“It is not enough simply to open the door in welcome,” Pope Francis said, “but we must go out through the door to seek and meet the people.”
With his cross and resurrection, Christ promises to walk with and ease the burden of every suffering person, whether that suffering comes from violence, addiction, a broken family, hunger, persecution or the death of a loved one, Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis is the most influential world leader on Twitter, with the highest number of retweets worldwide.
“I saw the pope! I saw the pope!” yelled Hiago Ferreira de Araujo of Feira de Santana, Brazil, as he jumped up and down like a little kid who had just scored a goal.
Even at its stormiest, the Sea of Galilee doesn’t have waves like those pounding Copacabana beach, but Pope Francis asked young Catholics to imagine they were with Jesus on the seashore and he was asking them to follow him and share his love with others.
Despite requests by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput and Priests for Life founder Father Frank Pavone to bury 47 fetuses killed at the Women’s Medical Society led by abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office says the remains “will not be released to any unrelated third party,” said spokesman Jeff Moran in a statement.
The cancellation of a scheduled popemobile ride through a working-class neighborhood suggests that, despite official assurances, Pope Francis’ chaotic entrance into the city July 22 may have raised concerns among those responsible for his safety during his first international trip as pope.
The dream of trying to see Pope Francis up close ended at a police barricade for 74-year-old Odaleia Bastos.
The birth of the royal prince is a “source of joy” for people around the world, said the president of the English and Welsh bishops’ conference.
As hundreds of thousands of young Catholic pilgrims descend on Brazil, World Youth Day coordinators in Rio de Janeiro are putting the finishing touches on preparations for up to 2.5 million people.
The need for the nation’s Catholics to seek wisdom and witness to their faith is all the more urgent at a time of increasing threats to the dignity of life, marriage and religious freedom, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said July 8.
To help encourage prayers for a spiritually fruitful World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, the Vatican announced July 9 that Pope Francis authorized a special indulgence for those who attend the event’s liturgies and prayer services or follow along online in the proper spirit of prayer and contrition.