The Vatican has put to rest speculation that Pope Francis performed an exorcism on a young man in a wheelchair after celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Square who was seen convulsing and trembling while the pope prayed over him.
While celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Square in front of over 200,000 people yesterday, the Pope reflected on how change makes us fearful, but if we let the Holy Spirit be the “soul and guide” of our lives, we will be much more open to “God’s surprises” in life.
While preaching about St. Paul at morning Mass last Thursday, Pope Francis prayed that the Holy Spirit would give Catholics the kind of apostolic zeal that makes them unafraid to “be annoying” as Paul was during his time.
While addressing the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), Pope Francis said that careerists and social climbers are doing great harm to the Church and encouraged the women to embrace a fruitful maternity by remembering their call to be “spiritual mothers.”
During Mass on Saturday morning in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis reminded the faithful of the struggle between the love of Christ and the hatred of the prince of this world, saying that “there can be no dialogue with the prince of this world!”
Pope Francis has sent a telegram to Boston’s Archbishop Sean O’Malley to express his sorrow in the wake of the bombing of the Boston Marathon yesterday.
Pope Francis announced on Saturday the appointment of a group of eight Cardinals representing all continents to advise him on possible revisions to the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia.
While speaking to members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission this morning, Pope Francis emphasized that “the Word of God precedes the Bible and surpasses it” which is is why the center of the Catholic faith isn’t just a book but the person of Jesus Christ.
Pope Francis sent out a bold invitation to the faithful during a sermon delivered at Mass in St. Martha’s House recently when he said we cannot sell our faith to the “highest bidder” but must stand strong like so many Christian martyrs are doing at the present time.
While preaching at morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae in Rome on Friday, Pope Francis reminded the faithful that Jesus is “the only one” to whom we should go with our troubles – not fortune tellers and tarot card readers.