- Oct 19, 2020
Pope Francis on Easter Monday said we are called to show solidarity, welcoming, and peace to people “in the midst of events that afflict the world – there are many today – in the midst of worldliness that is distant from God.” The pope also called on the Virgin Mary to intercede “in a particular way for the Christian communities persecuted and oppressed as they are today, in many parts of the world, called to a difficult and courageous witness.”
Pope Francis held his weekly general audience on Wednesday, focusing on the virtue of perseverance. He also spoke about the importance of protecting water, and urged people to take part in the “24 hours for the Lord” event taking place in parishes around the world on March 23-24.
Pope Francis has again tried to bring light to an area of the world that doesn’t get enough attention but that is full of war and suffering. During his address to the crowd in St. Peter’s square, Francis reminded people of the plight of those living in violence happening in Congo.
A 64-year-old Italian man who is reportedly mentally ill rammed his car through a police checkpoint at St. Peter’s Square on Friday evening, demanding to meet with Pope Francis. He was immediately stopped by police officers, and is now undergoing treatment at a mental health center.
ROME — First Pope Francis gave the homeless in and around St. Peter’s Square sleeping bags to mark his birthday last December. Then the Vatican built showers and got barbers and hairdressers to give them free haircuts and shaves. And now it’s planning to throw open the doors of its