Synod council discusses working document for October 2015 meeting
At a two-day meeting this week, the “ordinary council” of the Synod of Bishops discussed and revised a draft of the instrumentum laboris, the working document for the Synod’s October 2015 session. Pope Francis chaired the meeting of the ordinary council, along with Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops. Along with its work on the instrumentum laboris, the council also discussed the procedures that will be used for the October session.
Pope to Franciscans: Stay true to charism, keep people's respect
Pope Francis urged Franciscan friars to hold true to their charism of fraternity, humility and poverty and not lose the respect they have earned over the centuries for living up to those ideals. The more one feels small before God and in need of his mercy, "the closer we are to salvation; the more we are convinced of being sinners, the more we are willing to be saved," he said in an audience May 26 with 200 Franciscan leaders.
Pope recalls 500th anniversary of St. Philip Neri’s birth
Pope Francis has sent a message to the Congregation of the Oratory to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of its founder, St. Philip Neri (1515-95). Through the saint’s apostolate in Rome, “commitment to the salvation of souls” was re-emphasized in the Church, and “once again, the Church recovered its understanding that pastors have to be with their people to guide and support their faith,” Pope Francis wrote in his May 26 message.
Think you're important because you have money? Think again, Pope says
In his homily Tuesday Pope Francis cautioned against the “counter-witness” of those who seek to follow both Jesus and worldly temptations, saying that to follow Christ means denying oneself and serving others. “There are three things, three steps that take us away from Jesus: wealth, vanity and pride,” the Pope told attendees of his May 26 Mass in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse. Riches, he said, are dangerous “because they immediately make you vain and you think you are important. And when you think you are important, you build your head up and then you lose it.”
Man behind Globetrotters recalls meeting with pope
As senior vice president of communications for the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, Meister coordinated a meeting with Pope Francis and some of the players. The team had just completed a record-setting tour of North America, before traveling to Vatican City where they met and named Pope Francis just the ninth honorary Harlem Globetrotter in team history. May 6 marked the eighth time the Globetrotters have had an audience with a pope -- the most recent in 2000, when St. John Paul II was named the seventh honorary Harlem Globetrotter in team history at the Vatican.
What does Pope Francis miss most? Walking in the streets, eating pizza at restaurants
In a recent interview with an Argentine newspaper, Pope Francis said he misses the “tranquillity of walking in the streets” and that he's always been “callejero” – a man of the city. The interview was published May 24, and is the result of a 45 minute meeting between the pontiff and a journalist and photographer from “La voz del Pueblo.” They spoke in the Vatican's Saint Martha residence where the Pope lives and celebrates daily Mass.