July 8, 2014. Pope Francis named Fr. Abbot Jean-Marie Lovey as the new bishop of Sion (Switzerland). Up until now, he had served as the Superior General of the Congreation for the Canons Regular of the Great St. Bernard. He also named Fr. Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe as the new coadjuntor bishop of Makurdi (Nigeria), who until now was the military chaplain. Lastly, the Pope named Fr. David Martinez de Aguirre Guinea as the coadjuntor bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Maldonado (Peru).
Vatican City, 26 June 2014 (VIS) – The Pope embraces all the Churches of the East and is close to their faithful, whose tears, fears and hopes are also ours, a sentiment he manifested this morning, receiving in audience the participants in the assembly of the Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches, also recalling the comfort, encouragement, and at the same time, the responsibility he encountered during his recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
The meetings Pope Francis held this week with six survivors of sexual abuse were an “important and very positive” step on the road towards healing and better child protection in the Catholic Church. That’s according to an Irish abuse victim who now serves on the Vatican’s new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
The Pope in your pocket: new 2.0 app launched
At the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis called on faithful to give themselves rest and take on the problems of the many people living in difficult situations, “the many brothers and sisters weighed down by poor living conditions.” The day after his very intense visit to the southern Italian region of Molise, Francis addressed the tens of thousands of faithful who braved the sweltering heat of St. Peter’s Square, to reinforce the increasingly strong bond between faithful and a much loved Pope. A Pope who in just over a year has managed to bring so many people back to the faith.
June 26, 2014. Pope Francis will meet today with Cardinal Robert Sarah, Presidente of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum." Later on, he will meet Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education and with Msg.r Alberto Bottari de Castello, Archbishop of Oderzo and Apostolic Nunzio to Hungary. Lastly, the Pope will also meet with Ketevane Bagration of Moukhrani, Georgia's Ambassador to the Holy See.
Vatican Radio) On the evening of June 27, Feast of the Sacred Heart, Pope Francis will visit Rome's "Agostino Gemelli" Hospital on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of its foundation. While there where he will meet with some of the patients, hospital and university staff and preside over Holy Mass.
The Instrumentum Laboris (i.e., the working document) for the upcoming Synod on the Family called by Pope Francis has finally been released (html, pdf). The document highlights challenges facing the family today and offers thoughts toward advancing pastoral solutions. I encourage people to read it themselves.
JRS Director: Pope's visit to Lampedusa 1 year ago prophetic
July 5, 2014. Father Antonio Grande recalled then-Cardinal Bergoglios management style.
Pope Francis said God is like a gentle father who holds us by the hand and we need to become like a small child to have a dialogue with Him. This was the focus of his homily during the Mass he celebrated on Friday in the Santa Marta residence.
Vatican Radio) People follow Jesus because they recognize that He is the Good Shepherd. That was Pope Francis’ message at Mass on Thursday morning at the Casa Santa Marta. He warned against those who reduce the faith to moralism, pursue a political liberation, or seek deals with power.
By now Parolin is a full member of the “C8”. Francis and his cardinal advisors examine the situation of the Governorate and the Secretariat of State. Meanwhile, the dicastery reshuffle continues
Pope Francis received an Argentina soccer jersey during the Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican.But despite being an official c...