Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Today Pope Francis gave the morning homily at the Casa Santa Marta. It was about encountering Christ with humility.
Today Pope Francis received many folks for visits. He received the bishops of Cote d'Ivoire and gave them guidance in their work, here’s a full list of the bishops. Pope Francis also met with a congress of newly ordained bishops, which was organized by the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. Wow, and his address to them is soooo super good! I especially liked the line unto them, “It is necessary to dig deeper to discover what the Spirit continues to inspire in your Bride.” OH the marriage!!!!! Here’s a bite sized summary article about the encounter. Pope Francis met today with a delegation of Jewish leaders amidst their annual Rosh Hashana holiday – even God’s now un-“chosen people,” God has them align with Pope Francis. And Pope Francis met with Alexis Tsipras, one of the leaders of the nation of Greece and with a leader of the Transform! Network. One report said that the meeting occurred in part due to Pope Francis and Tsipras’ contact with the Focolare Movement, but 100%, it was God who brought them together.
—— God is with Pope Francis and Pope Francis is with God. And God has everyone line up with Pope Francis.
Today Pope Francis appointed Bishop Anthony Colin Fisher to be archbishop of Sydney.
Beginning today through Friday ministers and others from far and wide converge on the Vatican for the international meeting of “The Pastoral Project of ‘Evangelii Gaudium’” to discuss Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium. Here’s the official website for the meeting. And the conference is going to culminate with an address on Friday by Pope Francis!
And Pope Francis sent a tweet today:
Mary, give us the grace of being joyful as we walk in the freedom of the children of God. (link)
In older Pope Francis news:
Of things yesterday, the Sixth meeting of the Council of Cardinals, with whom Pope Francis met over the past few days, concluded their meetings, and the article linked to has an excellent summary of things discussed. For a few other details, see this other article.
Pope Francis, by way of a letter, invited Xi Jinping, the President of China to meet!
The other day, Pope Francis also met with Cardinal Angelo Amato and authorized various decrees and other things, including this one.
In Pope Francis related news:
Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva, addressed the 27th Session of the Human Rights Council regarding the defense of indigenous peoples around the world. Super good things there. People lining up for the marriage supper. Lo, witness the strangers whom God has invited.
Also along such lines, check out this article about Christians, Jews, and Muslims praying together in the Old Jerusalem. Of particular note the mention of Pope Francis’ influence on these happenings.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, released a statement to mark October as Respect Life Month. His statement has a super good quote by Pope Francis in it. The helpless infant, even the unborn, is found easy sympathy. God now extends such magnitudes of sympathy and care by all people unto also the stranger.
For God, who has been with you for all eternity, as God literally walks the earth among you, God has you extend that magnitude of mercy and care unto Him.
Of other Pope Francis related news, with The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, prompted by Pope Francis, coming up in early October, and with Pope Francis conducting an array of potentially controversial weddings last weekend, there is much talk of how the Roman church ought to morally approach the concepts of marriage and the family:
• Doctrinal wars? Both sides fire over Communion for divorced, remarried
• Bishop Tobin: Changes Needed in Approach, Not Teaching, on Divorce
• Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion
• The synod on the family and ‘the grace of self-doubt’
So many questions!!!!! Another one of the so many articles asked:
In the context of a world where faith is considered as superfluous, even irrelevant, does faith still influence people’s choice about marriage and staying in marriage...?
Wow, what a really really good question! God is having these doctrinal questions resolve by people understanding what marriage is truly and ultimately important. As seen in other news, God has other considerations clearing the way. The limits of God’s love have no bounds, God changes all people to keep no limits to the magnitude of their affection and care for each other either, and especially for the stranger. God’s love is not a transaction: His storehouse is unlimited, and it is His pleasure to give unto His children the kingdom.
As well, along such lines, other important dialogues of the welcoming of the stranger are being addressed by various bishops as related to the internet.
On another front, while attending one of the weekly Bible study groups of which I am a part, we read some of one of the prayers to Mary, from the Illustrated Book of Mary, p.85:
We ask your maternal care for our Holy Father
who ... reconcile[s] the nations [to] peace.
By one article I found today, evangelization is being set to take off in Cuba. Next on the docket, admittedly, having explored so many “faith traditions” the learning curve for becoming a Roman Catholic seems to be pretty steep. For the Roman church, it’s not like in the Bible: one can simply meet an evangelist traveling down the road, have a really good conversation, be converted and baptized in an afternoon. The Roman Catholic church may well be a and just perhaps THE mother church for God, but God is having Pope Francis and others get these details sorted out for humans. Reborn of the waters and of the Spirit.
And lastly, as President of Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis discussed last fall, it was announced that everything is going forward to having a joint Russian and Vatican biblical art exhibition in 2016! I love Pope Francis, but I admit it, I love Putin, too! He’s so cute and adorable in all of those topless wilderness pictures on the internet! :)))))))))
God is with Pope Francis (and with Vladimir Putin) in every way possible to bring about God’s plan for this world.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Today Pope Francis delivered the weekly General Audience address, here’s the full text, here’s a summary, and here’s a YouTube of it!
Yesterday Pope Francis gave the morning homily at the Casa Santa Marta. It was about how closeness to people is the at the core of being one of God’s evangelists and undersheperds. To me, this also speaks to the conversion of all people and the ceasing of evangelization which God brings:
...Saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. – Hebrews 8:10-11
And yesterday, Pope Francis sent a tweet:
The Lord is always there waiting to give us his love: it is an amazing thing, one which never ceases to surprise us! (link)
Yes, nothing can separate us from the love of God.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Today Pope Francis visited, celebrated Mass, and gave the homily at the World War I Military Monument of Redipuglia, in the Italian province of Gorizia. Before the Mass at the monument, Pope Francis prayed at a nearby cemetary, as well.
Yesterday, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave the morning homily at the Casa Santa Marta.
Here’s an even different review of Pope Francis’ Thurday homily, which I liked a lot.
Meeting with people
Yesterday, Pope Francis had audience with a group of senior clergy from the Democratic Republic of Congo (here’s text from Pope Francis’ address to them), and with participants in the 43rd National Biblical Week, organised by the Italian Biblical Association.
Yesterday, Pope Francis made more appointments. Plus, on Thursday, another appointment was announced, too, a special envoy to consecrate a shrine in Teramo, Italy.
Thursday, Pope Francis sent message to the European Parliament that he has accepted their inivitation by them to speak at one of their sessions, on Nov. 25th.
And Pope Francis sent a tweet today:
Despite our sins, we can say with Peter: Lord, you know everything, you know that I love you. (link)
So much, it doesn’t matter what you’ve done, that you love God is what is really important.
Other cool stuff
And lastly, here’s a super cool article
interviewing a couple to be married by Pope Francis this Sunday! And a really really good article
on the Vatican Observatory!
And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!
Thursday, September 11, 2014
This morning, Pope Francis gave a homily at the Casa Santa Marta. It was about loving everyone!
Today Pope Francis met with the president of Tunisa, Mohamed Moncef Marzouki. (I know that this is pretty cheesy, but that’s where part of Star Wars was filmed.) As well, A LOT of other people had an audience today with Pope Francis.
Pope Francis sent message to an ecological gathering in South America — made up in part of ecclesiastical leadership. The message included several beautiful passages, including:
It is not enough to circulate on digital “paths.” It is necessary for this connection to be accompanied by true encounter: we cannot live alone, closed up in ourselves; we need to love and be loved, and we need tenderness. Only in this way can Christians witness.
I love Pope Francis!!!!
A Holy See delegation to Vietnam met with Vietnamese officials and essentially declared that good things are happening. As well, their report said that Pope Francis was following with interest relations between Vietnam and the Holy See. Here’s the press release.
And Pope Francis sent a tweet:
We cannot trust in our own strength, but only in Jesus and in his mercy. (link)
Pope Francis’ influence:
It was also announced that Pope Francis is going to have a soccer statium named after him in Argentina.
Bishops, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri speaking at one event and then the next day another, and a pleading nun, and many other Christian leaders are calling for an end to bloodshed around the world, but especially in the region of northern Iraq. With God, Pope Francis’ influence calls Christians around the world to word and action.
This week, Italy’s prime minister announced that their country’s economy would only have about “zero” growth this year, and that they are shifting the focus of their economic efforts to focus on the lives of all human beings. This is part of God’s plan now. Amid current, industrial, economic conditions, it is not required that every human being “work.” As such, EVERYONE is now having to cope and adapt to this reality. Before now, “unemployment” rates were something important to make lower, but now because the good welfare of all does not require the full employment of all — the global economy, to a great extent under the direction of Pope Francis with God, is now shifting the people and social structures on and in this world to remove the constructs of rent, mortgages, leases, deeds, and the like, to function as being completely under the ownership of God, by and under His grace unto this world. God’s ownership is over all, and grace is to extend unto all people. The new family is God’s family:
...All ye are brethren. ...Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. – Matt 23:8-9
And even the head of the Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is with God and God is with him in bringing about this, God’s plan, for this planet.
The influence of Pope Francis also came out in Cardinal Peter Turkson’s address yesterday to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s meeting for the Launch of the 2014 Trade and Development Report (that’s a mouthful, but a really, really good speech). Check it out!
Botswana holds its 11th general election this coming Oct. 24th and Bishop Valentine Tsamma Seane, the Bishop of Gaborone issued a Pastoral letter speaking of the God’s kingdom come. With Pope Francis everyone is lining up behind God’s kingdom which has come.
And coming down the pike, on Sept. 14th, Pope Francis is going to be performing a bunch of weddings in St. Peter's Basilica, and it was announced yesterday that some of the couples have been cohabitating, and some of them already have children! One article spreading the announcement read:
Pope Francis has said the church's pastoral approach to helping couples must be “intelligent, courageous and full of love.”
Pope Francis is sooooooo good! God is with Pope Francis!
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Today in Pope Francis news:
Pope Francis gave his General Audience address today. Here’s the full transcript, a transcript with more off-the-script remarks, a summary with added greetings to various groups, and a YouTube of the event. Before and after the General Audience address, Pope Francis also met and spoke with many people who pilgrimed there, including a paralyzed man.
Today Pope Francis appointed Fr. Robert J. Geisinger SJ to the position of Promoter of Justice for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. And Pope Francis made some other appointments, as well.
Yesterday in Pope Francis news:
Pope Francis gave the daily morning homily at the Casa Santa Marta. A super good sermon on loving all people and trusting God.
Pope Francis sent a letter to the family of the American journalist Steven Sotloff, beheaded by the Islamic State. He expressed his sadness and prayers.
Pope Francis met with and blessed the St. Peter’s Cricket Club – an organization meant to build bridges between Anglicans and Roman Catholics who are in school to become priests. And here’s a really really good interview with the spiritual director and manager of the team, Father Eamonn OHiggins.
Under Pope Francis’ direction to dynamically renew the institution of the Synod, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri made an announcement about the synod on the family taking place in early October. And it was announced, too, those Pope Francis has appointed to attend the Synod of Bishops on the family, and the list includes fourteen married couples from around the world. Here’s a quite lengthy attendee/participant list.
And Pope Francis sent a really really good tweet!
God’s faithfulness is stronger than our unfaithfulness and our infidelities. (link)
Other Pope Francis news:
In older Pope Francis news, Pope Francis’ full address to the Bishops of Cameroon on Sept 6th is available. A beautiful address.
In much less related news, but still applicable to church vibrancy, here’s a really really good article on when people potentially hit low spans or moments in their lives. Such are spans and moments when the extension of love unto them by the people of God: to take them in, hear them, hold their hand, hold them, and provide every comfort and affection — to stay and treasure being in this world — that is the love God makes the people have for God, themselves, and for each other. “...His commandment is life everlasting...” (John 12:50).
And in the news, in haste to transition to God’s new earth and new heaven, Italian government officials and Vatican government officials met together to discuss “jobs and work.”
Thy kingdom has come.
One quite interesting thing about the Bible itself is that within it, though God may speak one thing to at one point to a specific people, it does not mean that that law or doctrine applies to all eternity itself. Some things do, some things don’t. Pope Francis and others, working with God, shift this world according to God’s plan for it, and the specific and the eternal sort out.
Little laws of marriage, gender, and genealogy, God has them give way to: no marriage in the eternal life (Luke 20:35), gender and same sex-attraction lose their relevancy in eternity (Gal 3:28), and the valuement of genealogy loses its importance in so far as God’s relationship with the people on and in this world (Matt 3:9).
[Ye] have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. – Col 3:10-11
Monday, September 8, 2014
Today in Pope Francis news, he gave a morning homily, and sent a whole bunch of messages, letters, and announcements:
This morning, Pope Francis gave the homily at the Casa Santa Marta.
Pope Francis sent message to the International Peace Meeting in Antwerp, Belgium, taking place Sept. 7th-9th. Pope Francis leads the world to be the wellest and most pleasing and delightful possible.
Pope Francis received news of three nuns having been murdered in their convent near Bujumbura, Burundi, in central Africa, and telegrams were sent expressing his prayers and “closeness to their religious community, to the families of the victims, and the entire diocesan community.”
Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Seán Brady, archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland.
As well, Pope Francis named Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino of Havana as his special envoy who will preside over a solemn Mass to honor the founding of the first parish in what is now the territory of Canada.
And it was announced that Pope Francis has put forward the finishing order to end the trade in Vatican scrolls. The creation of these papal blessing scrolls at the Vatican is quite an industry, but with a charitable aim.
In Pope Francis related news:
Here’s a really really good article about the Scholas program and how it is implementing a great many of God’s plans for this world through Pope Francis.
And here’s an article about Pope Francis’ influence in South Korea since his visit there.
Maybe Pope Francis might not be directly involved, but it’s a good story, the “Church Up Close” seminar series is taking place this week at the Vatican, and attendees are planning to attend the General Audience on Wednesday and the Angelus on Sunday. Seeing the line-up of speakers and topics, it looks like it’s going to be sooo super good.
And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!
Sunday, September 7, 2014