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Homily and Other News

Early today at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and delivered a homily about God not always keeping to things staying the same, but providing us surprises in life, leading people back to the experience of fullness of unity in their walk with God. He said that amidst “God’s surprises... to know that [His] holy law is not an end in itself.”

Today it was announced that Pope Francis has called for 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, on October 4-25th, 2015, to be on the theme “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.”

Today Pope Francis also named the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag, as a “minor basilica.”

Also today it was reported that Pope Francis has blessed the setting up of the John Paul II Theological Academy in Minsk, Belarus.

In Synod on the Family news:

Here’s a good summary of the day. At the beginning of today’s synod meetings, Archbishop Salvador Pineiro Garcia-Calderon of Ayacucho, Peru delivered a homily. This was followed by Cardinal Peter Erdo delivering a summary report (called the “Relatio post disceptationem”) of the synod proceedings so far (video link). Afterward, there was a free, open discussion among the participants in the synod. There was also a press conference later on about today’s proceedings (video link).

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


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A Homily and an Angelus Address

Pope Francis delivering the homily address at the Mass of Thanksgiving for the Equivalent Canonization of Saints François de Laval and Marie de l’Incarnation at St. Peter’s Basilica, October 12th, 2014.
Pope Francis delivering the homily address at the Mass of Thanksgiving for the Equivalent Canonization of Saints François de Laval and Marie de l’Incarnation at St. Peter’s Basilica, October 12th, 2014.

This morning at St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Equivalent Canonization of Saints François de Laval and Marie de l’Incarnation and at the Mass gave a homily address. And here is a video of the Mass. Also, there was a press conference yesterday (video link) about the Mass and the saints to whom the Mass was dedicated.

Later in the day, about noon, Pope Francis gave an Angelus Address overlooking on St. Peter’s Square. Here is also a video of the address. The Angelus Address today is so full of good quotes, but here is a really really good one:

All of us are called to avoid reducing the Kingdom of God to within the limits of our “little church,” our “tiny little church.” That doesn't work. But rather to expand the Church to the dimensions of the Kingdom of God.

Pope Francis delivering the homily address at the Mass of Thanksgiving for the Equivalent Canonization of Saints François de Laval and Marie de l’Incarnation at St. Peter’s Basilica, October 12th, 2014.
Pope Francis delivering the homily address at the Mass of Thanksgiving for the Equivalent Canonization of Saints François de Laval and Marie de l’Incarnation at St. Peter’s Basilica, October 12th, 2014.

The Pope Francis news for the day.


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Synod on the Family – Day 6

Yesterday, on Friday morning, at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis gave a homily on guarding one’s heart.

Also Friday, Pope Francis made an appointment. Pope Francis sent message of support to the ‘Day with Newman’ campaign to be held at the Birmingham Oratory on October 11th. Pope Francis sent greetings to Archbishop Foley Beach, the new leader of the Anglican breakaway church, called the “Anglican Church in North America” or ACNA. Pope Francis also sent to Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco a message of support to the people of Genoa, Italy, who of late have experienced flooding in their city.

And Pope Francis sent a tweet today:

The spiritual power of the Sacraments is boundless. With grace, we can overcome every obstacle. (link)

God’s grace has no limits.

In Pope Francis related news:

An exhibit of photographs taken during Pope Francis’ visit to South Korea this year, and other related artifacts of the trip are on display in Seoul, South Korea.

Out of the Americas, it was announced that an online course is going to be offered to teach people Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium.

Synod on the Family news:

Today, Saturday, a press briefing was held, and here’s a video of it.

To open yesterday morning’s session, Archbishop Orowae Arnold, of Wabag, Papua New Guinea, gave a homily address. As well, here’s a summary of the discussions from that morning’s session. And here’s a summary of the day and a video summary of the day.

A usual press briefing was held, yesterday. Here are some typed excepts and a video recording of it.

Also as a part of the Synod on the Family, yesterday, the participants sent a letter to all families who suffer from conflicts.

Of Thursday’s afternoon meeting, here’s the full-text of introduction by President Delegate, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois followed by the testimony of spouses Olivier and Xristilla Roussy.

And here’s what is scheduled for weekend activities of the synod (not a lot, but a few things), as well as an excellent article on what the coming week of meetings is to consist of.

In general, there seems to be very much talk of using new language to engage with people. Here’s a very good summary of many of the dialogues happening over the past day or so. And here’s another and another on what the development of church doctrine and practice means. Moreover, of the atmosphere thus far, here’s an excellent video interview with two Vatican press spokespeople.

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


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Synod on the Family – Day 5

Today Pope Francis gave a morning homily. It was about the reality that God does exist and God answers our prayers, and when it just seems like our prayers are not being answered, if we just continue to knock on God’s door, God’ll FINALLY get to the door to answer it and give us the things we seek of him. Praise God!

And though I didn’t see this posted on Twitter, it is reported somewhere else that Pope Francis tweeted today:

Dear young people, Christ is counting on you to be His friends and witnesses of His infinite love. (link and link)

Maybe it got posted and accidently taken down or some other snaffoo. It’s a really really good one. I’ll take it!!!!! :)

Also squeezing through the Pope Francis news cracks is an interview Pope Francis did with an Argentine publication, and which the Vatican press office missed, too.

In Synod on the Family news:

Here’s a summary of today’s morning session and discussions. In the morning sessions, Bishop Lucio Muandula of Xai-Xai, Mozambique, spoke about using Biblical wisdom in modern contexts.

Of today’s afternoon session, here’s a good general summary, and the opening introductory statement by President Delegate, Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis, followed by a presentation by Mr. and Mrs. Stephen and Sandra Conway. Some articles convered specifics of the afternoon session, one article covering mostly what Archbishop Paul Durocher of Gatineau spoke of (and here’s a good video of him, too), and another about the what was discussed in general.

And here’s a super good summary of today’s discussions in general, and a nice video summary of the day, and relatedly, a good montage of participant interviews about the topics of love and marriage being discussed.

Yesterday and today there also were press conferences/briefings held, summarizing and expounding the discussions which happened the daily sessions.

Here’s a summary of yesterday afternoon’s session and discussions. And of the synod press conference yesterday, here’s a report of what Archbishop Kaigama Decries said during it. And here’s a good summary of yesterday’s meetings.

Topically, there are really really good dialogues seeming to be happening regarding marriage itself as a lasting institution.

And today I saw a bunch of articles: this one, this one, and this one on the potentiality of the Roman Catholic church: blessing gay marriages, understanding how marriage is defined and how to approach divorce, understanding at the very core what marriage represents and points to, and understanding and approaching numerous related topics. God has these potentialities go and turn out in ways that are the most pleasing and delightful to God.

And there are so many really really good other dialogues popping up, such as through Archbishop Paul Durocher who said ‘Jesus worked directly with individuals, not generalities.’ I love it!

More information about the Synod on the Family:

Just in my own getting to know stuff about this Synod on the Family taking place, I finally went and looked up a few more details. Here’s a really really good introductory video on what a “synod” is. The technical name of this synod appears to be, 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” with the discussion document of the synod being the Instrumentum Laboris (Latin for “working instrument”).

And at the end of the Instrumentum Laboris for this synod is a super good prayer:

Prayer to the Holy Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendour of true love,
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer!

Amen.

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


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Synod on the Family – Day 4

Today the Synod on the Family continues, it’s the forth day of the conference, but the third day of meetings. And amidst the synod continuing, Pope Francis continues his normal weekly routine and had his Wednesday General Audience address today, too, plus did other pontifical things.

Here’s the full text of Pope Francis’ General Audience address, a summary, here’s a video of it, and during the General Audience, Pope Francis took two children from the audience for a ride around St. Peter’s Square in his Popemobile! And the theme of his address was to not engage with division with other Christians in the church/body-of-Christ.

Pope Francis made an array of appointments today. As well, for the consistory discussion to follow the Synod on the Family, Pope Francis has added a discussion on the situation of Christians in the Middle East.

And Pope Francis sent a video message to the annual meeting of the Catholic Charities USA, being held October 5-7 in North Carolina.

Regarding the Synod on the Family, to open this morning’s session, Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow, gave a homily, President Delegate, Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis gave an introductory address, followed by an address by Mrs. Jeannette Toure, and here’s a good summary of the discussions which also took place this morning, and another with other more specific details. For the afternoon session, President Delegate, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle gave an introductory address, followed by an address by Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery and Alice Heinzen, and here’s a good summary of the discussions which also took place this afternoon.

My impression from reading another article interviewing participants over the past few days, coupled with an interview about how to properly respond to cases of polygamy in Africa and in Europe, it seems like that the issue of marriage is not something the bishops wish to lighten in goodness, but more so – to recognize and sustain the valuement of stable, long-term, loving relationships.

Of yesterday’s sessions, here’s also a very good summary of speakers.

Also released in the past day or so, there are an array of video interviews, press conferences, etc. with various participants of the Synod on the Family. There are so many, I’m not going to list links to all of them, but below are couple of really really good ones:

Archbishop John Dew
Archbishop Paul-André Durocher
Tuesday’s Press Conference points

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


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Synod on the Family – Day 3

This morning, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily at Casa Santa Marta. The address was about staying close to God in the story of one’s life. One of my favorite quotes of the address is: “To pray is to remember in God’s presence because our story is the story of His love for us.”

Here is a good text summary of this morning’s Synod on the Family discussions. It included presentations by various people from the Philippines, including Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila. And the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin also spoke among today’s sessions.

And here’s a great summary of how the synod has progressed so far.

Today Pope Francis also accepted the resignation of Archbishop Jan Zajac of Poland, based on consideration of age.

And Pope Francis sent a tweet:

Let us ask the Lord for the grace not to speak badly of others, not to criticize, not to gossip, but rather to love everyone. (link)

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


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Synod on the Family – Day 2

Wow, the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family began their meetings today. There is a lot to cover. As I consider it, I’m going to aim to cover particularly Pope Francis’ addresses, but also include links to some others as I find them. Moreover, Pope Francis is attending them all, or close to all of the primary meetings of this synod.

To open the meetings, Pope Francis gave an opening address. After Pope Francis’ address, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the synod, delivered a report. Here’s a video of that opening segment. Also opening the synod was an address by Cardinal Peter Erdo, the synod’s Relator General, titled, “Report Prior to Discussion.” Here’s a video of the General Relator’s presentation. After this morning’s opening session, a press conference was held to explain about what just happened, how they are planning for the synod to progress and make conclusions together, etc. And here’s a video of the press conference. And outside of these few speakers, here’s a good summary of these and other key speakers of this first full day. Of particularly the afternoon discussions, here is a good text summary of them.

Here’s a really really good summary video of Pope Francis’ opening remarks at the Synod, and a summary of what the Synod is about.

In an evening session, the synod heard a presentation by an Australian married couple about the challenges that so many contemporary non-conventional family relationships present to the church. And here’s the full text of their address.

In Synod on the Family related news, here are a BUNCH of links to video interviews and speakings of various cardinals, archbishops, etc., in English or with English subtitles, produced by the Catholic News Service and Rome Reports about and/or of the Synod:

Archbishop Kurtz
Cardinal Tagle
Cardinal Wuerl
Cardinal Pell
Many others

In related news, at the indication of Pope Francis, this synod is not taking place in Latin, but in Italian, and other languages.

Also in the news, Pope Francis has sent two video messages. One of the messages is to the inhabitants of the city, Loppiano, which was the founding city or “little town” within the Focolare movement. The second video message was directed to the faithful, that they support the Caritas “One Human Family, Food for All” campaign.

And Pope Francis sent a tweet:

Come, Holy Spirit. Bestow upon us your gifts during the Synod. (link)

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


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The Synod on the Family Begins

Pope Francis at the opening Mass for the Synod on the Family, October 5th, 2014.
Pope Francis at the opening Mass for the Synod on the Family, October 5th, 2014.

Last night, Pope Francis gave an address at a prayer vigil held for the Synod on the Family. Here’s a video of it. Then this morning, he celebrated a Mass for the opening of the Synod on the Family and gave a homily address there, here’s a video recording of the Mass, and here’s a really really good image slideshow of some of the Mass. Reading his homily – God is with Pope Francis and Pope Francis is with God.

At noon today, Pope Francis gave the Angelus address, and this week it was particularly about having the Bible handy and reading it often. Here’s a video recording of the address, too.

And today, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

As we begin the Synod on the Family, let us ask the Lord to show us the way forward. (link)

Pope Francis at the opening Mass for the Synod on the Family, October 5th, 2014.
Pope Francis at the opening Mass for the Synod on the Family, October 5th, 2014.

Through the Synod on the Family this week and next week, God has Pope Francis, the cardinals, and the bishops make and keep the Roman Catholic church the most pleasing and delightful of a church, by all of God’s considerations.

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


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Pope Francis meets with Paralympic Athletes

Today Pope Francis had an encounter with a gathering of thousands of Paralympic athletes in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. The full text of Pope Francis’ address was also released. And there’s a video of it all, too!

Also in the news today, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a bishop in the British Isles region.

And Pope Francis sent a tweet:

As Jesus told Martha in the Gospel, one thing is necessary: prayer. (link)

Watching the video of his encounter today and reading his tweet, I love Pope Francis even more!

There’s not much other news than that. I imagine that outside of that news, Pope Francis today is fully in preparation mode for the upcoming synod on the family which begins tomorrow. He’s probably writing up several of the addresses & homilies he’s going to give, and making sure everything is lined up and ship shape around the Vatican for the coming week.

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


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Addresses Galore!

The past two days Pope Francis has given a bunch of address, homilies, and messages!

Today Pope Francis gave a super good morning homily on engaging with God’s salvation and not salvation through the rule structures of fallen humans. And yesterday’s morning homily by Pope Francis was on one’s relationship with their guardian angel.

Addresses:

Around the Vatican, there are lots of meetings happening, and Pope Francis is out and about speaking with them. Today, Pope Francis delivered an address to the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Clergy. And yesterday, he gave an address to the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Yesterday, at the call of Pope Francis, papal nuncios in the Middle East came to the Vatican and they met with Pope Francis about happenings in the Middle East, and in the course of their meetings, Cardinal Pietro Parolin expressed that he sees the new creature mentioned a few days ago.

The European Council of the Bishops began their annual meeting yesterday and ahead of the upcoming Synod on the Family, set their theme of discussion to be Marriage and the Family. Today, Cardinal Péter Erdo gave an opening address greeting Pope Francis, and Pope Francis gave an address to them, as well. And here’s an article providing more details of Pope Francis’ address to them.

And yesterday morning the bishops of Chad, at the end of their ad Limina visit to the Vatican, met with Pope Francis and he delivered a written letter to them along with the encounter.

Audiences:

Today, Pope Francis received in audience the President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Yesterday, Pope Francis received in audience His Holiness Mar Dinka IV, Catholicos Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, accompanied by a delegation of others, and Pope Francis gave an address to them. Pope Francis also received others and others in audience, as well.

Messages:

It was reported also that Pope Francis sent message to the International Symposium of University Professors, being held from October 1st-4th.

And in the past day or so, Pope Francis sent two tweets:

Happy families are essential for the Church and for society. (link)

A Synod means walking together but also praying together. I ask all the faithful to participate. (link)

In other Pope Francis news:

It was revealed that Pope Francis is in support of Catholics who are married and divorced and even married again, etc., for the rules allowing them to partake of communion to be relaxed. And in another article, as well as another article, it was revealed further, some of Pope Francis’ perspectives on the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family as expressed by various people who have interacted with him.

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


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