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Outside of Ourselves with Generosity

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily on receiving those on the periphery of one’s life (more details, summary video).

Pope Francis had a new book released on Feb. 1st, 2016 titled Dear Pope Francis (purchase link, summary video) and today Pope Francis received in audience a group of children who had asked him questions for the book (summary video).

Additionally, Pope Francis received one audience, Cardinal Tiffany Parker, of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Outside of those, it was reported that he was a bit under the weather today and cancelled some of his scheduled meetings for the day.

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


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For The Land Is Mine

Today at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis held a General Audience and spoke on the topic of healing with God’s mercy the wounds of exploitation and undoing those exploitations (full text, full video, summary video). Additionally, he also received Cardinal Mario Aurelio Poli of Buenos Aires, Argentina. And in attendance at the General Audience was soccer star Ronaldo (summary video).

Pope Francis also made one appointment.

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


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Come, Let Us Talk It Over

At Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily regarding living a Christian life (more details, summary video).

Also today he received one audience, and it was announced that through the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, Pope Francis donated $50,000 to victims of the magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Taiwan from a few weeks ago.

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


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Love That Knows No Boundaries

This morning, for the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle and for the Jubilee of the Roman Curia, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and gave a homily on seeking after the lost sheep of God’s flock and showing “sign[s] of the love that knows no boundaries” (more details, full text, full video pt1, full video pt2, summary video).

Also today, Pope Francis received two audiences, including:

Ambassador of East Timor, Egas da Costa Freitas
Ambassador of Argentina, Rogelio Pfirter Francisco Emilio (summary video) and during the audience, a meeting between Pope Francis and the new president of Argentina was arranged for this coming Saturday (summary video)

Also today, Pope Francis made an appointment.

In Pope Francis related news:

In accordance with Pope Francis’ directives, restructuring of various Vatican communications departments is moving forward. As part of the changes, it was announced that Fr. Federico Lombardi is stepping down as director general of Vatican Radio, but not as director of the Holy See Press Office (more details).

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


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The Harmony of a Common Faith

Today overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis delivered an Angelus Address regarding his latest journey to Mexico (full text, full video, summary video). Also in the address, he spoke of the potential to redeem all prisoners, and that they be better reintegrated in society. And concluding the address, Pope Francis had distributed to those in attendance, a dose of “spiritual medicine” or Misericordin in the form of small boxes containing a small Rosary and an image of the Merciful Jesus.

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


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The Living Expression Of God’s Mercy

Today at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis held a Jubilee General Audience and spoke regarding God’s commitment to us (full text, full video).

Today Pope Francis made one appointment.

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


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For the Dignity of Jesus

This morning at the Redemptoris Mater Chapel, Pope Francis attended the preacher to the Papal household Raniero Cantalamessa’s first Lenten sermon (full text).

Today Pope Francis received in audience Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue with Bishop Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot.

As well in the news today, the Society of Jesus in Mexico has published a brief video message by Pope Francis addressed to the Jesuit community in the country (full video). It was likely filmed the Mexico City nunciature the evening of Sun., Feb. 14th, 2016.

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


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Pope Francis Returns From Mexico

Pope Francis spent a lot of today in the air, flying back from his latest apostolic journey to Mexico. While in the air, he held a press conference with journalist (extensive text, full text, more details, summary video 1, summary video 2). Also of note from the press conference, Pope Francis was asked regarding some criticism of Pope Francis by one U.S. politician, to which Pope Francis gave an answer. The U.S. politician then issued some responses (more and more details).

Upon landing in Rome, but before returning to the Vatican, Pope Francis made his usual stop at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major to offer thanks for the success of his journey.

Today Pope Francis also made several appointments (details in English).

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


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Pope Francis in Mexico – Day 6

This morning Pope Francis departed the Apostolic Nunciature in Mexico City and departed by plane for Ciudad Juárez. He arrived in the Abraham González International Airport in Ciudad Juárez at approximately 10 a.m. and was welcomed by the city’s Bishop José Guadalupe Torres Campos, some local dignitaries, and a large number of faithful. He then traveled by popemobile to the State Social Rehabilitation Center No. 3, a local prison. At the prison, he was welcomed by the facility’s director and relatives of some of the inmates. In the chapel of the Center, he was welcomed by staff and priests in charge of prison Ministry. Pope Francis gave them the gift of a crucifix for the Chapel and said a few words (full text). He then went to a courtyard of the Center where he met with 700 inmates there, and addressed them (more details, full text, alt trnsln, full video, summary video). Here are a couple of really good lines from this address:

The one who has suffered the greatest pain, and we could say “has experienced hell”, can become a prophet in society. Work so that this society which uses people and discards them will not go on claiming victims.

I ask you that... we broaden our hearts to be able to also forgive society, which didn’t know how to help us and which many times has pushed us, from the intimacy of the heart, that he [God] helps us to believe in his mercy.

Pope Francis also greeted a small orchestra made up of inmates who had performed for him, made his way among the inmates in a popemobile greeting them (summary video), and then departed by popemobile.

Pope Francis’ next stop was the School of Bachelors Sports Hall for an encounter with the about 3000 workers and entrepreneurs, he heard some of their testimonies and then addressed them (full text, full video, summary video). Concluding the meeting, he traveled by popemobile to the Diocesan Seminary of Ciudad Juárez.

Also while going between venues today in a helicopter, a group of volunteers stood together to make an image of Pope Francis which he saw from the air and waved (summary video).

After having lunch at the seminary, Pope Francis traveled by popemobile to the trade fair complex of Ciudad Juárez, located at the border fence between Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas in the U.S.  Pope Francis circled in the popemobile greeting the crowds and then went to a large wooden cross placed high on the border. At the cross, he stopped in silent prayer, laid a floral tribute, and blessed the faithful gathered (summary video). Next he went and presided over the celebration of Mass, and gave a homily on the prophet Jonah getting the city of Nineveh to follow God (full text, full video, summary video). I especially liked the following lines from the homily:

Let us together ask our God for the gift of conversion, the gift of tears, let us ask him to give us open hearts like the Ninevites, open to his call heard in the suffering faces of countless men and women. No more death! No more exploitation!

There is still time to change, there is still a way out and a chance, time to implore the mercy of God.

And just for context, here’s a bit of the story from right out of the Bible (Jonah 3:4-10 NLT):

On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!” The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow. When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes. He dressed himself in burlap and sat on a heap of ashes. Then the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city:

“No one, not even the animals from your herds and flocks, may eat or drink anything at all. People and animals alike must wear garments of mourning, and everyone must pray earnestly to God. They must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence. Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will change his mind and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.”

When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened.

Following Mass, Bishop José Guadalupe Torres Campos gave some words of thanks and Pope Francis delivered the farewell address for this apostolic journey to Mexico (full text).

Pope Francis then departed for the Abraham González International Airport. Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto held a farewell ceremony there (full video, summary video), after which at approximately 7:15 p.m. (local hour), Pope Francis departed Mexico for Rome. While in the air, he sent messages of greetings to Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto (full text) and to heads of state of other nations he flew over (full text). Also, here’s a nice video montage of the journey.

It was reported today that Pope Francis also sent message of condolences regarding the passing of U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali (full text).

Additionally today Pope Francis made an array of appointments, and sent a bunch of tweets:

The mercy of Jesus embraces everyone in every part of the world: open your hearts! (link)

Celebrating the Jubilee of Mercy means learning how to not remain prisoners of the past. It means believing things can be different. (link)

Dear prisoners, while you have experienced great pain, you can become prophets of a better society without violence and exclusion. (link)

All of us must struggle so that work can become a reality of humanization and a positive future. (link)

Earnings and capital are not more important than the human person, but should be at the service of the common good. (link)

Do not forget that the mercy of God is our shield and strength against injustice, destruction and oppression. (link)

Tears can generate a fracture which is able to open ourselves for conversion. (link)

I have felt welcomed and received with affection and hope by the Mexican people. Thank you for opening the doors to your lives. (link)

Thank you to Mexico and to all Mexicans. May the Lord and the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe accompany you always. (link)

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


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Pope Francis in Mexico – Day 5

Today Pope Francis traveled to the city of Morelia, capital of the Mexican state Michoacán (city details).

Upon arrival at the airport, he was welcomed by the Archbishop of Morelia, Cardinal Alberto Suárez Inda, and local dignitaries. He then traveled by helicopter for about 20 km, and then by popemobile for about 9 km to Morelia’s Venustiano Carranza Stadium where he met and celebrated Mass with priests, seminarians and men and women religious and he gave a homily (more details, full text, alt trnsln, full video, summary video 1, summary video 2, pic). Also during the Mass, Pope Francis used the chalice and crosier which belonged to 16th century bishop Vasco de Quiroga (summary video). At the end of Mass, he greeted Bishop Salvador Rangel Mendoza of Chilpancingo-Chilapa, and then traveled to the Archbishop of Morelia’s house for lunch.

In the afternoon, Pope Francis visited the Cathedral of Morelia and while there met with rectors and leaders of some other local Christian communities, and met with a large gathering of children to whom he gave an off-the-cuff address (more details, full text in Spanish, full video, summary video). While there, the children’s choir of the cathedral sang for him (summary video) and he got a tour of the Cathedral and then in front of the Cathedral, he received the keys to the city from the president of the municipality of Morelia.

Next he then traveled by popemobile to the José María Morellos y Pavón Stadium, in Morelia where he met with tens of thousands of young people. There was some singing and dancing, Cardinal Alberto Suárez Inda, Archbishop of Morelia, and Bishop Héctor Luis Morales Sánchez, Bishop of Ciudad Nezahualcóytl and in charge of Youth Ministry both gave addresses, some young people shared their testimonies, and then Pope Francis addressed them (more details, full text, alt trnsln, full video, summary video). And there’s an interesting post on one of the young people pulling on Pope Francis’ arm to the point of nearly causing Pope Francis to fall – Pope Francis responded by telling them, “Don’t be selfish” (summary video). His address in general to the young people is one more testament that Pope Francis is one of God’s main leaders in leading and fulfilling His plans for the planet Earth.

After meeting with young people, Pope Francis traveled by helicopter to the airport of Morelia and from there he returned by plane to the Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City, and then by car returned to the Apostolic Nunciature for the night. Upon arrival at the nunciature, he met and prayed with pilgrims gathered outside.

As well today, Pope Francis sent a bunch of tweets:

We learn how to pray, just as we do to walk, speak and listen. If you tell me how you pray, I can tell you how you live. (link)

Our first calling is to learn how to say the “Our Father”. Father, help us to avoid the temptation of resignation. (link)

In Jesus I have met the one who is able to bring out the best in me. (link)

You have asked me for a word of hope: what I have to offer you has a name: Jesus Christ. (link)

Jesus would never ask us to be assassins; he calls us to be disciples. He would never send us to die. He invites us to life. (link)

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


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