- Jan 17, 2020
Introducing a new collection of his homilies and speeches when Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis tells Fr Antonio Spadaro SJ that the post-Vatican II council liturgy is “here to stay.”
“I think often of the imprisoned, I think of them often, I carry them in my heart,” Pope Francis said at his general audience yesterday, in the latest of his weekly teachings on the works of mercy.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, told journalists he’s praying for God to enlighten the United States’ President-elect Donald Trump as he works ‘in service of the world’s welfare and peace.’
Although Francis and Donald Trump have plenty of reasons to clash, the evidence shows that pope and president could still meet halfway.
Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, said of Catholic/Muslim dialogue: “On a theological level, differences still remain, and are known. Beyond any theological difference, however, we take each other’s hand to build together the common good.”
Pope Francis’s Mercy Friday visits, which came at homeless shelters, refugee centers, homes for the sick and disabled, and so on, were about presence. The Mercy Fridays gave people a chance to tell the pope their stories and, usually, to share a late afternoon snack with him.