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.
August 13, 2014. Several hours before boarding his flight to Seoul, Pope Francis sent out a tweet asking for prayers for the fruits of his trip to South Korea.
As I begin my trip, I ask you to join me in praying for Korea and for all of Asia.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) August 13, 2014
August 12, 2014. The Pope accepted the resignation of Archbishop Nikolaos Foskolos, the former Archbishop of Athens. He has named Sevastianos Rossolatosto succeed him.
August 11, 2014. Pope Francis has sent
a message of condolence for the plane crash in
Tehran which claimed the lives of almost 40 people. The Pope
expressed his sadness for the tragedy and prayed for the eternal
repose of the victims as well as consolation for their families. The
Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, sent the
telegram in the Pope's name to Archbishop Ignazio
Bedini of Ispahan.
August 11, 2014. Pope Francis has sent a message of condolence for the plane crash in Tehran which claimed the lives of almost 40 people. The Pope expressed his sadness for the tragedy and prayed for the eternal repose of the victims as well as consolation for their families. The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, sent the telegram in the Pope's name to Archbishop Ignazio Bedini of Ispahan.
August 8, 2014. Pope Francis called on the faithful to pray for Iraq via his Twitter account. The Pope asked to "pray for Iraqi Christians and all vulnerable populations” as well as for "those who have been forced from their homes in Iraq.”
Please take a moment today to pray for all those who have been forced from their homes in Iraq. #PrayForPeace— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) August 8, 2014
August 7th, 2014. Pope Francis has named Fr. Bohdan Danylo as bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat (USA).
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He described the Sacrament as an unbroken chain of faith that links generation to generation.
"I want to highlight one thing. You are transmitters of faith. You have the responsibility of passing on the faith to your children.”
As a Vatican employee, Massimo Cara and his wife Cristina, saw their 4 month-old baby girl, Baptized by Pope Francis, precisely on the date when the Church celebrates the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
"When you think about it, our faith is the most important inheritance you can give your children.”
He says the homily was short, but direct and the message really hit home.
"When you have the gift of faith, everything else, especially materialism, is just in the background.”
For six years, Paolo de Angelis has worked at the Vatican. Even though he's somewhat accustomed to seeing Pope Francis, he says, seeing his wife holding their five 5 month baby girl, right before Pope Francis was something else.
PAOLO DE ANGELIS
"My daughter Francesca was sleeping and when the Pope Baptized her, she opened her eyes and looked straight at Pope Francis.”
But his favorite moment, was when the Pope reminded all parents that the day was really about the children and their journey in the Catholic Church.
"Today the choir is singing; but the most beautiful choir that of the children, who are making noise... Some cry because they are not comfortable, or because they are hungry: if they are hungry, moms, give them something to eat, calmly, because they are the central figures, the protagonists of this celebration.”
PAOLO DE ANGELIS
"I think that statement was what stood out the most. Perhaps even one of the most moving of the Ceremony.”
This ceremony is a Vatican tradition, but it marks the first time Pope Francis celebrates The Feast Day of the Lord as head of the Church.