Vatican Watch June-July 2016

6.03.2013 Basilica Vaticana. Congregazioni Generali dei Cardinali. I Cardinali si riuniscono per i Vespri e l'Adorazione Eucaristica. Il Card. Mauro Piacenza.

APRIL FRIDAY 29 Blood-red Trevi Fountain a Wake-up Call on Christian Persecution Illuminated by the red light that spilled across Rome’s Trevi Fountain this evening, voices from persecuted Christian communities across the world shared stories of friends and loved ones killed for the faith, and urged the world to take greater action in putting an […]

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Vatican Watch April 2016

Syrian refugees walk through the Za'atri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq Aug. 30. The U.N. refugee agency said that 100,000 refugees fled Syria to neighboring countries in August, the highest monthly toll since the crisis began. (CNS photo/Majed Jaber, Reuters) (Sept. 4, 2012)movement.

APRIL FRIDAY 1 Pope Francis Sends Vestments, Financial Aid to Iraqi Christians As a sign of affection and closeness, Pope Francis has decided to send vestments used in the liturgy and a financial donation to Christian refugees in Erbil through the Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need. “Mercy invites us to bend […]

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Vatican Watch April 2016

4.03.2016 Basilica Vaticana. Durante la Celebrazione della Penitenza Papa Francesco si confessa. Padre Rocco Rizzo, rettore del Collegio dei penitenzieri vaticani, oggi ha confessato il papa Francesco.

FEBRUARY SATURDAY 27 How a Change in Vatican Protocol Reflects Outreach to the Divorced-and-Remarried With an eye toward divorced-and-remarried Catholics, Pope Francis has recently changed protocol for heads of state who are visiting the Pope at the Vatican. Catholic heads of state who are in an irregular marital situation may now take part in an […]

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NOVEMBER SUNDAY 1 The Path of the Beatitudes The beatitudes are the most direct path toward happiness and holiness, Pope Francis said during Mass on All Saints’ Day. He urged the congregation to imitate Jesus in walking the difficult, yet rewarding, road to heaven. The Pope said the beatitudes make up “the path of holiness, […]

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SEPTEMBER Friday 18 Vatican parish welcomes first refugee family following Pope’s appeal The Vatican announced that a family of four — mother, father and two children — was welcomed by the community of the Vatican’s St. Anne Parish in Rome after Pope Francis made an appeal earlier this month for every church in Europe to […]

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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 – December 2013

Pope Francis visits Assisi.

OCTOBER Tuesday 1- Thursday 3 POPE ATTENDS A MEETING WITH eight CARDINALS Pope Francis and his eight cardinal advisers on Church governance spent much of their first day together discussing the reform of the Synod of Bishops. Possible changes to the organization of the world Synod of Bishops, which has been a periodic gathering of […]

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Vatican Watch – August 2013

Pope Francis walks in the annual Corpus Christi procession in Rome on May 30 (Galazka photo).

MAY Thursday 16 A CALL FOR GLOBAL, ETHICAL FINANCE REFORM Pope Francis today called for global financial reform that respects human dignity, helps the poor, promotes the common good and allows states to regulate markets. “Money has to serve, not to rule,” he said in his strongest remarks yet as Pope concerning the world’s economic […]

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