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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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