrines participating in the Jubilee of Mercy (full text, full video, summary video)

Reading his address to the pilgrimage workers, I recall many of my own journeys to “sacred” sites, particularly many of the California missions. I especially liked his saying:

To go on pilgrimage to shrines is one of the most eloquent expressions of the faith of the People of God.... This popular religiosity is a genuine form of evangelization, which must always be promoted and appreciated, without minimizing its importance.

Of messages, published today Pope Francis sent letter (more details) to Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in which he decreed that from now on, the people chosen for the washing of the feet in the liturgy of Holy Thursday may be selected from all the People of God, and not only men and boys (full text in Italian, summary video). Of note, there was a date correction issued regarding the letter. Also published today was Cardinal Sarah’s response letter (full text). Pope Francis also sent letter to his legate Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar, for the occasion of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, to be held in Cebu, Philippines, January 24th-31st, 2016 (full text in Latin).

As well, he made some appointments.

In Pope Francis related news:

It was announced that one of the cars Pope Francis rode in while during his latest U.S. journey is going up for auction for charity (summary video).

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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A Royal Priesthood and a Holy Nation

Today in the Paul VI Hall, Pope Francis held a General Audience and spoke on the topic of the Christian mission of mercy (full text, full video, summary video). I especially liked his quote:

...all of us Christians, through the grace of Baptism, have obtained mercy from God and have been received in His People. All of us, Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants form a royal priesthood and a holy nation. This means that we have a common mission, which is to transmit the mercy we’ve received to others, beginning with the poorest and most abandoned.

As well, he received several others in audience today, including a Muslim delegation, presenting an official invitation to him to visit the Great Mosque in Rome (more details, summary video), and he received bishops of Sudan and South Sudan (summary video).

Of messages, it was also reported today that Pope Francis telephone called a convicted Italian murderer who wrote him a letter asking for forgiveness. Moreover, Pope Francis sent message to the World Economic Forum taking place this week in Davos, Switzerland (full text, conference YouTube channel). His message to them has many good quotes:

“Do not forget the poor!” This is the primary challenge before you as leaders in the business world.

...responsibility for our brothers and sisters is an essential part of our common humanity. Do not be afraid to open your minds and hearts to the poor.

...the present moment offers a precious opportunity to guide and govern the processes now under way, and to build inclusive societies based on respect for human dignity, tolerance, compassion and mercy. I urge you, then, to take up anew your conversation on how to build the future of the planet, “our common home”, and I ask you to make a united effort to pursue a sustainable and integral development.

God is with Pope Francis and Pope Francis is with God.

Additionally, Pope Francis made several appointments and erected a exarchate in Colombia.

Also today in the early morning hours, a woman gave birth on a piece of cardboard near St. Peter’s Square. She was taken to a local hospital where, Pope Francis’ Papal Almoner, Msgr. Konrad Krajeswski visited her and offered for her to stay at a Vatican-owned residence for mothers and babies in need (more details).

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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The Gospel Calls Us

At Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis had Mass and gave a homily on Christians each being living saints (summary video).

And today, Pope Francis received one audience, and sent a tweet:

The Gospel calls us to be close to the poor and forgotten, and to give them real hope. (link)

Also in the news, it was announced that Pope Francis is planning to visit Rome’s Grand Mosque (more details). As well, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin commented on Pope Francis’ good mental health. Additionally, there is a video interview of Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia reporting on the mission Pope Francis sent him on in November to deliver moneys for heating homes and Arabic copies of the Gospels – to Syria.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Concrete Steps And Immediate Measures

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily on Christians being open to new ideas (more details, summary video).

As well today, Pope Francis received an array of people in audience, including:

Mrs. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (summary video). Later in the week, she spoke at the World Economic Forum (full video)
Ecumenical delegation of the Lutheran Church of Finland, on the feast of Saint Henry (full text, summary video). Later, the delegation attended Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and were administered the Eucharist!
Their Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco (summary video). Relatedly, there is an interview with Princess Charlene regarding her work and interactions at the Vatican.
• Archbishop Antonio Mennini, tit. of Ferento, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain
• Leo William Cushley, Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh (Scotland)
Managers and Staff of the General Inspectorate for Public Security at the Vatican (full text, summary video)

Pope Francis meeting with Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, the Vatican, Jan. 18th, 2016.
Pope Francis meeting with Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, the Vatican, Jan. 18th, 2016.
Pope Francis meeting with Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco, the Vatican, Jan. 18th, 2016.
Pope Francis meeting with Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco, the Vatican, Jan. 18th, 2016.

Also, it was reported today that Pope Francis has been following a death row inmate in the U.S. scheduled for execution this week.

As well today, Cardinal Pietro Parolin spoke before a meeting organized by the Global Foundation on the theme “Rejecting the globalization of indifference – towards a more inclusive and sustainable global economy” (full text). At the meeting, he conveyed Pope Francis’ greetings to them. Also he spoke of God’s global plans:

Today’s meeting is thus in tune with the teaching of the Pope, who constantly calls for all people to commit themselves, freely and responsibly, to correcting an economy which causes exclusion and inequality. He invites the rich and the poor, the powerful and simple folk, politicians and entrepreneurs to put the creative power of human intelligence at the service of the common good, with a spirit of solidarity and – I would add – mercy.

...concrete steps and immediate measures ...putting an end as quickly as possible to the phenomenon of social and economic exclusion.

God’s global plans coming into completion.

In Pope Francis related news:

Also today begins the International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. To later close the week, Pope Francis is scheduled to lead Vespers with members of other Christian Churches next Monday in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. And in the news today, there is an excellent interview with Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Council for Christian Unity, regarding all of this.

As well in the news, as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, visitors to Rome for the jubilee will receive special “pilgrims’ plaques” which are apparently replicas of an item in the Vatican archives (summary video).

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Signs That Accompany The Preaching

Today overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis gave an Angelus Address regarding miracles which draw one closer to God (full text, full video, summary video).

Today is World Day of Migrants and Refugees for which Pope Francis released a few days ago his full message for the day (full text).

In the evening, Pope Francis visited the Great Synagogue of Rome where he was welcomed by various Jewish officials, addresses were given, including by Pope Francis (more details, more details in Italian, full text, full video).

It was also announced today that over the past few months Pope Francis has been working on a children’s book titled “Dear Pope Francis,” which is anticipated to be released next month (more details, purchase link).

In God’s global plan news:

Today, the Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, Cardinal George Pell, announced that the Holy See is taking steps to “slave-proof” the Vatican supply chain.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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A New Humanism of Work

Today Pope Francis received a bunch of different people in audience, including:

a delegation from the Serbian-Orthodox Patriarchate (more and more details)
members of the Christian Workers Movement (full text, full video). His address to them is loaded with super good quotes:

...it is necessary to form a new “humanism of work”.... We must form, and educate to a new humanism of work, where man, not profit, is at the center; where the economy serves man and does not use man.

Taking up so many hours of the day, it also offers us the occasion to share the everyday, to be concerned about the one who is beside us, to receive the presence of others as a gift and a responsibility.

...one must transmit hope, comfort with one’s presence, and support with concrete help.

I love Pope Francis! God is with Pope Francis and Pope Francis is with God.

Also today, he made several appointments (more details).

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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The Ability to Praise God

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and delivered a homily on how to know when one has faith (more details, summary video).

Today Pope Francis received in audience an array of people, including:

• Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples
• Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google (more details, summary video)
• Fr. Pedro Aguado Cuesta, prepositor general of the Order of Poor Clerics Regular of the Mother of God of the Pious Schools
• John Anthony Gerard McCarthy, ambassador of Australia to the Holy See

Also today as part his “Fridays of Mercy” initiative, part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, in the evening Pope Francis visited the Bruno Buozzi nursing home in Torre Spaccata, as well as House Iride (more details, photos, summary video).

Today Pope Francis made one appointment and sent a tweet:

Every Christian community should be an oasis of charity and warmth in the midst of a desert of solitude and indifference. (link)

In Pope Francis related news:

There is an excellent interview with the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni, regarding Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the Great Synagogue of Rome, and here’s a good video interview of him regarding the visit.

As well, there is a review of a super good interview with Archbishop Angelo Becciu regarding how things are done within the Vatican and under Pope Francis’ guidance.

In relation to the Jubilee Year of Mercy, there is an excellent video about a website (www.vatimecum.com) to assist pilgrims coming to Rome for the jubilee.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Just ask for it: ‘Give me faith!’

At Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis had Mass and gave a homily regarding faith being one’s relationship with God (more details, summary video).

Today Pope Francis received a whole bunch of people in audience, including:

• Jean Todt, president of the Federation Internationale d'Automobile (FIA) and entourage (more details, summary video 1, summary video 2)
• Fabrizio Palenzona, president of the “Aeroporti di Roma,” and entourage
• Maria Romana De Gasperi, honorary president of the De Gasperi Foundation
• Community of the Collegio Sacerdotale Argentino in Rome (more details, summary video). One attendee, Father Angel Hernandez, was interviewed on how the audience went.

Also today, Pope Francis by way of the Apostolic Almoner sponsored a circus show for a group 2,000 homeless people, refugees, prisoners and people living in poverty (summary video).

For a Jubilee of Mercy involving boys and girls to be held April 23rd-25th, 2016, an address by Pope Francis to the group has been pre-released (full text).

He also made one appointment and gave his consent to an election in the Greek-Catholic Church of Ukraine.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Abounding in Steadfast Love and Faithfulness

Today at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis held a General Audience and spoke on the topic of God’s abounding forgiveness (full text, full video, summary video). At the conclusion of his address, he asked for prayers for the victims of yesterday’s attacks in Istanbul (summary video).

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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The Name of God is Mercy

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily on the effectiveness of prayer (more details, summary video).

Today was published in book-form an interview of Pope Francis by Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli titled, The Name of God is Mercy (more details, purchase link). As well, there was a press conference this morning for the release of the book (more details, summary video).

Also today it was reported that Pope Francis has personally asked Father Ermes Maria Ronchi of the Order of the Servants of Mary to preach at the Spiritual Exercises of Pope Francis and of the Curia, held at Ariccia, Italy in early March of this year.

Today Pope Francis made an appointment and gave his consent to the appointment in the Syro-Malabar church, and he sent a tweet:

When we entrust ourselves to the Lord, we can overcome all obstacles that we encounter on the way. (link)

In Pope Francis related news:

Today was published an interview with Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga regarding the “gay lobby” at the Vatican and how Pope Francis is engaging with that situation.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Speaking with the Ambassadors

Today, conveying New Years greetings, Pope Francis received in audience members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See (full text, full video, summary video).

Also today, Pope Francis received a delegation from the Mondadori publishing company who is publishing in Italian the book The Name of God is Mercy in which Pope Francis is interviewed. At the encounter, Pope Francis received a copy of the book (summary video, pic 1, pic 2, pic 3, pic 4).

In other news:

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi quoted David Bowie on his twitter, seeing Bowie passed yesterday:

Ground Control to Major Tom
Commencing countdown,
engines on
Check ignition
and may God’s love be with you (David Bowie)
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And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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The Faith Is Transmitted

This morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Sistine Chapel, Pope Francis presided at Mass for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, during which he gave a homily and administered the sacrament of baptism to twenty-six babies (full text, full video, summary video). As well, here is a really good video of a couple who had their baby baptized by Pope Francis.

At noon overlooking St. Peter’s Square, he gave an Angelus Address (full text, full video, summary video).

Also today was released an excellent series of articles (part 1, part 2, part 3) revealing details of an interview of Pope Francis by Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli. The interview itself is to be published in book form this coming Tuesday, and is titled, The Name of God is Mercy (purchase link, summary video).

The cover of the book The Name of God is Mercy, which is an interview of Pope Francis.
The cover of the book The Name of God is Mercy, which is an interview of Pope Francis.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Just Another Day Around The Vatican

Today Pope Francis received a number of people in audience, including:

• Father Adolfo Nicolás Pachón, Superior General of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), with Father Mauro Jöhri, Minister General of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, President of the Union of Superiors General
• Mrs. Nicola Zingaretti, President of the Lazio region of Italy

Pope Francis also made one appointment.

In Pope Francis related news:

There is an article in L’Osservatore Romano to counter reports in the Italian media regarding lower jubilee attendance than anticipated. Apparently, approximately 1,025,000 people have registered for this year’s jubilee events thus far (more details).

As well, there’s a really really good article on how Laudato Si has been influencing an increase in faith-based environmental care activities in the Buffalo, NY region.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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The Lord Is Always There, Loving First

At Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily regarding the meaning of God’s love (more details, summary video).

Additionally in the news today, Pope Francis has invited approximately 5,000 migrants to join him for Mass on January 17th.

He also made some appointments and sent a tweet:

When the world slumbers in comfort and selfishness, our Christian mission is to help it rouse from sleep. (link)

And in Pope Francis related news:

There is an excellent article today on Pope Francis’ interviews and press conferences.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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Whom We Must Love

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily on understanding the Spirit of God and acting with mercy (more details, summary video). Some of what he said was:

...the works of mercy are the visible sign of our confession that the Son of God became flesh: visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, taking care of those who are abandoned... works of mercy: why? The reason is because each of our brothers, whom we must love, is the flesh of Christ. God became flesh to identify with us. And those who suffer are one and the same as the suffering Christ.

I love Pope Francis!

Today Pope Francis did some diocesan boundary maintenance and made an appointment (more details).

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!


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