The Holy Father also prayed Aug. 15 for the dozens massacred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo over the weekend.
‘Upon all who mourn and upon all who have been affected by this tragedy, His Holiness invokes the divine gifts of consolation and strength,’ read a telegram from the Holy See on Aug. 9.
New group is comprised of 12 members, half of whom are women.
During an in-flight press conference en route to Rome, the Holy Father again rejected link between Islam and the violent acts of Islamic States militants.
‘No one is insignificant,’ Francis said July 31. ‘He loves all of us with a special love; for him, all of us are important: You are important! In his eyes, you are precious, and your value is inestimable.’
‘God hopes in you. ... With you, the world can be different,’ Francis assured the youth gathered for prayer on July 30.
“Finding their happiness in the Lord, they are not content with a life of mediocrity, but burn with the desire to bear witness and reach out to others,” he said at Mass in Krakow on July 30. “Rather than just getting by, they rejoice to evangelize.”
Pope Francis paid a solemn visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps on Friday, where he prayed in silence and then wrote a prayer in the ‘Memory Book.’
The Holy Father gave his homily at Poland’s most famous Marian shrine at the Jasna Góra monastery in Czestochowa.