Continuing his catechesis on the family, Pope Francis dedicated this morning’s general audience to the complementarity between man and woman, saying that a failed alliance between men and woman “makes our emotional life arid and obscures the heaven of hope.”
Pope Francis chose the Eve of Divine Mercy Sunday to present the official Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy which will begin on December 8, 2015, and lead the faithful into a year dedicated to “living out in our daily lives the mercy which God constantly extends to all of us.”
Just a day after delivering a powerful Urbi Et Orbi message calling upon the world to embrace humility and peace, Pope Francis expressed hope that the world community will not be “silent and inactive” in the fact of the unspeakable crimes being committed against Christians around the world.
During a soggy General Audience yesterday, Pope Francis re-launched the commitment to pray for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family rather than continue to engage in the gossip that is surrounding the event.
A vial of blood from the patron saint of the Italian city of Naples transformed from its usual solid state into a liquid after a visit from Pope Francis, marking the first time since 1848 that this phenomenon occurred during the visit of a sitting pontiff.
Plans to detonate a bomb as the papal convoy drove through Manila on January 18 were foiled when police discovered the plot and secretly re-routed the pope’s motorcade.