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« Reply #2160 on: November 17, 2014, 08:42:23 PM »

 

http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-i-will-go-to-philadelphia-for-the-wor

Pope Francis: I will go to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families
2014-11-17 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Monday confirmed he will be attending the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year.

“I wish to confirm according to the wishes of the Lord, that in September of 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families,” said Pope Francis.  “Thank you for your prayers with which you accompany my service to the Church. Bless you from my heart.”
 
The World Meeting of Families takes place September 22-27, 2015, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA), and has as its theme “Love is Our Mission: The Family fully alive.”
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« Reply #2161 on: November 17, 2014, 08:47:26 PM »

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Pope Francis prepares to travel to Europe and Turkey
2014-11-17 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Human rights and Christian values in Europe and ecumenism and interfaith dialogue in Turkey top the Pope’s busy agenda next week as he prepares for his 5th and 6th pastoral visits abroad.

At a press conference on Monday morning, Father Federico Lombardi SJ, Director of the Vatican Press Office illustrated the Pope’s schedule for the last week in November which will take him to Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament and Council of Europe, and only two days afterwards  to Ankara and Istanbul in occasion of the festivity of Saint Andrew.
 
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Pope Francis: I will go to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families
2014-11-17 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Monday confirmed he will be attending the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year.

“I wish to confirm according to the wishes of the Lord, that in September of 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families,” said Pope Francis.  “Thank you for your prayers with which you accompany my service to the Church. Bless you from my heart.”
 
The World Meeting of Families takes place September 22-27, 2015, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA), and has as its theme “Love is Our Mission: The Family fully alive.”


Goodness me -- I may get to see him yet!  I can drive to Philadelphia!  wow!  Probably should book a room now!
 
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« Reply #2163 on: November 18, 2014, 04:22:22 PM »

Hope it works out for you!  If I read it correctly, he is going to be in Philadelphia from September 25-27, 2015.  Here's some reading/planning information to get you started. 

Also, I read that he plans to go to Washington, DC and New York--unconfirmed.

http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2014/11/pope_francis_is_coming_to_philadelphia_6_thing_you_need_to_know_if_you_want_to_go.html

Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia: 6 things you need to know if you want to go
on November 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM, updated November 18, 2014 at 10:59 AM

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Its-Official-Pope-Francis-Will-Come-to-Philly-for-World-Meeting-of-Families-282892731.html

It's Official: Pope Francis Will Come to Philly for World Meeting of Families
Monday, Nov 17, 2014 • Updated at 11:36 PM EST

 
You can find more information on the upcoming event on the official website.
http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/about-the-event/
You can also register for the event here.
http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/plan-your-visit/register/
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« Reply #2164 on: November 18, 2014, 04:32:49 PM »

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Pope at Santa Marta: Conversion is a grace
18/11/2014 12:06

(Vatican Radio) In the last weeks of the liturgical year the Church calls us to think very, very seriously about our Christian life. In Scripture, Jesus warns us against being corrupt, comfortable Christians of appearance and he calls us to conversion.

Conversion is a grace, "it is a visit from God" said Pope Francis at Tuesday morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta. The Pope based his reflections on the Readings of the Day taken from Revelation Chapter 3 and the Gospel according to St. Luke on the encounter  Jesus and Zacchaeus the tax collector
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In the first reading, he noted, the Lord asks Christians in Laodicea to convert because they have become "lukewarm". They live a "comfortable spirituality". They think: "I do what I can, but I am at peace and do not want to be disturbed with strange things”. Pope Francis noted that people who “live well think nothing is missing: I go to Mass on Sundays, I pray a few times, I feel good, I am in God's grace, I'm rich" and "I do not need anything, I'm fine." This "state of mind - he warned - is a state of sin, feeling spiritually comfortable is a state of sin". The Lord has harsh words for people like this, he says: "Because you are lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth”. Despite this, the Lord gives them some advice, he tells them to "dress themselves" because " comfortable Christians are naked".
 
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« Reply #2165 on: November 18, 2014, 04:41:22 PM »

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Pope Francis meets with President of Senegal
2014-11-18 Vatican Radio



(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Tuesday met with the President of Senegal,  Macky Sall, who then met with the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who was accompanied by the Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti.

A statement from the Holy See Press office said the two men spoke of the cordial relations existing between the Holy See and Senegal, among other things emphasizing the important contribution of the Church in the areas of education and health, as well as the role played in working for peace and national reconciliation.
 
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« Reply #2166 on: November 18, 2014, 04:43:39 PM »

Hope it works out for you!  If I read it correctly, he is going to be in Philadelphia from September 25-27, 2015.  Here's some reading/planning information to get you started. 

Also, I read that he plans to go to Washington, DC and New York--unconfirmed.

http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2014/11/pope_francis_is_coming_to_philadelphia_6_thing_you_need_to_know_if_you_want_to_go.html

Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia: 6 things you need to know if you want to go
on November 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM, updated November 18, 2014 at 10:59 AM

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Its-Official-Pope-Francis-Will-Come-to-Philly-for-World-Meeting-of-Families-282892731.html

It's Official: Pope Francis Will Come to Philly for World Meeting of Families
Monday, Nov 17, 2014 • Updated at 11:36 PM EST

 
You can find more information on the upcoming event on the official website.
http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/about-the-event/
You can also register for the event here.
http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/plan-your-visit/register/


Thank you -- I printed it out.  Suggested volunteering in order to get a spot!
I'll keep you posted.
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« Reply #2167 on: November 19, 2014, 10:35:15 PM »

Sister,
Just a few more articles with information about the pope's visit and some useful information for visitors...maybe to print out or bookmark for planning purposes?  How exciting if it works out for you! 

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2014/11/17/Pope-Francis-confirms-trip-to-Philadelphia-for-World-Meeting-of-Families/stories/201411170129
Pittsburgh Catholics preparing to see pope in Philadelphia
November 17, 2014 11:36 PM

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/11/18/confirmation-of-pope-francis-visit-sends-philadelphia-hospitality-industry-into-overdrive/
Confirmation of Pope Francis’ Visit Sends Philadelphia Hospitality Industry Into Overdrive
November 18, 2014 3:57 AM

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-pope-francis-visit-how-to-20141117-story.html#page=1
How to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia
November 17, 2014, 9:39 PM

http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/

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« Reply #2168 on: November 19, 2014, 10:57:42 PM »

If I were going, I would secure a hotel room as soon as possible (maybe close to the events) and take public transportation. 

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1404824.htm

Nov-19-2014
'Thrilled' at news of papal visit, Philadelphia Catholics thinking big

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- After the historic announcement by Pope Francis that he will visit Philadelphia next September, the reality of the challenges and joys of the event is sinking in for planners, civic officials and ordinary Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
 
That is just one of the issues facing organizers before next fall. One thorny issue had been the inability for people registering for the families' meeting also to secure hotel rooms for the three days of the papal visit -- because it was unconfirmed, the rooms were not made available. Now they can be booked.

Another challenge that Mayor Michael Nutter acknowledged at the news conference was security for what he called "the largest event in the city's modern history." Security concerns will need to be coordinated among the Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, the federal Secret Service and FBI, and police contingents from Italy and the Vatican. Nutter expressed confidence in the security planning, saying, "We'll be ready."

Those challenges and others stem from the immense throngs of people expected for the weeklong events.

About 15,000 people are expected to attend the families' congress at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Sept. 22-25 in two tracks -- one for adults with keynote talks and break-out discussions, and another track for children and teenagers with an emphasis on hands-on activities.

That would make it the largest convention of the year for a city used to hosting such gatherings.

The first major public event attended by Pope Francis will not take place until the evening of Sept. 26 at the Festival of Families, a cultural celebration expected to draw up to 800,000 participants.

The pope's presence that Saturday will swell the number of people coming to the city in the days prior, along with the congress participants and thousands of weekday workers in center city.

"We expect the numbers to grow each day," said Donna Farrell, executive director of the 2015 World Meeting of Families. "By Saturday, there could be close to 2 million (people)."

These are good problems to have because all those people will be studying and discussing the roles of the family and its presence in society at the congress, and expressing their faith publicly with the pope especially at the Sunday Mass he will celebrate Sept. 27 at the steps of the art museum.
 
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« Reply #2169 on: November 19, 2014, 11:01:23 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/11/19/pope_at_audience_the_universal_call_to_holiness/1111603

Pope at Audience: The universal call to holiness
19/11/2014 11:29

(Vatican Radio) “Every state of life leads to holiness, always”, but only if we are open to the grace of God’s gift, said Pope Francis Wednesday, speaking of the universal call to holiness of all baptized at his general audience.

In his catechesis at the General Audience, the Pope we must remember that holiness is a gift from God - it is not something we can achieve on our own.

Holiness, he continued “is not the prerogative of only a few: holiness is a gift that is offered to all, without exception, so that it constitutes the distinctive character of every Christian.”

“We are all called to be saints,” he said. But holiness is not “granted only to those who have the opportunity to break away from the ordinary tasks, to devote themselves to prayer.” Rather, everyone is called to holiness in their own state of life. “Indeed,” he said, “it is by living with love and offering Christian witness in our daily tasks that we are called to become saints… Always and everywhere you can become a saint, that is, by being receptive to the grace that is working in us and leads us to holiness.”

Below a Vatican Radio translation of the Holy Father’s catechesis:
 
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« Reply #2170 on: November 19, 2014, 11:04:27 PM »

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Pope appoints new president of the finance agency
2014-11-19 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday appointed René Brülhart as the new President of the Financial Information Authority. He is the first layperson to hold the job. Brülhart has served as the Director of the FIA since 2012. The FIA was established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010, and is the competent authority of the Holy See and the Vatican City State for dealing financial intelligence and supervision. It oversees efforts to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism, and supervises all entities carrying out professionally financial activities at the Vatican. 
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« Reply #2171 on: November 20, 2014, 09:25:18 PM »

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Pope at Santa Marta: Jesus weeps
20/11/2014 11:19

(Vatican Radio) Jesus weeps today when the doors of our hearts, those of the pastors of the Church, are closed to His surprises not recognizing the One who brings peace said Pope Francis at Mass Thursday morning in Casa Santa Marta.

Commenting on the Gospel of the Day, Pope Francis said Jesus weeps over Jerusalem because its people did not recognize the One who brings peace. He said the Lord weeps because of the “closure of heart" of His "chosen city, His chosen people. They had no time to open the door.  They were too busy, too self-satisfied. And He continues to knock on doors as he knocked on the door of the heart of Jerusalem, at the gates of His brothers, His sisters; on our doors, the doors of our hearts, the doors of the Church. The people of Jerusalem were content with their way of life and did not need the Lord: they failed to realize that they needed salvation. This is why they had closed their heart before the Lord". "Jesus weeps” over Jerusalem - said the Pope – the same as He “weeps over His Church, over us today”
 
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« Reply #2172 on: November 20, 2014, 09:28:36 PM »

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Pope Francis addresses FAO nutrition conference
2014-11-20 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis travelled to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Headquarters in Rome on Thursday to give a speech to the Second International Conference on Nutrition which is taking place this week. In his address to participants the Holy Father spoke of waste and excessive consumption of food as well as the rights of those who go hungry.

Below is the English language translation of Pope Francis' speech to the Second International Conference on Nutrition at FAO Headquarters in Rome.
 
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« Reply #2173 on: November 20, 2014, 09:32:32 PM »

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Pope Francis pays tribute to Blessed Paul VI's devotion to Mary
2014-11-20 Vatican Radio



(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis paid tribute on Thursday to Blessed Pope Paul the 6th and his great love for the Mother of God, saying he always turned to Mary at crucial and difficult moments for the Church and humanity. The Pope’s words came during a message which was read on his behalf by the Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin at a public meeting of the Pontifical Academies whose theme was “Mary, Icon of God’s infinite beauty. During the meeting Cardinal Parolin awarded a prize in the name of the Pope to the Italian Mariological Association for its long-standing publication of the Theotokos Review.
 
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« Reply #2174 on: November 20, 2014, 09:44:17 PM »

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Intense work by the Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops

Vatican City, 20 November 2014 (VIS) – The Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops will meet on 18 and 19 November to reflect on the results of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, held during October, and to prepare for the 14 th General Ordinary Assembly on the theme “The vocation and the mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world”, to be held from 4 to 25 October 2015.

The Holy Father will chair the Council on Tuesday 18 and his presence will underline the importance he accords to the Synod as an expression of episcopal collegiality and to the family, the theme of the two Assemblies: the extraordinary Assembly held this year and the Ordinary one, in the preparatory stages.

Alongside the secretary general, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, and the under-secretary, Archbishop Fabio Fabene, the meeting was attended by Cardinals Christoph Schonborn, Wilfried F. Napier, Peter K.A. Turkson, George Pell, Donald W. Wuerl, and Luis A. Tagle, and by Archbishops Bruno Forte and Salvatore Fisichella. Bishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, also participated by invitation.

In his introduction to the work of the Synod, the secretary general emphasised the climate of freedom and sincerity and the spirit of fraternal communion that characterised the Assembly, in which everyone was encouraged to contribute. Also, the final document, the Relatio Synodi, faithfully reflects the multi-faceted results of the Synod and offers a good summary of the process that took place during the Assembly.

In the meeting, it was agreed that the current period between the two Assemblies, which is unprecedented in the history of the Synod as an institution, is of great importance. It is necessary to take the path followed so far as a starting point and to make the most of this special opportunity to deepen knowledge of the themes and to promote discussion at the level of the episcopal conferences, finding the means and the tools necessary to further involve various ecclesial bodies in the synodal reflection on the family. Various ideas on communication were also considered, which may be useful in view of the preparation for the upcoming Ordinary Assembly.
 
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« Reply #2175 on: November 21, 2014, 09:01:05 PM »

http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/vatican-sending-bishops-conferences-documents-2015-synod

Vatican sending bishops' conferences documents for 2015 synod
Nov. 20, 2014

Rome --   Just over a month since the conclusion of October's keenly watched meeting of Catholic bishops on issues of family life, the Vatican has announced it's already gearing up for the next meeting in 2015.
 
Within weeks, the Vatican said in a statement Thursday, bishops' conferences around the world will be receiving preparatory documents for the 2015 meeting, known as a Synod of Bishops.

Pope Francis has called two consecutive synods for 2014 and 2015 to focus on issues of family life. The 2014 meeting, held Oct. 5-19 at the Vatican, drew worldwide coverage for what appeared to be a new attitude of dialogue and debate among the church's prelates during the closed-door proceedings.

Thursday's statement was made following a Vatican meeting Tuesday and Wednesday of the council of prelates who lead the Vatican's office for the Synod of Bishops.

The statement said the Vatican office will send a preparatory document for the 2015 synod to the world's bishops conferences "at the beginning of December" in hopes that an initial working document for the next synod can be ready by summer 2015.
 
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« Reply #2176 on: November 21, 2014, 09:04:10 PM »

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Synod 15: Pope Francis Adds Cardinal Wilfrid Napier to Delegate Presidents List
Vatican City,  November 21, 2014

Pope Francis has added Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier of Durban, South Africa to the list of Delegate Presidents at next year’s Synod of Bishops.

The XIV General Assembly of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops will take place from October 4th-25th. The theme they will reflect on is “The vocation and the mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.”

The Holy Father confirmed the Delegate Presidents who served at the Extraordinary Synod, which includes Cardinals André Vingt-Trois of Paris, Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, and Raymundo Damasceno Assis of Aparecida. The Pope also confirmed Cardinal Peter Erdo of Budapest as Relator General and Archbishop Bruno Forte as Special Secretary.

Cardinal Napier played an active role during the Extraordinary Synod last month. Both and Archbishop Denis Hart to committee that drafted the final Relatio Synodi. At a press conference on October 14th, Cardinal Napier expressed his hope that at the 2015 Synod, “we’ll be building on positive, not just negatives, the positives we’ve developed. We will have set the stage.”
 
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« Reply #2177 on: November 21, 2014, 09:08:35 PM »

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Pope at Santa Marta: Keeping God’s Temple clean
21/11/2014 11:57

(Vatican Radio) People will forgive a weak priest or pastoral minister, but they will not forgive a greedy one or one who mistreats people, said Pope Francis at Mass Friday morning as he marked the feast of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a prayer that she help us keep the Lord's Temple clean.

Basing his homily on the Gospel of the Day in which Jesus drives the merchants from the Temple because they had turned the house of prayer into a den of thieves, Pope Francis said in doing so Jesus was purifying the Temple of God because it had been profaned and with it the People of God.  The Temple had been defiled with the gravest of sins: scandal.

"People are good – continued Pope Francis- people went to the Temple and did not look at these things, they sought God and prayed ... but they had to change their money into coins to make offers". The people of God did not go to the Temple for these people, for those who were selling things, they went because it was the Temple of God" and "there was corruption that scandalized the people".  Pope Francis recalled the biblical story of Anna, a humble woman, mother of Samuel, who goes to the temple to ask for the grace of a child: "she whispered her prayers silently" while the priest and his two sons were corrupt, they exploited the pilgrims, they scandalized the people. “I think of how our attitude can scandalize people - said Pope Francis – with unpriestly habits in the Temple: the scandal of doing business, the scandal of worldliness ... How often when we enter a church do we see  – even today – do we see a price list hanging there "for baptism, blessings, Mass intentions". And people are scandalized".
 
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Pope Francis: People and not money create development
20/11/2014 04:20

(Vatican Radio)  Saying people and not money create development, Pope Francis called on Thursday for courageous initiatives to rethink our economic system and not become slaves of money. His remarks came in a video message delivered to participants attending a Festival of Social Doctrine in the Italian city of Verona promoted by the local Church. 

The Pope urged people not to become discouraged by the economic crisis but instead turn their energies towards ways of “rethinking our economic model and the world of work.”  He warned that “the great temptation” when faced with these difficulties is to concentrate “on tending our own wounds and use that as an excuse to not heed the cry of the poor” and all those who are suffering because they have lost their jobs and the dignity that goes with that. The risk, he went on, is that “this indifference makes us blind, deaf and dumb”, closed in to the outside world and only concerned with ourselves.
 

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« Reply #2179 on: November 22, 2014, 08:42:14 PM »

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/backbiting-communities-dont-help-evangelization-unity-does-71085/

'Backbiting' communities don’t help evangelization – unity does

Vatican City, Nov 22, 2014 / 01:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said that divisions among Christians are a stumbling block to evangelization, and encouraged members of the Church to go beyond personal opinions and find value in what others offer.

“For the world to believe that Jesus is Lord, it needs to see communion among Christians. If, on the other hand, the world sees divisions, rivalries and backbiting, regardless of the cause, how can we evangelize?” the Pope said in a Nov. 22 audience.

He quoted his Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium,” reminding everyone that “’unity always prevails over conflict’ because our brothers and sisters are always of greater value than our personal attitudes.”

The Roman Pontiff offered his words in an address given to participants in the Nov. 20-22 World Congress for Ecclesial Movements and New Communities.
 
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