In his catechesis, Francis reflected on the day’s Gospel, with Jesus’ exhortation to his disciples to “not be afraid.”
Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Mitja Leskovar as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq, while also making him an Archbishop.
"In the end, persecution is a cause of joy and brings great reward in heaven."
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Italian Bishops said they would "not accept freedom of religion to be compromised."
The decision was made “because of the current health situation and its consequences for the movement of the faithful and pilgrims”
"Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Mt 5:10).
He prayed for the dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians, and for the end of hostilities in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon.
Francis watched from under a canopy on the steps of the basilica as ten people carried a cross and burned torches towards him.
Tadeusz Rydzyk is the founder and owner of Catholic media Radio Maryja and TV Trwam.
Religious teachers and their students "express their gratitude for the Pope and for all those who care about the weak and needy".