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.
While addressing members of a plenary assembly on women in Rome on Saturday, Pope Francis said the time to rise to the challenge of finding new ways for women to be full participants in both social and ecclesial life “can no longer be postponed.”
Pope Francis was reportedly surprised to learn that his comments regarding responsible parenthood were so badly misunderstood by the mainstream media who used them as way to further their narrative that we have a progressive Pope who is gunning to rewrite Church teaching on social issues.
Pope Francis’ trip to the Philippines last week will go down in the history books as having hosted the largest papal gathering in history when more than six million people gathered for Mass on Sunday.
During the plane trip from Sri Lanka to the Philippines yesterday, Pope Francis gave candid responses to a variety of questions from the press, admitting that he believes suicide bombers are unstable individuals and how he has already asked the Lord to spare him a lot of pain should he be personally attacked.
In a country torn by the same kind of ethno-religious ideologies that are tearing the world apart, Pope Francis asked Sri Lankans to look to Mary to learn how to forgive the violence that has plagued this small island nation.
Pope Francis arrived in Sri Lanka today to a thunderous welcome from the faithful and dignitaries and told the crowds that he came to “meet, encourage and pray with the Catholic people of this island.”