Pope Francis issued a Motu proprio earlier this week in which he declared a new category of Christian life which will now be suitable for consideration of beatification – the “offering of life, or oblatio vitae, which occurs when a person dies prematurely because they have offered their life for love of God and neighbor.
It’s a custom in Italy during the Eastern season for a parish priest to travel door-to-door blessing homes. But in this Rome suburb, a very unexpected priest showed up to perform the annual ritual – Pope Francis!
An historic meeting between Pope Francis and President Donald J. Trump took place today at the Vatican in Rome where the two discussed their joint commitment to life, religious liberty and freedom of conscience.
While welcoming hundreds of people who suffer from a rare degenerative neurological condition known as Huntington’s Disease in the Paul VI Hall last week, Pope Francis pleaded with scientists searching for cures not to contribute to the “throw away culture” by using, and then destroying, human embryos.
Just after returning from his brief pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal, Pope Francis reflected on the experience, saying that while visiting the site of the apparitions, he felt immersed in the prayer of the faithful “that for one hundred years has flowed there like a river.”
Pope Francis will mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal with a 25-hour visit during which time he will canonize the two youngest seers at a Mass expected to draw close to a half-million people.
During his homily at morning Mass on this Solemnity of the Feast of St. Joseph, Pope Francis called the Lord’s guardian the protector of weaknesses who gives young people “the ability to dream, to risk, and to undertake the difficult tasks that they have seen in dreams.”