In the ongoing unjust treatment of Christians in Iraq, Pope Francis made a phone call yesterday to Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako to express his closeness to the Patriarch and to Iraqi Christians.
The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, issued a statement on Friday, saying that the Pope has not confirmed his participation at the World Meeting for Families in Philadelphia in 2015.
Pope Francis astonished Vatican employees when he turned up unexpectedly at the staff canteen on Friday and joined the queue to have his lunch there.
Mourners gather for a vigil in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, on July 25, in memory of the victims of the Air Algérie flight, which crashed on Thursday in Mali. Several Canadians were among the passengers, all of whom perished.
Pope Francis expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of the Air Algérie flight, which crashed on Thursday, via a telegram sent on Friday by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to Archbishop Ghaleb Bader of Algiers.
His Eminence Fernando Cardinal FILONI, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the People has sent a message to the ongoing AMECEA Plenary Assembly of Bishops in Lilongwe, Malawi. Below is the full text of the message.
The President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Most Rev. Vincenzo Paglia has addressed the 18th AMECEA Plenary Assembly of Bishops in Lilongwe, Malawi. He spoke passionately on The Family as a Subject of the New Evangelization. Below is the full speech
Two dioceses in Philippines were greeted with two fresh appointments on Friday when Pope Francis appointed Bishop of Iba, Florentino Galang Lavarias as Metropolitan Archbishop of San Fernando and nominated Fr. C. Severo Caermare as Bishop of Dipolog Diocese