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The House Where Everyone Is Welcomed

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and delivered a homily on the joy of those who follow God (more details).

Today Pope Francis received an array of audiences, including:

• several prelates
• ambassador of Senegal, Félix Oudiane
president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
participants in the 2016 Harvard World Model United Nations (World MUN) (full text)

Also today Pope Francis made one appointment and sent a tweet:

No one can be excluded from the mercy of God. The Church is the house where everyone is welcomed and no one is rejected. (link)

In Pope Francis related news:

Today, in the Roman Catholic publication Avvenire, was published an interview with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in which he spoke very highly of Pope Francis (original article in Italian).

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


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Like An Irrigated Garden, Like Fertile Ground

Today at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis had a General Audience on the limitlessness of God’s love (extensive text in English, full text, full video, summary video) During the address, he also mourned and condemned the attacks in Brussels (summary video).

Also today, Pope Francis made some appointments and sent a tweet:

As we exit the confessional, we will feel his strength which gives new life and restores ardor to the faith. After confession we are reborn. (link)

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


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Appeal to Him with a Sincere Heart

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily on the saving power of the sacrifice of Jesus (summary video).

Also today, he presided at the consistory to set the dates for the canonization of several people, including Mother Teresa (summary video).

As well, Pope Francis made several appointments including forming the new diocese of Kumba, Cameroon, and he sent a tweet:

God is truly “rich in mercy” and extends it abundantly upon those who appeal to Him with a sincere heart. (link)

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


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God’s Closeness To His People

This morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis celebrated Mass and gave a homily on trusting in God (more details, summary video).

Later, he visited the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Also today, Pope Francis received several audiences, including:

• minister general of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor, Fr. Michael Anthony Perry, with the vicar general Fr. Julio César Bunader
• Italian director and producer Franco Zeffirelli

Of messages, Pope Francis sent telegram of condolences to the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following a terrorist attack which took place yesterday in the city of Ankara, and telegram of condolences to Bishop Raymond Ahoua following a terrorist attack in Grand-Bassam, of the Ivory Coast (full texts). As well, Pope Francis sent video message announcing the winner of the Global Teacher Prize.

And Pope Francis sent a tweet:

The Sacrament of Reconciliation allows us to draw near to the Father with trust to have the certainty of his forgiveness. (link)

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


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His Eyes Full of Mercy, Full of Love

Today overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis delivered an Angelus Address regarding the topic of how God does not attach people to sin (full text, full video, summary video). At the conclusion of the address, Pope Francis had distributed copies of the Book of Mark to the pilgrims there.

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


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The Concrete Service We Render One Another

This morning in the Paul VI Hall Pope Francis received in audience participants in a training course, sponsored by the Tribunal of the Roman Rota (extensive text in English, full text in Italian).

Later in the morning at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis held a Jubilee Audience and spoke on the meaning of service to others (full text, full video).

Also today Pope Francis made two appointments and sent two tweets:

That families in need may receive the necessary support and that children may grow up in healthy and peaceful environments. (link)

Pray for me. (link)

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


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Being Fruitful and Filling the Earth

Today Pope Francis concluded his five-day retreat in Ariccia, Italy by celebrating Mass there and then returned to the Vatican by bus (summary video).

Of messages, it was reported that Pope Francis sent letter to Cardinal Francesco Monterisi, Special Envoy of Pope Francis at the concluding celebration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of Pope Innocent XII, on Sunday March 13 in Spinazzola (full text in Latin).

Today Pope Francis also made several appointments.

In Pope Francis related news:

Though Pope Francis was still in Ariccia, this morning in the Redemptoris Mater Chapel, preacher to the Papal household Raniero Cantalamessa, gave is fourth Lenten sermon (full text).

There is report today that an electronic device app called “Click to Pray” has been released to promoted prayer for Pope Francis’ monthly prayer intentions (more details, summary video).

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


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For the Economics of Canonization

Here is another good article on today’s preaching by Fr. Ermes Ronchi at Pope Francis’ Lenten retreat.

Though signed off on a few days ago, it was released today that Pope Francis signed some new rules for the economics of canonization (audience at which it was approved, more details, full text in Italian, summary video).

Also today was released Pope Francis’ video sharing his prayer intentions for this month (full video).

As well, today Pope Francis made one appointment.

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


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Caressed Us With His Mercy

Of Pope Francis’ Lenten retreat, here is another good article on the preaching there today by Fr. Ermes Ronchi.

Today Pope Francis made several appointments and sent a tweet:

God has caressed us with his mercy. Let us bring God’s tender caress to others, to those who are in need. (link)

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


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How the Door of Mercy Opens

Of Pope Francis’ Lenten retreat, there is a good article on the preaching there today by Fr. Ermes Ronchi.

Today Pope Francis made some appointments and sent a tweet:

Small gestures of love, of tenderness, of care, make people feel that the Lord is with us. This is how the door of mercy opens. (link)

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


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