The country, which for years has been tormented by a conflict with pro-Russian separatists, was among the topics addressed in Francis's conversation with Putin.
Press release says: “During the cordial discussions, both Parties expressed their satisfaction at the development of bilateral relations, further strengthened by the protocol of understanding signed today regarding the collaboration between the “Bambino Gesù” Paediatric Hospital and the paediatric hospitals of the Russian Federation.”
The event will mark the 6th anniversary of Francis’s visit to Lampedusa. The service will be broadcast live by Vatican Media, but the press is not expected to be present inside the Basilica.
In today's Angelus, Francis spoke about the Gospel of Luke: "Jesus' decision is radical and total, and those who follow him are called to measure themselves against it.” The Church "is open to the broadest horizons, sent – the Church has been sent! – to bring the Gospel to the streets and reach out into the peripheries of humanity and existence”. The Pope mentioned Trump's visit to Korea and his crossing into the North: "May this meeting serve to build peace.”
On the solemnity of the two apostles, patron saints of the city of Rome, Pope Francis blessed 31 pallia for the archbishops and metropolitans ordained this year, including the archbishops of Cotabato (Philippines), Hà Nôi (Vietnam), Nagpur (India), Medan (Indonesia), Mandalay (Myanmar). The two apostles did not have “neat and linear” lives; indeed, the “Lord does not work miracles with those who consider themselves righteous, but with those who know themselves needy.” For the pope, the witness “is not someone who knows the story of Jesus, but someone who has experienced a love story with Jesus.” In his letters, “Paul repeats this name constantly, almost four hundred times”. Thus, “Let us ask for the grace not to be lukewarm Christians living by half measures, allowing our love to grow cold.”
During the Angelus, Pope Francis called on everyone to say "my Church", not "with a sense of exclusive belonging, but with inclusive love". Peter and Paul "call upon us to rediscover the joy of being brothers and sisters in the Church". The pontiff urged the faithful to “recognise others’ gifts without malice or envy.” He also greeted pilgrims from Vietnam.
For the PIME missionary, the document released yesterday answers some of the perplexities of conscience of many Chinese priests. But it fails to realise the deep restrictions, which undermine the Catholic faith, to which the Church in China is subjected. He hopes that the Holy See will also speak with the Chinese authorities to protect individuals' freedom of conscience and prevent the use of religion for political purposes.
Francis met a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate, reiterating the choice of dialogue. He stressed “the strong bonds existing between the Churches of Rome and Constantinople and our common effort to journey towards the fullness of communion for which we long, in obedience to the clear will of Jesus.”
The bishop would be allowed to participate, but yesterday evening he was forbidden to celebrate Mass for the religious professions of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart. Bishop Guo: "I am a man and not a monkey who favors the wishes of others". The underground bishop has withdrawn his request for recognition in order not to submit to the organizations that want "the independence" of the Church. The new cathedral built with many government funds.
Sailors and fishermen live far from home and are often victims of trafficking, forced labour and rights violations. Stella Maris chaplains have the same authority as the Missionaries of Mercy.
Receiving the participants at the 41st General Conference of the FAO, Francis underlined that "the increase in the number of refugees in the world during the last few years has shown us that the problem of a country is the problem of the whole human family".
In the Acts of the Apostles the church of Jerusalem is "the paradigm of every Christian community, as the icon of a fraternity that fascinates and that should neither be mythologized nor minimized". Our communities are "places to welcome and practice new life, works of solidarity and communion, places where liturgies are an encounter with God, which becomes communion with brothers and sisters".