9.28
Misc: Francis and Benedict Celebrate Old Age with 40,000 Elderly

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Pope Benedict and Pope Francis met with 40,000 elderly people in St. Peter’s Square today. Pope Francis said in his homily, “Unless the encounter, the meeting of generations, is reestablished, unless a new and fruitful intergenerational equilibrium is restored, what results is a serious impoverishment for everyone.” Read more from Crux here: Francis and Benedict Celebrate Old Age with 40,000 Elderly

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8.19
Misc: Pope Francis’ Interview on the Plane Returning from Korea

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America magazine has the full text of Pope Francis’ recent press conference on his return flight from Seoul, South Korea. He said of being Pope, ” I try to think of my mistakes, my sins, so as not to think that I am somebody.” He said of the situation in Iraq, “There are many martyrs . . . not all of them Christian, and they are all equal before God.” Read the whole thing here: Pope Francis’ Interview on the Plane Returning from Korea

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9.25
Misc: Benedict XVI Responds to Atheist’s Critique

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We love Pope Benedict XVI, who, in his retirement, has been exchanging letters with many of his harshest critics. Read about the former Pope’s letters to the New Atheists in The National Catholic Register here: Benedict XVI Responds to Atheist’s Critique

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7.6
Lumen Fidei: Pope Francis’ first encyclical

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The first encyclical written by Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei, or The Light of Faith, was released yesterday. It was begun by Pope Benedict and finished by Pope Francis. In it Francis writes,

“Because faith is a way, it also has to do with the lives of those men and women who, though not believers, nonetheless desire to believe and continue to seek.”

Read the entire document or selected excerpts in America magazine here: Pope Francis’ first encyclical.

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