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Today in Pope Francis news:

Pope Francis named Daniel Edward Thomas the new bishop of Toledo in the U.S.

Pope Francis is sending his personal envoy to Iraq to Washington, D.C. to meet with American bishops.

And Pope Francis sent a tweet:

God’s love is unbounded: it has no limits! (link)

Among Pope Francis news today, are also the following stories:

Apparently a rumor spread that ISIS had set its sights on Pope Francis, speaking for the Vatican, Fr. Federico Lombardi said, “This news has no foundation.” God rewrites the hearts and minds of all to love Pope Francis, and recognize and follow the God way of life which is written in their hearts and minds to follow.

Also, today in the news in an interview with Fr. Guillermo Karcher, a close friend of Pope Francis, he spoke of how the upcoming Interreligious Match for Peace (soccer) is so very important to Pope Francis in his mission of the Kingdom come.

And out yesterday, the Vatican released an English translation of a Circular Letter, approved by Pope Francis on June 7, 2014, from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, regarding the Sign of Peace during Mass.

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


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Messages Galore

In Pope Francis news for today, Pope Francis sent a whole bunch of messages!

As reported earlier, Pope Francis had sent message to the Meeting for Friendship among Peoples, and now the full text of the message is available to read in English. Something really cool about it, too, is that in it is quoted parts of Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), which is a document about the mission of the church and the life of God’s people, by Pope Francis.

Pope Francis sent a telegram to the Methodist and Waldensian (Valdese) churches on occasion of their annual synod taking place in Torre Pellice, Turin, Italy. Ecumenical unity continues to solidify in and on this world.

Pope Francis also sent message of condolences and prayer, read at the memorial Mass for James Foley. Part of it read:

He commends James to the loving mercy of God our Father, and joins all who mourn him in praying for an end to senseless violence and the dawn of reconciliation and peace among all the members of the human family.

As well, Pope Francis sent a telegram message to the family of former Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds who passed away on August 21st, expressing sadness at his passing and praising his “efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in Ireland.”

And here’s a super good story about how Pope Francis’ visit to South Korea affected youth there.

Commentary:

On one interesting note, in an interview with Patriarch Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, he spoke of how the culture must change in order for the conflicts there to cease:

What is a cease-fire if the conditions that lead to violence remain the same? Conditions that create desperate people, frustrated, extremist and angry. We must do much more to create a normal life: we need a (new) culture, a new mentality....”

God makes the Christians around the world light bearers of this “new culture, a new mentality.”

In another interview, in this instance with Father Maurice Emelu, a Catholic priest, inspirational speaker, author, and journalist, he urged Pope Francis to visit Africa, but more importantly, he spoke of this “new culture and new mentality”:

I appreciate where Pope Francis is coming from. To me, his approach, is extended-family-oriented, wherein the door is opened for as many as will want to make the family their home without in any way destroying the individual identity neither of the family members nor of the family itself. As an African born in a similar culture, I understand this; but for some others it may be a cultural shock.

Pope Francis is opening the eyes of the world to the beauty.... Many young people, who long for true family identity, true community of love, are in love with the pope, and this is a good development. ....

I would like to remind everyone that no matter their race, color, tribe, religion and political affiliations we are all brothers and sisters. We come from one family, from one origin. God is our creator, our Father.

Says the LORD, as long as the sin of Sodom and Gomorrha persists in and on this world (and such sin is not homosexuality, but not treating the stranger as a sibling, parent, child of one’s own, friend, and dearest loved one), the destructions, deaths, and wars continue; but the people of this world are repenting and Pope Francis is a very key leader with God in stopping these catastrophes from continuing to be.

It means stepping out in faith in God, seeing the old patterns of interaction as false, and taking a new way, which is really the original way. God says, let the love of God and of each other fill this world.

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. – Matthew 22:37-39

It is “a new culture,” “a new mentality.” It is taking the bond of blood-family love and so many other bonds, such as to land, house, houses and other possessions, and extending it to the people and world around one, and really and truly giving up the old bonds for Jesus in the stranger. It is the God way:

And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. – Matthew 19:29

God does away with the old bonds. Pope Francis and others like him leads this world to align with God in that way.

I love Pope Francis!!!!!


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The Angelus Address

Pope Francis delivering the Angelus Address, August 24, 2014.
Pope Francis delivering the Angelus Address, August 24, 2014.

Today Pope Francis delivered the weekly Angelus Address. And one can watch it on YouTube. It was yet another absolutely brilliant address. One of my favorite parts was:

Jesus feels a great joy in His heart, because He recognizes in Simon the hand of the Father, the action of the Holy Spirit. He recognizes that God the Father has given to Simon a “trustworthy” faith, in which He, Jesus, can build his Church, that is, His community. That is, all of us, all of us. Jesus has in mind to give life to “His” Church, a people no longer founded on ancestry but rather on faith, namely a relationship with Himself, a relationship of love and of trust. Our relationship with Jesus builds the Church.

So beautiful and true!!!!!

There’s really not much else for today, but scraping the bottom of the barrel from a few days ago, China responded to Pope Francis’ invitation to open new dialogues between China and the Vatican. Here’s the original article, the first link is just more readable.

Since there’s not much else, here’s some other cool Pope Francis news links:

A video montage of Pope Francis’ South Korea journey.
• Some other interesting commentary on scriptures from today’s Angelus Address.
• Some interesting commentary on Pope Francis seeking to have the slain Archbishop Romero made a saint.
• And in the department of global catastrophes, from the always interesting pages of juxtapositions at the Pope Francis The Destroyer blog, comes a mudslide in Japan and quotes of Pope Francis.

Ug, that last one—that’s heavy duty stuff there. Cup of iced coffee and some roasted chicken sounds mighty good right now. Maybe a bowl of ice cream after that.

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


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Pope Francis Calls and Sends Messages

Okay, I had a busy day yesterday and didn’t get to blogging til today, so here’s two days of Pope Francis news packed into one! — though admittedly, there’s a bit less Pope Francis news than normal, I imagine he’s calling up lots of family members after the passing away of some relatives, and probably, too, just putting his feet up and taking a load off after that titanic Korea trip. Well, here’s the news:

Pope Francis called the parents of the American journalist and devout Roman Catholic James Foley, who was killed by the Islamic State (ISIS).

The very prominent Cardinal Edmund Casimir passed away and Pope Francis sent telegram of mourning and blessing.

And Pope Francis sent message to the Meeting for Friendship among Peoples gathering taking place in Rimini, Italy from August 24-30.

Pope Francis was also praised by the Ukrainian Ambassador to the Holy See for his peace making efforts.

And today, Pope Francis released a really really good tweet:

Christians knows how to give. Their lives are filled with generous acts – often hidden – towards their neighbour. (link)

In older and related news:

I'd reported already about Pope Francis meeting with pilgrims from the Work of Nazareth organization, well, more details have come out about his address to them from that encounter.

In an interview, Cardinal Fernando Filoni revealed how much money Pope Francis had given him to give to the Christian Iraqi people, and how it was disbursed.

And I saw a really great essay on slowing down and being calm, with a beautiful quote of Pope Francis in it.

And that’s the Pope Francis news!


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Pope Francis Meets with Cardinal Filoni, Later Work of Nazareth Pilgims

Today, Cardinal Fernando Filoni returned from Iraq and met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Cardinal Filoni also delivered a letter from Pope Francis to the president of Iraq, urgining him to help bring an end to the “brutal suffering of Christians and other religious minorities” there. As well, Cardinal Filoni had a newspaper interview about his journey to Iraq as Pope Francis’ envoy.

Pope Francis’ theme for the 48th World Day of Peace on Jan. 1, 2015 was announced: “Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters.”

Pope Francis met also today with pilgrims from the international organization Opera di Nazareth (or Work of Nazareth). Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue was the keynote speaker at their annual Tonalestate conference this year.

And Pope Francis tweeted:

Let us ask the Lord for this grace: that our hearts become free and filled with light, so that we can rejoice as children of God. (link)

Of yesterday’s news, the full text of yesterday’s General Audience Address is now available. And yesterday, I’d missed this one, the president of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner called Pope Francis to express sadness and sympathy on the passing of some of his relatives in an automobile accident.

In Pope Francis’ related news, his influence is being expressed in many circles:

by Archbishop of St. Louis, Robert Carlson in relation to the happenings in Ferguson, Missouri
in a document by Canadian bishops celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II decree on ecumenism.

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


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General Audience Address, Plus So Much More!

Today, Pope Francis gave the weekly general address, the situation in Iraq is getting weller, messages were sent, an appointing was made, and everything is getting and staying really really good.

Pope Francis had a general audience address today, and here’s the English summary. During the address, he expressed his thanks for all of the condolences and prayers for him and his family regarding the passing of some of his relatives. “Even the Pope has a family.” Also in the address, he reflected on his visit to South Korea, and asked for prayers for persecuted Christians and minority groups throughout the world, but especially those in Iraq. He also gave greetings to his favorite soccer team from Argentina who won South America’s highest championship. And here’s the YouTube video of the address.

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Pope Francis’ personal envoy to Iraq, expressed he was “very moved” and gave thanks for Pope Francis’ spontaneous prayers for the “suffering people in Iraq” which he expressed in the Mass for peace and reconciliation during the last day of his trip to South Korea. Relatedly, Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini has said that Pope Francis and the Vatican and their “very frequent contacts” with minority groups in Iraq has been very helpful in the region. God is with Pope Francis and his envoy to Iraq and the larger region!

Pope Francis is sending a personal envoy now not only to Iraq, but also to St. Louis, near unto Ferguson, Missouri.

Pope Francis has sent several messages to people and groups. One was to a gathering of the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa. And Pope Francis sent greetings and prayers to the people of Hungary on their National Day.

Also upon returning from South Korea, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Manyo Maeda Thomas Aquinas to be Archbishop of Osaka, Japan.

Related to the South Korea visit is a story about Pope Francis’ encounter with one women who was a “comfort woman” during WWII under the Japanese military.

Interestingly, there’s an article too, about that before nearly every international journey, Pope Francis typically goes to have a good visit with the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI. That is so cool!!!

And in Pope Francis related news, Pope Francis’ perspectives are affecting European political dialogues. And he is affecting the approaches of Franciscan friars.

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


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Home from South Korea

Pope Francis holding a press conference aboard the plane en route back to the Vatican from South Korea, August 18, 2014.
Pope Francis holding a press conference aboard the plane en route back to the Vatican from South Korea, August 18, 2014.

In honor of his visit to South Korea, Pope Francis was given a portrait of himself painted in a traditional Korean style.

While on the plane trip back to Rome today, Pope Francis had a press conference aboard the plane (full transcript). Wow, and reading... I love Pope Francis even more. He is the Pope to bring in God’s kingdom here on and in the earth.

Pope Francis arrived back in Rome and immediately visited the Basilica of Saint Mary Major and left flowers for the Virgin Mary and offered prayers of thanksgiving to her.

Pope Francis sent a tweet:

Thank you, my friends in Korea. God willing, I will be back in Asia very soon. (link)

Also in the news, Pope Francis wrote a letter to the families of those still missing from the Sewol ferry disaster.

About Pope Francis’ meeting with other religious leaders before departure from South Korea – here’s an even more detailed article, especially with regard to media interviews of the other leaders and their impressions of Pope Francis.

And in Pope Francis related news, here’s a really really good article on social media and the church.

In so far as the impact of Pope Francis’ visit to South Korea, there was a post-visit press conference of Korean bishops in which they discuss the visit. And here’s a great article on the impact of Pope Francis’ visit on some Korean nuns.

Also in other news, yesterday in the snail-mail came this month’s edition of KCM’s the Believer’s Voice of Victory. I looked on the KCM website and they don’t even have a digital copy of it posted yet, but here’s a scan of the article about Pope Francis, Tony Palmer, Kenneth Copeland, and Christians joining together as one body in Christ:

The Bridge is already built! It's a love bridge—a bridge that will never fail. A memorial to Bishop Tony Palmer, by Kenneth Copeland, from Believer's Voice of Victory, September 2014, p.9.
The Bridge is already built! It's a love bridge—a bridge that will never fail. By Kenneth Copeland, from Believer's Voice of Victory, September 2014, p.9.

And as I finish this long entry, I saw the news that some of Pope Francis’ family just passed away in a traffic accident. LORD, thy kingdom has come. Have mercy on this world. Protect and comfort your servants and their families, especially Pope Francis and Kenneth Copeland. Fill them with your Holy Spirit even more now. Let them be shining like Moses come down from the mountain, and unstoppable servants for you. In the name of Christ. Amen.


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Pope Francis in Korea – Day 5

Today Pope Francis lead a mass, gave the homily, met with some other religious leaders, and departed from South Korea back to the Vatican, and then while on the plane, sent telegrams and tweets.

Pope Francis had Mass at Myeong-dong Cathedral in Seoul, South Korea. Before the Mass, Pope Francis greeted and spoke with several women who had been in sexual slavery as “comfort women” by the Japanese military during World War II. During the Mass, Pope Francis also prayed for Cardinal Filoni who is presently his special envoy to Iraq. Pope Francis gave the homily address, too. And at the Mass, Cardinal Andrew Yeum Soo-jung spoke a message of greeting and thanks for Pope Francis’ visit. A YouTube of the Mass is also available.

Pope Francis had a brief meeting with other religious leaders at the Myeong-dong Cathedral, and shared a beautiful message of unity with them: “Life is a journey, a long journey, but a journey that cannot be traveled alone. Rather it must be traveled with our brothers [and sisters] in the presence of God. I thank you for this gesture of journeying together in the presence of God, which was what God asked of Abraham.” There’s also another article about the meeting, with less quotes, but more details of who was there.

Pope Francis thanked his translator who’s been with him the entire trip, and boarded his plane back to the Vatican.

Flying home, Pope Francis has been sending his usual telegrams to leaders of the various nations he’s been flying over, including China.

And since take-off, Pope Francis posted two new tweets:

So many innocent people have been driven from their homes in Iraq. Lord, we pray they may go back soon. (link)

Trust in the power of Christ’s Cross! Receive his reconciling grace and share it! (link)

Post-South Korea visit, there are several really really good articles about Pope Francis’ influence during his journey there:

Bishop Peter Kang U-il spoke with Vatican Radio about the visit.
The Korean media are in awe at how powerful and influencial Pope Francis’ visit to their nation has been. Well, God is with Pope Francis, God goes before him, and God follows him — this is the true reason.

Also in the news, Chaldean Patriarch, Louis Raphael I Sako issued a communiqué asking for help from other countries and from international organizations regarding Pope Francis’ envoy to Iraq. God is with Pope Francis’ envoy, and with God their influence is softening the hearts of all the people of the region unto an ultimate unwarringness and calm among all.

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


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Pope Francis in Korea – Day 4

Today Pope Francis conducted Mass at the 6th Annual Asian Youth Day, he met with a gathering of bishops, and he tweeted.

Pope Francis celebrated mass and gave the homily address at the 6th Asian Youth Day. At the event, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay gave the closing address and expressed gratitude for Pope Francis’ visit. And here’s a great article on how Pope Francis’ visit to North Korea affected one pilgrim to the 6th Asian Youth Day. The event is also generally available on YouTube.

Pope Francis spoke today with a gathering of Asian bishops.

And Pope Francis baptized the father of one of the victims of the ferry disaster of Sewol.

Pope Francis also sent several tweets:

Let us pray that the Church be holier and more humble, loving God by serving the poor, the lonely and the sick. (link)

It is by God’s mercy that we are saved. May we never tire of spreading this joyful message to the world. (link)

Lord, with so much violence in Iraq, may we persevere in our prayer and generosity. (link)

And news today, more progress of Cardinal Filoni, Pope Francis’ envoy to Iraq comes out.

More details emerge about Pope Francis events from yesterday:

At the Mass for the Beatification of 124 Korean Martyrs, a lot of non-Catholics attended! One attendee commented, “the Pope is not just for Catholics, but for the world. He is for peace, and his kindness to the whole of humanity displays that.”

After yesterday’s Mass, Pope Francis visited Kkottongnae, South Korea. In my last post, I’d just reported on the very latest stories as they came in, but here’s a few more stories with more details:

A really good summary article with more details
More details of his visit with children with disabilities
More details of his visit to the cemetery for aborted babies

And, of even later breaking news: More details come out about Pope Francis’ train trip and other details from his second day in North Korea.

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


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Pope Francis in Korea – Day 3

Today in a square in downtown Seoul, Pope Francis celebrated Mass for the Beatification of the Korean Martyrs. And you can watch it on YouTube.

Pope Francis also visited a cemetery for aborted children.

In the afternoon, Pope Francis traveled to Kkottongnae, South Korea. Pope Francis met with communities and leaders of the Religious Communities at the “School of Love” in Kkottongnae. He met with members of a lay apostolate at the Kkottongnae Spirituality Center. And Pope Francis gave the gift of a mosaic to the House of Hope in Kkottongnae.

Pope Francis also sent two tweets:

The martyrs teach us that wealth, prestige, and honor have little importance: Christ is the only true treasure. (link)

Let us not forget the cry of Christians and all vulnerable populations in Iraq. (link)

And since yesterday, here’s a really really good article and another one interviewing young people about their super good experiences meeting Pope Francis at the Shrine of Solmoe. As well, here’s an article about all the Korean news coverage.


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