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Pope Francis Doing the Pope Things

This morning Pope Francis gave a morning sermon at Mass at Casa Santa Marta.

Today Pope Francis met with the Ireland’s embassador to the Holy See, Emma Madigan (video link).

For the upcoming G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia, Pope Francis has sent a letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbot of Australia. Pope Francis also sent message to French seminarians gathering this week at the Marian Shrine of Lourdes.

In the realm of appointments, Pope Francis appointed Rev. Prosper Balthazar Lyimo as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Arusha, Tanzania. As well, Pope Francis has issued a papal order to establish a “college” within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to more adequately handle the adjudication of, most largely, abuse cases within the church.

And today, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

Work is so important for human dignity, for building up a family, for peace! (link)

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


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Back at It Again

Okay, after approximately a two week much needed break, I’m back at the blog!!!!! The break has also been good in that it’s gotten me considering other directions and approaches I might take regarding this blog, so in the next few weeks, you might see some changes here and there in both the look of the pages and in some varieties of content, too.

And what has Pope Francis been up to? Well, when I’ve occasionally looked over the news, he’s doing his normal routine, plus he’s been working on a new seminal text!

Nevertheless, today in Pope Francis news:

Pope Francis gave a morning homily at Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, and it was about having the faith to forgive.

Also today, Pope Francis met with and addressed Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Senegal, Mauritania, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau. As well, President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana had an audience with Pope Francis (video link).

Today, also, Pope Francis sent a telegram offering condolences regarding those lost in a tragic bus accident in Spain this last weekend.

Further, a letter from Pope Francis to the 67th General Assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference was read to the conference by Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco.

And after a two week break, you just might be chomping at the bit for some commentary. Well here’s a few articles by other people about how things are going in general in Pope Francis news!:

Cardinal Walter Kasper, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, gave an address regarding the theology and vision of Pope Francis. It is super good. Here’s a great article talking about Pope Francis’ influence regarding appointments over this past weekend. On Vatican finances, here’s a super good article on Pope Francis advancing the Vatican toward greater economic transparency and accounting standards – particularly in relation to events of the past week. And there’s an excellent article talking about the American bishops needing to catch up with Pope Francis when it comes to economic equality issues.

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


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On Hiatus for Two Weeks

What blogger doesn’t take a break now and again. Well, I’ve been swamped by another project along with this one and I’ve decided to take I estimate about two weeks off from the blog here to work on this other project that needs a whole lot more attention.

On a lot of fronts, I’ve been considering this blog my individual mission of God to the people of planet earth to spread the good news of how really really good and great Pope Francis is!!!!! If you like what you read here, or maybe not, send me monies anyway to keep it going!

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See you in about two weeks!


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Good Stuff in Pope Francis News

Today Pope Francis gave a homily at Casa Santa Marta. A super good sermon on the limitlessness of God.

The Prime Minister of Grenada, Keith Mitchell had an audience with Pope Francis. Here is an article with other details. He also received delegates from the International Association of Penal Law and gave an address to them. Here’s another article with more details about the address. Others also had audiences. Pope Francis made an appointment and did some jurisdictional changes.

It was also announced that Pope Francis is working on yet another encyclical work, this one on the topic of the “protection of creation.” Super exciting!!!!!

And Pope Francis sent a tweet:

The family is where we are formed as people. Every family is a brick in the building of society. (link)

In Pope Francis related news:

Jerry White, deputy assistant Secretary of State within the U.S. government’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations came to Rome to help promote a “Global Covenant of World Religions.” The vision of ecumenical unity in the body of Christ is spreading!

In an interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper regarding the Synod on the Family, he estimates that the Roman Catholic church is taking big steps now to progress the church. And out in the blogosphere, here’s a nice article I liked about families, and the meanings of love.

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


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Preaching and Meeting

Today Pope Francis gave his General Audience Address at St. Peter’s Square. (full text and video link and nice summary video). The address was so good! I love Pope Francis!!!!! In the address, he encourages us all to read the entirety of Ezekiel 37, which I then did. It’s talking about the tribes of Israel, but now in the new covenant, it’s good to look for a “spiritual interpretation” (as the Christian Scientists say). In the chapter it speaks of the divergent tribes of Israel being united; in the context of the body of Christ, God’s peoples shall all be united as one. Pope Francis in the address speaks of jealousies being a primary dividing factor. At the founding of the church, all things were in common with no poor among them, so ultimately, possessions and property are not really part of the picture in God’s plan for they all really belong to God — also by his address, even when others appear to have gained possessions, it is important to see such circumstances as mere blessings of God for their work for God and life in God’s kingdom, and Pope Francis encourages us to say, “Thank you Lord because you gave this to that person.” Relatedly, jealousy is based in the concept of acquisition by means other than God. Seek God first and all these things shall be added unto you. It is God’s pleasure to give His children the kingdom.

God is with Pope Francis and Pope Francis is with God.

Okay, back to the news: Today, the German soccer club Bayern Munich had an audience with Pope Francis.

Yesterday, Pope Francis gave a homily on the meaning of waiting for God. Here is also an excellent summary.

Also yesterday, Pope Francis met with a group of mothers who lost their children in a railroad accident in Buenos Aires.

And Pope Francis sent a tweet:

If faith is to be strong and healthy, it must be constantly nourished by the Word of God. (link)

In post-Synod on the Family news:

Today was released an interview with a Baptist delegate to the Synod on the Family. Also in the news is an interview with Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican Press secretary, regarding the Synod on the Family.

Yesterday, of the results of the small group meetings, Italian groups B & C have now had their reports translated to English, and I’ve updated an older article with the link for record’s sake.

In Pope Francis related news: Released this week is a cookbook of papal favorite dishes of Pope Francis and other popes.

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


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Consistory of Cardinals to the Middle East

This morning Pope Francis presided over and spoke at and with a Consistory of Cardinals to the Middle East. And a press conference followed the Consistory (video link).

Also in the news, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Malta’s Archbishop Paul Cremona. As well, he appointed 20 scholars to the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

And in Pope Francis related news, “The Art of Charity” initiative has kicked off at the Vatican to raise funds for some of Pope Francis’ charity projects.

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the today.


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A Mass to Conclude the Synod and Beatify Pope Paul VI

Today, the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops discussing the topic of The Pastoral Challenges of The Family in the Context Of Evangelization closed their two week gathering by having a big a Mass, at which Pope Francis gave the homily. The Mass also was for the Beatification of Pope Paul VI (video link). For more information, check out this excellent article about Pope Paul VI and a very good video segment on today’s beatification.

Following the Mass, Pope Francis gave a brief Angelus Address.

Also today, Pope Francis sent message out in celebration of World Mission Day.


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Meetings of The Synod on the Family Conclude

Pope Francis in a joyful moment at the Synod on the Family.
Pope Francis in a joyful moment at the Synod on the Family.

Before jumping into Synod on the Family news, here’s the regular Pope Francis news:

Yesterday, Pope Francis gave a homily at Casa Santa Marta on the topic of Christian identity.

Yesterday, numerous people had an audience with Pope Francis, and today, Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Nguyên Tân Dung, had an audience with him.

In other news, among messages sent, it was reported that Pope Francis sent message to the director general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Jose Graziano da Silva, to mark the occasion of World Food Day (full text). As well, Pope Francis sent message to a conference of the Italian Catholic University Federation (FUCI) (full text).

And today, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

To change the world we must be good to those who cannot repay us. (link)

Of Synod on the Family news:

Going from yesterday into today — yesterday, the synod continued their meetings, and they ended the day with a press conference regarding the proceedings of the day, and here’s another article with more details (video link).

Today the Synod on the Family finished up their meetings, which included a homily address by Archbishop Paul Bùi Van Ðoc of Hô Chí Minh City and voting on the concluding message of the synod, which was drawn up. Pope Francis gave an address to close the synod, which ended with about a four minute standing ovation by the synod participants. The day also included two press conferences, one to release and introduce the final document (full text of document) and talk about the closing day of the synod (video link), and the other press conference to speak regarding the conclusions of this synod and how the conclusions were come to (video link and article link). A final, more detailed synod report was also issued later on, titled, “Relatio Sinodali.”

Also, regarding the resultant reports which came out of the small group meetings taking place this week — of these reports, one Italian-speaking group’s report and other Italian groups’ reports, the reports of the two French-speaking groups, and the reports of the two Spanish-speaking groups are all now translated and available to read in English. Here’s a summary article on the reports.

In the finishing days of this synod and by the participants, there are lots of good summary interviews about the synod and documents it produced; here are a few:

Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier
Archbishop Paul-André Durocher
Cardinal George Pell

In the interview with Cardinal Pell, regarding the bishops and cardinals there, he stated:

Communion for the divorced and remarried is for some -- very few, certainly not the majority of synod fathers -- it’s only the tip of the iceberg, it’s a stalking horse. They want wider changes, recognition of civil unions, recognition of homosexual unions.

God stirs good things among the bishops in the Roman Catholic church. God transitions their hearts and minds to understand the foundation stone of love-relationships — which is the most important thing to God — and by which he transitions them to understand how hetrosexual, monogamous marriage is just one of the many structures which may be built upon that foundation stone. And He transitions them to understand and teach people how to build all varieties of the very wellest, most pleasing and delightful love-relationships, really really good upon that foundation stone.

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


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The Synod on the Family Rolls Forward

This morning Pope Francis gave a homily on praising God. Here’s an article with additional details.

Today it was announced that Pope Francis is allowing the Sistine Chapel to be rented out for a private corporate event to raise money for Catholic charities.

And today, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

A Christian is merciful by nature; this is heart of the Gospel. (link)

And as Pope Francis has been overseeing the Synod on the Family, in synod news, the various small group meetings to refine and amend the Relatio Post Disceptationem presented their reports for revisions today. Here’s a report summarizing the reports, and another about the order of how they were presented today. Of the day’s activities, here is a summary report, and today there was the usual daily press conference on today’s synod activities (video link). And oddly, the Vatican changed a portion of the English version of the Relatio Post Disceptationem. Fear be undone — God is with Pope Francis and the church, and Pope Francis and the church are with God.

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


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Flurry Over Relatio Post Disceptationem

Today in Pope Francis news, Pope Francis gave a General Audience address in St. Peter’s Square, here’s the full text of the address, and a video recording of the encounter.

Yesterday morning, Pope Francis gave a morning homily at Casa Santa Marta. It was on not having a “cosmetic spirituality.”

Of messages: Pope Francis sent message to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila.

And yesterday, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

O Lord, comfort all those who suffer, especially the sick, the poor and the unemployed. (link)

Also in the news within the past day or so, there’s been a media flurry over some lines from the Relatio post disceptationem, which was released on Monday. Essentially, some of the lines some found provocative have been as follows:

Welcoming homosexual persons

 50.  Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?

 51.  The question of homosexuality leads to a serious reflection on how to elaborate realistic paths of affective growth and human and evangelical maturity integrating the sexual dimension: it appears therefore as an important educative challenge. The Church furthermore affirms that unions between people of the same sex cannot be considered on the same footing as matrimony between man and woman. Nor is it acceptable that pressure be brought to bear on pastors or that international bodies make financial aid dependent on the introduction of regulations inspired by gender ideology.

 52.  Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners. Furthermore, the Church pays special attention to the children who live with couples of the same sex, emphasizing that the needs and rights of the little ones must always be given priority.

Due to this media exitement over the lines above potentially indicating a broader and active welcoming of LGBT people – the General Secretariat of the Synod released a declaration that the Relatio post disceptationem is “a working document” and not the solidified contemporary perspective and approach of the Roman Catholic church.

Of the Synod on the Family’s progress of the past day or so, participants have broken into small groups to make discussion progress. Here’s a text summary and a video of today’s press briefing. Of yesterday’s synod activities, here’s also a text summary and a video of yesterday’s press briefing.

Of some statements made on the progress of the synod thus far, here are several articles interviewing various participants in the synod:

Cardinal Walter Kasper
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York
Archbishop Stephen Brislin, of Cape Town, South Africa

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


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