LIVE BROADCAST: Presentation of the Final Message of the Synod on the Family
October 18, 2014. Presentation of the Final Message of the Synod on the Family.
The topic of the second part of the Synod on the Family has been announced
October 13, 2014. The new topic for the second part of the Synod on the Family will be "The vocation and the mission of the family within the Church and in the contemporary world.”
This second part will take place in Rome from October 4-25, 2015. The issues dealt with during the first part of the Synod, which concludes this week, will be further discussed in this second part.
Priest kidnapped in Syria is freed
October 9, 2014. Fr. Hassan Jallouf, 62, has been freed and taken to a convent in Knayeh, Syria. He was kidnapped on the evening of October 5th. Of the 20 other Christians kidnapped that night, 4 women were also freed.
Pope Francis names new bishops for Italy, Spain & Brazil
October 8, 2014. Pope Francis has named several new bishops today. The Pope named Archbishop Celso Morga Iruzubieta as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mérida-Badajoz (Spain). As of now, Archbishop Morga Iruzubieta was secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy.
He also named Bishop Fausto Tardelli, from the diocese of San Miniato, as bishop of the Diocese of Pistoia (Italy). Finally, the Pope named a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Goiânia (Brazil). He nominated Fr. Levi Bonatto, a priest from the personal prelature of Opus Dei.
Pastor and 20 Christians kidnapped in Syria
October 7, 2014. A pastor and roughly 20 Christians were kidnapped in Knayeh, Syria on the evening of October 5th. Fr. Hassan Jallouf, a 62 year old Franciscan, belongs to the Custody of the Holy Land. Local sources said that a group of armed members of Islamic militant group, Jahbat Al-Nusra, are responsible for the kidnapping.
All cardinals to meet at the Vatican on October 20
October 7, 2014. Pope Francis convoked a Consistory at the Vatican on October 20. All the cardinals will discuss the situation of Chistians in Middle East, especially of those suffering continuous attacks of ISIS.
Pope Francis will travel to France in 2015
October 7, 2014.Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has announced that Pope Francis will visit France in 2015.
During his visit to the Vatican in January, French President Francois Hollande, formally invited the Pope to France. The mayor of Lourdes also extended an invitation.
It is likely that he will visit Lisieux, home of one of the Pope's favorite saints, St. Therese.
The last Pontiff to visit France was Benedict XVI in 2008.
Pope Francis: "Happy families are essential for society"
October 3, 2014. Pope Francis asked Christians to pray for the upcoming Synod on the Family via Twitter. He also said that "happy families are essential for society."
On Sunday, Pope Francis will visit the Sacred Heart parish in Rome. It's located by the city's main train station, known as Termini. Over the years, the area has gained a reputation for its high homeless population.
FR. VALERIO BARESI
"At first the Pope wasn't convinced about visiting this parish. Instead, he wanted to give priority to those that are not really in the center of Rome. But when he found out that we work with the youth, the poor and with refugees, he said he would definitely visit.”
It's a common sight to see people sleeping on the street, under cardboard boxes, especially at night. But at the parish, they find support to assimilate into society. Luigi is among them. He's one of the lucky ones who have been able to find shelter at night.
During the day, Luigi spends most of his time out on the street, and while he hopes to one day land a job, he knows it won't be easy. At 59, he suffers from a condition that limits his vision. But he says, the fact that Pope Francis will pay a visit, is very moving.
"I'd like to tell him so many things. But it's no use saying them, because he already knows what we're feeling. It's like he sees it in our very own eyes. But really the greatest gift will be to meet him. I think Pope Francis is great and I really want to finally meet him.”
The Salesian-run parish carries out many support programs for the poor, including refugees. A chapter from the Missionaries of the Risen Christ assist the Salesians with educational and welfare activities. These women arrived to the Sacred Heart church four years ago, and since then, things have gotten busy.
Nowadays, about 400 refugees depend on them. One of them, Stephen who stopped in the now infamous island of Lampedusa, before making it to Rome.
"I'm very happy with them because they have love for everyone here, most of them are refugees, because sometimes they have dinner for refugees here. We all gather to eat.”
SR. MARIA MERCEDES GUAITA
Missionary of the Risen Christ
"We listen to their lives, have tea with them. Many times they'll say, this is the first time I've been offered tea since I escaped from home. Many have seen their friends die, while they ran away. And many more have families that were killed.”
The Pope's schedule will be completely packed. He will spend about four hours, meeting several groups. In addition to the homeless, Pope Francis will meet with refugees, volunteers and parish youths. But he will also make the time to answer their questions.
In his role as Bishop of Rome, the Pope will confess five people, celebrate Mass, and greet the sick. He'll also meet with the two religious communities that look after the Sacred Heart parish.