Letter #32, 2016: Back from Greece

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April 16, 2016, Saturday — Pope Returns to Rome from the Island of Lesbos, Greece, Gives Airplane Press Conference, and… …Twelve Refugees Return with Pope Francis to the Vatican Pope Francis has gone to Lesbos, Greece, and returned to Rome. And he has brought back with him 12 refugees, all Syrians, all Muslims. All had […]

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January Recap

Pope Francis stands with Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano as he greets staff members and their families during his first state visit to Italy’s Quirinal presidential palace in Rome on November 14 (CNS photo).

Sunday 10 PRAYERS FOR THOSE HIT BY DEADLY TYPHOON During the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope expressed his concern and prayers for the estimated tens of thousands of people dead and others affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated parts of the central Philippines November 8. “I wish to express my […]

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Vatican Watch – November 2013

Pope Francis and priests.

Thursday 5 A LETTER TO PUTIN Pope Francis wrote to Vladimir Putin, Russian president, host of the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, September 5-6. The pontiff asked leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies to “lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution” to the Syrian civil war and promote instead a “peaceful solution […]

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Prayer Vigil for Peace: Pope Francis Calls Selfishness the Cause of War

Leading a crowd in prayer for peace in Syria on September 7 in Rome, Pope Francis said that war is ultimately caused by selfishness and can be overcome only though expressions of fraternity and never with violence. “Leave behind the self-interest that hardens your heart, overcome the indifference that makes your heart insensitive towards others, […]

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