World Communications Day 2015
September 29, 2014. The Vatican announced that the theme for the World Communications Day 2015 will be Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place for Encounter with the Gift of Love.
September 25, 2014. Pope Francis has several meetings today. He will meet with Miroslava Rosas, Ambassador of Panama to the Holy See, who will present her credentials.
The Pope will then meet with Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan and Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jeung of Seoul, South Korea.
He will also meet with the Archbishop Giacinto Berloco, Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium-Luxemburg; Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, Apostolic Nuncio to Belarus, and Archbishop Ettore Balestrero, Apostolic Nuncio to Colombia.
The Pope's final meeting for the day will be with Mr. Marcos Aguinis, the former Minister of Culture of Argentina.
Society of St.Pius X meets with Cong. Doctrine of Faith
September 23, 2014. On Tuesday morning, Cardinal Gerhard Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, met with the Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay. According to the Vatican, during their two hour meeting, "it was decided to proceed gradually and over a reasonable period of time in order to overcome difficulties and with a view to the envisioned full reconciliation."
Pope Francis visits Basilica of St. Mary Major
Pope Francis visited the Basilica of St. Mary Major this afternoon to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for his visit and safe return from his Apostolic Visit to Albania. The Pope left a bouquet of flowers given to him yesterday evening at the 'Betania' center.
New Bishop in Germany
September 19, 2014. Pope Francis has named Bishop Ulrich Neymeyr as bishop of the Diocese of Erfurt, Germany.
New Bishop Named for Sydney Archdiocese
Pope Francis has named Bishop Anthony Fisher, OP of Parramatta as the ninth Archbishop of Syndey. Bishop Fisher succeeds Cardinal George Pell, who currently serves as Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy.
Two New Saints
September 17, 2014. Pope Francis will be canonizing two new saints in the coming months: Blessed Joseph Vaz (India, 1651-Sri Lanka 1711) and Blessed Maria Cristina de la Inmaculada Concepcion (Italia 1856-1906). In addition he also approved miracles attributed to both these saints, including one attributed to the intercession of Marie-Elisabeth Turgeon, founder Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Canada 1840-1881).
Match for Peace raises €2,500,000
September 10, 2014. The Interreligious Match for Peace raised €2,500,000.
The match was organized by Scholas, an educational organization promoted by the Pope. Their goal was to raise funds to continue their initiatives.
Several current soccer stars, such as Buffon, Mascherano and Del Piero participated, as well as soccer legends Maradona, Zamorano and Zanetti.
Pope appoints Secretary for Pontifical Commission for Protection of Minors
September 10, 2014. The Pope has assigned Msgr. Robert Oliver, from the Archdiocese of Boston, as the Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Before that, Oliver served as a prosecutor in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Burundi police arrest man for murder of three Italian nuns
September 9, 2014. One of the two suspects police detained after the murder of three Italian nuns in Burundi reportedly confessed to the crime.
The nuns' religious order announced that the sisters' funeral will take place next September 11 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
It was a meeting where politics was set aside, and priority was given to prayer. Pope Francis invited the Presidents of Israel and Palestine to pray for peace.
Each president arrived separately and the Pope personally greeted each one of them. Then, both presidents, exchanged a few words.
"I call him Holiness, but he's been a good friend for a long time”
"He is to blame for this”
"Against all the norms ...”
Also there, was Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, who leads the Orthodox Church, which has a strong presence in the Holy Land.
Together, all four of them, got in the same car, and made their way to the Vatican Gardens to pray for peace.
Since music can often express what words cannot-a list of moving melodies were played out before all delegations.
The prayer session lasted over an hour. In chronological order, first it was the Jewish representatives, then Christians and finally Muslims.
Each delegation gave thanks to God for creation and for humanity. Then came an apology for not always respecting one another. They asked for forgiveness, for their sins against God and their fellow brothers and sisters. Ultimately they prayed for the gift of peace.
Along the way, music from these three religions intensified the atmosphere of prayer.
It was a specifically a prayer meeting, but it's expected to have political consequences. Addressing both leaders, the Pope said it takes more courage to engage in peace than war. He then asked them to respect their accords and to avoid provocation. He also talked about those who have lost their lives in this conflict.
"Many, all too many, of those children have been innocent victims of war and violence, saplings cut down at the height of their promise. It is our duty to ensure that their sacrifice is not in vain. The memory of these children instils in us the courage of peace.”
President of Israel
"I was young, now I'm old. I experienced war. I tasted peace. Never will I forget the families, parents and children who paid the cost of war. All my life I shall never stop to act for peace.”
President of Palestine
"We want peace for ourselves and for our neighbors. We want prosperity and thoughts of peace for us and for others. Lord, listen to our prayers. Give victory to our requests, because You are the most just and merciful, God of all worlds.”
Together they prayed, asking for a miracle. It may not trigger immediate results, but it shows a willingness to negotiate. They also planted an olive tree, as a symbol of peace, to mark the day.
The Pope then walked them to the Vatican's Casina Pio IV Hall, where both presidents spoke in private.
The process will be long, with the Pope is hoping that Jews, Christians and Muslims will begin a new chapter of peace in the Holy Land...a region, that for generations has seen conflict.