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.
Papal audiences offer message of Christian hope
Pictured right: Pope Francis greets faithful during his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican August 2nd.
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.”
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.
Pictured right: Pope Francis waves to confirmation candidates at St. Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy, March 25, 2017
Pictured right: Pope Francis is welcomed by students as he arrives to attend a meeting at the University of Roma Tre in Rome, Italy
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.”