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Pope Watch November 2017

Mercy Friday visit to neuro-rehab center in Rome

Pope Francis continued his custom of “mercy Friday” encounters by visiting the Santa Lucia Foundation rehabilitation center in Rome on Sept. 22. During the surprise outing, he visited with children who are suffering from neurological illnesses, as well as with young adult and older patients with spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Begun during the Year of Mercy in 2016, the visits continue on the pope’s schedule to allow him to keep practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

Pope Watch July/August 2017

Pictured right: Pope Francis waves as he leaves a special audience at the Vatican. 


Family is a treasure 

In an audience with members of the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations, Pope Francis commended the federation for its 20 years of service toward making sure that family is considered Europe’s “most precious treasure.” The Holy Father went on to talk about the value of families and the role they play in society, saying that they make the world “more humane and more fraternal, where no one feels rejected or abandoned.”

Pope Watch June 2017

Pictured right: Jim Harbaugh, head football coach for the University of Michigan, presents Pope Francis with a team football helmet during the pope's General Audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 26


Visit to Egypt

During a two-day trip to Cairo, Pope Francis preached a message of tolerance at a Mass with Egypt’s small Catholic community, and urged an end to “every form of violence, vengeance and hatred carried out in the name of religion or in the name of God” in a speech at a peace conference at Al-Azhar University, a Sunni Islam university.

Pope Watch - March 2017

Pictured right: Pope Francis leads a mass at the Roman Parish of Santa Maria a Setteville di Guidonia on the outskirts of Rome. 


Upcoming synod needs young people’s voices 

Initiating preparations for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops focused on youth, Pope Francis released a letter in January asking young people for their input. The Church, he says, wants “to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith, even your doubts and your criticism.”

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