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).
With thousands of palm and olive branches surrounding St. Peter's Square, Holy Week began with this procession. Then Pope Francis joined in making his way through the Square with his palm branch.
During his homily, he barely follow the prepared speech. He asked everyone a very direct question about what Holy Week means to them.
"Am I able to express my joy, to praise Him? Or do I keep distant? Who am I, before Jesus Who suffers?”
Reflecting on the Passion of Jesus, the Pope went on to describe all the personalities in the Gospel reading, asking everyone to reflect on who they assimilate to the most- Is it Pilate, he asked? The condemning crowds or perhaps the Mother of Jesus and others who showed their fidelity?
"Am I like those crowds that didn't really know if they were in a religious gathering, a trial or a circus, so they decided to free a criminal- Barabbas over Jesus. For them it was all the same, because it was more fun to humiliate Jesus.”
Since the celebration commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the Pope asked everyone to reflect on their own lives and whether they've fallen asleep before Jesus' suffering.
Throughout Holy Week and beyond, he said all Christians should question where their heart is, and whom they resemble to the most in the Gospel reading that commemorates the Passion of Jesus.
More than 100,000 people attended Palm Sunday Mass at the Vatican. Afterward, for more than an hour, he made made his way across the Square in the Popemobile, greeting pilgrims and taking pictures along the way.