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To Help All Families

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily on the state of persecuted Christians (summary video) — also the Mass was quite special in that the Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians, His Beatitude Gregory Peter XX Ghabroyan, and Bishops of Synod of the Apostolic Armenian Catholic Church and the Prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri were also there (summary video).

Also today, Pope Francis received bishops of Portugal on their ad Limina visit. There were so many bishops from Portugal, that Pope Francis actually received them in two separate groups, one at 9:30 a.m. and the other at 11:00 a.m. and then received all of the bishops at once at 12:30 p.m. to deliver his prepared remarks to all of them (full text in Portuguese).

And he sent a tweet:

Let us ask Our Lady to help all families, especially those affected by unemployment. (link)

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