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Lay People Have Baptized Us

Today Pope Francis received in audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, during which he authorised promulgation of some decrees (full list).

Of messages, today it was reported that Pope Francis sent a letter to Cardinal Marc Ouellet in his capacity as President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America (full text).

As well, he made a large array of appointments, sent a tweet:

Let us break open our sealed tombs to the Lord – each of us knows what they are – so that he may enter and grant us life. (link)

and posted to Instagram:

The Lord is always with you and he is happy to be with you! #PopeFrancis, #JubileeofMercy, #JubileeforBoysandGirls (link)

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


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To Love And Cherish Family Life

Today Pope Francis received an array of audiences (more complete list in Italian), including:

• Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands
• Delegation of the “Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships”

Of messages, it was reported that Pope Francis sent letter replying some people in prison in Velletri, Italy, near Rome.

And he sent a tweet:

All are called to love and cherish family life, for families are not a problem; they are first and foremost an opportunity. (link)

and posted to Instagram:

Your happiness has no price. It is not an app that you can download on your phones. (link)

In God’s global plan news:

Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, spoke at a conference on “Care for our Common Home in the context of Large Scale Investments in Mining and Agriculture” in Lusaka, Zambia. His address was titled “An Overview of Laudato si’ – What are the main issues and key concerns?” (full text).

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


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Authentic And Courageous Christians

Today at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis celebrated Mass for the Jubilee for Boys and Girls and gave a homily (full text, full video, summary video). After the Mass, he delivered a Regina Coeli Address (full text).

Also today, Pope Francis made a surprise visit to Rome’s Villa Borghese park, where he celebrated Earth Day with those gathered there and gave an address to them (full text, summary video).

As well, he sent a tweet:

Dear Young People, with the grace of God you can become authentic and courageous Christians, witnesses to love and peace. (link)

and posted to Instagram:

The true friend of Jesus is essentially distinguished by love! #Mercy, #catholic (link)

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


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Written In Heaven

Today at St. Peter’s Square, as part of the Jubilee for Boys and Girls, a group one hundred and fifty priests heard confessions from teenagers, and Pope Francis joined them in the square hearing confessions from approximately 16 teenagers. Also there is a really really good interview of one of the young people who gave confession to Pope Francis.

Of messages, in the evening, young people gathered at the Olympic Stadium in Rome for the Jubilee of the Boys and Girls and Pope Francis sent video message to them (full text). As well, he sent a letter to Cardinal Rainer Woelki, Archbishop of Köln, as his Special Envoy to the concluding celebration of the octave of our Lady comforter of the afflicted’s 350th anniversary of election as Patron Saint of Luxembourg, scheduled for May 1st, 2016 (full text in Latin).

And today, he made some appointments (details in Italian with the correct date), sent a tweet:

Dear Young Friends, your names are written in heaven in the merciful heart of the Father. Be brave and go against the tide! (link)

and posted to Instagram:

Each time we go to confession, God embraces us. God rejoices! #Mercy, #catholic (link)

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


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This Moment Jesus Intercedes

At Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily on sharing the gospel as the early Apostles did (more details, summary video).

Of messages, today Pope Francis sent message to the 39th National (Italian) Convention of Groups and Communities for Renewal in the Holy Spirit.

Today it was reported that Pope Francis received some audiences, all of them prelates.

And sent a tweet:

A true ecological approach knows how to safeguard the environment and justice, hearing the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. (link)

and posted to Instagram:

All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation. #EarthDay, #LaudatoSi, #catholic (link)

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


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New Paths Of Encounter

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis had Mass and gave a homily regarding memorizing Bible stories to aid one in their life journeys (more details, summary video).

Pope Francis received a bunch of people in audience, mostly prelates, but he also met with participants of the Conference of Caritas of Italian dioceses (full text, summary video).

Of messages, he sent telegram to chief rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni, conveying to his good wishes for Passover (full text). Additionally, Pope Francis sent message to a group of young Argentinians who are journeying to the North Pole to raise awareness about environmental threats.

And he made some appointments, sent a tweet:

Climate change represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity today, and the response requires the solidarity of all. (link)

and made a post to Instagram:

Look ... if the sun is able to weep, so can we... #refugees, #Mercy, #catholic (link)

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


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To Be A Part Of God’s Dream

Today at Paul VI Hall, Pope Francis received in audience athletes belonging to the Austrian Skiing Federation (full text).

Additionally, at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis held a General Audience and spoke on turning to God amidst one’s sins (full text, full video, summary video). Also during the audience, he remembered the victims of the earthquake in Ecuador as well as asked for donations to help war victims in Ukraine.

And today he sent a tweet:

To form a family is to be a part of God’s dream, to join him in building a world where no one will feel alone. (link)

and posted to Instagram:

Let’s respond with our own love for the Lord, and so we can transform the world! #Mercy, #Tenderness, #catholic (link)

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


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Brothers And Sisters To Be Embraced

At Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily on how to live close to God (summary video).

Today Pope Francis continued meeting with and chairing the 14th Ordinary Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.

Of messages, today Pope Francis sent video message to those being helped at the Centro Astalli refugee aid center in Rome (full text, summary video).

As well, he made some appointments, sent a tweet:

The royal road to peace is to see others not as enemies to be opposed but as brothers and sisters to be embraced. (link)

and post to Instagram:

Only those who serve with love build peace. #peace, #Mercy, #catholic (link)

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


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Know The Voice Of Jesus

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis had Mass and gave a homily on following Jesus and not fortune tellers (more details, summary video).

As well, the 14th Ordinary Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops meets today and tomorrow, and Pope Francis chairs the group.

Also today, Pope Francis had two audiences, one with Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, and the other with president of the Central African Republic, Faustin Archange Touadéra (summary video).

And today, he sent a tweet:

We pray for the earthquake victims in Ecuador and Japan. May God and all our brothers and sisters give them help and support. (link)

and posted to Instagram:

We pray for the earthquake victims in Ecuador and Japan. May God and all our brothers and sisters give them help and support. #Ecuador, #Japan, #earthquake, #prayer, #catholic (link)

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


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Live What You Have Taught

Today, at St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis celebrated Mass, performed the ordination of some priests, and gave a homily on being chosen to God’s service (full text, full video, summary video).

Also today, overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis gave a Regina Coeli Address on the invincible love of God and spoke on allowing oneself to be saved by God, and he also spoke of his visit yesterday to Lesbos, Greece (full text, full video, summary video).

As well today, he sent a tweet:

Each vocation in the Church has its origin in the compassionate gaze of Jesus, who forgives us and calls us to follow Him. (link)

and posted twice to Instagram:

Chosen, don’t forget this. Chosen! It is the Lord who has called you, one by one! #Mercy, #priestlyordinations, #PrayForVocations, #catholic (link)

It’s a small gesture, but one which we all need to offer to give a helping hand to those in need! (link, video link)

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


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