Highlights of the Holy Father’s Visit to Hungary and Slovakia 2021

Highlights of Pope Francis’ visit to Budapest and Slovakia A video roundup of Pope Francis’ 34th Apostolic Journey, a 4-day visit which took him first to Budapest to close the 52nd Eucharistic Congress and then to Slovakia for a whirlwind tour to strengthen the faith of the EU nation’s majority Catholic population. Pope at Mass upholds Mary to Slovaks as model of faith Celebrating his final Mass on Slovak soil near the National Marian Shrine of Šaštín on Wednesday, Pope Francis invites Slovaks to imitate Mary in her journey, her prophecy and her compassion. By Robin Gomes In what was the final public event of his 34th Apostolic Journey to Slovakia, Pope Francis Wednesday morning celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Sorrow with an open-air Mass in Šaštín.  The town, some 71 kilometers north of the Slovak capital Bratislava, is home to the National Marian Shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, the patroness of Slovakia.  Some 90 bishops and more than 500 priests concelebrated at the Mass, attended by some 60,000 faithful. Mary’s faith as a journey       In his homily, the Pope reflected on Mary’s faith as a journey, a prophecy and as compassion. Firstly, the Pope said, Mary’s...

Pope Francis released from hospital returns to Vatican after visiting with patients in the pediatric oncology ward – Vatican News

Pope Francis returns to the Vatican  Pope Francis greets one of the children in the Pediatric Oncology ward of Rome’s Gemelli Hospital   The Pope waves to a mother and her son admitted to Gemelli Hospital The Pope shows his solidarity by visiting with young patients in the Pediatric Oncology department located on the same floor where he is recovering at Rome’s Gemelli Hospital. The Holy See Press Office noted that on Tuesday afternoon Pope Francis visited with young patients at the pediatric oncology ward of the hospital. The department is located on the same floor where the Pope was recovering. The Pope leaves Gemelli hospital on Wednesday morning and visits the Basilica of Saint Mary Major to pray before the icon of the Virgin Mary Salus Populi Romani before returning to the Vatican just before 12 pm. Alessandro De Carolis – Vatican City The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, has confirmed that the Holy Father was discharged from Agostino Gemelli Hospital shortly after 10.30 this morning.  In responding to questions from journalists, he noted that “Before returning to the Vatican, the Pope went to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major where, before the icon of...

Pope Francis to remain a few more days in hospital – Vatican News

Pope Francis will remain for a few more days at Rome’s Agostino Gemelli Hospital to complete his recovery. His thoughts go to the national football victories of Italy and Argentina and the meaning of sport and its values. Vatican News Pope Francis has completed the course of his post-surgical operation treatment and will remain at Rome’s Gemelli Hospital a few more days in order to “best optimize the medical and rehabilitation therapy”, according to the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni In his daily medical bulletin, he explained that on Sunday before the recitation of the Angelus, the Pope met with patients of the nearby oncology ward with members of their families. The patients later accompanied the Pope on the tenth floor terrace for the Angelus, as seen on the coverage of the event. Afterwards, the Pope greeted patients on the floor, talking briefly with the medical and nursing staff. In the afternoon, he celebrated Mass in the private chapel with the staff who assist him daily. The statement concludes noting that the Pope shared his joy with those around him over the victory of the Argentine and Italian national football teams. He offered his thoughts on the meaning and values of sports,...

Pope to the elderly: God sends his angels to console your loneliness – Vatican News

Pope to the elderly: God sends his angels to console your loneliness Pope Francis reassures the elderly that God is always with them in his message for the first-ever World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. He also reminds them of their vocation to preserve our roots and to pass on the faith to the younger ones. By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ Pope Francis on Tuesday released a message for the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly ahead of the date of the celebration which is scheduled for 25 July. The theme chosen by the Pope for the inaugural commemoration is “I am with you always” (Mt 28: 30). The Holy Father addressed the theme from the Gospel of Matthew to all Grandparents and the elderly, reminding them that this is the promise the Lord made to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. “The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!” the Pope said, identifying with the elderly, as one of them. Comfort amid the pandemic The Pope’s message comes amid the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic that...

Give all to God

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 5 JUNE  2021  Saturday 9 WORD of the DAY  In the course of his teaching Jesus said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation.” He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.  Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”                              (Mark 12: 41-44) How shall I live this Word?   Jesus helps the disciples to look carefully at reality, grasping not only the most evident problematic aspects, such as the vain and ambitious attitude of the rich and of religious...