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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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