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Pope’s in-flight press conference: lessons learned and to learn

Papst bei PressekonferenzPope Francis with Fr Federico Lombardi, head of the Holy See press office, at a press conference on board the flight from Asuncion to Rome - ANSA 13/07/2015 16:26

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis arrived back in Rome today at the end of his week- long pastoral visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. During the return flight the Pope held a traditional press conference with journalists on board, speaking of his experiences in Latin America and his plans as he looks ahead to his next trip to Cuba and the US in September.

As often happens, the in-flight papal press conference en route from Asunciòn to Rome, was both a synthesis of the trip to Latin America as a whole - and an insight into the mind and heart of Pope Francis.

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Laudato Si',' an Overview

Vatican Radio offers this summary of the Pope's encyclical, released 18.06.2015

papa 820Pope Francis’ encyclical is focused on the idea of "integral ecology," connecting care of the natural world with justice for the poorest and most vulnerable people. Only by radically reshaping our relationships with God, with our neighbours and with the natural world, he says, can we hope to tackle the threats facing our planet today. Science, he insists, is the best tool by which we can listen to the cry of the earth, while dialogue and education are the two keys that can “help us to escape the spiral of self-destruction which currently engulfs us."

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Pope's Address to the General Chapter of the Order of the Friars Minor

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"Either you are freely poor and minor, or you will end up being stripped."

Pope Francis received the participants in the General Chapter of the Order of Friars Minor in an audience at the Vatican today. The following is a translation of the Pope’s address to those present at the meeting.

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Pope Francis celebrates Junipero Serra at Rome's North American College

Junipero Sera(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday made the short trip to Rome’s Janiculum Hill to the Pontifical North American College, the national seminary for the United States.

The College was hosting a day of reflection on Blessed Junipero Serra, the Franciscan missionary to California who will canonized by Pope Francis during his trip to Washington, DC, in September.

Pope Francis said during his homily he wanted to discuss three aspect of the life of Blessed Serra – his missionary zeal, his Marian devotion, and his witness of holiness.

Pope Francis said it was “that heartfelt impulse which seeks to share with those farthest away the gift of encountering Christ: a gift that he had first received and experienced in all its truth and beauty” which drove the Franciscan Missionary to leave everything he knew and go to the ends of the earth.

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Final report on Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Ordensfrauen in USA(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met on Friday with members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious as the group released a report on the implementation of its doctrinal assessment by the Vatican’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.

The LCWR is an association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States and represents more than 80 percent of religious sisters in the US. The joint report was issued by the LCWR and Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle who led the four year assessment process requested by the Vatican. The report marks the conclusion of the sensitive process, which the sisters say was carried out with a “spirit of cooperation among participants”.

Press Release April 16

Pope Francis presents Bull of Indiction of Jubilee of Mercy

Papst Franziskus am 11. April(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday afternoon proceeded with the presentation of the official Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, set to begin December 8.
The bull is the fundamental document for the Holy Year that outlines the overall spirit and intentions for the Jubilee, as well as the spiritual fruits that are hoped for.

It was read by Fr Leonardo Sapienza, Regent of the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household, in a ceremony by the Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica.

Pope Francis then moved into the basilica to preside Vespers for Divine Mercy Sunday.
The 28-page bull, titled “Misericordiae Vultus” or “The Face of Mercy” opens with the declaration, “Jesus is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith.”

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