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A Heart that is Open to Everyone

Today at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis held a General Audience and spoke on having the mercy to forgive others (more details, full text, full video, summary video).

Also at the audience, Pope Francis met with an array of people, including:

blessed and prayed for a little girl who had a disease (more details, summary video). He later posted to Instagram regarding the encounter.
staff, readers and friends of the Polish Catholic weekly magazine Niedziela
a delegation from the Diocese of Gubbio
participants in “L‘Anello perduto” or The Lost Ring, a support group for divorced and separated in the Diocese of Fossano, Italy

As well today, he sent a tweet:

The Jubilee is a year-long celebration, in which every moment becomes a chance for us to grow in holiness. (link)

and a post to Instagram:

I wish to be as close as possible with you, but in a special way with all those who are suffering. #Lizzy, #suffering, #disease, #Tenderness, #Mercy (link, video link)

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


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The Life-Changing Power Of The Gospel

At Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily regarding how to live in harmony as Christians (more details, summary video).

Today Pope Francis released his monthly prayer intentions video (full video).

He also made some appointments and another, sent a tweet:

The Lord asks us to be men and women who radiate the truth, beauty and the life-changing power of the Gospel. (link)

and posted to Instagram:

Tenderness: a word almost forgotten and one which the world today needs, all of us need! #Tenderness, #Mercy, #catholic (link)

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


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Say Yes To God

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily on saying “yes” to the Lord (more details, summary video).

Also today, Pope Francis received a number of audiences, all of them prelates.

In the afternoon at Casa Santa Marta, he bestowed Dr. Alberto Gasbarri, the Medal of the Knight’s Cross of the Pius Order in recognition of his thirty-four years of service to the Holy See.

As well, he made a bunch of appointments, sent a tweet:

Christian faith is a gift which we receive in Baptism and which allows us to encounter God. (link)

and posted to Instagram:

The Gospel is the book of God’s mercy! (link)

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


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The Hallmarks Of The Christian Life

Today at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis celebrated the Holy Mass of Divine Mercy and gave a homily on what it means to walk the path of mercy (full text, full video, summary video). Following the Mass, he gave a Regina Coeli address during which he spoke of the situation in Ukraine and initiated a special collection from churches throughout Europe to help war victims there (full text, summary video).

Also today, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness. (link)

and posted to Instagram:

I want to be among you as a missionary of mercy, of the tenderness of God. But let me encourage you also to be self-witnesses of this infinite love of God – that no one lacks the witness of our faith, our love. Let everyone know that God always forgives, that God is always by our side, that God loves us! #Tenderness, #Mercy, #catholic (link, video link)

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


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Recognizing the Face of Jesus Christ

Today Pope Francis received a bunch of audiences – all of them prelates. Additionally, it was reported that Pope Francis met today with the head of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), Bishop Bernard Fellay. Another source reported that meeting actually took place yesterday evening.

Today at St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis presided at the Funeral Liturgy for Cardinal Georges Marie Martin Cottier and then over the rite of Last Commendatio and Valedictio.

Additionally today, at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis led a prayer vigil for Divine Mercy (full text, full video, summary video).

Also today, Pope Francis made a bunch of appointments, sent a tweet:

To be merciful means to grow in a love which is courageous, generous and real. (link)

and posted to Instagram:

Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ! (Saint John Paul II, 16-10-1978/ 2-4-2005) (link)

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


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The Guardians Of Creation

Today Pope Francis received some in audience, including:

• Cardinal Donald William Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, U.S.A.
• Archbishop Renzo Fratini, apostolic nuncio in Spain and in the Principality of Andorra
• Rev. Fr. Hans Stapel, founder of the Fazenda da Esperança (Farm of Hope) (official website)
• Libero Milone, Auditor General

It was announced that Pope Francis’ latest Exhortation on the family is set to be released on April 8th, 2016 (summary video).

Of messages, Cardinal Georges Marie Martin Cottier, theologian emeritus of the Papal Household, passed away last night at a hospital in Rome (summary video) and today Pope Francis sent message of condolences to the cardinal’s sister (full text). Additionally, Pope Francis sent a tweet:

Passing through the Holy Door, let us put our trust in God’s grace, which can change our lives. (link)

and posted to Instagram:

We are the guardians of creation! (link)

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


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He Believes in You, and He Hopes in You!

Today there were a bunch of reports of Pope Francis’ activities, though many of which do not name specific dates. Today it was reported that Pope Francis sent message to Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore regarding an attack in Pakistan on Sunday. It was reported that he met at Casa Santa Marta with a child with a rare disease who had written to him. And it was reported that through the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Pope Francis is sending liturgical vestments and a financial donation to aid Christian refugees in Erbil, Iraq.

Today Pope Francis had his prayer intentions for April released, he made several appointments (more complete list in Italian), sent a tweet:

The phenomenon of migration raises a serious cultural issue which necessarily demands a response. (link)

and posted to Instagram:

Young people, God is on your side, He believes in you, and He hopes in you! (link)

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


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Psalm 51 – The Miserere Psalm

Today at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis held a General Audience and spoke regarding Psalm 51, also called the Miserere Psalm (full text, full video, summary video). Also at the General Audience, Pope Francis blessed an image of Mother Angelica, who passed away on Sunday, and he expressed his confidence that she is already in heaven.

As well, today Pope Francis sent a tweet:

If we open ourselves up to welcome God’s mercy for ourselves, in turn we become capable of forgiveness. (link)

and posted to Instagram:

If you want to be forgiven, forgive others! (link)

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


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Mercy

Today Pope Francis posted to Instagram:

#Mercy (link, video link)

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


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Jesus Shows Us The Real Face Of God

Today for Easter Monday, overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis delivered a Regina Coeli Address (full text, full video). Also in the address, he condemned an attack against Christian families in a public park in Lahore, Pakistan.

He also sent a tweet:

Jesus shows us the real face of God, for whom power does not mean destruction but love, and for whom justice is not vengeance but mercy. (link)

and posted to Instagram:

Christ my hope is risen! (link)

In Pope Francis related news:

Among electronic media, several new things have been released to help promote the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. There is an app called “365 Days to Mercy” which aids in one living out more fully the Year of Mercy (summary video). As well, the Catholic Bytes Podcast (official website) has launched an initiative called “Misericordia Media” (website link) to help prepare pilgrims coming to Rome for the jubilee to have a richer, more meaningful experience (summary video).

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


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