‘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.
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‘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.’
“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.’
Benedict XVI ‘prays for the innocent victims and expresses condolences and closeness to the families.’ Francis said: ‘I am near to the families of the victims and the wounded. I invite you to join in my prayer, in order that the Lord may inspire all good and fraternal resolutions.’
The July 14 attack in Nice left 80 people dead and scores wounded.
On Sunday, he also prayed for the conversion of those ‘blinded by hate’ who commit such acts of violence. His Angelus address ended with a note of encouragement to the faithful: ‘There is a great need for Christians to witness the Gospel with joy in their everyday life.’
Francis received the delegates of Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I during their visit to Rome for the celebration of the June 29 Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.
‘Woman’s thought is important,’ he said in his June 26 in-flight press conference, while making clear that Church teaching is not changing on women’s ordination.