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).
Now that John Paul II and John XXIII have been canonized, it's business as usual for Pope Francis. He led his weekly general audience, focusing his catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
He talked about the gift of understanding, which he described as a grace that allows people to better understand God.
"This is what the Holy Spirit does with us. The Spirit opens the mind, so we can better understand the Divine, humanity and situations.”
Actually receiving the grace of understanding, he said, is not based on intellect, nor is it a special ability.
"One can understand a situation with human intelligence and wisely-this is good. But understanding a situation in depth, as understood by God is the real effect of this gift.”
It's also a grace that's key in understanding the Scriptures. To make this point, he referenced a Gospel reading of Emmaus, which describes how the disciples were so filled with sorrow, they couldn't recognize the presence of Jesus—their pain was blinding.
"You can read the Gospel and understand something, but if you read the Gospel through the gift of the Holy Spirit, we can understand God's Word in depth. This is a great gift, a great gift we must all pray for.”
Roughly 40,000 people took part in the general audience. Many of them were Polish, since they decided to stay a few days after the canonization. The Pope greeted them and now that John Paul II is a saint, he encouraged them to pray for his intercession.