This phenomenon is said to happen three times a year: May 1, Sept. 19, which is the saint's feast day, and Dec. 16. The last time this occurred with a pope was in 1848.
According to a recent media report, Pope Francis told parents that “God loves your children as they are” and “the Church loves your children as they are because they are children of God.”
One of Bishop Grech’s main tasks will be preparing for the forthcoming synod on synodality, scheduled for Oct. 2022.
Speaking to pilgrims in the Vatican’s San Damaso Courtyard, the pope noted that Fr. Malgesini was killed “by a person in need whom he himself helped, a person with a mental illness.”
Speaking from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said: “If we do not strive to forgive and to love, we will not be forgiven and loved either.”
In a prologue for a new book on clergy sex abuse, Pope Francis thanks the contributors as they have invited the faithful to "delve into this painful evil of sexual abuse that has occurred in our Catholic Church."
Pope Francis' general audience address, on “Love and the common good,” was part of a catechetical cycle entitled “Healing the World.”
Cardinal Jaworski died Sept. 5, two weeks after his 94th birthday.