The recent visit of Pope Francis to Ireland, to attend the World Meeting of Families, has attracted enormous attention and has been widely discussed in the press. Maureen Rivett was amused by this photo in the Telegraph on Thursday 23rd August, showing one of the items of merchandise inspired by the visit: a “souvenir Lollipope”!
Thanks to Frances Allen for bringing Pope Francis' campaign to our attention. It is good to see that St. Peter's School will be using their annual school walk on Friday 29th June - the feast of Sts. Peter & Paul - to support the campaign.
Copies of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE ('Rejoice and be Glad'), published in March 2018, are available to buy at £4.95 through the Repository on request to Michael Combes or via StPiusInPrint@gmail.com.
The document may also be downloaded in pdf format, free of charge, from the Vatican website: simply click here.
The Pope devised this simple aid to prayer whilst he was still Archbishop Bergoglio in Argentina. The Internet has numerous references to it, and a children's version is sometimes used during Children's Liturgy here in the parish.
The Five Finger Prayer has been added to the 5-Minute Reflection page of the magazine - take a look, or click here.
The Vatican has published this message from Pope Francis:
Our thanks to Frances Allen for bringing this message to our attention.
“Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees”
Dear brothers and sisters!
“You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:34).