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Messages and Prayers

In Pope News for today, Pope Francis sent message to European Scouts to follow Jesus in their lives. And here’s a link to the message itself on the scout website!

And today, Pope Francis sent condolences and message of his prayers to the Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia, regarding the passing of Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy, Archbishop Emeritus of Sydney.

Admittedly, I’m a bit new to all of the Pope Francis News that could be found (mostly in English), and still learning all of the various news avenues to look every day, and I happen to miss two stories from the last week or so: one is about Pope Francis going for a walk to the dentist and back and chatting with children and others along the way (I love it!). Another story was of Pope Francis having a mass for the spouse, of a Vatican Museum worker, who had drowned at sea.

And that’s the news for the day.


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Angelus Address about Compassion

Today in the news, Pope Francis delivered his weekly Angelus address. And a link to a second summary is also available. The focus of the address is a lot on having compassion for the stranger. A really, really good address — Pope Francis, helping bring in God’s ultimate kingdom, to replace the fallen world.

There isn’t much else in the news today besides his address, but here’s a really good article about Pope Francis’ recent ecumenical work the last few months.

See you tomorrow with more Pope Francis news!


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The Feast of St Peter Faber

Today, Pope Francis marked the Feast of St. Peter Faber with a Mass.

And Pope Francis sent a tweet, today:

When we do not adore God, we adore something else. Money and power are false idols which often take the place of God.

Yes indeed, for those saved in Christ, trusting in God is the only real way to go.

A very jolly Pope Francis at a Jesuit dinner, July 31, 2014

More photos come out from Pope Francis’ dinner with the Jesuits. He is so jolly in the pictures! I love it! And more details came out about the dinner on the CNS site, too.

And in the news, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Florentino Galang Lavarias as the new Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Fernando, in Mabalacat City in the Philippines. And, and by the article, it appears that lots of people are really super happy with this.

Pope Francis is soooo good!


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Dinner and a Tweet

The biggest news right now: Yesterday, Pope Francis made a surprise visit to a Jesuit dinner celebrating the Feast of Saint Ignatius.

I haven’t really covered many of Pope Francis’ tweets, but I’ll work on being on that a bit more. Also yesterday, Pope Francis tweeted:

“May each family rediscover family prayer, which helps to bring about mutual understanding and forgiveness.”

So super cool. Family prayer in general is something that can heal and keep families strong together. And in the larger family of Christians, too. :) I love Pope Francis!

Out and about, there are also some interesting Pope Francis-related articles abounding:

Pope Francis’ perspectives on why people might not always seem to follow God
How Pope Francis and Benedict have influenced a growing prominence of women and laypeople in general in the Roman Catholic church
• And though I’m not a big follower of the Roman Catholic blogosphere, it appears that Pope Francis’ influence has been interpreted many ways out in the blogosphere.

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


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Lots of Pope Francis News!

In the past day or so, lots of Pope Francis news abounds!

Pope Francis sent thank you notes to a 14-year-old girl, Nicole, and to her mother, Marie Kane, in Ireland. The mother was one of six survivors of sexual abuse who met with the Pope in early July. That day, she passed along a note from her daughter to Pope Francis expressing her disappointment in the church. After receiving the thank you letters this week, the mother expressed, “There’s a lot of hope in this house at the moment, that he is going to change things.” I love Pope Francis!!!!

Also yesterday, Pope Francis gave final rites and farewell at the funeral Mass for Archpriest Emeritus of St. Peter's Basilica, Cardinal Francesco Marchisano, who passed away last Sunday. As well, earlier this week, shortly after hearing the news of the passing, Pope Francis also sent a telegram expressing condolences.

I’d already shared a link in one of my earlier posts which summarized Pope Francis’ dialogue with the priests at Caserta, well, the entire dialogue with the priests in Caserta is now translated into English (thank you Zenit!).

Details were also released of Pope Francis’ planned visit to Albania’s capital, Tirana, on September 21st.

Around the Vatican, through the inspiration of God, Pope Francis is directing the courses! The Vatican itself is taking the Pope’s message to the world by issuing Pope Francis’ pleas for peace “to all embassies of countries it has diplomatic relations with, urging ambassadors to work for peace.”

Also, two days ago, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences held a conference at the Vatican “to mark the World Day Against Trafficking.” Providing direction to the academy, Pope Francis has “deemed it important that the pontifical academy should focus on [the ending of] human trafficking.” This is excellent and pleasing work which Pope Francis is directing.

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


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More Details about the Caserta Visit

In the news, from the past day, more details come out about Pope Francis’ visit to Caserta, particularly his meeting with Pentecostal pastor Giovanni Traettino, in which pastor Traettino said, “it’s obvious that Pope Francis is a man who has met Jesus himself.” And Pope Francis “apologised for those Catholics who persecuted Pentecostals in the past and stressed the role of the Holy Spirit in bringing unity to the Body of Christ.” I love Pope Francis!!

There is also a super great analysis of Pope Francis’ visit to Caserta and about his approaches in general and how they differ from other popes. The article is also full of really good links about the visit.

The visit has also brought various evangelicals to rejoicingly hail Pope Francis’ visit to Caserta.

In travel news, travel dates were announced for Pope Francis’ visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in early 2015.

And in even other avenues of news, an Archbishop in California has delivered a really good analysis of many of Pope Francis’ economic perspectives and how to help people who might potentially be uncomfortable with them, to become more comfortable.


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Pope Francis Bringing Peace to the World

On Monday, Pope Francis met with Pentecostals in Caserta, and, according to another article, he “urged Christians to celebrate their diversity and unity.”

As well, the Vatican just released that Pope Francis plans to make the focus of many of his prayers for the month of August, around God helping out refugees.

I’d mentioned in another entry the interview of Pope Francis just published in an Argentine publication — well, for an English speaking audience, there is a super great summary article. Reading it, it lays out his top-10 list for happiness and gives lots of other advice for living a really really good life. Pope Francis is just so cool!!!! Bringing God’s peace to the world! I love Pope Francis!!!!


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Thy Kingdom Come

Yesterday, Pope Francis delivered the Sunday Angelus address, all about finding the kingdom of God in our lives. As well, there is an excellent overview article about Pope Francis’ interaction with priests at Caserta.

Commentary on the Angelus Address:

In the Angelus address this week, Pope Francis said, “Everything makes sense when you find this treasure, which Jesus called "the Kingdom of God," that is, God reigning in your life, in our lives.”

There is so much in the scriptures on the kingdom of God. It is a great treasure, Jesus went about the lands telling people that the kingdom had arrived and showed forth many miracles of the kingdom, and he told his followers that the kingdom was also in their hearts.

Giving up everything else for the kingdom of God is really allowing God to be at the helm instead of trying to do it all yourself. When you’d like some rain, say, “God opens up the heavens and pours out water.” The next thing you know, there’s thunder and lightening and rain, and people around you are telling you, “Lightening has opened up the sky and given us rain!” You know it’s the kingdom of God alive and working in your life.

Trust not in the arm of flesh, “but seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” – Matthew 6:33.

Pope Francis also said, “Read the Gospel, read the Gospel. .... Read a passage of the Gospel every day. Also carry a small copy of the Gospel... in your pocket, in your handbag – have one at hand.... And there, reading a passage, we find Jesus.”

Study, know, and speak God’s word in the Bible, walk out into the wilderness of faith, letting go of everything you think is right and wrong — and God shows you the kingdom.


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Pope Francis Visits Caserta

In the past day, Pope Francis has gone to Caserta, Italy, where he met with lots of people there, celebrated Mass, and delivered a gorgeous homily!!! which included some beautiful commentary about St. Anne, the patron saint of Caserta.

Today I’ve also found quite an array of new opinion pieces, some with some good historical background presented in many of them:

The present relationship between the Roman Catholic Church, Evangelical Christians and Pope Francis
Pope Francis bonding with “Sleazy Televangelists”
Pope Francis’ new economics in the world today
How Pope Francis is on the front lines of faith
Is the Pope Helping Christians in the Middle East?

There are obviously a lot of opinions about Pope Francis floating around, but one thing is for sure: Pope Francis is a really, really good man, one of God’s servants, and one who God’s protection penetrates and surrounds, to cause to help fully reveal God’s New Heaven and the New Earth, the New Jerusalem, here unto this very world.


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Lunch with the Pope

In so far as visits in the physical presence of Pope Francis, probably the biggest news of the last day or two, was that Pope Francis had lunch in a Vatican staff cafeteria where he ate with the regular working-folk of the city. A Pope for the people!! Also, a new interview with Pope Francis is scheduled to appear this weekend in a leading Argentine magazine.

In so far as messages exchanged:

• To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the shrine of St. Pantaleon, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis sent a message to the people at the shrine, expressing a prayer for the shrine and his recollections visiting there himself.
• Pope Francis sent a message of condolence to the families of victims killed in the plane crash of Air Algérie Flight 5017 in north Africa, and to families of victims of the crash of Flight GE222 in Taiwan.
• The director of Caritas Jerusalem, Fr. Raed Abusahlia, sent message to Pope Francis asking for him to hold a prayer vigil for the Holy Land.

In the telephone department, Pope Francis spoke on the phone with Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako about improving the situation in Iraq.

From around the globe, people are talking to Pope Francis and they’re working to get God into the equation, and to drop the bits of the equation that are not working good with God.


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