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Conferences and a Tweet

Not a whole lot in the news today, but here you go:

Today Pope Francis addressed the bishops of Cameroon at the conclusion of their Ad Limina pilgrimage. He encouraged them to use a dialogue of life to subside violence against Christians throughout the African continent.

By other reports, apparently other bishops from elsewhere are also there for other bishop meet-ups. I’d imagine that this is a quite regular thing that happens for bishops and the like, with such a HUGE church, they’ve got internal trainings and conferences for the various ministers throughout the church, so there’s a report of one, at which Pope Francis supposedly spoke at, too!

And Pope Francis sent a tweet:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He seeks us out and he stays near us even though we are sinners, indeed because we are sinners. (link)

In older Pope Francis news, Alan Ginsburg got an award from Pope Francis for his efforts to build bridges between the Christian and Jewish faiths.

Additionally, here’s the full text of Pope Francis’ Q & A with youth of the Scholas Project.

And Joan’s Rome/Vatican Insider has a super cool article about attending a morning mass this week at Casa Santa Marta! And she actually got to meet Pope Francis!!!!

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


Wow! A Lot to Report!

Pope Francis’ first tweeted picture
Pope Francis’ first tweeted picture — it’s of children in Iraq.

A Bunch of Meetings:

Pope Francis met yesterday with former Israeli President Shimon Peres, and also Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan. According to reports, Perez’ meeting with Pope Francis revolved around “Peace and the role of religions,” but most particularly he brought to Pope Francis plans to form a “United Nations of Religions”! Here’s a really good quote from the meeting. Also of the meet-up, here’s a great picture, and another one, too.

God’s greatest blessings are upon the efforts to bring the religions of this world to align such that the humans on and in this world shall take care of each other such that they apply the valuement the blood-bonds of brothers and sisters, parents and children, spouses and lovers, to all people being such to each other.

In Pope Francis’ meeting with Prince El Hassan Bin Talal, the prince presented what efforts he was taking to find common ground among the world religions and essentially help to make it so that there are no poor among us.

Also on Thursday, many others had an audience with Pope Francis, as well.

And on Thursday, Pope Francis participated in a Google Hangout with students from across five continents in connection with the Scholas, and he met with many of the primary directors of the project, too. Pope Francis’ remarks are so good! I love Pope Francis! For the entirety of it, here’s a very detailed article with lots of great quotes in it, too!

Also in the meetings department, Thursday afternoon at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis met again with soccer super star Diego Maradona.

Then today, Friday, Pope Francis met with the President of Panama and the primary leader of Andorra. As well, several others had an audience with him, too.

The Wellest of Homilies:

Pope Francis’ gave morning homily at Casa Santa Marta on Thursday – a gloriously good homily about recognizing that God’s knowledge is greater than the little-human knowledge. And then a homily on Friday morning. Of the Friday sermon, one article explained he said:

Believers must not be “slaves to little laws” but must be open to “novelties” signalled in the good news of the Gospels, said the reform-minded pontiff. “Jesus asks us to set aside tottering structures.”

I love Pope Francis! God is with him. Here’s a another article on the Friday homily, with other details.

Beautful Tweets:

And in the past two days, Pope Francis had two tweets, one was with the first picture he’s posted to twitter:

I pray every day for all who are suffering in Iraq. Please join me. (link with picture)

Our Christian witness is authentic when it is faithful and unconditional. (link)

In Pope Francis Related News:

Here’s a delightful interview with the silversmith and good friend of Pope Francis who made the trophy for the Interreligious Soccer Match for Peace. And another super good article on the Interreligious Soccer Match for Peace.

Father Luigi Ciotti, founder of Libera, a network of Italian un-mafia associations, received a letter of solidarity from the Italian bishops’ conference. Fr. Ciotti met earlier this year and prayed with Pope Francis for people to turn to God and do good in the world. As a servant with Pope Francis for God, God’s protection surrounds Fr. Ciotti to bring about God’s plan make planet earth the very wellest and most pleasing and delightful paradise for the people here.

In the movement of the Holy Spirit, here’s a great article on ministering to the poor in Baltimore, Maryland. Feeding and clothing the poor is one thing many Christian churches have been extremely good about, but for churches to extend themselves to provide permanent, free, comfortable housing for the poor, others, and, eventually, for everyone is God’s additional assignment unto them now. God’s every blessing is upon that assignment to bring it about for this world.

Some may question some people in the Roman church for supporting LGBT issues and organizations. Part of the church’s job is to reach out to the marginalized, the poor, the rejected, the outcasts – and to un-cast them from the periphery. Of one of those links above – one of them is about Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who in another news article said:

For a guy like me who’s pretty nuts and bolts about things, I’d send the pope a dozen roses because he’s helping me do my job better. He has succeeded in giving the Church a facelift.

I love Pope Francis!

Other extremely important dialogues are also happening related to Pope Francis, check out the article, “A suggested agenda for the new prefect for Congregation for Divine Worship” about liturgical evolution and change. And another article, “What's eating Catholic women?” about women’s equality in the Roman Catholic church. Super important dialogues which the church must face and is facing and moving in directions which are the most pleasing and delightful to God.

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


The Motherhood of the Church and Mary

Today Pope Francis welcomed pilgrims and gave his General Audience address. Here’s the full text of his address. And here’s a full YouTube video of today’s General Audience. Also during the general audience he specifically addressed Polish pilgrims and the people of Iraq, and expressed his support for steel workers in central Italy. And here is a summary.

In other news, Plim Plim was the mascot of The Interreligious Soccer Match For Peace!


Pope Francis Directs Sports for the New Era

Yesterday was The Interreligious Soccer Match for Peace, initiated by Pope Francis. Before the evening match, the players had an audience with Pope Francis, and here’s the full transcript of his address to the players. In it, he said:

Tonight’s sporting event is a highly symbolic gesture to show that it is possible to build a culture of encounter and a world of peace, where believers of different religions – preserving their identities... can live together in harmony and reciprocal respect.
Religions are called to be vehicles of peace and never of hatred. Religion and sport can collaborate and offer to all of society eloquent signs of this new era in which people will never again raise the sword one against another.

Sport inherently is about competition. In this new era of which Pope Francis speaks of, competition technically does not exist any longer. As such, any competitive sport is simply to allow people to play within the afterimage of the old era, but still throughout the whole rest of life and society, enjoy a life without competition.

And here is the full transcript Pope Francis delivered later on at the match itself.

In related events this week, spanning Monday through Wednesday, the Vatican is hosting an international seminar series titled, “Sports at the Service of Humanity: From the ‘Results-Oriented Culture’ to a ‘Culture of Encounter’.” Organizers of the event said, ‘It’s time... to replace the money and the medals with the human being.’ And the event culminates Wednesday with a Mass and audience with Pope Francis!

Today, Pope Francis, having resumed Mass daily at the Casa Santa Marta, here’s an article on his homily this morning. He talks about the anointing of the Holy Spirit. For more about this topic, I recommend Kenneth Copeland’s sermon, “The Power of God’s Anointing in You.”

Pope Francis sent a letter today to the people of Beslan, Russia, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Belan school hostage crisis, there.

Also in this past day or so, the Catholic bishops of Cameroon began their 5 day long visit to the Vatican and with Pope Francis – an Ad Limina visit.

And Pope Francis sent a tweet:

The Christian who does not feel that the Virgin Mary is his or her mother is an orphan. (link)

Mary is so important in that she points us to Jesus, and her manifestations across the globe and throughout history attest to her heavy involvement in helping people get back to God.

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


Address and Audiences

Today, Pope Francis did Mass in Casa Santa Marta, and spoke there as well. And here’s a different article and still another, each with other details mentioned.

A bunch of people had an audience today with Pope Francis.

And Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for September are in the news.

God has Christian leaders lead the world to be a place that is fully the home of God, and where God is fully pleased and delighted with every aspect of the people of this world.

And though this is late breaking news, Cardinal Justin Rigali as Pope Francis’ special envoy to St. Louis, on Aug. 24th, gave the homily address at a Mass comemorating the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding, and the address included a greeting from Pope Francis.

And lastly, here’s a really nice link about building an altar of faith, in your heart — which I really liked.


Bible Lesson for Week of Sept. 1-7, 2014

I myself come out of quite a diverse and complex Christian background. It’s a Sunday today, and about to mark up my scriptures with a Bible lesson for the coming week, I realized that I’d marked my scriptures last week with this coming week’s passages. Ug! I’ve been studying this coming week’s passages all of this past week!!!! Oh, well. Well, they were some super duper good scriptures. Well, every week’s are super duper good, but this week’s kept me super excited studying them all week long. And today — I decided to copy a bunch of them into a post!

And so, enjoy!!!!!!

...Behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high. – Job 16:19

The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breadth of the Almighty hath given me life. .... I am clean without transgression, I am innocent. – Job 33:4,9

...For I am holy : O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee. – Psalms 86:2

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? .... Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet.... O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! – Psalms 8:4,6,9

I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. – Psalms 17:15

...Be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God. .... And ye shall he holy unto me.... – Leviticus 20:7,26

  LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him!....
  Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:
  That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:
  That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:
  That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.
  Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.
– Psalm 145:3,11-15

Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us.... – Psalm 90:16-17

...Thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting. We are thine.... – Isaiah 63:16,19

And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart. – Deuteronomy 6:5-6

  For this is the covenant that I will make... after those days, 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. ....
  In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
– Hebrews 8:10-11,13

...I am the LORD your God.... Ye shall be holy, for I am holy. – Leviticus 11:44-45

And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. – Luke 4:14-15

  ...The power of the Lord was present to heal them.
  And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him.
  And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.
  And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. ....
  I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.
  And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.
– Luke 5:17-20,24-25

Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name.... O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.... – Psalms 96:8-9

When Christ, who is life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. – Colossians 3:4

Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. .... For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.... – Philippians 3:15,20

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober..., and [have] the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.... – 1 Peter 1:13


An Angelus Address about Salt

In the news from this past day or so:

Today Pope Francis delivered the weekly Angelus Address. Wow, what a sermon it is!!!!! I love Pope Francis!!!!!

In the address, he talks about Christians being the salt of the earth that have not lost their savor:

It is sad to find Christians that are no longer the salt of the Earth. And we know that when salt loses its flavor, it is no longer useful. Their salt has lost its flavor because they are committed to the spirit of this world. That is, they have become worldly.

The joy and passion and vitality and life that the Christ gives us, when people meet us, like salt to food, they experience that vitalness when they are around us. He goes on to share his oft spoken advice to carry a copy of the Gospels, or some scripture, wherever we go:

Remember, it would help you to carry a Gospel with you, a small book of Gospels, in your pocket or in your purse, and read a small passage during the day. But always the Gospel because it is carrying the Word of Jesus and being able to read it.

I also loved his quote:

...We can conform not to the world, but to Christ, and to follow Him on His path.... purified, freed from selfishness and from the debt of death full of eternity.

And he mentioned in his address that he met yesterday with a family from Mirabella Imbaccari, Italy who “who brought me the greetings of the countryside.”

As well yesterday, in the news it was reported that shortly after Pope Francis’ trip to South Korea, he telephoned and spoke with a priest in Iraq who had written to him.

And yesterday, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

The Lord always forgives us and walks at our side. We have to let him do that. (link)

In Pope Francis related news, from the usual places and across the web, here's what popped up for today:

• Cardinal Pietro Parolin, head of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, spoke at the fifth annual conference of the International Catholic Legislators Network, and his address had lots of Pope Francis influence in it!
• Here’s a video about an education initiative by Pope Francis called Scholas in which over the past year, over 300,000 schools across the globe have joined in.
Squatters in Buenos Aires, squatting in the name of Pope Francis were evicted from their settlement.
• Pope Francis inspired the formation of a private migrant rescue organization.
• A musical artist, Win Butler, on stage, perhaps in their alignment with Pope Francis but perhaps for some other reason, declared: “I am Pope Francis.”
• And here’s a cute imagery comparison between Eminem, One Direction, and Pope Francis.

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


Meetings and Appointments

Today in Pope Francis news, Pope Francis met with Fr. Jorge Hernández – a priest serving in Gaza, then with Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliò about the situation in Iraq, and approved the appointment of Bishop George Njaralakatt as an archbishop in south India:

This morning, Pope Francis met with a parish priest from Gaza, Father Jorge Hernández, about the situation there in Gaza. He encouraged him and his fellow Christians there to be the “salt of the earth.” “Light” is the knowing, and “salt” is the passion, emotion, or joy one has. When tied with our love – our attachment – especially to ourselves, our fellow human beings, and for God’s Kingdom, people are converted simply by meeting us. Pope Francis is spreading the message with his salt! I love Pope Francis!!!!

Also today, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliò, President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants. They discussed those fleeing the situation in Iraq and what can be done. Of his meeting, he spoke of Pope Francis’ passion for defending the marginalized and weak:

The Church must help those most in need... The Church is for the poor and the voiceless. We must be present and never tire of saying these things in homilies and speeches; and to influence, if possible, the political situation.

Turning the hearts and minds of the people back to God, leading God’s children to remember how to be a family to each other in the Kingdom — even amidst the winds blowing and the swallowing fires. It is finally not out of fear, but in simply perceiving God and loving God. And here’s a gorgeous quote about what the real “Church” is:

And when we speak of the Church, we are not only thinking of the Vatican or the Curia. The Church is a reality everywhere, and the Church has the sensitivity to help these poor people, these migrants, these refugees, these displaced people.

Also today, Pope Francis approved the appointment of Bishop George Njaralakatt to be the new archbishop to the Archdiocese of Tellicherry within the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in south India.

In slightly older news, but just out today is a much more detailed account of Pope Francis’ encounter with former Pakistani minister Paul Bhatti, last Wednesday.

Coming down the pike in Pope Francis news:

There’s more news about the upcoming soccer match for peace. As a “virtual kick-off for the match,” Pope Francis is donating an olive tree to be planted at the statium.

Also in the news, a replica statue of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre which was given to Pope Francis as a gift was set in a place of honour in the Vatican gardens.

Upcoming, too, in mid-September Pope Francis is expected to be performing a bunch of weddings in St. Peter’s Square!!

In Pope Francis related news:

Before I started this blog, I remember seeing a news story that Pope Francis was stepping up to clean up the Vatican finances. Well, a news story out today shows good further progress in these regards!

And as mentioned yesterday, lots of clergy around the world are voicing for an end to wars and an end to the expulsion of people from their homes. Today, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, head of the Italian Bishops Conference (CEI), joined in that chorus. Also in the news other Christian leaders are joining the chorus, too.

This news is a bit older, but related to the special assembly on the family Pope Francis is having October 5th-19th in Rome, Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez began publishing a series of articles on the family. Here’s the link to the first article and here’s the link to the latest one. Two days ago I reported about Bishop Nunzio Galantino’s comment on welcoming “unconventional couples” and others into the church, well I just saw that Utah courts have effectively decriminalized polygamy. Once the Roman church really joins up in the body of Christ with the Mormons, too, we’ll really all be one gloriously happy family in Christ!!!! OH the Kingdom!!!!!!!!!

And lastly, in an interview with American priest, Fr. Gerald Mahon, he spoke of how Pope Francis teaches one how to be a “real pastor.”

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


Bishop Appointments and Letters

Today in Pope Francis news:

Pope Francis shuffled around some ministers. He appointed Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera as archbishop of Valencia, Spain, and Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra as archbishop of Madrid.

Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church sent condolences to Pope Francis in regard to his nephew’s family passing away from a car accident.

Caritas of Turkey sent message to Pope Francis, that they are doing all that they can to help out Christian refugees from Syria and Iraq.

And Pope Francis sent a tweet:

From the cross, Christ teaches us to love even those who do not love us. (link)

In Pope Francis related news:

Lots of folks are following Pope Francis’ lead and asking for the wars to end in the Middle East: Eastern patriarchs and Canadian bishops and German bishops.

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


General Audience Address and More

Pope Francis delivered the General Audience address today on the topic of Parish life. And it can be watched on YouTube. The message of the address was about unity in our faith with others, and forgiveness when others might mess up, do something seemingly hurtful, stick their foot in their mouth, be unhappy or angry, etc. Also during the general audience, Pope Francis praised an elderly woman there who refused to gossip because “she recognized the image of God in one another.” And Pope Francis received former Pakistani minister Paul Bhatti, and his mother.

In Pope Francis related news:

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi had an interview in which he talked about lots of things, from the envoy to Iraq to the Pope Francis perhaps visiting the UN. My favorite part of the interview is when he says:

The Holy Father has added the urgency of prayer and the mobilization of the spiritual resources of the community worldwide to ask God for the gift of peace because peace is a gift from God.

I love Pope Francis!

A Rosary initiative in Ireland, led by Archbishop Eamon Martin, was influenced in part by Pope Francis’ recommendation of the Rosary as ‘spiritual medicine.’ Like so many things, it can be an important step to take in one’s spiritual journey.

The King of Bahrain, Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, has offered to help 200 Christian families forced out of Mosul. The king also met with Pope Francis earlier this year.

Ahead of an meeting on the family called for by Pope Francis for October 2014, the secretary-general of the Italian Episcopal Conference, Monsignor Nunzio Galantino, said that he Church must make everyone feel at home, including “unconventional couples.” Particularly in the the discussion are family relationships ranging from same-sex marriage to surrogate motherhood to polygamy. This is so exciting!!! God brings all people into His family.

And Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Pope Francis’ personal envoy to Iraq, spoke about the situation in Iraq and how to approach it.

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



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