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.”
Pictured right: Pope Francis arrives to lead a consistory ceremony to install 17 new cardinals in Saint Peter's Basilica
Pictured right: Pope Francis presides over an ecumenical prayer service at the Malmo Arena in Sweden on Oct. 31
Pictured right: Pope Francis blesses a nun of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity during the audience for workers and volunteers of mercy at the Vatican