Right: The U.S. flag flies as painters work on a mural of Pope Francis on the side of a builidng in midtown Manhattan.
Right: Pope Francis holds a cap given to him by students while visiting the Banado Norte neighborhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, on July 12
Did you know?
Pope Francis is a fan of The Lord of the Rings. He once used the characters Frodo and Sam to illustrate the journey of man and the drama of human life.
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The ‘Pope Franciscus’ white rose
Two French horticulturists, Croix Dominique and Jacques Ranchon, recently named a new breed of white rose “Pope Franciscus” after the pontiff. Pope Francis has a devotion to the Little Flower, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and receives white roses from her intercession: “Whenever I have a problem, I ask the saint not to solve it, but to take it into her hands and to help me accept it and I almost always receive a white rose as a sign.” Fifty rose bushes are planted in the Vatican Gardens and at Castel Gandolfo.
Pictured to the right: Pope Francis reacts as he is greeted by cloistered nuns at the Duomo during his pastoral visit in Naples.
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Pictured to the right: As he arrived at the Colombo airport in Sri Lanka on Jan. 13, Pope Francis received a warm welcome
Pictured right: In Istanbul on Nov. 29, Pope Francis released a dove into the air before celebrating a Holy Mass at the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.
Pictured right: Pope Francis gives a blessing during a special audience with Paralympic athletes in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.
I have seen and I have heard – with joy and appreciation – speeches and interventions full of faith, of pastoral and doctrinal zeal, of wisdom, of frankness and of courage.
– Pope Francis in his speech at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family on Oct. 18, 2014.
Pictured right: Pope Francis signs a guest book upon arrival next to Albania’s President Bujar Nishani (left) in Tirana during his one-day pastoral visit to Albania
From the pope:
The more men and women are at the service of others, the greater their freedom.
Did you know?
About 300,000 people attended Mass with Pope Francis in Mother Teresa Square in Albania.
Pictured right: Pope Francis blesses Sudanese woman who refused to renounce her Christian faith: On July 24, Meriam Ibrahim, her husband, Daniel Wani, and their two young children met with Pope Francis in Rome. Meriam received a death sentence in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. She and her family had been in prison and were released recently due to international pressure.
Did you know?
Pope Francis called the presidents of Israel and Palestine on July 18 to ask for peace in Gaza.