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).
The month of February willbe a busy one at the Vatican, with a list of high profile events instore.
It will start offwhen the Pope meets his advisory group from February 17thto the 19th.
The so called G8 council is the group of cardinals who advise thePope on the governance of the Church and possible reforms. Theirfirst two sessions took place in October and December.
In this session, the G8 isexpected to see reviews it requested from outside consulting firms.
Everything from the management of the Vatican and its bank, to theHoly See's communications department.
From the 20thto the 21st,cardinals will be summoned from all over the world to meet with thePope. It will be a time to reflect on the strengths and challengesfaced by families and a way to prepare for the Synod on the Familynext year.
On February 22nd,the Pope Francis will name 19 new cardinals during his very firstconsistory.
Of the 19, a total of 16are under the age of 80, which means they will be eligible to vote inan eventual conclave.
These newest membersinclude Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, the archbishop of Seoul,Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, from Quebec, Gérald Lacroix, and fromWestminster, Vincent Nichols.
The three Cardinals-electover 80 are Loris Capovilla, who served as John XXIII secretary, alsoSpaniard Fernardo Sebastián, and from the Caribbean Kelvin EdwardFelix.
The day after theConsistory, on the 23rd,Pope Francis will celebrate Mass with all the cardinals.
The coming days willstill be quite busy. On the 24thand the 25th,the Council on the Synod of Bishops will lead a series of meetings atthe Vatican.