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Pope Francis blesses the “Benedictine Torch of Peace.”

Pope Francis blesses the “Benedictine Torch of Peace.”

Pope Francis blesses the “Benedictine Torch of Peace”

22/02/2017 13:41

Pope Francis on Wednesday blessed the “Benedictine Torch of Peace,”  which since 1964 – the year St. Benedict was named a patron of Europe – has been sponsored by the city of Norcia to promote unity and peace in Europe.

 

Pope Francis receives a commemorative plate from naval officers involved in the EU’s Operation Sophia mission in the Mediterranean.

Pope Francis receives a commemorative plate from naval officers involved in the EU’s Operation Sophia mission in the Mediterranean.

Pope Francis greets EU naval force working in Mediterranean

22/02/2017 13:36

Pope Francis on Wednesday met with members of the European Union Naval Force Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR Med)  –  known as Operation Sophia – which has been tasked to stop people smuggling across the Mediterranean Sea.

 

A circus performer breathes fire during the General Audience in St. Peter's Square.

A circus performer breathes fire during the General Audience in St. Peter's Square.

Circus performs for Pope Francis at General Audience

22/02/2017 13:29

 Pope Francis on Wednesday greeted members of the Rony Roller Circus, who presented a short performance for the crowed during his General Audience.

 

The statue of Saint Peter vested for the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter in the Vatican Basilica in 2014.

The statue of Saint Peter vested for the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter in the Vatican Basilica in 2014.

Pope Francis marks Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

22/02/2017 13:20

Pope Francis remembered the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter during his final blessing at his weekly General Audience on Wednesday.

 

The choir ‘Note Ascendenti’ – of the  community of Sant'Eufemia Lamezia in the Italian region of Calabria – sings for Pope Francis.

The choir ‘Note Ascendenti’ – of the community of Sant'Eufemia Lamezia in the Italian region of Calabria – sings for Pope Francis during the General Audience on Wednesday.

Pope Francis praises children's choir for perseverence

15/02/2017 15:04

Pope Francis on Wednesday praised a children’s choir singing at his General Audience for persevering in song, even as they were constantly interrupted by applause while performing for the Holy Father.

 

Pope Francis greets pilgrims from Poland at his General Audience on Wednesday.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims from Poland at his General Audience on Wednesday.

Pope Francis invokes Sts. Cyril and Methodius at General Audience

15/02/2017 14:41

Invoking Saints Cyril and Methodius, Pope Francis on Wednesday spoke of “the need to maintain the unity of faith, tradition, Christian culture, and to live the Gospel every day.”

 

A group of Catholic nuns prays in Azerbaijan. Thursday is the World Day of Consecrated Life.

A group of Catholic nuns prays in Azerbaijan. Thursday is the World Day of Consecrated Life.

Pope Francis asks for prayers for those in Religious Life

01/02/2017 13:36

Pope Francis on Wednesday asked people to pray for all those in Religious and Consecrated Life, who have been called to profess the evangelical counsels.