Saturday, June 27, 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).
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!