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« Reply #4700 on: October 25, 2016, 07:40:37 PM »

http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-meets-venezuelan-president

Pope meets Venezuelan President
2016-10-25 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday evening received, in private, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. A statement from the Holy See Press Office said, the meeting took place within the framework of the worrying political, social and economic situation that the country is going through, and that is having serious repercussions on the daily lives of the entire population.

In this way, the statement continued, the Pope, who has the welfare of all Venezuelans at heart, wanted to continue to offer his contribution to the country's institutionality and every step that will help to resolve the outstanding issues and build trust between all parties.
 
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« Reply #4701 on: October 25, 2016, 07:44:26 PM »

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Pope: God’s Kingdom grows through docility not with organization charts
2016-10-25 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said God’s Kingdom grows through its members showing docility and warned Christians against concentrating too much on structures and organization charts. He was speaking during his morning Mass on Tuesday celebrated in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence.

Taking his inspiration from the day’s readings, Pope Francis reflected on the nature of God’s Kingdom during his homily, saying it is not a fixed structure but constantly evolving and describing what helps it to grow. He stressed that God’s Law is not just there to be studied but to journey forward with during our lives.

“What is the Kingdom of God?  Well, perhaps the Kingdom of God is a very well-made structure, everything tidy, organization charts all done, everything and the person who does not enter (into this structure) is not in the Kingdom of God. No, the same thing can happen to the Kingdom of God as happens to the Law: unchanging, rigidity…    the Law is about moving forward, the Kingdom of God is moving forward, it is not standing still. What’s more: the Kingdom of God is re-creating itself every day.”
 

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« Reply #4702 on: October 25, 2016, 07:53:54 PM »

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Vatican issues new document on Christian burial and cremation
2016-10-25 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on Tuesday published a new instruction on the burial of the dead and on the conservation of the ashes in cases of cremation.

The instruction reiterates the long held view that the Church is not opposed to the practice of cremation, though it continues to recommend that the bodies of the deceased be buried in cemeteries or other sacred places.

However the new document insists that ashes should not be kept in private houses and that the scattering of ashes on land or at sea is not permitted.

Please see below the full English text of the new instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Instruction Ad resurgendum cum Christo regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation

1.         To rise with Christ, we must die with Christ: we must “be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Cor 5:8 ). With the Instruction Piam et Constantem of 5 July 1963, the then Holy Office established that “all necessary measures must be taken to preserve the practice of reverently burying the faithful departed”, adding however that cremation is not “opposed per se to the Christian religion” and that no longer should the sacraments and funeral rites be denied to those who have asked that they be cremated, under the condition that this choice has not been made through “a denial of Christian dogmas, the animosity of a secret society, or hatred of the Catholic religion and the Church”.  Later this change in ecclesiastical discipline was incorporated into the Code of Canon Law (1983) and the Code of Canons of Oriental Churches (1990).
 
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« Reply #4703 on: October 25, 2016, 08:00:19 PM »

https://zenit.org/articles/cardinal-muller-we-have-dignity-let-us-not-forget-this/

Cardinal Müller: We Have Dignity! Let Us Not Forget This! 
Cardinal Comments on the Instruction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on Burial of the Dead and Cremation
October 25, 2016

In an aside from today’s presentation of the Instruction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith entitled Ad resurgendum cum Christo, about the burial of the deceased and the conservation of ashes in case of cremation, the Cardinal Prefect Gerhard Müller answered questions posed by ZENIT and other colleagues of the press.
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Q: The most incontrovertible “no” in the document is for the dispersion of the ashes of the deceased or their transformation into “commemorative memories, jewelry pieces or other objects.”

Cardinal Müller: This is contrary to the Christian tradition. We do not want the faith to be privatized and have the memory become something individual; it is  something that belongs to the Church and to the family of God. Therefore, it is confirmed that it is better to find a common place for our dead, so that not only one who possesses the ring, for example, has a memory of the deceased but also others who want to pray for him. A living person did not only have relations with the person whose ashes he is carrying. Ashes cannot even be divided in several pieces: one in a ring, another in a necklace or in something else. It seems to me to be something altogether ridiculous.

Q: A practice of this sort, therefore, is <considered>a sin by the Church?
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« Reply #4704 on: October 25, 2016, 08:06:41 PM »

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Cataloguing of archives related to Argentine dictatorship ended
2016-10-25 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) The Vatican issued a statement on Tuesday announcing the work of the cataloguing and digitalizing of the archival material possessed by the Episcopal Conference of Argentina, the Apostolic Nunciature in Buenos Aires, and the Vatican’s Secretariat of State related to Argentina’s Military Dictatorship Period (1976-1983) has ended.

The statement said the Executive Committee of the Episcopal Conference of Argentina met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, and Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Secretary for Relations with States, on Saturday, 15 October, to assess the project.

The Executive Committee of the Episcopal Conference of Argentina is composed of the President, Archbishop of Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz, José María Arancedo; the First Vice President, Archbishop of Buenos Aires and Primate of Argentina, Cardinal Mario Aurelio Poli; the Second Deputy, Archbishop of Salta, Mario Antonio Cargnello; and the Secretary General, Bishop of Chascomus, Carlos Humberto Malfa.

The statement noted the process of organization and digitization, “which was performed in accordance with the decisions and directives of the Holy Father, and is the continuation of work already started years ago by the Episcopal Conference of Argentina, has ended.”

It went on to say “based on a protocol to be established soon,” the documents will be able to be accessed and consulted by the victims, the immediate family members of the desaparecidos (disappeared) and detained, and – in the case of religious and ecclesiastical personnel – their superiors.
 
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« Reply #4705 on: October 25, 2016, 08:12:00 PM »

http://www.news.va/en/news/holy-see-speaks-out-over-world-hunger

Holy See speaks out over world hunger
2016-10-25 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) The Vatican’s representative to the United Nations has decried the fact that hundreds of millions of people still face hunger and undernourishment, in a speech given on Monday to the UN General Assembly.

“Despite progress made since 1990 in reducing hunger, nearly 800 million people are still undernourished, at a time when global challenges to reducing malnutrition are becoming increasingly more complex,” – said Archbishop Bernadito Auza, the Holy See’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York – “An equally troubling fact is that more than two billion suffer from micronutrient deficiencies, among whom are some of the most vulnerable members of the world’s population, including more than 200 million children under the age of five years, who are either stunted or wasted.”

The Archbishop went on to reaffirm the Holy See’s commitment to “firm, political and societal” action in order to combat world hunger and undernourishment.

The full text of Archbishop Auza’s speech is below:
 
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« Reply #4706 on: October 26, 2016, 08:40:09 PM »

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Pope: 'the only solution to the migration crisis is solidarity'
2016-10-26 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday called for solidarity with migrants and refugees.

Speaking to the crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly General Audience, the Pope reflected on two particular corporal works of mercy - welcoming the stranger and clothing the naked – and said that the growing numbers of refugees fleeing war, famine and dire poverty calls us to welcome and care for these brothers and sisters
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Pope Francis reflected on the many stories of migration that are to be found in the Bible and on how, through the centuries, so many committed Christians have found generous ways of meeting the needs of people fleeing violence and injustice.

“Today – he said – the current economic crisis unfortunately fosters attitudes of closure instead of welcome”.   
 
https://zenit.org/articles/general-audience-on-welcoming-the-stranger-clothing-the-naked/
GENERAL AUDIENCE: On Welcoming the Stranger, Clothing the Naked
October 26, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuzHJzrFVyY
Pope Francis General Audience 2016.10.26
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« Reply #4707 on: October 26, 2016, 08:50:37 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/10/26/catholics,_lutherans_prepare_for_historic_reformation_events/1267992

Catholics and Lutherans prepare for historic Reformation anniversary
26/10/2016 16:45

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis’ visit to Sweden for a joint ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation is a big step forward because Catholics and Lutherans are "no longer defining themselves in opposition to each other", but in communion with one another,

Those were the words of the head of the Holy See press office, Greg Burke, to journalists at a briefing on Wednesday ahead of the Pope’s departure for southern Sweden on Monday October 31st. Pope Francis and the heads of the Lutheran World Federation will be jointly presiding at an ecumenical prayer service in Lund cathedral, followed by a public witness event in the nearby city of Malmö. On the following morning, All Saints Day, the Pope will also celebrate Mass in Malmö for Sweden’s tiny Catholic community.

Also addressing journalists in the Vatican press office about the significance of this unprecedented ecumenical event was the General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, Rev Martin Junge, and the head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch.

The Cardinal and the Lutheran leader looked relaxed and upbeat as they explained the importance of the Pope’s presence in Sweden for this 500th anniversary commemoration. The event comes as the culmination of years of theological progress, from the signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification in 1999, to the publication of a shared history of the Reformation in the 2013 document ‘From Conflict to Communion’.

From the impossible to the possible
 
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« Reply #4708 on: October 27, 2016, 09:26:13 PM »

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Pope: God still weeps over today's calamities and wars waged for money
2016-10-27 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said God weeps over today's calamities, the wars waged to worship ‘the idol of money’ and over the many innocent victims killed by the bombs. He stressed that God weeps because humanity does not understand “the peace that He offers us.” His words came during the Mass celebrated on Thursday morning in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence.

Taking his inspiration from a reading from the gospel of Luke where Jesus weeps over Jerusalem, the “closed” city that “kills the prophets and stones those sent” to it, Pope Francis’ homily reflected on some of the moments of weeping during Christ’s ministry. He explained that Jesus had the tenderness of His Father looking at his children when he wept over the city of Jerusalem in the gospel account saying: “How many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling.”

“Somebody said that God became man in order to be able to weep, to weep over what His children had done. The weeping in front of the tomb of Lazarus is the weeping of a friend. This is the weeping of the Father.”
 
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« Reply #4709 on: October 27, 2016, 09:32:59 PM »

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Pope Francis addresses JPII Institute
2016-10-27 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis addressed the administration, faculty, students, and staff of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Rome on Thursday, at the opening of the Institute’s academic year.

The Holy Father’s address was also in view of the Institute’s upcoming 35th anniversary, to be marked in November
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In remarks prepared for the occasion and delivered on Thursday morning in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis described the Church’s understanding of the family based on marriage as an expression and fulfilment of human nature and ordered to the general flourishing of the human race as a “great treasure” that is in need of “ransom” from several alarming intellectual, cultural, and social trends threatening it in many political societies around the world.

“It is necessary,” said Pope Francis, “to apply ourselves with greater enthusiasm to the work of rehabilitating – I would almost say the ‘ransom’ of this amazing ‘invention’ – of this divine creation,” which is marriage and the family. “This work of ransom must be taken seriously,” he said, “both in the doctrinal sense in the practical senses of ministry and witness: the dynamics of the relationship between God, man and woman, and their children, are the golden key to understanding the world and history, with all that they contain.”

Pope Francis went on to explain that, as we are about our work in the world, we must not be unmindful of the frailty and wickedness in human nature. “Let us bear always in mind that we carry this treasure in ‘vessels of clay’,” he said.

Quoting from his recent post-Synodal exhortation, Amoris laetitia, Pope Francis went on to say, “At times we have also proposed a far too abstract and almost artificial theological ideal of marriage, far removed from the concrete situations and practical possibilities of real families. This excessive idealization, especially when we have failed to inspire trust in God’s grace, has not helped to make marriage more desirable and attractive, but quite the opposite.”
 
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« Reply #4710 on: October 28, 2016, 09:03:00 PM »

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Pope: the cornerstone of our life is Jesus who is praying for us
2016-10-28 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said the cornerstone of life for Christians is Jesus who is praying for us, pointing out that Jesus always turned to prayer at all the key moments in his life. His remarks came during his Mass celebrated on Friday morning in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence.

Taking his cue from the Gospel reading recounting how Jesus spent the night in prayer before choosing his disciples, the Pope’s homily reflected on the fundamental importance of prayer for Christians. He said whilst Jesus is the cornerstone of the Church and there is no Church without Him, the key to this cornerstone is Jesus who is praying for us.

The cornerstone of the Church is Jesus in front of the Father who is praying for us
 
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« Reply #4711 on: October 28, 2016, 09:07:35 PM »

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Pope Francis: address to Consecrated Life conference
2016-10-28 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday addressed the organizers and participants in the first-ever International Conference for the Vicars and Episcopal Delegates for Consecrated Life.

Organized by the  Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life for the purpose of the conference is to respond to the call, which the Holy Father made to Pastors of particular Churches around the world when he proclaimed the Year for Consecrated Life, “[T]o show special concern for promoting within [their] communities the different charisms, whether long-standing or recent.”

In the Letter, the Holy Father went on to ask them to do this by support and encouragement, assistance in discernment, and, “tender and loving closeness to those situations of suffering and weakness in which some consecrated men or women may find themselves.”

“Above all,” Pope Francis wrote, “do this by instructing the People of God in the value of consecrated life, so that its beauty and holiness may shine forth in the Church.”
 
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« Reply #4712 on: October 28, 2016, 09:20:03 PM »

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Pope Francis gives interview ahead of trip to Sweden
2016-10-28 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has given an interview with the Jesuit Catholic journal La Civiltà Cattolica ahead of his ecumenical Apostolic Trip to Sweden. The interview was conducted by Father Ulf Jonsson S.J., the director of the Swedish cultural journal of the Jesuits, Signum.

Pope Francis mentioned the recent interreligious meeting for peace in Assisi, which he called “very important.”

“All of us talked of peace and we asked for peace,” – the Pope said – “ We together said strong words for  peace, what the religions truly want.”

When asked about the suffering of the Christians in the Middle East, Pope Francis called the region “a land of martyrs.”

“I believe that the Lord does not leave his people on their own,” – the Holy Father said – “He will not abandon them. When we read of the hard trials of the people of Israel in the Bible or remember the trials of the martyrs, we see how the Lord always comes to the aid of his people.”

The purpose of the trip to Sweden is to mark the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, and much of the discussion in the interview covered ecumenical affairs.

Speaking about the mutual enrichment possible between Christian communities, the Pope was asked what Catholics could learn from Lutherans.

“Two  words  come  to  my  mind:  ‘reform’ and  ‘Scripture’,” - Pope Francis said – “I will try to explain. The first is the word 'reform'.  At the beginning, Luther’s was a gesture of reform in a difficult time for the Church. Luther wanted to remedy a complex situation.  Then this gesture —also  because  of  the  political  situations,  we  think  also  of  the cuius  regio  eius religio (whose realm , his religion) —became a ‘state’ of separation, and not a process of reform of the whole Church, which is fundamental,  because the Church is semper reformanda (always  reforming).”
 
The full text of the interview can be found on the website of La Civiltà Cattolica here.

http://www.laciviltacattolica.it/articoli_download/extra/Interview_with_PF.pdf
INTERVIEW WITH POPE FRANCIS
On the Occasion of His Apostolic Trip in Sweden
Ulf Jonsson S.J.
© La Civiltà Cattolica
WORKING TRANSLATION PROVIDE BY “LA CIVILTÀ CATTOLICA”

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« Reply #4713 on: October 29, 2016, 09:29:07 PM »

https://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=29774

Pope makes complete overhaul of Vatican liturgical congregation
October 28, 2016

In a stunning move, Pope Francis has replaced all of the members of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship, the body in charge of liturgical questions.

It is routine for the Roman Pontiff to appoint a few new members to each Vatican congregation, rotating out members who have served for several years. But on October 28 the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has appointed 27 new members to the Congregation for Divine Worship, completely transforming the membership of that body.

The new appointments give a distinctly more liberal character—as well as a more international complexion—to the congregation. The changes seem likely to curtail the work of Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation, who has been a leading proponent of more reverent liturgy and of “the reform of the reform.”
 
The more conservative prelates who have been removed from the congregation include Cardinals Raymond Burke, Angelo Scola, George Pell, Marc Ouellet, Angelo Bagnasco, and Malcolm Ranjith.

http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2016/News/1028.aspx
October 28, 2016
Pope names new members of worship congregation
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« Reply #4714 on: October 30, 2016, 08:07:13 PM »

http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-reflects-on-story-of-zacchaeus-at-angelus

Pope reflects on story of Zacchaeus at Angelus
2016-10-30 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) In his reflection ahead of the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis spoke about the day’s Gospel, which told the story of Jesus meeting, and dining with, Zacchaeus, a publican. Because he was a public sinner, and because of his small stature, Zacchaeus had to climb a tree in order to see Jesus when He came to Jericho. When the Lord arrived, He called out, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.”

“We can imagine the amazement of Zacchaeus!” Pope Francis said. Jesus’ mission of salvation, he said, includes all humanity, and even extends to Zacchaeus, “a dishonest man, despised by all.” But the gaze of Jesus, the Pope said, “goes beyond sins and prejudices. He sees the person with the eyes of God, which does not stop at past evil, but sees the good future.”
 
https://zenit.org/articles/angelus-address-on-zacchaeus-the-tax-collector/
ANGELUS ADDRESS: On Zacchaeus ‘the Tax Collector’ 
October 30, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCpvTARL088
30.10.2016 Angelus Domini 
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« Reply #4715 on: October 30, 2016, 08:12:02 PM »

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Pope: We entrust persecuted Christians to prayers of Spanish Martyrs
2016-10-30 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) At the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis noted the beatification in Madrid of four Spanish martyrs: Blessed José Antón Gómez, Antolín Pablos Villanueva, Juan Rafael Mariano Alcocer Martínez and Luis Vidaurrázaga Gonzáles. The four Benedictine priests were killed during the Spanish Civil War.
 
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« Reply #4716 on: October 30, 2016, 08:17:23 PM »

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Pope Francis prays for victims of earthquake in Norcia
2016-10-30 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis prayed for victims of an earthquake that struck Italy near the town of Norcia on Sunday. The powerful temblor was felt as far away as Rome and Venice.

“I express my closeness to the people of central Italy,” the Pope said. “I pray for the wounded and the families that have suffered major damage; as well as for the personnel” involved in rescue efforts and in aiding the victims.

The Holy Father concluded his remarks with the prayer “May the Risen Lord give them strength, and the Madonna watch over them.”
 
The earthquake that struck Norcia on Sunday was even stronger, measuring approximately 6.5 on the Richter scale. It is believed to be the strongest quake in Italy in decades. No deaths have been reported, but a number of people have been gravely injured. There was widespread devastation, with many buildings, already compromised by earlier quakes, suffering severe damage. The Basilica of St Benedict, built over the birthplace of Sts Benedict and Scholastica; and the nearby Cathedral of Norcia, were both completely destroyed.
 

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« Reply #4717 on: October 30, 2016, 08:30:49 PM »

Pope's trip to Sweden October 31-November 1, 2016

http://www.cathstan.org/Content/News/Pope-Francis/Article/Vatican-publishes-schedule-for-pope-s-trip-to-Sweden-Oct-31-Nov-1/2/193/7280

Vatican publishes schedule for pope's trip to Sweden Oct. 31-Nov. 1
Monday, September 26, 2016 9:35 AM

Pope Francis' trip to Sweden to mark the beginning of a yearlong commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation will be bookended with formal state events dictated by protocol and by a time of prayer with members of Sweden's Catholic minority.

Pope Francis will visit the Nordic country Oct. 31-Nov. 1. In early September, the Vatican published a list of events for the trip and Sept. 26 it provided specific times for the pope's various appointments.

According to Vatican statistics, there are about 110,000 Catholics in Sweden, less than 2 percent of the population.

Here is the schedule for the trip as released by the Vatican Sept. 26. All times are local, with Eastern Daylight Time in parentheses:

Monday, Oct. 31 (Rome, Lund, Malmo)

-- 8:20 a.m. (3:20 a.m.) Departure from Rome's Fiumicino airport.

-- 11 a.m. (6 a.m.) Arrival at the international airport in Malmo and official welcome.

-- 11:05 (6:05 a.m.) Meeting with the prime minister at the airport.

-- 1:50 p.m. (8:50 a.m.) Courtesy visit with the royal family at the Kungshuset in Lund.

-- 2:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m.) Ecumenical prayer service in the Lutheran cathedral in Lund. Homily by pope.

-- 4:40 p.m. (11:40 a.m.) Ecumenical event in the Malmo Arena. Speech by pope.

-- 6:10 p.m. (1:10 p.m.) Meeting with ecumenical delegations in the Malmo Arena.
 
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« Reply #4718 on: October 30, 2016, 08:42:40 PM »

Monday, October 31, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfuBg1Z7l8w
2016.10.31 Pope Francis in Sweden - Official welcome ceremony
Scheduled for Oct 31, 2016
2016.10.31 Pope Francis arrives by aeroplane in Malmö where he begins his Apostolic visit to Sweden to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St9WHRrUbaA
2016.10.31 Pope Francis in Sweden - Ecumenical event with the World Lutheran Federation
Scheduled for Oct 31, 2016
2016.10.31 Pope Francis participates in the Ecumenical Event organized by the WLF, World Lutheran Federation to mark 500 years from the Reformation

The following youtube includes English translation--
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2016.10.31 Pope Francis in Sweden - Ecumenical event with the World Lutheran Federation
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« Reply #4719 on: October 31, 2016, 02:05:58 PM »

http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-in-sweden-to-mark-500th-anniversary-o

Pope Francis in Sweden to mark 500th anniversary of Reformation
2016-10-31 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has arrived in Sweden for a two-day apostolic journey where, together with the heads of the Lutheran World Federation he will jointly preside at an ecumenical prayer service in Lund cathedral, followed by a public witness event in the nearby city of Malmö.

On Tuesday morning, All Saints Day, the Pope will celebrate Mass in Malmö for Sweden’s tiny Catholic community.

Highlighting the importance of this apostolic journey to Sweden to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the protestant Reformation, the Pope asked journalists to help the public understand.

Greeting media professionals travelling on board the papal plane to Malmo on Monday morning, Pope Francis said: “This journey is important because it is an ecclesial journey, it’s very ecclesial in the field of ecumenism.

“Your work will be a big contribution in making sure people understand well” he said.

The formal occasion for the Pope’s visit to Sweden is to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The event comes as the culmination of years of theological progress, from the signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification in 1999, to the publication of a shared history of the Reformation in the 2013 document ‘From Conflict to Communion’.

Before travelling to the Lutheran Cathedral of Lund for the joint ecumenical prayer service on Monday afternoon, an official welcome ceremony at Malmö International Airport saw state and religious authorities on the tarmac to receive Pope Francis.
 
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Pope arrives in Sweden for what he calls important ecumenical event
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
10.31.2016 7:13 AM ET
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