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A Good Assignment to Do at Home

This morning, Pope Francis had Mass at Casa Santa Marta and gave a super good homily on the topic of encountering Christ, especially about actively remembering our encounters, and looking to encounters with Jesus in the Bible to aid one to draw closer (more details, summary video). He even made it a homework assignment:

This would be a good assignment to do at home, to consider: ‘When have I really felt that the Lord was close to me? When have I felt the need to change my life, or to become better, or to forgive someone? When have I felt the Lord asking something of me? When have I encountered the Lord?’ Because our faith is an encounter with Jesus.

So good!!!!

Today Pope Francis also had a number of audiences, including with:

bishops of Lesotho and Namibia for their ad Limina visit, and gave them an address (full text)
Milos Zeman, president of the Czech Republic (summary video)
• Ana Maria Araújo Freire (pictures of visit), widow of author Paulo Freire (wikipedia page)
• Mexican actor Eduardo Verástegui (summary video)

He made a bunch of appointments (more details).

Also, it was reported that amidst some considered threats against the Vatican in the news, Pope Francis was and is not worried (summary video). God is with Pope Francis and Pope Francis is with God.

In Pope Francis related news:

There’s a new website: www.iubilaeummisericordiae.va, which the Vatican has set up, and it’s all about the Jubilee Year of Mercy (summary video). And there is a super good interview out today with Cardinal Pietro Parolin giving some of his insights about Pope Francis.

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


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Discover The Strength

This morning Pope Francis received in audience Argentinian soccer star Diego Maradona (twitter pic). Pope Francis also apparently attended a Scholas Occurrentes press conference with Diego Maradona (summary video), and Pope Francis commented on the importance of keeping children out of gangs.

Today Pope Francis also made some appointments. As well, he approved the formation of a Vatican Media Committee and appointed members to be on that committee.

Also, yesterday, Cardinal Kurt Koch traveled to Armenia and today and tomorrow is attending events there to commemorate the Armenian Genocide, and he is delivering a message from Pope Francis during one of the events. Additionally, as a part of the events, the Armenian Apostolic Church is canonizing all 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide.

It was announced today that Pope Francis has approved Rabbi Arthur Schneier of Manhattan’s Park East Synagogue to become a knight of Saint Sylvester.

And today Pope Francis sent a tweet:

In the Sacraments we discover the strength to think and to act according to the Gospel. (link)

As well, today is the feast day of St. George, and thus the name day for Jorge Mario Bergoglio (“Jorge” is the Spanish form of “George”) (more details). As such, I imagine that today Pope Francis is doing some good celebration of his name day. :)

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


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The Creative Gesture Of God

Pope Francis delivering his General Audience address, at St. Peter’s Square, April 22th, 2015.
Pope Francis delivering his General Audience address, at St. Peter’s Square, April 22th, 2015.

Today Pope Francis gave his weekly General Audience address at St. Peter’s Square (full text, full video, summary video 1, summary video 2). In the address, he spoke largely of the importance of strengthening the marriage and family relationships between men and women. As with so many of his addresses, it was full of such super good lines:

Woman is not a “replica” of man; she comes directly from the creative gesture of God. The image of the “rib” does not express inferiority or subordination but, on the contrary, that man and woman are of the same substance and are complementary. And the fact that – still in the parable – God molded woman while man slept, stresses in fact that she is in no way creature of man, but of God. And it also suggests something else: To find woman, and we can say to find love in woman, to find woman, man must first dream about her and then he finds her.

How beautiful! I love Pope Francis!!!!!! He goes on to talk about some of the really big issues many people face today, too:

Sin generates distrust and division between man and woman. Their relationship will be undermined by thousands of forms of abuse of power and subjugation, from deceitful seduction and humiliating arrogance, to more dramatic and violent forms. History bears the evidence of this. We think for example, of the negative excesses of patriarchal cultures. Think of the many forms of chauvinism in which women are considered to be second class. We think of the exploitation and commercialization of the female body in today’s media culture. But we also think of the epidemic of distrust, skepticism and even hostility that has spread in our culture – in particular from an understandable skepticism by women – concerning the covenant between man and woman being able to perfect the intimacy of communion while at the same time safeguarding the dignity of differences.

God has a better way. It is really really good that Pope Francis is helping the world to wake up to these details and is implementing God’s plan to solve these issues so that humans’ll be extremely happy with themselves and with each other, in all of their relationships.

And he ended his address by talking about today being Earth Day, and that is really really good to take good care of the earth.

Also in the news, some people who also met Pope Francis during this General Audience included: Dr. Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization. As well, there is a video about a film maker who met with Pope Francis, exchanged hugs, and gave him a copy of his movie to watch.

Also today, Pope Francis made some appointments (more details).

And, Pope Francis is now scheduled to visit Cuba (summary video).

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


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A Source of Life for the Entire Human Family

Pope Francis overseeing the signing of collaborative agreements between UNICEF, CONMEBOL, and Scholas Occurrentes, at Casa Santa Marta, April 21th, 2015.
Pope Francis overseeing the signing of collaborative agreements between UNICEF, CONMEBOL, and Scholas Occurrentes, at Casa Santa Marta, April 21th, 2015.

Today Pope Francis gave a morning homily at Casa Santa Marta on remembering the martyrs, and supporting other Christians (summary video).

As well today, Pope Francis oversaw the signing of several collaborative agreements between UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund), CONMEBOL (the South American Football Confederation), and Scholas Occurrentes (the global network of schools for children’s education started by Pope Francis) (more details, & more details in Spanish).

He also made some appointments (more details).

And today, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

We need to care for the earth so that it may continue, as God willed, to be a source of life for the entire human family. (link)

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


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Encounter with the Lord

Pope Francis had a pretty busy day today.

He had Mass and gave a morning homily at Casa Santa Marta on the topic of trusting God’s power through “encounter with the Lord” (summary video).

As well today, Pope Francis had several audiences, including with:

bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Gabon (full text in Italian, summary video)
members of the Conference of European Hassidic Rabbis (more details, full text, summary video)
Slovenia’s new ambassador to the Holy See (summary video)

Also today, Pope Francis sent a letter of condolences and prayer at the death of Rabbi Elio Toaff, former Chief Rabbi of Rome, who passed away yesterday (full text).

Later in the afternoon, Pope Francis sent a letter of condolences and prayer to the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church, His Holiness Abuna Matthias, regarding the deaths of Christians beheaded and shot over the weekend by the Islamic State in Ethiopia (full text, summary video).

And today, Pope Francis made an appointment.

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


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You are Witnesses of These Things

Today Pope Francis gave a Sunday Regina Caeli address from high above St. Peter’s Square (full text, full video, summary video). The address was on the topic of being witnesses of Christ. He also asked for prayers for the victims and their families of a large boating tragedy on the Mediterranean Sea.

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


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The Earthly City in Light of the Beatitudes

Today Pope Francis has a whole bunch of audiences, including with:

Italian President Sergio Mattarella (full text, full text in Italian of President Mattarella’s & Cardinal Parolin’s accompanying addresses, full video, summary video)
members of the International Catholic Society for Girls (full text)
members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (full text). As Pope Francis spoke to the group, he advocated for the good freedom and good care of all people, and helped them more readily adopt implementation of God’s global plans:

I encourage you to continue in this work.... The light of the Gospel is to help anyone who is in the service of the civilization of love, where the Beatitudes have social resonance, where there is a real inclusion of the least among us. We must build the earthly city in light of the Beatitudes, and so walk toward heaven in the company of children and the least among us.

Pope Francis also sent letter of condolences regarding the passing of Cardinal Francis E. George, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago (full text).

And he made one appointment.

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


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Another Day in the Life of Pope Francis

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

Today Pope Francis received in audience several groups and individuals, including:

meeting with Reiner Haseloff, Minister-President of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, and his wife
members of the “Papal Foundation” during their annual visit to Rome (full text, summary video)
and he met and prayed with Laurent Stefanini, France’s nominated ambassador to the Holy See

Additionally today, at Saint Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis attended the funeral for Cardinal Roberto Tucci.

Also today, Pope Francis made several appointments.

And he sent a tweet:

Mary, Mother of Sorrows, help us to understand God’s will in moments of great suffering. (link)

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


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Benedict’s Birthday Beer Party

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s 88th Birthday Beer Party, April 16th, 2015.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s 88th Birthday Beer Party, April 16th, 2015.

This morning Pope Francis had morning Mass particularly in honor of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s eighty-eighth birthday today and gave a homily on not being so stubborn that one cannot listen to and have dialogue with others and with God (summary video). Also, related to the Pope Emeritus’ birthday, it seems he had quite a good and happy birthday — it was a beer party!

Today Pope Francis sat and met with Kenyan bishops for their ad Limina visit, specifically twenty-seven prelates, and gave them some prepared written remarks (full text, summary video 1, summary video 2).

A delegation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), representing about 80% of nuns in the U.S., met with Pope Francis (more details, article on LCWR website, summary video). As well, here’s an excellent report on the history of the issues resolved with this meeting and its accompanying report.

It was announced that as part of Pope Francis’ journey to North America in September, he is considering also visiting Cuba.

As well today, Pope Francis made some appointments.

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


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Healthy Gender Relationships

Today Pope Francis had his weekly General Audience and continuing his catechesis on the family, gave a super good address on the topic of gender and how listening, communicating, and giving authority to women are healthy ways for society to go in regards to men and women getting along together (full text, full video, summary video). He also expressed that the study of “gender theory” can be quite less good, especially when applied to the erasure of difference between men and women, and expressed instead a favoring of better communication between people as a solution. I very much agree that much better communication can be really really important, and the study of gender theory when understood and applied to communication — this can be an excellent way to aid many men and women in living out their lives very happy together because they understand the other and respond accordingly really really well. Not to diverge too much, but...

Jessa and Ben Seewald who got some super good wedding advice from Jessa’s parents, on 19 Kids and Counting.
Jessa and Ben Seewald, who got some super good wedding advice from Jessa’s parents, on 19 Kids and Counting.

This reminds me actually of something I witnessed watching the TV show “19 Kids and Counting”! This season, one of nineteen children got married, but before they got married, the mother and father of the nineteen did some marriage counseling with the two young people to share with them how they’ve been so successful as a couple so that their daughter and son-in-law-to-be would also be. What they shared was that many men tend to think and have needs such as x, y, & z, and many women tend to think and have needs such as a, b, & c, but that they need to understand those differences and have very sincere empathy (imagining what the other is going through), activeness in helping the others needs to be fulfilled, a lifetime commitment to that love-relationship/marriage no matter where they are on the best to worst spectrum, and true forgiveness for the other even when or if they mess-up just a little or titanically.

So, the “theory of gender” is good, especially when it helps us understand the differences.

Also in the news, during the General Audience Pope Francis met briefly with the husband and the daughter of a persecuted Christian in Pakistan, Asia Bibi (summary video); there was also a press conference afterwards regarding the encounter. As well during the General Audience, Pope Francis met and blessed Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro, who is playing Jesus Christ in an remake of the film Ben-Hur. Pope Francis also received representatives of Saint Mary’s University who gave him their Signum Fidei Award.

Also today, Pope Francis sent letter of condolences regarding the passing of Cardinal Roberto Tucci who during his life served as director general of Vatican Radio, and coordinator of papal trips outside Italy during St. John Paul II’s pontificate (full text).

As well, today the Council of Nine Cardinals (the C9 group) finished their meetings for the week with Pope Francis, and Fr. Federico Lombardi gave a press conference on their progress (more details). Relatedly, there is an excellent interview with Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga regarding the C9’s overall progress.

Also in the news today, Pope Francis cold called a journalist in Argentina who had written him regarding some of his own worries about government politics in Argentina. Pope Francis encouraged him to learn to pray. I love Pope Francis!!!!!!

In Pope Francis related news:

There is an excellent interview with journalist Franca Giansoldati on the affects of Pope Francis calling the Armenian Genocide a “genocide.” For more information on the Armenian Genocide, see the wikipedia entry. Also, there’s a good Rome Reports video on an exhibit about it, too (more details).

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


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Morning Homilies are Back!

Lots has gone on the past two days, though not lots of pomp.

I so enjoy the videos and reading the reports on the morning homilies. And yesterday morning Pope Francis resumed having morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, and he gave a homily on the topic of evangelization not being advertising but speaking with others frankly (summary video). Today’s morning homily was super good, on the topic of how to build Christian communities (summary video).

Of messages, today Pope Francis sent message regarding today being World Day of Prayer for Vocations (full text).

Also yesterday, Pope Francis returned with the council of cardinals to having curial reform meetings for the first half of this week, through Wednesday.

Yesterday Pope Francis made a bunch of appointments, mostly to do with curial appointments, and today he made several appointments, too.

Yesterday he had one audience.

And today Pope Francis sent a tweet:

The Lord never tires of forgiving us. It is we who get tired of asking for pardon. (link)

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


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Saint Gregory of Narek is Now a Doctor

Pope Francis with the head of Armenia’s Orthodox Church, Karenkin II, at an Armenian Rite Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, April 12, 2015.
Pope Francis with the head of Armenia’s Orthodox Church, Karenkin II, at an Armenian Rite Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, April 12, 2015.

Today at St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis attended the Armenian Rite Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday and proclaimed the Armenian Saint Gregory of Narek a Doctor of the Church (full text) and gave a homily there (full text, full video, summary video). In his homily, Pope Francis called the slaughter of Armenians at the beginning of the 20th century a “genocide,” which shortly stirred the government of Turkey to recall their ambassador to the Holy See (summary video). Following the Mass, His Holiness Aram I of the Armenian Catholic Church gave an address (full text), as well as His Holiness Karekin II (full text).

As well today, Pope Francis prayed the Regina Caeli prayer and gave an accompanying address overlooking St. Peter’s Square (full text in Italian, full video).

And he made an appointment.

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


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The Bull of Indiction for the Holy Year of Mercy

Pope Francis presenting the papal Bull of Indiction, titled The Face of Mercy, thus introducing the extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, at the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, April 11, 2015.
Pope Francis presenting the papal Bull of Indiction, titled The Face of Mercy, thus introducing the extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, at the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, April 11, 2015.
Fr. Leonardo Sapienza, Regent of the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household, reading the Bull of Indiction, titled The Face of Mercy, at the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, April 11, 2015.
Fr. Leonardo Sapienza, Regent of the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household, reading the Bull of Indiction, titled The Face of Mercy, at the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, April 11, 2015.

Today, in front of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis presented a papal bull titled “The Face of Mercy” (full text, summary video) to several cardinals and others (twelve copies in all) to officially proclaim an extraordinary Holy Year to begin this coming December and to designate the theme for the Holy Year. The Bull of Indiction is quite long, but essentially, after Pope Francis handed out copies, Fr. Leonardo Sapienza, Regent of the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household, then read major portions of the document, especially the beginning and the end of the bull. After the presentation and reading, Pope Francis and his entourage then moved into the sanctuary where he presided over and gave a homily for Vespers for Divine Mercy Sunday (full text, full video).

Today Pope Francis also had several audiences, including with the new Ambassador of Italy to the Holy See, Daniele Mancini (summary video).

Pope Francis also had audience with and addressed a group of long-experienced men and women religeous who tutor and instruct those new to living a consecrated life (full text, summary video). They were at the Vatican for a conference titled “Living in Christ according to the way of Life of the Gospel.”

And today, he made several appointments.

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


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It Is Not Enough To Wait

Pope Francis meeting with the president of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, April 10, 2015.
Pope Francis meeting with the president of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, April 10, 2015.

Today Pope Francis received in audience a bunch of different people, including the president of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili (summary video).

As well today, Pope Francis supposedly received a “St. John’s Bible,” a specially commissioned a handwritten and pictorially illuminated Bible.

Also in the news today, Pope Francis has sent message to a two day “Summit of the Americas” being held in Panama (full text). The letter is so good!!!!! It’s about the plan. Here’s a couple of quotes:

The theory of “trickle down” or “effusion” has proved fallacious: it is not enough to wait for the poor to pick up the crumbs that fall from the table of the rich.

There are “commodities”, such as land, labour, and the House, and “public services”, such as health, education, safety and the environment, of which no human being should be excluded.

Wow. I love Pope Francis!!!!!! Even Jesus said to go to others and lift them up. Don’t wait. The monetarily rich should not expect wealth to “trickle down,” but act in earnest to implement God’s plans. God is with Pope Francis and Pope Francis is with God. Pope Francis and the Vatican continue to be central leaders in the implementation of God’s plans for the planet. The letter was read at the conference by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Also, thanks to Pope Francis and the Vatican working to help mend the relationship between Cuba and the U.S., the U.S. has lifted their objections to Cuba attending, and so this is the very first Summit of the Americas which Cuba is attending. Furthermore, as such, the U.S. president and President Raúl Castro of Cuba shook hands and spoke briefly tonight at the summit. Tomorrow they have a sit-down meeting.

Regarding the acceptance of France’s nominated ambassador to the Holy See, it sounds like there’s been a bit of uneasiness around the Vatican regarding the nomination, so Pope Francis has put the approval on hold for the moment until things get sorted out.

And today, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

We can bring the Gospel to others only if it has made a deep impact in our lives. (link)

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


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A Meeting with Armenian Bishops

Pope Francis meeting with bishops of the Patriarchal Synod of the Armenian Catholic Church and kissing a cross being given to him as a gift, April 9, 2015.
Pope Francis meeting with bishops of the Patriarchal Synod of the Armenian Catholic Church and kissing a cross being given to him as a gift, April 9, 2015.

Today Pope Francis received in audience several different people, including the president of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska (summary video).

He also met today with the bishops of the Patriarchal Synod of the Armenian Catholic Church and orally delivered an address to them (full text, summary video).

And today, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

Lord, give us the gift of tears, the ability to cry for our sins and so receive your forgiveness. (link)

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


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Children are Never a Mistake

Yesterday and today there have been lots of exciting Pope Francis news stories:

Cardinal Fernando Filloni has returned from his mission trip which Pope Francis sent him on to the Iraqi region, and yesterday evening at Casa Santa Marta he met in audience with Pope Francis to share the details of his journey. Also in the news, at a Solemn Easter Vigil in Erbil, Iraq, Cardinal Filloni also distributed Easter cakes and rosaries sent by Pope Francis to Christians there.

Today Pope Francis had his General Audience on St. Peter’s Square and gave a stirring address on the topic of the value of children (full text, full video, summary video 1, summary video 2). It was such a really really good address, with so many brilliant quotes:

Many children from the start are rejected, abandoned, robbed of their childhood and their future. Some dare to say, as if to justify it, that it was a mistake for them to come into the world. This is shameful! Let’s not unload on children our faults, please! Children are never a mistake. Their hunger is not a mistake, nor is their poverty, their fragility, their abandonment... If anything, these are reasons to love them more, with more generosity.

Every child that is marginalized, abandoned, that lives on the streets begging, however they can, without school, without medical care, is a cry that rises to God, accusing the system that we adults have built.

Brothers and sister, think! Don’t mess with children!

Children are not a game.

The Lord judges our life by listening to what the angels tell him about the children, angels that “always behold the face of the Father who is in heaven” (Cf. Matthew 18:10). We must ask ourselves always: What will the children’s angels tell God about us?

I love Pope Francis!!!!!! Such quotes above remind me of the Bible passage:

    Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
    for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.
– Proverbs 23:10-11 (NIV)

And that strong Defender is God Himself.

Also in the news, there’s a news story of a parishioner from the Diocese of Sioux City, who has been ill, and they got to meet and be blessed by Pope Francis at today’s General Audience.

Also in the news, Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte has passed away (summary video) and Pope Francis sent a telegram offering condolences and prayers (full text).

Also, yesterday and today, Pope Francis made a number of appointments.

In God’s global plan news:

There is a super good video out yesterday on what the Order of Malta is doing to fulfill God’s plans for the planet, by taking steps towards seeing that everyone has a home to live in.

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


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Regina Caeli

Today Pope Francis gave an address and prayed the Regina Caeli prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square (full text, full video, summary video). After searching a bunch, I found nearly the full Latin text (untranslated), including the add-on call-and-responses which were said (full text see the video description), and looking for the bits not included too, compiling them all together, here’s the full text in Latin and translations into English:

V: Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia: (Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.)
R. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia, (The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia.)
V: Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia, (Has risen, as He said, alleluia.)
R. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia. (Pray for us to God, alleluia.)
V: Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia. (Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.)
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia. (For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.)

V: [Oremus.] (Let us pray.)
Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, (O God, who through the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ)
mundum laetificare dignatus es: (gave rejoicing to the world,)
praesta, quaesumus, ut per eius Genitricem Virginem Mariam, (grant, we pray, that through his Mother, the Virgin Mary,)
perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. (we may obtain the joy of everlasting life.)
Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. (Through Christ our Lord.)
R. Amen. (source [end of Regina Caeli])

V: Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. (Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.)
R: Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen. (As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.)
V: Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. (Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.)
R: Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen. (As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.)
V: Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. (Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.)
R: Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen. (As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.) (source)

V: Per fidelibus defunctis (For the faithful dead)

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, (Grant them eternal rest, Lord,)
R: Et lux perpetua luceat eis. (and let perpetual light shine on them.) (source)
V: Requiescant in pace. (Rest in peace.) (source)
R: Amen.

V: Sit nomen Domini benedictum, (Blessed be the name of the Lord,)
R: Ex hoc nunc et usque in saeculum. (Both now and forever.)
V: Adiutorium nostrum in nomine Domini, (Our help is in the name of the Lord,)
R: Qui fecit caelum et terram. (Who made heaven and earth.)

V: Benedicat vos omnipotens Deus, (May almighty God bless you)
Pater, et Filius, et Spiritus Sanctus. (the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.) (source)

Consulting with a friend who knows Latin, he said that it’s more proper, when writing, to use “ae” than “æ.” Also, some translations on the internet of the above say, “ætemam,” and it was explained to me that this is a misspelling and that it should be “aeternam.”

And that’s the Regina Caeli given by Pope Francis! Also, in my searchings, I found an excellent list of other good and interesting prayers in Latin!

And today, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

Lord, help us to live the virtue of generosity, to love without limits. (link)

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


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Happy Easter!

Pope Francis greeting pilgrims before giving the Urbi et Orbi blessing, from the central loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica overlooking St. Peter’s Square, April 5, 2015.
Pope Francis greeting pilgrims before giving the Urbi et Orbi blessing from the central loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica overlooking St. Peter’s Square, April 5, 2015.

Today, in celebration of Easter, Pope Francis had Mass on St. Peter’s Square (full video), there was no homily given during the Mass itself. Following the Mass, Pope Francis cruised around St. Peter’s Square in the popemobile greeting pilgrims.

Following all of that, at noon, from the central loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis gave an address and the Urbi et Orbi blessing (full text, full video, summary video). It proceeded as such:

1) Pope Francis read his address/homily (full text).
2) The Cardinal Proto-deacon announced: “His Holiness Pope Francis grants a plenary indulgence in the form laid down by the church to all the faithful present and to those who receive his blessing by radio, television, and the new communications media. Let us ask Almighty God to grant the pope many years as leader of the church, and peace and unity to the church throughout the world.”
3) Pope Francis gave the Urbi et Orbi blessing in Latin (full text).
4) Pope Francis gave a short closing few words (full text is the segment at the end).

Also today, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

Christ is risen! Christ is alive and journeys with us! (link)

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


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The Easter Vigil

Pope Francis processing in darkness with the lit Paschal Candle at the beginning of the Easter Vigil at St. Peter’s Basilica, April 4, 2015.
Pope Francis processing in darkness with the lit Paschal Candle at the beginning of the Easter Vigil at St. Peter’s Basilica, April 4, 2015.
Pope Francis delivering the homily at the Easter Vigil at St. Peter’s Basilica, April 4, 2015.
Pope Francis delivering the homily at the Easter Vigil at St. Peter’s Basilica, April 4, 2015.
Pope Francis baptizing one of ten adults at the Easter Vigil at St. Peter’s Basilica, April 4, 2015.
Pope Francis baptizing one of ten adults at the Easter Vigil at St. Peter’s Basilica, April 4, 2015. The lady being baptized here actually had a bunch of news stories about her baptism as she had written to Pope Francis and Pope Francis invited her to be baptized by him at this Easter Vigil (article, summary video).

Tonight Pope Francis attended the Easter Vigil at St. Peter’s Basilica, gave a homily on the resurrection, and baptized ten people (full text, full video).

Also in the news, Pope Francis phone called today an Argentine military base in Antarctica to express to the personnel there Easter greetings.

In Pope Francis related news:

Christian groups in Cremisan Valley, located close to Bethlehem, who had petitioned Pope Francis to intervene and not have Israel build a separation wall through their valley — Israel’s Supreme Court has now rejected the plan to build it through their valley.

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


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The Joy of the Resurrection

Pope Francis getting down to prostrate himself in prayer at the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion Mass, at St. Peter’s Basilica, April 3, 2015.
Pope Francis getting down to prostrate himself in prayer at the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion Mass, at St. Peter’s Basilica, April 3, 2015.
Pope Francis prostrated in prayer at the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion Mass, at St. Peter’s Basilica, April 3, 2015.
Pope Francis prostrated in prayer at the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion Mass, at St. Peter’s Basilica, April 3, 2015.
Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Pontifical Household, delivering the homily at the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion Mass, at St. Peter’s Basilica, April 3, 2015.
Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Pontifical Household, delivering the homily at the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion Mass, at St. Peter’s Basilica, April 3, 2015.
Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Pontifical Household, delivering the homily at the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion Mass, at St. Peter’s Basilica, April 3, 2015.

Today Pope Francis presided at the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion Mass, at St. Peter’s Basilica (full video, summary video). As part of the Mass, Pope Francis prostrate himself on the ground in prayer (video clip). At the Mass, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the Pontifical Household, gave the homily on the meaning of living for Christ (full text).

Through Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis sent two letters today. In response to the deaths occurring at a university, which was attacked in Kenya, Pope Francis sent a telegram to express his closeness, and prayers to the families of victims and to all of the people of Kenya (full text). He called upon people there “to bring an end to such violence and to hasten the dawn of a new era of brotherhood, justice and peace.” Pope Francis also sent a letter to the Colombian Bishops Conference, expressing Pope Francis’ wish to visit the nation of Columbia soon (more details).

Pope Francis presiding at the Stations of the Cross held at the Colosseum in Rome, April 3, 2015.
Pope Francis presiding at the Stations of the Cross held at the Colosseum in Rome, April 3, 2015.
Crowds gathered for the Stations of the Cross, at the Colosseum in Rome, April 3, 2015.
Crowds gathered for the Stations of the Cross, at the Colosseum in Rome, April 3, 2015.

In the evening, Pope Francis traveled to the Colosseum in Rome to preside at the Stations of the Cross and gave an address to those gathered there (full text, full video, summary video). It was an absolutely gorgeous evening, ending with Pope Francis reciting with the faithful the Anima Christi prayer, followed by him urging everyone to return home with the hope of joyful resurrection in Christ. Wow. So good!!!! I love Pope Francis!!!!!!!

And today, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

The Cross of Christ is not a defeat: the Cross is love and mercy. (link)

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

Pope Francis presiding at the Stations of the Cross held at the Colosseum in Rome, April 3, 2015.
Pope Francis presiding at the Stations of the Cross held at the Colosseum in Rome, April 3, 2015.
Crowds gathered for the Stations of the Cross, at the Colosseum in Rome, April 3, 2015.
Crowds gathered for the Stations of the Cross, at the Colosseum in Rome, April 3, 2015.

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Holy Thursday

Pope Francis after washing the feet of a prisoner, gives him a blessing, too. At the Rebibbia prison in Rome, Italy, April 2, 2015.
Pope Francis after washing the feet of a prisoner, gives him a blessing, too. At the Rebibbia prison in Rome, Italy, April 2, 2015.

Today Pope Francis had a Chrism Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, blessed the holy oil for the coming year, and gave a homily on the topic of priests and other ministers finding renewal amidst potential exhaustion (full text, full video, summary video).

Pope Francis delivering a homily at the Rebibbia prison in Rome, Italy, April 2, 2015.
Pope Francis delivering a homily at the Rebibbia prison in Rome, Italy, April 2, 2015.
Pope Francis being surrounded by affection from prisoners, hugs, kisses, and hands being held at the end of Mass at the Rebibbia prison in Rome, Italy, April 2, 2015.
Pope Francis being surrounded by affection from prisoners, hugs, kisses, and hands being held at the end of Mass at the Rebibbia prison in Rome, Italy, April 2, 2015.
Pope Francis being surrounded by affection, hugs, kisses, and hands being held from prisoners at the end of Mass at the Rebibbia prison in Rome, Italy, April 2, 2015.

Then also today, Pope Francis visited a prison in Rebibbia, celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper with the prisoners, gave an off-the-cuff homily on Jesus’ personal love for every individual, and washed the feet of twelve of the inmates (full text, full video, summary video, summary video of foot washing). Reading his sermon, one of my favorite parts was him quoting Isaiah:

In the Bible there is a sentence from the prophet Isaiah that is very beautiful. It says: “Can a mother forget her own child? Though a mother may forget her child, I will not forget you!” (Is. 49:15) That is how the love of God is for us.

Also one of the most touching moments for me in Pope Francis’ visit to the prison was as he processed towards exiting the building. The outpouring of affection towards him, prisoners coming up to him, hugging, kissing, and holding his hands was so hugely moving.

Today is Holy Thursday, and though I regularly attend at a Protestant-ish church, and I went to the evening service at my own church, it’s nice to see the liturgical contrasts between the catholic and protestant churches. It really leads one to see what is really broadly and most commonly important to us all in Christian traditions. And amid such considerations, I often reflect on Pope Francis’ words from his in-flight press conference returning from Turkey, in which he spoke of, “Saint John Paul II asked for: “Help me to find a point of agreement in the light of the first millennium.” This is the key point.” And setting aside theological arguments, we should “just get on with things” together, and understand together the “ecumenism of blood” — that generally people who’ve martyred Christians didn’t care if they were Protestant, Anglican, Roman Catholic, or Orthodox. Regardless of precise theology and liturgy, we’re all, together in Christ.

Today Pope Francis also sent a tweet:

Jesus washes the feet of the Apostles. Are we ready to serve others like this? (link)

In Pope Francis related news:

On another mission trip for Pope Francis, here is an update article on Cardinal Fernando Filoni’s tour through the Iraqi region. He says that in general, “the situation... is much improved.”

This morning The Today Show in the U.S., Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York made an appearance and responded to Pope Francis being told by his doctor to lay off the pasta.

As well in the news today, there is an excellent interview with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, in which he speaks a lot of Pope Francis and the relations between his church and the Roman church.

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


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A Sunny Day on St. Peter’s Square

Today Pope Francis had his General Audience on St. Peter’s Square and gave an address on the topic of choosing to serve to God, and how the many parts of Holy Week lead us to communion with God (full text, full video, summary video). As part of the address, he also spoke of Saint John Paul II, “Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of the death of Saint John Paul II: may his example and witness be always alive among you.”

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


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Doctor’s Orders

The Virgin Mary greeting an elderly St. Elizabeth, John the Baptist’s mother, from The Visitation with St. Nicholas and St. Anthony Abbot, by Piero di Cosimo.
The Virgin Mary greeting an elderly St. Elizabeth, John the Baptist’s mother, from “The Visitation with St. Nicholas and St. Anthony Abbot,” by Piero di Cosimo.

Pope Francis today made a bunch of appointments (more details, more details).

And in the news, Pope Francis went to his doctor and the doctor ordered him to eat less pasta, walk more often, and lose weight! — even if he is pretty cute on the tubby side.

And today, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

Confession is the sacrament of the tenderness of God, his way of embracing us. (link)

It’s Holy Week, and I’ve known lots of priests and others who do liturgies, and not only do they rehearse a lot, Holy Week rehearsals and preparations pile up majorly!!!!!! So I imagine that the rehearsals have continued today, and even that he probably caravanned out to the Colosseum yesterday or today for rehearsals, too. It’s a huge week. For a lot of priest I know, pretty much Holy Week is so big, they take the entire week off following it just to recover.

In Pope Francis related news:

Cardinal Filoni has begun his return visit to the Iraqi region to share Pope Francis’ closeness with the Christians there.

And there is an excellent article on the Stations of the Cross meditations for this year. It was done by Bishop Renato Corti at the request of Pope Francis. The meditations are going to accompany the Way of the Cross lead by Pope Francis this Friday at the Colosseum in Rome (full text of meditations).

In God’s global plan news:

God’s plans are moving forward. Today, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin met with the President of the Italian Senate, Pietro Grasso and at the meeting continued to work for and set up implementation of God’s plan for the planet. Later on, Cardinal Parolin gave a really really good interview regarding it all.

And in other news, since it’s a pretty light day in so far as Pope Francis news, I’ll just point you over to a super good article over at NCR about the artist Piero di Cosimo!

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


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Holy Week has Begun

Today Pope Francis received about six people in audience – mostly people from around the Vatican, and made an appointment.

As well, Pope Francis sent a Holy Week inspired tweet:

Holy Week is a privileged time when we are called to draw near to Jesus: friendship with him is shown in times of difficulty (link)

And it is Holy Week, so likely, as well, Pope Francis is busy in meetings and rehearsals with his team who do liturgical events with him.

In Pope Francis related news:

A Muslim man and his son in Bosnia are carving a chair for Pope Francis to sit on at Mass during his visit to Sarajevo on June 6th.

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


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Palm Sunday Mass

Pope Francis processing to Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square, March 29, 2015.
Pope Francis processing to Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square, March 29, 2015.
Pope Francis at the Obelisk of St. Peter’s Square at Palm Sunday Mass, March 29, 2015.
Pope Francis at the Obelisk of St. Peter’s Square at Palm Sunday Mass, March 29, 2015.

Today Pope Francis had Palm Sunday Mass on St. Peter’s Square and delivered a homily (full text, full video, homily excerpts video, summary video). His homily was on the topic of giving of ourselves in service to God. Following the Mass he gave a brief Angelus Address (full text).

Also, part of the Mass consisted of Pope Francis and the procession stopping and doing some things at the Egyptian obelisk on St. Peter’s Square. And speaking of the obelisk, there is a super good report over at Joan’s Rome about the history and setting up of the obelisk itself!

Pope Francis also made some appointments.

In Pope Francis related news:

One of Pope Francis’ iPads is up for auction to raise money for a Christian school in Uruguay.

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


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Three letters and More

Today Pope Francis sent message of condolences to the Assyrian Church of the East at the passing of Patriarch Mar Dinkha IV (full text). He sent message to flood victims in Chile and Peru offering his prayers and exhorting good will (full text). And he sent a letter to Carmelite Superior General, Father Xavier Cannistrà to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila (full text).

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

As disciples of Christ, how can we not be concerned for the good of the weakest? (link)

Yes indeed.

As well today, I imagine Pope Francis still might be working away at his encyclical and probably had been doing lots of preparations for Holy Week.

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


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The Gift of Life

Today, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Pontifical Household gave his fourth Lenten sermon (more details), and Pope Francis was in attendance.

To express closeness with persecuted Iraqi Christians, Pope Francis has sent donations from parishes in Rome to them and to victims of Boko Haram and is sending Cardinal Fernando Filoni back to the Iraqi region “as a sign of nearness, affection, and unity in prayer with them” (press release, summary video).

Pope Francis sent a tweet:

Life is a precious gift, but we realize this only when we give it to others. (link)

And a bunch of the rest of the day, I imagine he worked on the encyclical.

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


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A Leaven of Christian Living

This morning before Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis led a special hour of prayer for peace, to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila. Following that, he gave a homily on faith which goes beyond “cold doctrine” (more detail, summary video). It was a beautiful message. He spoke of how when some people get caught up in the rationalizations of “the law,” they loose touch with the fundamentals of Jesus’ gospel:

This casuistry was their world: an abstract world, a world without love, a world without faith, a world without hope, a world without trust, a world without God.

The true fundamentals are love, faith, and joy, which shine forth in loving God and loving one’s neighbor, not in the casuistry of “the law.” I love Pope Francis!!!!!!

Also today, approximately 150 homeless people got a tour of the Vatican and its museums, thanks to papal almoner Archbishop Konrad Kraiewski (more details, summary video). As well, approximately when they got to the Sistine Chapel to tour it, Pope Francis took a break from working on the encyclical and dropped in to greet them! He told them that “this is your house,” and asked them to pray for him. I love Pope Francis! And here is one, another, another article in which specific homeless people are mentioned and they shared some of their experiences, etc.

Today Pope Francis created a new diocese and vicariate in India and made associated appointements, and he sent a tweet:

The laity are called to become a leaven of Christian living within society. (link)

In Pope Francis related news:

Out today is an excellent article giving some greater background to Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on the environment and ecology, and includes passages from an interview with Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, who has been helping to put the encyclical together.

And published today in the news, Pope Francis was named by Fortune Magazine as the World’s fourth Greatest Leader (more details, summary video). Last year he was ranked as number one.

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


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General Audience in the Rain

Pope Francis riding in his Popemobile in the rain amid a sea of umbrellas at his General Audience at St. Peter’s Square, March 25, 2015.
Pope Francis riding in his Popemobile in the rain amid a sea of umbrellas at his General Audience at St. Peter’s Square, March 25, 2015.

Today on St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis had his weekly General Audience, and his address focused predominately on the Church acting to support families and asked for people to pray for the upcoming Synod on the Family (full text, full video, summary video). At the conclusion of the General Audience, Pope Francis met with Nigel Baker, British ambassador to the Holy See, along with several family members of people who perished at the hands of the Islamic State (more details, and more details). He also met with Ivan Ramiro Cordoba, former Inter Milan soccer player (summary video). And today, Pope Francis had another audience as well, with five Farmers Union state presidents and the National Farmers Union’s (NFU) chief counsel (more details and more details).

And probably the rest of the day Pope Francis worked on his encyclical.

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


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A Homily on Following God’s Way

Although Pope Francis is spending the week working on his encyclical on the environment/ecology, on most days still, including today, he had morning Mass and gave a homily (more details, summary video). And his homily was on accepting and following God’s way and not our own.

It was announced that Pope Francis has again made available a great many items given to him, and is going to have a second raffle for charity.

He sent message of condolences and sorrow to the families of victims of the Germanwings flight 9525 which crashed in the French alps today.

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

Suffering is a call to conversion: it reminds us of our frailty and vulnerability. (link)

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


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Pope Francis Works on Encyclical

It’s been announced that Pope Francis has decided to make this week relatively light in so far as public appearances, so as to focus on working on, reviewing, and editing his encyclical on ecology (more details). So I imagine he’ll be sitting at his computer for many an hour this week, typing, editing, printing it out, reviewing the printed copy, taking a pen and marking it up with changes, making those changes on the computer and then doing it all again. Oh yes, and he’ll be looking up Bible verse after Bible verse, checking all his references and all the rest. But — Pope Francis gets it done.

Aside from that:

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

And this morning Pope Francis gave a homily at Casa Santa Marta on the topic of mercy (more details, summary video).

And today, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

May every Church and Christian community be a place of mercy amid so much indifference. (link)

I love Pope Francis!

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


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Nuns Mob Pope Francis in Naples

Pope Francis delivering an address in the Scampia neighborhood of Naples, Italy, March 21, 2015.
Pope Francis delivering an address in the Scampia neighborhood of Naples, Italy, March 21, 2015.

Today Pope Francis traveled by helicopter to visit the cities of Naples and Pompeii.

His first stop was to visit the Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary in the city of Pompeii, where he spoke to the people there and prayed at the shrine (full text, full video).

His second stop was the Scampia quarter of the city of Naples. His helicopter landed at a sports field and he traveled by popemobile to St. John Paul II Square, and answered questions and addressed people gathered there (full text of Q & A, full text of address, full video, summary video).

Pope Francis presiding at Mass at Piazza del Plebicito, Naples, Italy, March 21, 2015.
Pope Francis presiding at Mass at Piazza del Plebicito, Naples, Italy, March 21, 2015.

After that, Pope Francis traveled to the Piazza del Plebicito, at the center of Naples where he celebrated a public Mass and delivered a homily (full text, full video).

After this, Pope Francis traveled to the Poggioreale penitentiary where he had lunch with detainees and addressed them (full text, summary video).

Nuns converging around Pope Francis to give him a special gift and messages, at the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, Naples, Italy, March 21, 2015.
Nuns converging around Pope Francis to give him a special gift and messages, at the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, Naples, Italy, March 21, 2015.
Nuns converging around Pope Francis to give him a special gift and messages, at the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, Naples, Italy, March 21, 2015.

Also as part of the day, at the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary (wikipedia page), in the chapel of Saint Restituta, he met with men and women religious and addressed them (extensive text in English, full text in Italian, full video, summary video). Also present was the relic of the blood of St. Januarius (wikipedia page), the patron saint of Naples. Before leaving, he prayed the Our Father, kissed the relic of St. Januarius, and said a blessing with it — and the solidified blood became liquid, which had not happened in the presence of a pope since 1848. Also at the gathering, Pope Francis got mobbed by a crowd of the nuns, thrilled to be in his presence, who presented him with a gift and messages to him (summary video). It was quite an adorable scene.

At the Church of the Gesù Nuovo he visited a group of sick and disabled people (full text, summary video).

Later, thousands of young people and others gathered by the seaside in Naples and Pope Francis traveled by Popemobile there and spoke with them (extensive text in English, full text in Italian, summary video). He spoke of how God might not always seem to give one good luck in life, but to focus on the characteristics of God in one’s life:

I cannot deceive you and say, ‘No, believe. Everything will be fine. You will be happy. You will have good luck. You will have money.’ No, no, no. Our God works in silence. Remember. Our God is a God of words, gestures and silences. You should join these three things in your life. Sorry, but I don’t have another recipe.

I love Pope Francis!

In addition to his visit to Naples and Pompeii, Pope Francis made some appointments.

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


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Audiences and Preparing for Naples and Pompeii

Today Pope Francis had several audiences, including with:

bishops from Japan on an ad Limina visit (more details, summary video), and Pope Francis gave them a written address (full text) and met with them informally
a delegation from the International Commission Against the Death Penalty, and Pope Francis gave them a written address to the president of the commission (full text), and met with the delegation informally; in his written remarks, Pope Francis called for an end, worldwide, to the death penalty and to life imprisonment

Pope Francis accepted a resignation (more details, summary video), and made an appointment. As well, Pope Francis did some reorganizing of the Hungarian Greek Catholic Church.

Outside of all of that, tomorrow, Pope Francis visits Naples and Pompeii, so probably a lot of the rest of today, he worked a bunch with the cardinals and others to make sure everything is arranged super duper good for the journey and he put the finishing touches on his addresses.

In Pope Francis related news:

There is an excellent article out today on Pope Francis’ perspectives on mercy. And towards furthering God’s global plans especially in the U.S., Catholic bishops are banding together and pushing for unconditional housing for all people.

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


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So Many Messages Galore

Today Pope Francis sent a bunch of messages to lots of different people. He sent message to victims of a bombing in the city of Tunis, expressing consolation and his prayers for them (more details, full text). He also sent message to honor the opening of the first slum parish in the Villa Miseria, Buenos Aires, and which is dedicated to Saint Don Bosco. As well, he sent a video message to celebrate the opening of a new main church at the Catholic University of Argentina, on the Campus of Puerto Madero.

Also, today, Pope Francis telephoned Benedict XVI to offer wellest wishes on the feast of St. Joseph, his name day.

Additionally today, Pope Francis made several appointments (more details).

In Pope Francis related news:

Today is the feast day for St. Joseph, one of Pope Francis’ favorite Saints (summary video). For more about St. Joseph, see this excellent article published today.

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


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Humanitarian Outreach

This morning, Pope Francis received in audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, and authorized an array of decrees, including attributing a miracle to the intercession of the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, Louis and Marie-Azélie Martin. As well in the news, there is a really really good interview with Fr. Antonio Sangalli, the Postulator of Their Cause.

Today Pope Francis had a General Audience on St. Peter’s Square and addressed the audience on the topic of the value of children (full text, full video, summary video). Also during the General Audience, Pope Francis received Argentine artist Gustavo Masó and he presented him with a painting inspired by a portion of Pope Francis’ visit to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem (summary video). Also during the General Audience, Pope Francis met with a group of homeless people from Marseilles, France, who had traveled to meet him. As well today, Pope Francis met with Venezuelan Lara state governor Henri Falcón.

Also in the news, Pope Francis, by way of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, has given a papal donation of €500,000 to provide humanitarian assistance in West Africa, especially Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

As well, Pope Francis sent a big delivery of food to families in the Roman neighborhood of Tor Bella Monaca, which he visited about 10 days ago.

Pope Francis made several appointments.

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


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Filling Hearts with His Goodness and Mercy

This morning Pope Francis gave a homily at Casa Santa Marta on the topic of the church doors being open to everyone (more details, summary video).

As well, today it was announced that Pope Francis sent a letter to Nigerian bishops, expressing encouragement and closeness to them (full text).

Today, Pope Francis made an appointment, plus an array of Synod on the Family appointments.

And today, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

Let us allow God to fill our hearts with his goodness and mercy. (link)

In Pope Francis related news:

There is a really really good video about Pope Francis stamps and Synod on the Family coins which the Vatican has issued.

There is an excellent interview in the news today of Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, prefect of the Papal Household and private secretary to Pope Benedict XVI (original article in Italian). He talks about the various differences in how Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have administered things at the Vatican, in the church, and beyond.

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


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To Receive Every Human Being

Pope Francis meeting with Captains Regent of the Most Serene Republic of San Marino, March 16, 2015.
Pope Francis meeting with Captains Regent of the Most Serene Republic of San Marino, March 16, 2015.

This morning Pope Francis gave a homily at Mass at Casa Santa Marta on the topic of making room for God’s love, and for His dreams for us (more details, summary video).

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

• Pope Francis met with the Captains Regent of the Most Serene Republic of San Marino, Excellencies Giancarlo Terenzi and Guerrino Zanotti (press release).
• Pope Francis received Brother Alois, Prior of the Taize Community.
• Also, he met with bishops from Bosnia-Herzegovina on their ad Limina visit and gave a written message as well (full text, summary video). In the written address, he encouraged them to be “fathers of all”:

To you is given the task of being fathers of all, even in the material restrictions and in the crisis in which you find yourselves acting. May your heart be ever wider to receive each one, as the heart of Christ is able to receive in itself, with divine love, every human being.

Pope Francis also spoke of super good things to do with the consecrated life:

In this year, dedicated to Consecrated Life, we must show how all charisms and ministries are destined to the glory of God and the salvation of all men, taking care that they are effectively oriented to the building of the Kingdom of God and not iniquitously to partial ends; that they are exercised in a regime of human and fraternal communion....

So good! God is with Pope Francis and Pope Francis is with God. Pope Francis understands what God’s plan is for the people of Earth and he is a primary leader to bring it to fruition. I love Pope Francis!

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


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To Confer His Benefits

Today overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis gave an Angelus Address on the topic of God’s love for humans (full text, full video). What I really liked a lot about the address was his quoting Saint Irenaeus:

In the beginning, therefore, did God form Adam, not as if He stood in need of man, but that He might have [someone] upon whom to confer His benefits. – Adversus haereses, IV, 14,1

I love Pope Francis!

Also in the news today, Pope Francis authorized a married man in the Ohio, U.S., to be ordained a Roman Catholic priest!

In Pope Francis analysis news:

There is a really really good article today analyzing Pope Francis’ perspectives related to him being from Latin America. Also today, in relation to global unity in the body of Christ, there is an excellent article on Christian dialogue with Islam.

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


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Drawing Near to Christ by Listening

Today Pope Francis received in audience several individuals and groups, including:

• Members of the “Follow Me” or “Seguimi” Association (official website, summary article, full text, summary video)
• Members of the Italian Catholic Teachers Union Medes (official website, summary & full text, summary video)

Also today, Pope Francis made a bunch of appointments.

As well, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

Lent is a time for drawing near to Christ by listening to the word of God and celebrating the sacraments. (link)

In Pope Francis related news:

Today there is a really really good article on Pope Francis’ life before he became the Roman pope and before he became a priest.

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


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A Holy Year of Mercy Announced

Pope Francis announcing an Extraordinary Year of Jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, at St. Peter’s Basilica, March 13, 2015.
Pope Francis announcing the Extraordinary Year of Jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, at St. Peter’s Basilica, March 13, 2015.

Today is Pope Francis’ two year anniversary of becoming the Roman pontiff! And here’s a cool summary video of the past two years. As such, Pope Francis celebrated the Sacrament of Forgiveness and Mercy at St. Peter’s Basilica (full video, full video with English commentary, summary video), and the celebration included:

• Pope Francis giving a homily (full text).
• He announced that near the end of this year (Dec. 8th, 2015 - Nov. 20th, 2016) shall begin an Extraordinary Year of Jubilee, “a Holy Year of Mercy” to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Vatican II (full video of announcement, summary video). For more about this particular jubilee, see an explanatory document by The Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization (source link). For more about the Holy Door being opened for the jubilee, see this excellent article.
• He went to confession and took confessions.

This event appears to also be the beginning of the “24 Hours for the Lord.” Additionally, there is an excellent video interviewing various people who attended the gathering, and went to confession there.

Also today, the Korean bishops who are this week having their ad Limina visit to the Vatican, while having Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis, though he met them yesterday, dropped in and addressed them again (summary video).

Also in the news today was published an interview of Pope Francis with Televisa News (more details, full text, original article in Spanish part 1, original article in Spanish part 2, twitter link).

This weekend, as well, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin is traveling in the nation of Belarus to bless the first building stone of a new Apostolic Nunciature in Minsk, to meet with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, but also “to strengthen relations between the Holy See and the local Church, and to deliver the words of support from Pope Francis.”

In Pope Francis related news:

Today there was a gathering in India and also in Kenya to celebrate the two year anniversary of the election of Pope Francis to the See of Peter.

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


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Caressed By the Mercy of God

This morning at Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis gave a homily on the topic of God’s mercy (more details, summary video). He said that, saints “are those who are not afraid to let themselves be caressed by the mercy of God.” I love Pope Francis!!!!!!

Today was another Thursday of audiences, which included: Pope Francis received participants of the annual Course on the Inner Forum organized by the Apostolic Penitentiary (summary video). Cardinal Mauro Piacenza opened the audience with an address, and Pope Francis also addressed them (more details, and more details, full text). He also receieved a group of bishops from Korea and Mongolia on their ad Limina visit, gave them a prepared written letter (full text), and had an informal conversational meeting with them (summary video). And there is an excellent video interview with Korean Bishop Peter U-Il Kang about how their meeting with Pope Francis went.

Also today, Pope Francis made several appointments, as well as a consenting.

Also in the news, Pope Francis and Cardinal Parolin continue their diplomatic talks with China towards reconciliation.

And today, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

Beware of getting too comfortable! When we are comfortable, it’s easy to forget other people. (link)

In Pope Francis related news:

There’s an interesting article about a reporter who posed as a parishioner and went to confession. She did so to see how much local clergy aligned in their perspectives with Pope Francis.

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


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Invent It Ourselves

Today Pope Francis had his weekly General Audience and his address continued last week’s theme of the value of the elderly (full text, full video, summary video). I pretty much love all of Pope Francis’ addresses, and this one was again so good, too. In my own life, I’ve lately gotten to be good friends with a lot of “older” people and so much of what Pope Francis said in this address I’ve witnessed myself:

...old age has a grace and a mission too, a true vocation from the Lord. ...we even have to somewhat “invent it ourselves”, because our societies are not ready, spiritually and morally, at this moment in time, to attribute its full value to it.

I listened to the stories of elderly people who devote themselves to others, and to stories of married couples, who said: “We are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary, we are celebrating our 60th wedding anniversary”. It is important to present this to young people who tire so easily; the testimony of the elderly in faith is important.

The prayer of grandparents and of the elderly is a great gift for the Church, it is a treasure! A great injection of wisdom for the whole of human society....

We are able to teach... that there is more joy in giving than in receiving.

I love Pope Francis!!!!!!

Also during the General Audience, Pope Francis met Shari Arison the leader of the Good Deeds Day movement (official website).

Also today, Pope Francis received the relic of St. Teresa’s famous “pilgrim staff” (summary video).

Also in the news, Pope Francis has defrocked a priest in Minnesota for sexual misconduct.

In Pope Francis related news:

Today, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin spoke at the Pontifical Gregorian University on the topic of the Holy See’s roll in diplomacy and reconciling peoples to each other (summary video).

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


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A Better World Built

This morning Pope Francis had Mass and gave a homily at Casa Santa Marta on the topic of forgiveness (summary video).

Of messages, Pope Francis today sent message to youth participants in the Flame 2 (official website) event in Great Britain (full text).

Also in the news today, an interview of Pope Francis was published in an Argentine newspaper (full text).

Today Pope Francis made some appointments, one of whom made Archbishop Piero Marini as president of the Pontifical Committee for the International Eucharistic Councils and here’s a really good analysis of that appointment.

And Pope Francis sent a tweet:

In the roughest moments, remember: God is our Father; God does not abandon his children. (link)

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


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A Visit from Belgium

Pope Francis meeting with King Philip and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, March 9, 2015.
Pope Francis meeting with King Philip and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, March 9, 2015. Queen Mathilde was recovering from a skiing accident, so she had crutches.

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

Of messages, today Pope Francis sent a letter to Cardinal Aurelio Poli, Grand Chancellor of the Catholic University of Argentina, marking the 100th anniversary of its founding (full text).

Today Pope Francis presided over the short liturgy at which Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran took the oath as Camerlengo of the Roman Catholic Church (more details).

Also today, Pope Francis had a bunch of audiences, including meeting with King Philip and Queen Mathilde of Belgium (summary video).

And today, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

Humility saves man: pride makes him lose his way. (link)

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


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Worshiping God in Spirit and Truth

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

Also today, Pope Francis visited the parish of St. Mary, Mother of the Redeemer at Tor Bella Monaca, had Mass, and delivered a homily there (full text, full video, summary video). Before the Mass, he also visited the church of Santa Giovanna Antidaa, and the Caritas Centre which helps the poor and the sick (summary video), run by the Missionaries of Charity, and as well, he met with children receiving catechesis and answered questions they asked him (full text).

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


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The Rock Who Is Christ

Today, Pope Francis met today with members of the Communion and Liberation movement (official website, full video, summary video). His address to the group was so good! He talked about how a charism is good, but should not be the center of one’s life, but Jesus Christ should be the center. And I absolutely loved:

But fidelity to tradition, as Mahler said, means keeping the fire and not worshiping the ashes.

Wow. I love Pope Francis! Also at the gathering, he met former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams!

As well, Pope Francis had in audience Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

Of messages, today Pope Francis sent a letter to a Special Envoy he earlier appointed to attend the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the “hidden Christians of Japan,” to be held in Nagasaki, March 14-17, 2015 (full text in Latin).

Also today, Pope Francis visited the parish of Ognissanti or All Saints to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated in a language other than Latin, in this case Italian (more details, nearly full text in English, full text in Italian, full video). It was also celebrated at the same parish that the first non-Latin Mass took place. Additionally in the news, there is an excellent play-by-play of the visit, written by someone who attended!

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

Let us build our lives of faith on the rock who is Christ. (link)

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


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Go In Christ’s Name To The Whole World

Kiko Arguello, founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, with Pope Francis at Paul VI hall, March 6, 2015.
Kiko Arguello, founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, with Pope Francis at Paul VI hall, March 6, 2015.

Today Pope Francis had a number of audiences, including with:

President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, and his wife (summary video)
members of the Neocatechumenal Way (more details, full text, full video, summary video 1, summary video 2)
• Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
• Archbishop Fernando Natalio Chomali Garib

Today, Pope Francis sent a telegram of condolences regarding the passing of Cardinal Edward M. Egan (full text).

Also today, Pope Francis made an appointment.

In ecumenical news

Rebel forces in Syria have not agreed to a cease-fire for UN aid to come in. This is displeasing to God. Towards the goal of global Christian unity, God’s full protection is upon Bashar al-Assad, his family, and his core of people directing the Syrian government. The people of foreign lands should not be funding, supplying, nor training rebels nor anyone else to oppose Bashar al-Assad, his family, nor his core of people, nor continue to destroy through any means the land of Syria.

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


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Precious Beings

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis gave a homily at Mass on the topic of how worldiness can lead to neglecting others around us (more details, summary video).

This non-neglect is important because, in this day of abundance, if some people, especially the financially poor, are neglected and their lives turned away from, withheld from, nor freely offered food, shelter, and other aid and affections, their greater helper is God who they cry out to for justice. Such cries bring climate oddities and bring horrors across the earth.

Pope Francis had several people in audience today, including members of the Pontifical Academy for Life (full text, summary video). Some super good lines from the address are:

People will always be precious beings, despite being afflicted by old age and illness. People are in fact, a natural treasure for themselves and others. They are loved by God.

Also, he made some appointments.

As well today, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

If we are too attached to riches, we are not free. We are slaves. (link)

Also in the news, Pope Francis was presented a letter from Christians exiled from Iraq and now living in Jordan. It was delivered to him by Archbishop Fernando Natalio Chomali Garib who is running a Chilean diocese (more details).

In Pope Francis related news:

There is a really really good video interview with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, in which he talks of Pope Francis’ travels through the Philippines in January 2015.

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


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A Grandparents Day

Today Pope Francis had his weekly General Audience, and spoke on the topic of Grandparents (full text, full video, summary video).

He also met with the Bishops-Friends of the Focolare Movement (full text).

Also today, Pope Francis received an Expo 2015 world’s fair commemorative medal, a part of which has some of his words and some symbols of and related to his pontificate.

And today, Pope Francis made some appointments.

In ecumenical news:

There is a super interesting video out today on a group of Dominicans of Fanjeaux and school girls under their tutelage visiting the Vatican and how this relates to Christian unity in the world (more details).

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


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A Heart That Knows How to Love

Today Pope Francis gave a morning homily at Casa Santa Marta (summary video). He said that, “[Some people], they pretend to convert, but their heart is a lie.... And this is fake holiness. Jesus preferred sinners a thousand times to these. Why? Because sinners told the truth about themselves.” Wow. I love Pope Francis!

Also today, he made an appointment (more details), and it was announced that several economic reforms signed off on by Pope Francis have now been activated and applied at the Vatican (more details).

And today Pope Francis sent a tweet:

The heart grows hard when it does not love. Lord, give us a heart that knows how to love. (link)

As well as all that, I imagine that Pope Francis also did some of the usual of reading letters people have sent to him, finished up writing his General Audience address for tomorrow, and worked some more on his encyclical on the environment.

In Pope Francis related news:

There is a really really good interview just out with Stephen Colbert who is a Roman Catholic and he was asked “If you had one thing to say to Pope Francis, what would it be?” and his answer was “What do you to get that smile on your face in the morning?”

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


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