Pope Watch

December 2014

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.

November 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.

September 2014

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.

June 2014

Pictured right: Pope Francis canonizes two popes:  On April 27, Pope Francis declared Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII saints before approximately 800,000 pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square and the streets of Rome. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis celebrated Mass together at the historic ceremony.

Did you know?

The canonization of John Paul II is the fastest in modern times.

From the pope

We enroll them among the saints.


May 2014

Pictured right: Pope Francis blesses a baby as he arrives to lead the general audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

Did you know?

Pope Francis used to dance the tango when he was young.

From the pope 

The Church needs you, your enthusiasm, your creativity and the joy that is so characteristic of you.



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