In Vatican City this morning His Holiness Pope Francis held his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Arriving by pope mobile, the Holy Father took time to greet the many of tens of thousands who had come to the audience. After making the long ascent up the steps of the basilica, the pope opened the audience after which the gospel was proclaimed in eight different languages. The gospel was followed by Pope Francis’ catechesis that was also summarized in eight languages including English.
Following his Catechesis the Holy Father said that June 20 is World Refugee Day. He noted that Christ himself was a refugee and that today their numbers are dramatically on the rise. He asked people "to be close to these people, sharing their fears and their uncertainty for the future, and alleviating their pain with concrete measures.”
This morning the Holy See Press Office released Pope Francis’ program for his Apostolic Journey to the Republic of Korea this August. The theme for his journey has been announced as “Rise Korea, clothe yourself in light, the Lord’s glory shines upon you.” In addition to attending the Asian Youth Day celebrations that bring together young Catholics from across the continent, Pope Francis will have an extraordinarily busy itinerary. He will celebrate mass in a soccer stadium in Daejeon and also travel to the Sanctuary of the Martyrs of Seo So Mun, where he will Beatify Paul Yun Ji-Chung and 123 Korean martyrs. The pope will also go to Haemi where he will meet with Asian bishops, celebrate the concluding mass for the Asian Youth Day at Castle of Haemi and lastly meet with leaders of other faiths before celebrating a Mass for Peace and Reconciliation. Be sure to stay tuned to Salt and Light for more details as well as for our full broadcast schedule of the Holy Father’s Apostolic Journey to Korea.
In a release from the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation, it was announced that their namesake is another step closer to beatification. A seven-member expert panel reviewing the Venerable Archbishop’s cause at the Vatican has unanimously concluded that the miracle put forward should be attributed to him. It involves a now three-year old child who was delivered stillborn, yet after prayers to Archbishop Sheen the child’s heart started beating 61 minutes after delivery. The case will now be put forward to Cardinals and Bishops who are members of Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Should they approve the case, it would then be presented to Pope Francis for approval.