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Match for Peace raises €2,500,000
September 10, 2014. The Interreligious Match for  Peace raised €2,500,000. 

The match was organized by Scholas, an educational organization promoted by the Pope. Their goal was to raise funds to continue their initiatives. 

Several current soccer stars, such as Buffon, Mascherano and Del Piero participated, as well as soccer legends Maradona, Zamorano and Zanetti. 
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Pope appoints Secretary for Pontifical Commission for Protection of Minors
September 10, 2014. The Pope has assigned Msgr. Robert Oliver, from the Archdiocese of Boston, as the Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Before that, Oliver served as a prosecutor in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. 
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Burundi police arrest man for murder of three Italian nuns
September 9, 2014. One of the two suspects police detained after the murder of three Italian nuns in Burundi reportedly confessed to the crime

The nuns' religious order announced that the sisters' funeral will take place next September 11 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Pope Francis meets with Maradona
September 4, 2014. Pope Francis met with soccer legend, Diego Armando Maradona, just days after the inter-religious soccer match for peace, took place in Rome’s Olympic Stadium.
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Pope to marry 20 couples at the Vatican on September 14th
August 29th, 2014. The Pope will marry 20 couples on September 14th in St. Peter's Basilica. The ceremony will take place at 9am. The couples are from the diocese of Rome. The celebration will take place 3 weeks before the Synod on the Family.
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Pope Names New Archbishop of Madrid
August 28, 2014. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela, Archbishop of Madrid (Spain). The Pope has named Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra of Valencia as Cardinal Rouco´s successor. Also, Cardenal Antonio Cañizares has been appointed as the new Archbishop of Valencia, Spain. He will replace Arch. Carlos Osoro Sierra.
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Pope Francis names new bishop of Toledo (U.S.A.)
August 26, 2014. Pope Francis named Bishop Daniel Edward Thomas as bishop of Toledo (U.S.A.) Until now, Bishop Thomas served as auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia and titutlar bishop of Bardstown. Pope Francis also accepted the resignation of Bishop Giuseppe Merisi as bishop of Lodi (Italy) and named Bishop Maurizio Malvestiti as his replacement. 
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Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in the Vatican with former students
August 25, 2015. Benedict XVI's former students had the chance of meeting him one more time. He celebrated Mass at the Vatican with them to close their annual gatherings in Castelgandolfo, more known as Schuelerkreis. Still, the Pope emeritus didn't attend their meetings.
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Vatican announces theme of the next World Day of Peace
August 21, 2014. "Slaves no more, but brothers and sister”. This will be the theme of the 48th World Day of Peace which will be celebrated on January 1st, 2015. The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace made the announcement this morning in a press release. The communique also detailed several contemporary forms of slavery
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Argentine President express condolences to Pope Francis
August 20, 2014. Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner called Pope Francis this afternoon. The president offered her condolences on the death of his nephew's wife, Valeria Carmona, and their two small children, Jose and Antonio. The Pope's nephew, Emanuel Bergoglio, remains in critical condition
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Pope's Relatives Die in Crash
August 19, 2014. Three relatives of Pope Francis have died in a traffic accident in Argentina.  According to police, the victims include two great nephews of the Pope  (8 month-old and two year old) and the children's mother. The Pope's 35 year old nephew Horacio Bergoglio, survived and is in serious condition.
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Pope's Twitter account now has over 15 million followers on Twitter

 

August 19, 2014. ThePope's Twitter account has surpassed 15 million followers in the 9 languages where he publishes his tweets. The most popular accounts are Spanish, with almost 6.5 million followers; English, with more than 4 million followers and Italian, with almost 2 million followers.


 

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Pope Flying Back
August 18, 2014. Pope Francis is now on his way back to Rome. He took off from South Korea on Monday afternoon. During his flight, the Pope sent a telegram to Korea, China and Mongolia as he was flying over those countries. The Pope is expected to arrive in Rome’s Ciampino airport at 17.45 Rome time. 

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Indonesia 2017!
August 17, 2014. The next Asian Youth Day will take place in Indonesia in 2017. The announcement was made after the Pope celebrated the closing Mass in South Korea. 

10 phrases by Pope Francis that have changed the world

2013-12-13

 

In just nine months the Pope's words have inspired millions of people. In fact, his very first words as Pontiff left everyone at St. Peter's Square completely speechless.

And speaking about words, ever since that night some of his expressions have become all too familiar.

March 13
"Now I ask you a favor. Before the bishop blesses his people, I ask that all of you pray to the Lord so that He blesses me.”

Even Sundays aren't the same if Pope Francis doesn't end his prayer of the Angelus with a unique yet endearing remark.

March 17
"Have a good Sunday, and a good lunch!”

But one thing is clear from the beginning. He isn't a fan of written speeches. An example was seen during his meeting with journalists after the Conclave when he made this request.

March 16
"How I would like a Church that is poor and for the poor!”

A Church made out of shepherds close to their sheep. That is one of the ideas Pope Francis always tries to communicate. He said so during the Chrism Mass during the Holy Week.

March 28
"This is what I ask of you. Be shepherds with the 'smell of the sheep.'”

Also thanks to his speeches and homilies, Christians now know that a city's outskirts aren't as far as they seem.

March 27
"To live out Holy Week according to Jesus means that we have to learn to go out of ourselves to encounter others, to go to the 'outskirts' of existence.”

And in Rio he even made a very direct appeal to every youth not just to talk but to rise up and 'take action'.

July 25
"But I also want to stand up and take action in your dioceses, I want you to go beyond your comfort zone. I want the Church to go out to the street.”

From the very start, he has made clear that the key points of his message to the world are kindness and mercy.

March 17
"God understands us, He waits for us. He doesn't get tired of forgiving us. If we repent and go to him with a truly open heart.”

July 7
"Don't be afraid, don't be afraid. The Lord is the Lord of consolation, the Lord of tenderness.”

God never grows tired of forgiving, but the Pope also added that a Christian cannot lead a double life.

November 11
"And we must acknowledge ourselves as sinners. Yes, everyone here, we all are. But not corrupt.”

The Pope has also asked families to always be forgiving in spite of the fights and the difficulties. Even when things start flying up in the air.

October 4
"To newlyweds, I always give this advice: Argue as much as you want, if the plates start flying, so be it. But never let the day end without making peace. Never!”

Not all revolutionary phrases are included, but those that are, have surely left a mark. Many of the Pope's words will be remembered for their impact, and many others for their novelty. But one thing is clear. They did not go unnoticed.


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