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A Climate of Familiaitas

Today Pope Francis gave an Angelus Address overlooking St. Peter’s Square and spoke on the topic of allowing God to transform one’s faith (full text, full video, summary video). Also in the address, he remembered the 6th and the 9th of August being the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, and asked for people to pray for humans throughout the world to coexist as one familiaitas (I just pasted together “familia” and “itas” to get “familiaitas” or familyhood).

Also in the news today, Pope Francis met with a group of Maltese altarboys.

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


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Pope Francis Live On Air

Today Pope Francis gave a radio interview with two priests at a parish radio station, Radio Parroquial Virgen del Carmen in Campo Gallo, Argentina (extensive text in Spanish, full video).

Also today, Pope Francis had at least one audience, Cardinal Angelo Amato came to visit at which Pope Francis approved a decree of martyrdom (more details).

As well, he sent letter to Cardinal Josip Bozanic, his Special Envoy to the 300th anniversary celebration of the shrine of the miraculous Madonna of Sinj, in Croatia (full text in Latin).

Additionally, Pope Francis made several appointments, including appointing his own personal physician (summary video). Of course though, he’s already got “the great physician,” Jesus.

And he sent a tweet:

We are all sinners. Let us be transformed by God’s mercy. (link)

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


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So Very Many Reasons

Pope Francis having a conversation and laugh with a member of the Eucharistic Youth Movement, Paul VI Hall, Vatican, August 7th, 2015.
Pope Francis having a conversation and laugh with a member of the Eucharistic Youth Movement, Paul VI Hall, Vatican, August 7th, 2015.
Pope Francis having a conversation and laugh with a member of the Eucharistic Youth Movement, Paul VI Hall, Vatican, August 7th, 2015. (src 1, src 2)
Pope Francis meeting with members of the Eucharistic Youth Movement, Paul VI Hall, Vatican, August 7th, 2015.
Pope Francis meeting with members of the Eucharistic Youth Movement, Paul VI Hall, Vatican, August 7th, 2015.

Today Pope Francis received in audience members of the Eucharistic Youth Movement (more details and more details, full text, full video, summary video). I enjoyed a lot of this address, for it showed one how good simple common sense is often the best way to go in life. Here are a couple of my favorite lines:

God is present, and there are so very many reasons to hope and to go forward.

....find a path for moving forward without losing your identity.

I love Pope Francis! Also during the audience, Pope Francis enjoyed some good laughs with some of the participants.

Today Pope Francis also sent letter to his Special Envoy to the celebration of the Millennium of the Foundation of Strasbourg Cathedral (full text in Latin).

And today it was reported regarding the Synod of Bishops this autumn, that Pope Francis is shifting Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago from being an alternate synod delegate to being an attending delegate, and adding Bishop George Murry of Youngstown, Ohio to attend.

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


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Virtues In Our Christian Families

Today Pope Francis sent several letters. One letter is to Patriarchal Vicar of Jordan, Maroun Lahham expressing his prayers, solidarity, and closeness to him and to refugees in that region (full text, summary video), and the other letter to Cardinal Pietro Parolin as papal legate for the celebration of the Fifth Centenary of evangelization of the Democratic Republic of East Timor in Dili (full text in Latin).

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

We learn many virtues in our Christian families. Above all, we learn to love, asking nothing in return. (link)

In Pope Francis related news:

Today was released the official hymn of the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy (full recording, summary video).

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


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The Divorced Are In Communion

Pope Francis greeting newlyweds at his General Audience, Paul VI Hall, Vatican, August 5th, 2015.
Pope Francis greeting newlyweds at his General Audience, Paul VI Hall, Vatican, August 5th, 2015.

Today Pope Francis had his weekly General Audience and spoke on welcoming at church people who are divorced and remarried (full text, full video, summary video).

He also received in audience Nigeria’s Ambassador, Francis Chukwuemeka Okeke (more details).

Also in the news, Pope Francis sent message to the Knights of Columbus on the occasion of one of their Supreme Conventions, taking place August 4th-6th, 2015 (full text).

As well today, Pope Francis has extended invitations to an array of Hollywood stars and moguls to come to the Vatican to meet with him next year to “discuss how the church is perceived by Western media influencers and ways to improve its portrayal in entertainment.”

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


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Vespers with the Altar Servers

This evening at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis met and celebrated Vespers with a gathering of altar servers from approximately 20 different countries across Europe (full text, full video, summary video). Also, here’s a good interview video of some young people who attended the gathering.

Today Pope Francis sent a letter to his Special Envoy to the celebration of the 10th National Eucharistic Congress of Peru (full text in Latin).

And he made an appointment and sent a tweet:

Let us allow the love of God to take deep root within us. In so doing, we will be able to give ourselves to others. (link)

And there is an interesting article today on how Pope Francis has changed spending around the Vatican on sumptuousness and ostentatiousness.

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


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Padre Pio to be at the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Today it was announced that Pope Francis expressed his strong desire and it has now been arranged for the remains of St. Pio of Pietrelcina (wikipedia page), also known as Padre Pio, to be exposed for veneration in St. Peter’s Basilica February 8th-14th, 2016 during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Also today, there is a good article on Pope Francis’ continued outreach to care for the homeless and others at the Vatican and in Rome.

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


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The Food That Endures For Eternal Life

Today Pope Francis gave an Angelus Address overlooking St. Peter’s Square and spoke of encountering Jesus and in Him being the satisfaction of eternity (full text, full video, summary video). Also in his address he encouraged people to go to confession and spoke of the pardon on Assisi (summary video 1, summary video 2). Of the address, I liked the line:

[Jesus] reminds us as well that human history... needs to be viewed in a context of eternity, that is, in the context of that definitive encounter with Him.

Today Pope Francis also sent message to participants in the Inter-University Congress on “Saint Teresa of Jesus, Teacher of Life” (full text).

Furthermore, today Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, presided at Mass at the new Cathedral of the Armenian Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Nareg in Glendale, California, and in his homily, conveyed a blessing from Pope Francis to those there.

In God’s global plan news:

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke today regarding God’s global plans to be formally adopted at the U.N. next month. Of it he said:

This is the People’s Agenda, a plan of action for ending poverty in all its dimensions, irreversibly, everywhere, and leaving no one behind. It seeks to ensure peace and prosperity, and forge partnerships with people and planet....

God has leaders across the Earth acting toward accomplishment of His global plans.

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


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To The Newlyweds

Pope Francis sent message of greetings and blessing to Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall married today, August 1st, 2015.
Pope Francis sent message of greetings and blessing to Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall married today, August 1st, 2015.

Today, British TV personality Declan Donnelly got married to Ali Astall (summary video) and Pope Francis sent them message of greetings and blessing. Pope Francis also made some appointments, which included appointing a new director of the Department of Health and Hygiene for the Vatican. And he sent a tweet:

Hospitality in families is a crucial virtue today, especially in situations of great poverty. (link)

Also in the news, Pope Francis is planning on having more General Audiences than the usual one per week during the Jubilee Year of Mercy (summary video). As well today, Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for August were released (summary video).

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


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A Very Quiet Week of Pope Francis News

It was a very quiet week of Pope Francis news. I imagine that many a day, Pope Francis had the Swiss Guard shoo off media people and he lounged within the shade of a tree in the Vatican gardens, drinking wine, playing Candy Crush (which I’ve never played but someone tried to get me to the other day), perhaps some of the cardinals joined him or maybe Father Benedict dropped in and sat under the tree for a while, tossing back and forth Latin, and generally enjoying a week off during this summer break. Or.... perhaps he was just busy busy busy in the office, writing speeches for his upcoming apostolic journeys to the U.S. and elsewhere. Or.... perhaps he’s been jumping into planning out yet another encyclical or exhortation! Whatever he did, Pope Francis is with God and God is with Pope Francis.

As well, outside of my own speculations, what Pope Francis did do was:

On Monday, Pope Francis sent letter to the president of the Federation of Priestly Emergency Services, Manuel Martin Sjoberg.

On Tuesday, Pope Francis made some appointments, and gave his consent regarding an election in the Patriarchal Maronite Church. On Thursday, he sent condolences at the loss of more than two dozen people in automotive accident in Mexico. And on Friday, it was announced that he has granted a plenary indulgence to pilgrims who travel on the Camino Ignaciano, or Ignatian Way, between July 31, 2015, and July 31, 2016.

Also this week, Pope Francis sent two tweets. The first was on Tuesday:

Dear young friends, do not be afraid of marriage: Christ accompanies with his grace all spouses who remain united to him. (link)

and he sent another on Thursday:

The most powerful witness to marriage is the exemplary lives of Christian spouses. (link)

Based on the tweets, I imagine he’s probably been writing a bunch of his addresses for his journey to Cuba and the U.S. in September, particularly writing his address to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

As well, on Thursday, there was a really nice article in the Italian news on Pope Francis’s use of the air-conditioner at Casa Santa Marta. Apparently, there is one in his bathroom and one in his study, but he prefers to use the dehumidifier more than the cooler.

In Pope Francis related news:

Pope Francis has often extolled God’s plan to have a “culture of life.” With the exposé in the past few weeks of Planned Parenthood (video 1, video 2, video 3, video 4), leaders from across the world are taking steps to end the action of people having abortions. God’s culture for humans is a culture of life.

In an interview with Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, he indicated that Pope Francis plans to visit Iraq eventually when conditions are right for it.

And it was reported that term limits for clerical positions are possibly going to be discussed at the mid-September meeting of the Council of Cardinals.

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


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Five Loaves and Two Fishes

Pope Francis registering on a tablet computer for World Youth Day during an Angelus Address above St. Peter’s Square, Vatican, July 26th, 2015.
Pope Francis registering on a tablet computer for World Youth Day during an Angelus Address above St. Peter’s Square, Vatican, July 26th, 2015.

Today overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis gave an Angelus Address on the miracle of the loaves and fishes (full text, full video, summary video). Here’s a really really good quote from the address:

We surely have some time, some kind of talent, some kind of expertise. Who among us does not have their “five loaves and two fishes”? We all have it! If we are willing to place it in the Lord’s hands, it would be enough so that in the world there would be a bit more love, of peace, of justice and above all, of joy.

I love Pope Francis!

During the address, he also officially opened registration for World Youth Day taking place next year in Poland, and in the middle of the address he registered himself for the event using an electronic device (summary video). As well, he prayed for the safe return of Father Paolo Dall’Oglio who was kidnaped in Syria (summary video).

Additionally, in the twenty-four hours following Pope Francis opening registrations for the World Youth Day, over 45,000 people have already signed up!

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


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A Day of Messeging

Today Pope Francis sent many messages out.

The Synod of Bishops of the Armenian Catholic Church elected a new Patriarch of Cilicia, his Beatitude Grégoire Pierre XX Ghabroyan, and marking the occasion Pope Francis sent message of congratulations (full text in Franch).

Also today, Pope Francis sent message in celebration of Grandparents Day in Spain.

He message to his Special Envoy to the inauguration of the convent of Maria-Radna (full text in Latin).

Upon hearing of the passing of Cardinal William Wakefield Baum, Pope Francis sent telegram of condolences and prayers (full text).

And Pope Francis made several appointments, and sent a tweet:

Christian witness is concrete: words without actions are empty. (link)

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


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The Strongest Moral Voice In The World Today

Today Pope Francis made some appointments, plus he confirmed an additional array of members and alternates to attend the Synod of Bishops this next coming October.

Pope Francis sent message to participants of an international AIDS conference.

There are two excellent interviews in the news today explaining Pope Francis’ perspectives and reasonings: an interview with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle who shared some of Pope Francis’ sentiments on the church in Asia, and an interview with Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo who organized this weeks meetings of mayors. Additionally, there is a good video interview with New York City Mayor de Blasio on Pope Francis’ global leadership. In de Blasio’s interview, he was so impressed with Pope Francis and said:

He is I think the strongest moral voice in the world today. And I think he is a figure who’s changing the international debate, more powerfully I think than I’ve seen any individual do in many many years.

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

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


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Alive and Present in Our Midst

Today, Pope Francis sent message of good wishes and support for the Day for Life being held in England and Wales this Sunday, he made an appointment and sent a tweet:

The one who helps the sick and needy touches the flesh of Christ, alive and present in our midst. (link)

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


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Meeting of the Mayors – Day 2

Today the gathering of mayors continued their meetings at the Vatican (7hr full video, summary video). And today, the participating mayors signed a further declaration (full text, doc w/signatures).

God’s plans for the planet Earth coming into fruition.

Today Pope Francis received in audience Cardinal Claudio Hummes, and in his entourage was Father Luiz Eduardo Baronto who gave him a gift from a homeless man of a Crucifix and a Rosary made of recycled materials. Pope Francis responded by making a video message and giving a blessing (full video).

And today, Pope Francis made an appointment.

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


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Meeting of the Mayors – Day 1

Pope Francis speaking at a gathering of mayors from across the Earth, at the Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities conference, Synod Hall, Vatican, July 21st, 2015.
Pope Francis speaking at a gathering of mayors from across the Earth, at the Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities conference, Synod Hall, Vatican, July 21st, 2015.
Pope Francis getting his photograph taken with a gathering of mayors from across the Earth, at the Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities conference, Synod Hall, Vatican, July 21st, 2015.
Pope Francis getting his photograph taken with mayors from across the Earth, Synod Hall, Vatican, July 21st, 2015.
Pope Francis signing the Declaration of Mayors at the Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities conference, Synod Hall, Vatican, July 21st, 2015.
Pope Francis signing the Declaration of Mayors at the Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities conference, Synod Hall, Vatican, July 21st, 2015.
California Governor Jerry Brown speaking at the Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities conference, Synod Hall, Vatican, July 21st, 2015.
California Governor Jerry Brown speaking at the Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities conference, Synod Hall, Vatican, July 21st, 2015.

Today a group of mayors from around the world have gathered for a conference with the two titles Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities and Prosperity, People, and Planet: Achieving Sustainable Development in Our Cities, it is organized by the Vatican to undo poverty and human trafficing across the Earth. At the conference today Pope Francis met and spoke with the group of mayors (more details, full text, 10hr full video, summary video 1, summary video 2). As well, Pope Francis along with the majors and other leaders present together:

...sign[ed] a declaration recognizing that climate change and extreme poverty are influenced by human activity, and to pledge to pursue low-impact development to make cities “socially inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” (full text of declaration)

I love Pope Francis!!!!!!!

At the conference, in addition to Pope Francis speaking, so did many of the mayors and others, including California Governor Jerry Brown attending and addressing the gathering today (summary video).

Here’s also a good interview with Gov. Jerry Brown and a video clip of him speaking just outside the conference. And here’s an excellent article interviewing a number of the mayors, and a good interview with Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City (summary video).

As well today, Pope Francis made some appointments (more details, summary video), and sent a tweet:

The Church is called to be ever more attentive and caring toward the weak. (link)

And interestingly, today is the my one year anniversary of doing this news blog. My original goal was to try it out for a year and see how it goes, it seems to be going really really good to date. There were two spans in the course of the past year when I took a week or two off for various reasons, but generally it’s been a good run. I suppose I’ll keep at it and see how goes for another year.

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


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The Embassies Open

Today Pope Francis made an appointment. As well, this evening Pope Francis received in audience a delegation of twelve bishops from around the world.

Also today, the U.S. and Cuba reopened embassies in each others’ countries, and thus renewed their diplomatic relations – as helped along by Pope Francis (summary video).

In Pope Francis related news:

With Pope Francis mostly on a summer break, there is lots of Pope Francis related news, such as interviews and commentary.

Today, though he’s given many interviews before on this topic, here’s another really good interview with Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who more or less daily serves both Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

There’s a super good article on congressional leaders in the U.S. and their reactions to Pope Francis and his coming to speak with them in September, an interesting article on Pope Francis’ global political influence, particularly in the U.S., and an article pre-published, to-be-released soon in National Geographic magazine on Pope Francis’ pontificate so far.

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


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The Compassion of Jesus

Pope Francis delivering an Angelus Address overlooking St. Peter’s Square, July 19th, 2015.
Pope Francis delivering an Angelus Address overlooking St. Peter’s Square, July 19th, 2015.

Today Pope Francis gave an Angelus Address overlooking St. Peter’s Square (full text, full video, summary video). In his address, he spoke of the compassion of Jesus, and of gratitude for a successful journey to South America.

Yesterday Pope Francis made an array of appointments.

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


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Only One Thing Sustains

Today Pope Francis sent message to the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter Turkson, on the occasion of their series of meetings on: “A Day of Reflection – United to God We Heed a Cry” (full text). Particularly their meetings are addressing issues of mining, and relatedly a press conference was held today regarding the conference (full video, summary video 1, summary video 2).

Also today, Pope Francis received in audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and at the audience approved of a list of decrees. He also met with Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the promotion of the new Evangelisation.

As well, Pope Francis expressed his joy at granting a nearby children’s hospital emergency use when needed of his helipad at the Vatican.

And today, he sent a tweet:

When everything falls apart, only one thing sustains our hope: God loves us, he loves everyone! (link)

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


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To the Salesian Family

It was reported today that Pope Francis sent a letter to the head of the Salesian order, Don Angel Fernandez Artime, to commemorate the birth of St. John Bosco.

In Pope Francis related news:

Under Pope Francis’ leadership, Vatican budgetary reports for 2014 were published and everything financially at the Vatican is seeming to be really really good!

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


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Handwritten Notes Changing the World

Today Pope Francis made a number of appointments, and he sent a tweet:

Now is the time for a change in mindset and to stop pretending that our actions do not affect those who suffer from hunger. (link)

In Pope Francis related news:

Under the direction of Pope Francis, the Vatican is hosting various conferences to undo slavery and poverty across all of the Earth. Two of the conferences coming up later this month are “Modern Slavery and Climate Change: the Commitment of the Cities” (July 21) and “Prosperity, People, and Planet: Achieving Sustainable Development in Our Cities.” To prepare of the conferences, a press conference was held today (full video, summary video). Also in the official press release is a handwritten note by Pope Francis to Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. And here is an article in Spanish explaining the note and it essentially says for the bishop to move forward on these issues toward undoing them.

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


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Right Back At It

On this first full day of Pope Francis’ return to the Vatican, it was reported that Pope Francis is “fresh and lively” right back at work at the Vatican.

And, Pope Francis made several appointments.

In Pope Francis related news, Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI returned from his two week vacation in Castel Gandolfo.

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


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Pope Francis Returns to the Vatican

Most of today, Pope Francis spent in the air, aboard his airplane on the way back to Rome.

After take-off on Sunday night, he sent telegrams to heads of state of the nations he flew over on his way back to Rome (full text part 1, full text part 2, and it was reported, one of which, to Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella, he received a response. Also on the plane, Pope Francis held a press conference (full text, extensive text alternate translation, summary video).

He arrived in Rome at just before shortly after 1:30 p.m. local time. As is his custom after big journeys, after his arrival, he traveled to the Basilica of St. Mary Major to give thanks for a happy outcome to his journey, and then traveled back to the Vatican.

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


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Pope Francis in Paraguay – Day 3

Pope Francis walking through a narrow alley, visiting people in the slums of Norte Bañado, Asunción, Paraguay, July 12, 2015.
Pope Francis walking through a narrow alley, visiting people in the slums of Norte Bañado, Asunción, Paraguay, July 12, 2015.
Pope Francis celebrating Mass at Nu Guazu field in Asunción, Paraguay, July 12, 2015.
Pope Francis celebrating Mass at Nu Guazu field in Asunción, Paraguay, July 12, 2015.

This morning Pope Francis visited the people of Norte Bañado of Asunción, a very poor area of the city. He visited several families of the slums there and went house to house in part of his journey. He also spoke in front of the chapel of St. John the Baptist of the Holy Family parish (more details, full text, full video, summary video 1, summary video 2). Speaking to the people there, he said for them to have solidarity with each other:

A faith which does not draw us into solidarity is a faith which is dead or a lie.

Faith without solidarity is a faith without Christ, a faith without God, a faith without fraternity.

Today Pope Francis celebrated Mass at Nu Guazu field in Asuncion, and gave a homily (full text, full video, summary video). Following Mass, he gave a Angelus Address (full text). In the homily he said:

It is about learning to live differently, under a different law, with different rules. It is about turning from the path of selfishness, conflict, division, and superiority and taking instead the path of life, generosity, and love.

...the real work of the Church, or mother, is not mainly to manage work and projects, but to learn how to live in fraternity with others.

After the Mass and Angelus, he departed for the local apostolic nunciature where he had lunch with Paraguayan bishops.

Pope Francis speaking to young people at the waterfront promenade of Costanera, Asunción, Paraguay, July 12, 2015.
Pope Francis speaking to young people at the waterfront promenade of Costanera, Asunción, Paraguay, July 12, 2015.
Pope Francis speaking to young people at the waterfront promenade of Costanera, Asunción, Paraguay, July 12, 2015 (pic 1, pic 2).
Pope Francis greeting and blessing people from a popemobile at the rebuilt Ycua Bolanos supermarket complex in Asunción, Paraguay, July 12, 2015.
Pope Francis greeting and blessing people from a popemobile at the rebuilt Ycua Bolanos supermarket complex in Asunción, Paraguay, July 12, 2015.

As well, in the afternoon at the waterfront promenade of Costanera, Pope Francis spoke with approximately two hundred thousand young people. He set aside his prepared remarks and instead, responded to statements by three young people who spoke before him (full text delivered, full text prepared, full video, summary video). It was exciting to read of Pope Francis’ knowledge of God’s plan for the Earth: “The Beatitudes that we have just read are Jesus’ plan for us.”

Following his address to the youth, he departed for the airport to leave for Rome. Along the way to the airport, he paused at and blessed the rebuilt Ycua Bolanos supermarket complex where a horrible fire had taken place. Upon arrival at the airport, there was a ceremony with Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes to see off Pope Francis as he departed their country (full video, summary video). He then embarked on his airplane journey at shortly after 7:30 p.m. local time.

In news related directly to this apostolic journey:

Here is a nice video montage of Pope Francis’ visit to Paraguay. And there’s a good article telling of letters which many Paraguayan children have written to Pope Francis.

Also, there are several good interviews: an excellent interview with Msgr. Guillermo Karcher (who works closely with Pope Francis) regarding Pope Francis’ buoyant energy and perspectives on the gospel and life in general, and an interview with Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes regarding Pope Francis’ visit to his nation.

As well, there is a nice article over at CNS talking about various Pope Francis mannerisms deduced from this particular apostolic journey.

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


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Pope Francis in Paraguay – Day 2

Pope Francis touching the statue of Our Lady of the Miracles of Caacupe, patroness of Paraguay, after celebrating Mass at the Basilica of Caacupe, in Caacupe, Paraguay, July 11th, 2015.
Pope Francis touching the statue of Our Lady of the Miracles of Caacupe, patroness of Paraguay, after celebrating Mass at the Basilica of Caacupe, in Caacupe, Paraguay, July 11th, 2015.

This morning Pope Francis visited the Acosta Nu Children’s Hospital in Asuncion and gave an address there (full text, full video, summary video 1, summary video 2).

Afterwards, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Marian Shrine of Caacupé near Asuncion and gave a homily (full text, full video, summary video).

Also today he met with a group of civil authorities and addressed them (full text, full video, summary video).

As well, it was reported that Pope Francis made an unscheduled visit to the “Saint Rafael Foundation”, which cares for poor patients who have various illnesses (summary video).

In the evening, Pope Francis presided over Vespers in the cathedral of Asunciòn where he spoke with a group of mostly men and women religious (full text, full video).

As well in the news, while in Paraguay, outside of traveling by popemobile, Pope Francis used the same car that Pope John Paul II used during his 1988 visit (summary video).

Also, it was reported today that Pope Francis sent several telegrams/messages. He sent a telegram of condolences and prayers at the bombing of the Italian consulate in Cairo on Friday (full text in French). And he sent another expressing condolences at the passing of Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, Archbishop Emeritus of Bologna (full text in Italian). Additionally, Pope Francis sent message of greetings and exhortation to participants of the first National Conference on the New Evangelization being held in Birmingham, England.

As well, in the news today, Pope Francis has donated supplies to recent immigrants and refugees at the Baobab cultural center in Rome, run by Solidarity Without Borders.

Also today, Pope Francis made an array of appointments.

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


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Pope Francis in Bolivia – Day 3, Paraguay - Day 1

This morning Pope Francis had Mass at the private residence of Archbishop Emeritus of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. At the end of the Mass, he gave to the Virgin of Copacabana, the patron saint of Bolivia, several gifts and prayers (full text).

Pope Francis visited the detainees at Palmasola prison and addressed them (full text, full video, summary video). Also while at the prison, he greeted many of the families there individually (summary video).

Afterwards, he traveled to the parish church of La Santa Cruz, where he met informally with Bolivian bishops. At close to midday, he traveled to the Viru Viru airport and depart by airplane for Paraguay (full video, summary video).

Once in Paraguay, there was a welcome ceremony at the airport with Paraguan President Horacio Cartes (full video, summary video).

He then traveled to the local apostolic nunciature, boarded a popemobile, and traveled to the Presidential Palace. It was also reported that somewhere along the way after his arrival at the airport, he made an unscheduled stop at the “Buen Pastor” women’s prison.

At the Presidential Palace, he met with Paraguan President Horacio Cartes and then in the garden of the palace met with and addressed civil authorities and diplomatic corps of the country (full text, full video, summary video).

Also today, Pope Francis made some appointments, and others.

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


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Pope Francis in Bolivia – Day 2

Pope Francis and Bolivian President Evo Morales wearing hats of Bolivia at the 2nd World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, July 9th, 2015.
Pope Francis and Bolivian President Evo Morales wearing hats of Bolivia at the 2nd World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, July 9th, 2015.

At about 10:30 a.m today Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily at the Plaza del Cristo Redentor in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and to mark the opening of the fifth Bolivian national Eucharistic Congress (more details, full text, full video, summary video). Also interestingly, a Burger King was temporarily transformed into a sacristy for the Mass and used by Pope Francis (summary video).

In the afternoon, Pope Francis traveled to Coliseo Don Bosco, a school managed by Salesian Fathers, whereat he addressed about four thousand Bolivian priests, men and women religious and seminarians (other details, full text, full video, summary video).

The day before, Cardinal Peter Turkson had addressed the gathering of the 2nd World Meeting of Popular Movements. This evening, Pope Francis met with and addressed their gathering (full text, full video, summary video). In his address, Pope Francis called for “a truly communitarian economy, one might say an economy of Christian inspiration.” Other super good quotes he said were:

The first task is to put the economy at the service of peoples. Human beings and nature must not be at the service of money. Let us say NO to an economy of exclusion and inequality, where money rules, rather than service.

Welfare programs geared to certain emergencies can only be considered temporary responses. They will never be able to replace true inclusion....

It is necessary to maintain unity in the face of every effort to divide....

...practice the commandment of love, not on the basis of ideas or concepts, but rather on the basis of genuine interpersonal encounter. ...establish this culture of encounter. .... We love people — commitment, true commitment, is born of the love of men and women, of children and the elderly, of peoples and communities — of names and faces which fill our hearts.

Also today, before returning for the night to the Archbishop Emeritus’ home, Pope Francis visited the Archbishop Emeritus, Cardinal Julio Terrazas at a local hospital where he’s been ill since mid-June, which by the report, it was a good meeting of old friends.

To sum up the day, Fr. Lombardi also gave a press conference.

And today, Pope Francis sent condolences to Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna of Malta at the passing of his father. And Pope Francis made an appointment.

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


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Pope Francis in Ecuador – Day 4, Bolivia – Day 1

Today, after having a private Mass in the morning at Quito’s Apostolic Nunciature, Pope Francis traveled a few miles outside of Quito to visit the Missionaries of Charity rest home for the elderly (summary video), and then at about 10:30 a.m. visited the National Marian shrine of El Quinche where he prayed (summary video) and spoke to seminarians, religious, priests, nuns, and monks gathered there, and setting aside his prepared remarks, he gave an off-the-cuff address (full text of given & prepared, other translation, summary video). I really really enjoyed this off-the-cuff address, it really showed so well what a good and faithful-to-God man that Pope Francis is. Of the Ecuadorian people, he said:

I also had the temptation... of asking: what’s the secret of this people? And I was thinking in my mind and prayed. And I asked Jesus several times in prayer: “What do these people have that is different?” And praying this morning it came to me: that consecration to the Sacred Heart. I think I should say it as a message from Jesus.

I’ve noticed it too, as I have followed Pope Francis’ journey in Ecuador, there is a vitality and a piety the people have there. I also see it a lot in their national president Rafael Correa, especially when him and Pope Francis talk together, he radiates vitality and joy. And Pope Francis has referred to them radiating a “consecration to the Sacred Heart.” He also said:

...return every day and pray: “Lord, today I did this, this was good, I had this difficulty, all this, but everything comes from you.” ....we are objects of gratuity of God. If we forget this, slowly we start feeling important.

Wow. I love Pope Francis!!!!!!! In another translation it reads, “I had this difficulty, but it all comes from you.” He goes on:

Some brotherly and fatherly advice: every night re-situate yourselves in this gratuity. And say: “Be it done to me, thank you because You gave me everything.”

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

He then traveled to the airport where President Correa saw him off as he departed for Bolivia (summary video).

And here’s a nice slideshow, a nice video montage of the Excuador visit, and a super good interview with President Correa regarding how Pope Francis’ visit went.

While in the air, he sent telegrams to the heads of state of the nations he flew over (full text).

Pope Francis standing with Bolivian President Evo Morales and children dressed in traditional clothing of Bolivia, after arriving at El Alto airport, Bolivia, July 8th, 2015.
Pope Francis standing with Bolivian President Evo Morales and children dressed in traditional clothing of Bolivia, after arriving at El Alto airport, Bolivia, July 8th, 2015.
Pope Francis dressed warmly in the evening at above 12,000 feet, and speaking with Archbishop of La Paz, Edmundo Luis Flavio Abastoflor Montero, on-board the popemobile, traveling to La Paz, Bolivia, July 8th, 2015.
Pope Francis dressed warmly in the evening at above 12,000 feet, and speaking with Archbishop of La Paz, Edmundo Luis Flavio Abastoflor Montero, on-board the popemobile, traveling to La Paz, Bolivia, July 8th, 2015.

He arrived at the El Alto airport at about 5 p.m., and was greeted by Bolivian President Evo Morales some other local dignitaries and some Bolivian bishops. Many people were gathered and both President Morales and Pope Francis also addressed them (full text, full video, summary video 1, summary video 2).

On his way from the airport to the archbishop’s home, Pope Francis stopped at the place Spanish Jesuit Luis Espinal Camps was assassinated on March 21st, 1980. When he arrived, there was a gathering of people there whom he greeted, he prayed with them in silence, and then declared a blessing on Fr. Espinal and on those gathered there (summary video).

After visiting the archbishop’s home, Pope Francis then traveled to the national government’s headquarters. Upon his arrival, at about 7 p.m., he received some rather politically charged gifts from President Morales (full video of gift reception, summary video). One of the gifts was a hammer and sickle crucifix and Pope Francis was a bit uncomfortable receiving it, but later news stories revealed that it was actually a replica of one made by Fr. Espinal — whom Pope Francis a few minutes earlier had praised during his journey there. Yes, it was an easy mistake, to take it as an insult, but it was really, an important artifact of their history. Later, during the press conference Pope Francis held several days from now while on the way back from Paraguay to Rome, Pope Francis explained in more details the interaction.

After that, he walked to the nearby Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace where he met with government officials there and addressed them (full text, full video).

He then returned to the airport and flew to the Viru Viru International Airport in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. He arrived at about 10:30 p.m. and the local archbishop, Sergio Alfredo Gualberti Calandrina and some local authorities were there to greet him. He traveled then to the private residence of the Archbishop Emeritus, Card. Julio Terrazas Sandoval where he stayed the night.

And Fr. Lombardi gave a press conference to sum up the day. There’s also a good summary video of the day in Bolivia.

And today, Pope Francis made an appointment.

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


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Pope Francis in Ecuador – Day 3

Pope Francis processing to Mass at Bicentennial Park, Quito, Ecuador, July 7, 2015.
Pope Francis processing to Mass at Bicentennial Park, Quito, Ecuador, July 7, 2015.

This morning Pope Francis had a private meeting with the bishops of Ecuador, and following that, he traveled to Quito’s Bicentennial Park where he had Mass and gave a homily (full text, full video, full video with English commentary, summary video). The bishops he met with earlier, also attended the Mass.

Related to the Mass, there’s a video about the chasuble he wore, and a video about the staff he has.

Also today, he traveled to the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. While there, he made an unscheduled visit to some Jesuits there (twitter: pics 1, pic 2). He also met with and addressed students and teachers from universities and other schools (full text, full video, summary video).

In the evening Pope Francis met with a group of social, political and economic leaders at the Church of St. Francis (full text, full video, summary video).

Pope Francis embracing Imelda Caicedo, a delegate of the Ecuadorian coastal farmers association, after she delivered a speech during his visit to the Church of St. Francis in Quito, Ecuador, July 7, 2015.
Pope Francis embracing Imelda Caicedo, a delegate of the Ecuadorian coastal farmers association, after she delivered a speech during his visit to the Church of St. Francis in Quito, Ecuador, July 7, 2015.
Pope Francis meeting with Jesuits at the Church of the Society of Jesus, Quito, Ecuador, July 7, 2015.
Pope Francis meeting with Jesuits at the Church of the Society of Jesus, Quito, Ecuador, July 7, 2015.

He then traveled to the Church of the Society of Jesus or Iglesia de la Compania (wikipedia page) where he visited various Jesuits there (twitter: pic 1, pic 2, pic 3, pic 4, pic 5, pic 6, pic 7).

And today, Pope Francis made an appointment.

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


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Pope Francis in Ecuador – Day 2

Pope Francis blessing people that “no one be discarded,” speaking outside one of the Cathedral of Quito at the end of the evening in Quito, Ecuador, July 6th, 2015.
Pope Francis blessing people that “no one be discarded,” speaking outside one of the Cathedral of Quito at the end of the evening in Quito, Ecuador, July 6th, 2015.

Today Pope Francis flew within Ecuador from Quito to Guayaquil, did things there, and then flew back to Quito the same day.

In Guayaquil, he visited the National Shrine of Divine Mercy and blessed the crowd there. After this, he traveled to Los Samanes Park where he celebrated Mass (full text, full video, summary video).

Afterwards, he had lunch with the Jesuit community at Colegio Javier in Guayaquil, whom he had visited on many occasions before becoming the Roman pontiff (twitter pics).

He then flew back to Quito where he went to the Presidential Palace and met with President Correa and his family and exchanged gifts, including receiving two embroideries. He then walked to the nearby Cathedral of Quito, where he walked around there greeting people and praying at various places (full video, summary video). As he departed, he gave a brief address to those gathered outside the cathedral (full text, full address video, full prepared text (not given)). One of my favorite parts was the following quote:

May there be no differences or exclusion. May no one be discarded. May we all be brothers and sisters where everyone is included, so that no one is left out of this great nation of Ecuador.

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

At the end of the day, after returning to the apostolic nunciature for the night, people again shouted for him to greet them, and he again emerged, prayed a Hail Mary with them, and told them to go home to go to sleep so that the neighborhood can sleep. I love Pope Francis!

Also at the end of the day, Father Federico Lombardi of the Vatican Press Office gave a press conference on the events of the day, and how everything on the journey has been going so far.

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


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Pope Francis in Ecuador – Day 1

Pope Francis blessing one of the children who greeted him as he got off an airplane at Mariscal Sucre Airport in Quito, Ecuador, July 5th, 2015.
Pope Francis blessing one of the children who greeted him as he got off an airplane at Mariscal Sucre Airport in Quito, Ecuador, July 5th, 2015.
Pope Francis conversing with Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa at Mariscal Sucre Airport in Quito, Ecuador, July 5th, 2015.
Pope Francis conversing with Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa at Mariscal Sucre Airport in Quito, Ecuador, July 5th, 2015.
Pope Francis greeting people from a popemobile in Quito, Ecuador, July 5th, 2015.
Pope Francis greeting people from a popemobile in Quito, Ecuador, July 5th, 2015.

Today Pope Francis began a voyage to South America. In the morning before his departure from the Vatican, he met with a group of homeless people for about an hour at his place of residence, Casa Santa Marta. The encounter was organized by the papal almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski.

After the encounter, Pope Francis traveled to the airport and departed Rome at 9:15 a.m., local time, and arrived in Quito, Ecuador just before 3 p.m., local time. Once aboard the plane, Pope Francis greeted each of the group of reporters who flew with him (summary video). Also on the plane, he received a gift from a Bolivian journalist of some chocolate medallions bearing his likeness (pic 1, pic 2). He conveyed his blessing and prayers for a young Argentine athlete battling health problems (summary video). And on the plane ride, he sent greetings to heads of state of the nations he flew over (full text).

As he arrived at the Mariscal Sucre Airport in Quito, it was a blustery day. Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and his wife warmly greeted him after stepping off the plane and several lines of children dressed in clothes of the country were there and he greeted each one of them. I love Pope Francis!

An orchestra and a choir was there too and performed before him (summary video). He was then greeted a group of local Catholic dignitaries. President Correa gave an address in which he quoted Laudato Si’ at length, and then Pope Francis gave an address (full text, summary video). Of the entire encounter at the airport here’s the full video and a summary video.

Following the addresses, he and President Correa had a brief private audience with each other just inside the airport. After that, he exited the terminal and traveled by car to the Monte Olivo cemetery in Quito (see end of video) where he transferred to a popemobile and then went through the streets of Quito greeting people (summary video 1, summary video 2) til he arrived at the local apostolic nunciature for dinner and to sleep. After arriving at the nunciature, a group of who had gathered outside who were cheering their support for him, he walked out into the street to greet them – they applauded him. He recited the Lord’s Prayer with them and then said “I come to bless you before we go to rest, and let the neighbours sleep!” and he returned inside the nunciature.

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


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Even Jesus Took Rest Breaks

Today Pope Francis made some appointments and sent a tweet:

That which gives us true freedom and true happiness is the compassionate love of Christ. (link)

I imagine that most of the day, he finished getting ready for his departure tomorrow to Ecuador. In the evening though at about 7 p.m., Pope Francis visited the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome to honor Mary before his journey abroad. He prayed there for about 20 minutes and left a bouquet of flowers in the colors of the flags of the three countries he’ll be visiting: Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay.

Pope Francis greeting participants in the Renewal in the Holy Spirit movement, at St. Peter’s Square, July 3rd, 2015.
Pope Francis greeting participants in the Renewal in the Holy Spirit movement, at St. Peter’s Square, July 3rd, 2015.
Andrea Bocelli and the singer Noa singing to participants in the Renewal in the Holy Spirit movement, at St. Peter’s Square, July 3rd, 2015.
Andrea Bocelli singing to participants in the Renewal in the Holy Spirit movement, at St. Peter’s Square, July 3rd, 2015.

As well, yesterday, Pope Francis spoke with the 38th National Convocation of the Renewal in the Holy Spirit (more details, full text in Italian, full video, summary video). Pope Francis addressed the participants on the topic of Christian unity. As well at the gathering, various big-name singers sang, including Andrea Bocelli, Noa, and Don Moen (summary video). Among the songs, Andrea Bocelli sang Ave Maria (full video), Panis Angelicus (full video), and Amazing Grace (full video). Also out yesterday is a good article detailing many of Pope Francis’ ecumenical efforts.

Interestingly, by some reports, in his address Pope Francis spoke of limiting the span in which one serves in a church calling/service. Specifically, pasting together various translations, it seems like he said, “It is convenient for all services in the Church to have a deadline, that there are no leaders for-life in the Church.” Some articles in the news are arguing that Pope Francis is partially being self-referential, but reading the surrounding sentences it sounds like he is speaking largely to lay leaders and particularly those who might get caught up in being authorities wound up in their own vanity and power. In the sentences surrounding the quote he says to avoid the “step by step, slide into authoritarianism.” He then urges, “An important service of leaders, especially lay leaders, is to grow and to mature spiritually and pastorally those who will take their place at the end of their service.” “How many leaders become peacocks? – the power leads to the vanity!” Certainly the scriptures do say there is a time for so many things, but generally, these quotes are directed to lay leaders, not to consecrated leaders such as priests, cardinals, monks, and nuns.

I actually know someone who is a “retired” Anglican priest and even though he is “retired” from being a priest over a specific congregation per se, he still takes his priestly vows of service to God, service within whatever congregations he associates, and fidelity to the local bishop – extremely seriously and “lifelong.” He prays the Liturgy of the Hours throughout every day and is devoted in prayer and service to Mary. Pope Francis was speaking particularly to lay leaders, not to consecrated leaders, such as himself.

Also, my impression of reading quotes and summaries of this address is that due to the ecumenical nature of the gathering, Pope Francis’ address was to give spiritual guidence to not just the Roman Catholic body but specifically to the Christian body. In the movement towards Christian unity, Pope Francis, by the See of Peter, is someone right now who with God is helping to guide the entire body of Christ across the whole earth. His address was just one more sign and signal of this.

That is a huge weight of responsibility to carry, no wonder he asks for prayer so often. Even amidst Pope Francis’ walk with God, there are spans for all things – including rest breaks. God doesn’t expect any of us to go go go go constantly for Him without taking a break – well, everything and everyone is constantly acting for Him, but rest breaks are expected!!!!!! So it’s good to see that he’s taking some of the summer off, to have some rest and relaxation.

Even Jesus took rest breaks! There are so many verses in the Bible in which Jesus simply told his disciples like, “Sorry guys, I’ve got to take a rest break. I’m just gonna go off over there by myself for a while — I’ll catch up with you later.” And he did. Even Jesus took rest breaks. It’s good to see Pope Francis taking rest breaks, too.

And yesterday, Pope Francis made some appointments.

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


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The Garden Entrusted To Us

Since Pope Francis is to a great extent taking July off, there isn’t a whole lot of news, but here are a few stories from yesterday and today:

Today Pope Francis had one audience, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, and he sent a tweet:

A great challenge: stop ruining the garden which God has entrusted to us so that all may enjoy it. (link)

And yesterday a statement was released of Pope Francis’ closeness and prayers for the Greek people, especially in relation to their “economic and social situation,” and he invited “all the faithful to unite in prayer for the good of the beloved Greek people.” Greece has been engaging with big economic issues of late.

And here’s a good article out today on Pope Francis’ previous journeys to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay before he became the Roman pope.

In Synod on the Family news:

The English translation of the Instrumentum Laboris, or working document, of the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops was released yesterday.

In God’s global plan news:

Yesterday a press conference was held to open a conference titled: “People and planet first: the imperative to change course” (full text). The press conference panel included author Naomi Klein, who heartily endorsed Pope Francis’ latest encyclical.

Also as part of the conference, today, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin also gave an address (full text, summary video, follow-up interview). As well, there was an additional interview he had, unrelated to his conference address, explaining Pope Francis’ travel plans to Latin America in a few days.

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


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To Proclaim To Everyone The Love Of God

Today Pope Francis received in audience Jean-Claude Michel, ambassador of the Principality of Monaco, and the International Council of Christians and Jews (full text, summary video).

Today Pope Francis went and visited Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI before the Pope Emeritus departed for a two week vacation at the papal villa of Castel Gandolfo (summary video). Relatedly for this summer, it was announced today that outside of his Sunday Angelus addresses and his voyage to South America, Pope Francis’ll be having a much reduced schedule, especially in July – he’s taking a little “stay-cation” for the month of July.

Also, Pope Francis sent on the occasion of the funeral of the Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians, his beatitude Nersès Bédros XIX Tarmouni, a message which was read by Cardinal Leonardo Sandri at the funeral (extensive text in English, full text).

Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for July, were released, for “a high form of charity” in all political circles, and for love and fraternity in South America.

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

How wonderful it is to proclaim to everyone the love of God which saves us and gives meaning to our lives! (link)

In Pope Francis endorsement news:

Widely known astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has come out also on Pope Francis’ side. Today he sent the following tweets:

The Pope employs a dozen full time astrophysicists as part of the four-century old Vatican Observatory bit.ly/1HvBH5I (link)

Yes, it’s possible to be a supreme holy figure yet still know what you are talking about regarding the Climate. (link)

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


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The Path of Faith and Holiness

Pope Francis giving a homily at Mass to forty six new archbishops receiving their palliums, at St. Peter’s Basilica, June 29th, 2015.
Pope Francis giving a homily at Mass to forty six new archbishops receiving their palliums, at St. Peter’s Basilica, June 29th, 2015.

Today is the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the patron saints of Rome. As such, Pope Francis had Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and gave a homily on the power of prayer and of being good witnesses of Christ (full text, full video, summary video 1, summary video 2). Also at the Mass, he gave forty six new archbishops their pallium wool liturgical vestment symbolizing their new appointments. The delegation of Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, was also in attendance.

Following the Mass, he gave an Angelus Address overlooking St. Peter’s Square (full text in Italian, full video) in which he spoke of the connection between St. Peter, St. Paul, and the Virgin Mary, and asked for prayers for his upcoming voyage to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay.

Also in the news, Chicago’s Archbishop Blase Cupich who had an audience with Pope Francis last week said in an interview today that he wouldn’t speak of the things they conversed of at the audience, but that “It’s not a casual type of thing. He really needs prayers at this time of his life.” Also, according to Fr. Lombardi, Pope Francis presently doesn’t have concerns regarding his health.

In Pope Francis endorsement news:

There’s a news story today in which Robert Redford has exclaimed that he is on-board with Pope Francis on the issues of climate change. And yesterday, while speaking at the Glastonbury festival, in Somerset, England, the Dalai Lama has endorsed Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, too.

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


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Fullness To Our Humanity

Today Pope Francis delivered an Angelus Address overlooking St. Peter’s Square on the meaning of having faith (full text, full video). Here’s one of my favorite lines:

Faith is a force of life, it gives fullness to our humanity; and who believes in Christ must be recognized precisely because they promote life in all situations, so that everyone, especially the weakest, can experience the love of God which frees and saves.

That is so beautiful. I love Pope Francis!!!!!!!

Also in the news, in about a week Pope Francis leaves for a three country tour of South America. In the country of Bolivia, for centuries local people have chewed coca leaves to ward off the effects of altitude, and it was reported that Pope Francis has told the Bolivian government that he would like to chew some of the leaves. An official reportedly said, “He has specifically requested that he wants to chew coca, so we will be awaiting the Holy Father with the sacred coca leaf.”

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


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For the Stability of the Holy Churches of God

Pope Francis administering an Ordinary Public Consistory for the canonization of the blessed, June 27th, 2015.
Pope Francis administering an Ordinary Public Consistory for the canonization of the blessed, June 27th, 2015.

This morning Pope Francis held an Ordinary Public Consistory for the canonization of the blessed: Vincent Gaudreau, Mary of the Immaculate Conception, and Louis and Zelie Martin (parents of St. Therese of Lisieux). He decreed that they’ll be canonized on Sunday, October 18th, 2015 (summary video).

Over the course of the day, Pope Francis received in audience a bunch of people, largely Roman Catholic officials, but including a delegation from Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, led by Orthodox Metropolitan John Zizioulas (full text). Bartholomew I didn’t actually attend, but he wrote a letter to Pope Francis before his delegation arrived (full text). I liked Bartholomew I’s phrase in his letter, “for the stability of the holy churches of God and for the unity of all.”

Pope Francis sent today a video message to the people of Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay before his visit to them (full text, full video). He also sent letter to the 600th anniversary celebrations of the death of Jan Hus (full text in Latin).

Today Pope Francis made several appointments, as well as promulgated a Motu Proprio to better organize public communications at the Vatican (full text).

And he sent a tweet:

The Church is a mother with an open heart, ready to help all people, especially those who try the hardest (link)

In Laudato Si’ commentary news:

In the news, there’s a couple of good articles/addresses regarding it:

a good readers guide with thought provoking questions to ask throughout the sections of the document
a good interview on shifts in church teachings based on the Laudato Si’ encyclical
a good address by Cardinal Peter Turkson regarding the Laudato Si’ encyclical and agriculture

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


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Jesus Does Not Marginalize Anyone Ever. Ever.

This morning Pope Francis had Mass at Casa Santa Marta and gave a homily on those who the doctors of the law might say are “unclean” are those who Jesus asks us to welome among us (more details, summary video). Here are some of my favorite passages:

Closeness [is] such an important word: you can’t build a community without closeness; you can’t make peace without closeness; you can’t do good without drawing near. [Jesus could have said to the leaper]: “Be healed!” [but instead He drew close and touched him.] What’s more: at the moment that Jesus touched the unclean man, He became unclean, [and] this is the mystery of Jesus: He takes upon himself our uncleanliness, our impurities.

Jesus does not marginalize anyone ever. Ever. He marginalized himself by including the marginalized and including us, sinners and outcasts, in his life.

...the Church, parishes, communities, consecrated men and women, bishops, priests, everyone [should also answer this question]: “Do I have the courage to draw near or do I always keep my distance? Do I have the courage to close the distance, as Jesus did?”

I love Pope Francis! This message of being having closeness to the marginalized is perhaps quite significant in the light of, today in the U.S. homosexual marriage was made official nationwide, and as well in light of the Vatican-Palestinian comprehensive agreement signed today. Jesus’ way was closeness to the marginalized.

Today Pope Francis received in audience many people, including:

Archbishop Blase Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago
• President of the International Catholic Migration Commission (official website), Peter Sutherland
• Greece’s Ambassador to the Holy See, Georgios Papadopoulos
participants in the World Meeting of the International Catholic Conference of Guiding (official website) on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their founding (more details, full text). Their international conference is the umbrella group for the Catholic Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Also today, Pope Francis made some appointments, and some nominations.

As well, he sent three telegrams of condolences and prayers (full text) for the victims of several terror attacks which occurred today: the bombing of a mosque in Kuwait City (news link), an attack in Sousse, Tunisia (news link), and an attack in Saint-Quentin Fallavier, France (news link).

In God’s global plan news:

Today the Holy See and the State of Palestine signed a comprehensive agreement defining the juridical status of the Roman Catholic Church in the country as well as officially recognizing Palestine as a State (more details, full text of speeches, full text of agreement, summary of full text of larger agreement, summary video). And the agreement works towards “bringing a definitive end to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” God’s global plans continue to move forward towards completion.

And yes, as mentioned, homosexual marriage was authorized nationwide in the U.S. today. By readings of the Bible, the one-man-one-woman argument really doesn’t stand, there are many many examples of God being just fine with polygamy in the Bible, especially among the God’s very early peoples. And certainly there are also many examples of humans reasoning with God, and if they brought before Him some pretty good arguments for relaxing something here or there, or to allow exceptions, or to shift things — God accommodates. Perhaps a super good example is that of Zelophehads daughters. Inflexibility is pretty rare for God. Coming before God and seeking God is what is important. Love. Strong, fond, tender attachment is what God asks. Do that.

And even by various exclamations of Jesus himself, there are many phrases indicating truly the de-valument of the concept of mortal family, and instead, his overarching support for and the supremacy of the Christ family:

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. – Matt 10:37

For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother. – Mark 3:35

God appears especially in the “excluded” and in the “unclean.” “Have the courage to close the distance.”

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


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The Charity of Christ

This morning Pope Francis had Mass at Casa Santa Marta and gave a homily on the topic of priests and other ministers listening before they speak (more details, summary video).

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

Fra’ Matthew Festing, Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and entourage (summary video)
students about to complete their studies at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy (full text)
a delegation from B’nai B’rith International (“Children of the Covenant”), a Jewish philanthropic organization (full text)

He sent telegram of condolences at the passing of the Patriarch, His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, of the Armenian Catholic Church (more details, full text in Italian).

He also made some appointments, and sent a tweet:

In Confession, Jesus welcomes us with all our sinfulness, to give us a new heart, capable of loving as he loves. (link)

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


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Understanding, Support and Consolation

Today Pope Francis had his General Audience at St. Peter’s Square and gave his address the topic of resolving conflicts in families (full text, full video, summary video 1, summary video 2).

Outside of the General Audience, Pope Francis also received in audience a delegation of Buddhist leaders from the U.S. (summary video).

Pope Francis also made some appointments.

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


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For His Love To Be Accepted

Today Pope Francis received in audience a number of people, mostly various Roman Catholic officials, but including church historian Alberto Melloni (wikipedia page).

Pope Francis also sent message to Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches, in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Joint Working Group between the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches or WCC (full text). This evening, Cardinal Kurt Koch read the message to the WCC group who were gathered for a conference in Rome to mark the anniversary. And here’s an excellent interview with the Rev. Dr. Tveit regarding the global ecumenical movement and the momentum which Pope Francis has brought to it.

Pope Francis also made an appointment, and sent a tweet:

God’s love is free. He asks for nothing in return; all he wants is for his love to be accepted. (link)

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


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Pope Francis in Turin, Italy – Day 2

Pope Francis shaking hands with Eugenio Bernardini, Moderator of the Waldensian Church, Turin, Italy, June 22nd, 2015.
Pope Francis shaking hands with Eugenio Bernardini, Moderator of the Waldensian Church, Turin, Italy, June 22nd, 2015.

Today Pope Francis continued his journey in Turin, today being his second day there. He returned to Rome this evening.

Today at about 9:00 a.m. in Turin, Pope Francis visited a Waldensian Church (wikipedia page). At the church there were several speakers and then Pope Francis spoke (full text, full video, summary video), asked them for forgiveness of the Roman Catholic church for persecuting their church so much over the centuries, and he spoke of that even in ecumenical unity, non-uniformity is an important and valued part of the picture of Christendom:

Unity, which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit does not mean uniformity. In fact, even brothers and sisters have a common origin, but they are not identical.

I love Pope Francis!

Afterwards, he traveled back to Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia’s home where he had a family reunion with about thirty relatives, and he had Mass and lunch with them (summary video). Also at the archbishop’s residence, Pope Francis met with about twenty immigrant refugees and asylum seekers, and hung out for a while with members of the Committee for the Shroud Exposition and with organizers of this particular visit to Turin, and then flew back to Rome at about 5:30 p.m.

For an excellent recap of the two day journey to Turin, check out this super good summary video!

Also today, Pope Francis made an appointment.

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


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Pope Francis in Turin, Italy – Day 1

Pope Francis greeting the people of Turin, Italy, from his popemobile, June 21st, 2015.
Pope Francis greeting the people of Turin from his popemobile, June 21st, 2015.
Pope Francis sitting with Archbishop Cesare Nosigliain of Turin, after arriving at Piazzetta Reale, Turin, Italy, June 21st, 2015.
Pope Francis sitting with Archbishop Cesare Nosigliain of Turin, after arriving at Piazzetta Reale, Turin, Italy, June 21st, 2015.

Today Pope Francis traveled to Turin, Italy, visiting many people there. He left Casa Santa Marta at about 6:30 a.m., arrived at the Ciampino Airport and departed by air around 7:00 a.m. for Turin.

Upon his arrival in Turin, he was greeted by various religious, and city and regional officials, including the Archbishop of Turin, Cesare Nosiglia, who accompanied him throughout his journeys in the city.

His first stop was Piazzetta Reale di Torino at about 8:40 a.m. where he met with workers and representatives of various industries in the city (extensive text in English, full text in Italian, full video).

This address was soooo good, and I’ve pieced together a really really good section of the speech the best I could:

...the crisis today: there is a lack of work, increased economic and social inequalities, many people are impoverished and have problems with housing, health, education and other primary goods. Immigration increases competition, but migrants should not be blamed because they are victims of iniquity, by this economy that discards and wars. It makes you cry to see so many scenes these days, where humans are treated as merchandise!

In this situation we must re-declare “no” to an economy of waste who asks to resign themselves to the exclusion of people living in absolute poverty.... exclude children (birth-rate zero!), excluding the elderly, and now young people are excluded (more than 40% of young people unemployed)! What does not produce is excluded as “disposable”.

He went on to say that the challenge of the future must be “faced with solidarity and broad vision,” and with a “social and generational pact,” which pools resources for the common effort.

I love Pope Francis!!!!!!! God is with Pope Francis and Pope Francis is with God. And so Pope Francis continues to share God’s plan for the people on Earth and to lead them to follow it. According to God’s plan, Pope Francis leads human beings to understand that no human being is disposible, no matter their financial-poverty, age, productivity, etc. No one.

Pope Francis sitting in prayer before the Shroud of Turin, at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Turin, Italy, June 21st, 2015.
Pope Francis sitting in prayer before the Shroud of Turin, at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Turin, Italy, June 21st, 2015.
Pope Francis touching the frame of the Shroud of Turin at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Turin, Italy, June 21st, 2015.
Pope Francis touching the frame of the Shroud of Turin at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Turin, Italy, June 21st, 2015.
Pope Francis in prayer at the tomb of the Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Turin, Italy, June 21st, 2015.
Pope Francis in prayer at the tomb of the Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Turin, Italy, June 21st, 2015.

Next he traveled to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist where at about 9:15 a.m. he visit and prayed before the famous Shroud of Turin (full video, summary video 1, summary video 2). He sat and prayed for a while before the shroud, and the approached the shroud and touch the frame of it. While at the cathedral, he also prayed at the tomb of the Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati (wikipedia page) who is famous for saying “Charity is not enough,” and met some of Frassati’s relatives.

He then traveled to Piazza Vittorio Veneto where at about 10:30 a.m. he celebrated an outdoor Mass and gave a homily on loving people with God’s enduring love (full text, full video), followed by giving a brief Angelus Address (full text, full video).

Afterwards, Pope Francis went the home of the archbishop and there had lunch with young inmates of the juvenile prison Ferrante-Aporti.

Following lunch, at about 2:30 p.m. he briefly visited the Sanctuary of the Consolata, Turin’s most popular basilica, for prayer and to visit the priests there.

Pope Francis addressing Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, at the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, Turin, Italy, June 21st, 2015.
Pope Francis addressing Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, at the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, Turin, Italy, June 21st, 2015.
Pope Francis addressing people gathered outside the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, Turin, Italy, June 21st, 2015.
Pope Francis addressing people gathered outside the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, Turin, Italy, June 21st, 2015.

Next he traveled to the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians where at about 3:00 p.m. in the basilica, he addressed a gathering of Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. Upon entering the basilica, he prayed at the tomb of St. John Bosco (wikipedia page), and then addressed those gathered in the basilica. He set aside his written remarks and spoke off the cuff to them for about a half hour about living life in followance of St. John Bosco (more details, extensive text in English, full text in Italian, full video). After his address, upon exiting the basilica, he gave a very brief address to the many people gathered outside.

Later at about 4:30 p.m., he traveled to the Little House of Divine Providence where he visited some sick and disabled people, and spoke there (full text).

Pope Francis addressing young people gathered at Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Turin, Italy, June 21st, 2015.
Pope Francis addressing young people gathered at Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Turin, Italy, June 21st, 2015.
Pope Francis addressing young people gathered at Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Turin, Italy, June 21st, 2015 (source 1 & 2).

And concluding his public encounters, he returned to the city’s Piazza Vittorio Veneto at about 6:00 p.m. where he met with children and young people. Again, he laid aside his prepared remarks and answered questions from the young people. Many of his answers centered around being courageous and creative to actively love the people around oneself (more details, full text delivered, full text prepared, full video, summary video). In his remarks, he helped the young people to better understand and apply God’s plan for the people on and in this planet Earth. Also, there is a report that Bob Halligan Jr., the founder and lead singer for the International Catholic Celtic rock group, Ceili Rain performed and met Pope Francis at the gathering, too.

Also as a part of the day, during the Mass in the morning at Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu, of the Vatican’s State Department, felt a bit ill and was transported to a local hospital. A few hours later, Pope Francis visited him there.

As well in the course of the day, Pope Francis made an unscheduled stop at the Church of Saint Therese where his paternal grandparents, Giovanni and Rosa Bergoglio Vassallo, were married in 1907. While there, he prayed for the upcoming Synod on the Family this coming October.

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


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The Common Good, The Ultimate Goal Of Life

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

President of the Association of Foundations and Savings (Associazione di Fondazioni e di Casse di Risparmio), Dr. Giuseppe Guzzetti
• Equatorial Guinea’s Ambassador to the Holy See, Joaquín Mbana Nchama
members of the Italian National Federation of the Knights of Labour (more details, extensive text in English, full text in Italian). In his address he said:

...the common good, the ultimate goal of life, cannot be achieved by a mere increase of earnings or production.... The social teaching of the Church continually recalls this fundamental criterion: that the human being is at the centre of development, and as long as men and women remain passive or marginalized, the common good cannot be considered fully achieved.

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

He made some appointments and issued a consent.

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


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To Improve Their Lives

Pope Francis greeting Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, as he arrives for a private audience at the Vatican, June 19th, 2015.
Pope Francis greeting Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, as he arrives for a private audience at the Vatican, June 19th, 2015.
Pope Francis in prayer with Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, at the Redemptoris Mater chapel at the Vatican, June 19th, 2015.
Pope Francis in prayer with Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, at the Redemptoris Mater chapel at the Vatican, June 19th, 2015.

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily on not being obsessed with material wealth (more details, summary video).

Pope Francis received various individuals and groups in audience today, including:

a group of Italian Special Olympics Athletes (full text, summary video). He had some really really good quotes in his address, including:

In fact, the Special Olympics includes in its statutes, that its athletes need to have different abilities — that will ultimately improve their lives.

I love Pope Francis! If we have weakness, ultimately it can lead us to live better lives.
members of the Catholic Biblical Federation (more details, extensive text in English, full text in Italian)
a delegation from the Syriac-Orthodox Church (full text, summary video)

Today the Vatican, by way of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, issued a message of greetings to Muslims of the globe in honor of the month of Ramadan and conveyed Pope Francis’ and the Vatican’s wishes for a peaceful and prosperous month (full text).

And today Pope Francis made an appointment.

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


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The Encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home

The press conference to introduce Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home, at the Vatican, June 18th, 2015.
The press conference to introduce Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home, at the Vatican, June 18th, 2015.
Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Orthodox Metropolitan John Zizioulas, speaking at the press conference to introduce Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home, at the Vatican, June 18th, 2015.
Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Orthodox Metropolitan John Zizioulas, speaking at the press conference to introduce Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home, at the Vatican, June 18th, 2015.

Today Pope Francis released his encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home (full text, summary press release, summary video 1, summary video 2). For other papal writings, visit www.papalencyclicals.net. Actually by the dating of these documents, it appears that perhaps the final copy was completed and readied for release on May 24th, 2015, but the official public release is today.

A press conference also occurred today to accompany the release of the encyclical (more details, full text, full video, summary press release, summary video). At the press conference, several people spoke:

• Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (full text, post-presentation interview)
• Metropolitan John Zizioulas of Pergamo, of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Orthodox Church (full text)
• Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder and director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (full text, post-presentation interview)
• Professor Carolyn Woo, CEO and President of Catholic Relief Services (full text)
• Valeria Marana, a teacher in the outlying areas of Rome (full text in Italian, summary text)

There are also lots of good summary & explanatory articles in the news today regarding the encyclical. Here are just a few:

a summary focusing on abortion, population control, and caring for the human body
a summary from the perspectives of U.S. Roman Catholic bishops
a summary of its structure and perspectives
a summary focusing on the topic of economic growth vs. environmental wellness
a summary focusing on St. Francis of Assisi’s influence on the document
an article explaining some of the possible contributors advisingly influencing the document

Also, here’s a few good articles of quotes from the encyclical:

a good list of quotes
a prayer In Union with Creation
a prayer For Our Earth
Special terminology used

Today Pope Francis also gave a homily at Mass at Casa Santa Marta this morning regarding the topic of in our weaknesses, seeking the help of God, and forgiving others as God forgives us (summary video).

Today Pope Francis continued visiting the various dicasteries (departments) of the Holy See, including visiting the Pontifical Council for Culture, and he made an appointment today.

And today, particularly to spread the good news regarding the encyclical release, Pope Francis sent a bunch of tweets, by my count, a total of sixty three. Here’s the list, beginning from first to last:

I invite all to pause to think about the challenges we face regarding care for our common home. #LaudatoSi (link)

We need a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. #LaudatoSi (link)

There is an intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet. #LaudatoSi (link)

There is a need to seek other ways of understanding the economy and progress. #LaudatoSi (link)

There is a value proper to each creature. (link)

The throwaway culture of today calls for a new lifestyle. #LaudatoSi (link)

“To commit a crime against the natural world is a sin against ourselves and a sin against God.” (Patriarch Bartholomew) (link)

The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all. (link)

Climate change represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day. #LaudatoSi (link)

The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. (link)

These problems are closely linked to a throwaway culture. (link)

One particularly serious problem is the quality of water available to the poor. #LaudatoSi (link)

The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together. (link)

The deterioration of the environment and of society affect the most vulnerable people on the planet. (link)

We have to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. #LaudatoSi (link)

To blame population growth, and not an extreme consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues. (link)

A true “ecological debt” exists, particularly between the global north and south. (link)

Developed countries ought to help pay this debt by limiting their consumption of nonrenewable energy. (link)

There is no room for the globalization of indifference. #LaudatoSi (link)

Economic interests easily end up trumping the common good. (link)

The alliance between economy and technology ends up sidelining anything unrelated to its immediate interests. (link)

Whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenceless before the interests of a deified market. (link)

We need only to take a frank look at the facts to see that our common home is falling into serious disrepair. #LaudatoSi (link)

The present world system is certainly unsustainable from a number of points of view. #LaudatoSi (link)

Each community has the duty to protect the earth and to ensure its fruitfulness for coming generations. (link)

“Creation” has a broader meaning than “nature”; it has to do with God’s loving plan. #LaudatoSi (link)

Every creature is the object of the Father’s tenderness, who gives it its place in the world. (link)

A fragile world challenges us to devise intelligent ways of directing, developing and limiting our power. (link)

At times more zeal is shown in protecting other species than in defending the equal dignity of human beings. (link)

We should be particularly indignant at the enormous inequalities in our midst. #LaudatoSi (link)

We continue to tolerate some considering themselves more worthy than others. (link)

Earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone. #LaudatoSi (link)

For believers, this becomes a question of fidelity to the Creator. (link)

Never has humanity had such power over itself, yet nothing ensures that it will be used wisely. (link)

Each age tends to have only a meagre awareness of its own limitations. (link)

It is possible that we don’t grasp the gravity of the challenges before us. #LaudatoSi (link)

We are learning all too slowly the lessons of environmental deterioration. #LaudatoSi (link)

By itself the market cannot guarantee integral human development and social inclusion. (link)

Scientific and technological progress cannot be equated with the progress of humanity and history. (link)

There is an urgent need for us to move forward in a bold cultural revolution. #LaudatoSi (link)

Christian thought sees human beings as possessing a particular dignity above other creatures. (link)

The culture of relativism drives one person to take advantage of another, to treat others as mere objects. (link)

It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly. #LaudatoSi (link)

We need an integrated approach to combating poverty and protecting nature. (link)

For indigenous communities, land is not a commodity, but a gift from God, a sacred space. (link)

Having a home has much to do with a sense of personal dignity and the growth of families. #LaudatoSi (link)

The world we have received also belongs to who will follow us. #LaudatoSi (link)

What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up? (link)

What is at stake is our own dignity. (link)

Leaving an inhabitable planet to future generations is, first and foremost, up to us. (link)

Interdependence obliges us to think of one world with a common plan. (link)

Reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage and responsibility. #LaudatoSi (link)

A decrease in the pace of production and consumption can at times give rise to another form of progress and development. (link)

We know how unsustainable is the behaviour of those who constantly consume and destroy. (link)

Believers must feel challenged to live in a way consonant with their faith. #LaudatoSi (link)

Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change. (link)

The emptier a person’s heart is, the more he or she needs to buy, own and consume. #LaudatoSi (link)

The teachings of the Gospel have direct consequences for our way of thinking, feeling and living. #LaudatoSi (link)

Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is not a secondary aspect of our Christian experience. (link)

Christian spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the quality of life. (link)

An integral ecology includes taking time to reflect on our lifestyle and our ideals. #LaudatoSi (link)

Let us sing as we go. May our struggles and our concern for this planet never take away the joy of our hope. (link)

Lord, seize us with your power and light, help us to protect all life, to prepare for a better future. #LaudatoSi (link)

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


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Love That Unites Us To Those We Love

Today Pope Francis had his weekly General Audience at St. Peter’s Square and spoke on the topic of how to cope with the death of a relative (full text, full video, summary video). He also asked people to support and pray for migrants, and for them to read and follow his encyclical which is to be released tomorrow.

And today, Pope Francis made an appointment.

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


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Bread For Us

Today Pope Francis had Mass at Casa Santa Marta and gave a homily on how a low spirit can lead one to the “bread for us” (more details, summary video).

Today Pope Francis received in audience Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, with Fra' Matthew Festing, prince and grand master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

He also made some appointments.

I imagine that a lot of the remainder of today, Pope Francis is working with his whole team at the Vatican to get everything really really good for the encyclical release on Thursday, and he’s probably writing his General Audience address for tomorrow.

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


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Let’s Pray So That Everything Can Get Accomplished

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis had Mass and gave a homily on the topic of safeguarding one’s heart to welcome the gratuitous gifts of God (summary video).

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

representatives of the Czech Hussite Church and the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren, from the Czech Republic, on the occasion of the 600 anniversary of the death of Jan Hus (extensive text in English, full text in Italian)
members of the Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches or ROACO (full text, summary video)
President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon of the Republic of Colombia (summary video)
• Executive President Enrique Garcia of the Development Bank of Latin America (official website)
• Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow (summary video), and according to the video link, Pope Francis said:

Let’s pray so that everything can get accomplished.

I love Pope Francis! Pope Francis is leading, to accomplish God’s plans for the planet Earth.

And he made several appointments (more details).

In Pope Francis related news:

There is a really really good video explanation by Father Michael Perry, Minister General of the Friars Minor, of the phrase “Laudato Si,” the title of this coming Thursday’s encyclical.

Also a non-final-release draft in Italian of Pope Francis’ encyclical was leaked today, and Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office issued a statement following the unauthorized release saying that “it is not the final text” and asked that journalists “respect professional standards,” as well as the absolute embargo set by the Vatican, and wait for the final release. The Holy See Press Office has also suspended the credentials of the journalist who leaked the draft.

Also, here’s an interesting commentary on the non-final-release, leaked document.

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


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Responsibility Towards The Common Home

Today, overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis gave an Angelus Address on the topic of God’s seeds growing (rough full text, full text in Italian, full video). Also in the address, he asked people to pray that all may receive the message of his Encyclical Letter to be published later this week “and grow in the responsibility towards the common home that God has entrusted to all.”

In the late afternoon, at St. Peter’s Square, he received in audience participants of the Diocese of Rome’s annual Ecclesial Convention (full text, full video).

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


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