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Lunch with the Pope

In so far as visits in the physical presence of Pope Francis, probably the biggest news of the last day or two, was that Pope Francis had lunch in a Vatican staff cafeteria where he ate with the regular working-folk of the city. A Pope for the people!! Also, a new interview with Pope Francis is scheduled to appear this weekend in a leading Argentine magazine.

In so far as messages exchanged:

• To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the shrine of St. Pantaleon, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis sent a message to the people at the shrine, expressing a prayer for the shrine and his recollections visiting there himself.
• Pope Francis sent a message of condolence to the families of victims killed in the plane crash of Air Algérie Flight 5017 in north Africa, and to families of victims of the crash of Flight GE222 in Taiwan.
• The director of Caritas Jerusalem, Fr. Raed Abusahlia, sent message to Pope Francis asking for him to hold a prayer vigil for the Holy Land.

In the telephone department, Pope Francis spoke on the phone with Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako about improving the situation in Iraq.

From around the globe, people are talking to Pope Francis and they’re working to get God into the equation, and to drop the bits of the equation that are not working good with God.